My dad is a food scientist, so growing up we didn’t get to do the fun stuff like licking the mixing bowl clean of cake batter or eating spoonfuls of cookie dough…because salmonella. Sometimes, if his back was turned, my sister and I would brave foodborne pathogens and sneak a bite of forbidden confections. Nothing ever happened, but now that I’m a mom, I’m less willing to gamble on food safety for the siren song of unbaked sweet treats.
Luckily, I have just the thing for those moments when the stillness of the kitchen whispers come eat some cookie dough and my willpower falters. These No Bake Chocolate Chip Energy Bites have all the allure of cookie dough without all the pesky bacteria. PLUS they actually have some healthy ingredients, like peanut butter, flax seed, almond meal, oats and honey.
These energy bites take about 10 minutes to throw together and can keep in the fridge for 5 days. Feel free to experiment! Swap dried fruit and/or toasted pecans for the chocolate chips, add different spices like cloves or ginger, or stir in some Nutella. Add shredded coconut, use mini chocolate chips, add marshmallows or even chia seeds. Whatever you can dream up for a cookie, you can mix together for these energy bites.