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June 20, 2018

by Alyssa

PB&J Energy Bites

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When you're craving peanut butter and jelly but don't want a whole sandwich, these PB&J Energy Bites are here for the rescue. Healthy, easy, vegan & delish!

pb & j energy bites made with dried fruit

Nostalgia is a funny thing, isn't it? There are so many different situations that can take you back in time, but nothing affects me more than food.

Hence the PB&J reference.

When we were little, we used to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches all the time for an afterschool snack. We'd come home, pull out some of our “seedy bread” (that's what we called the whole grain bread our parents bought) and whipped up some sammies with organic peanut butter and Smucker's raspberry jelly.

It was one of my all-time favorite things and this flavor combo always takes me back. So today we're recreating that classic combo and putting it into these healthy, vegan PB&J energy bites!

how to make healthy pb&j energy bites

how to make healthy pb&j energy bites

When I came up with the concept for these bites, I wasn't quite sure how to I was going to get the jelly combo. You can't find dried raspberries, dried strawberries could work but are also hard to find, dried grapes = raisins (NO thanks).

I settled on two variations: dried organic blueberries and dried cherries!

I'm partial to the blueberry ones because I think they're a bit sweeter, they have a more classic taste, and I like the way they make the balls look. But cherries are also delicious!

how to make PB&J energy bites with just a few ingredients

How to make PB&J Energy Bites

If you haven't made one of my energy bite recipes before, you're going to love how easy they are. You basically just dump everything into the food processor, let it do its job, roll them into balls and done.

One trick I've found is that you should always blend your fruit and nuts together first so that it resembles a fine, sandy texture and then add your liquids. That way you won't be left with big chunks of nuts or dates – everything will be equally dispersed in each bite. (also…don't forget to pit those dates!)

The food processor I use is this one (it's an 11-cup) and it works like a charm!

pb&j energy bites made with dried blueberries

I would definitely say these PB&J energy bites are on a little out there for me. I usually stick with my chocolate bites, but since I always have a massive stash in my freezer, it's nice to be able to change things up.

If you're not a chocolate fan or are maybe just looking something a little untraditional, these are your jam. (<– pun intended ????)

They're fruity, they're nutty, they're a bit lower in sugar and calories than your standard bite, they're high in fiber and yes, they def taste like PB&J!

healthy pb&j energy bites with dried fruit

Here's why I think you're going to love these energy bites!

  • They're quick to make
  • Require just 7 ingredients
  • Are totally portable & easy to bring with on the go
  • Double has a delicious dessert
  • Packed with all your macros – carbs, protein & fat
  • Perfect for pre- or post-workout!

And honestly, I could go on and on ????

I've been loving having an energy bite with my match each morning. It's the perfect pre-workout snack for me! I feel energized, but not too full, my hunger is kept at bay a little and I just love having a sweet little treat to start the day.

Can't wait to hear what you think of them!

PB&J energy bites made with just 7 ingredients!

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PB&J Energy Bites

When you're craving peanut butter & jelly but don't want a whole sandwich, these PB&J Energy Bites are here for the rescue. Easy to make, packed with good for you ingredients and so tasty!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16 bites
Calories 92kcal
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pb&j energy bites made with dried blueberries
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  • Add dates, blueberries, peanuts and oats into a food processor. Process on high until crumbly.
  • Add in peanut butter and coconut oil and blend again until a dough starts to come together. If that's not happening, stream in water (or maple syrup) one tablespoon at a time until a sticky dough forms.
  • Remove the lid and form the mixture into balls.
  • Transfer to a plate, enjoy immediately, or for an even better texture, cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.



Bites are stored best in the fridge or freezer. will last up to 10 days in the fridge and 2 - 3 months in the freezer.


Serving: 1bite | Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg



healthy pb&j energy bites with dried fruit
PB&J Energy Bites


PB&J Energy Bites
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  1. As soon as I saw these, I knew I HAD to make them. Dried blueberries were SO expensive, but worth it! I agree about the coconut oil, mine didn’t really need them and came out quite oily. I think it depends on the consistency of your peanut butter. And they were beautifully sweet without the maple syrup. I will be making these again and again! Thank you for the delicious recipe! I’m still obsessed with your dark chocolate salted energy balls!

  2. Thanks for this fun recipe!
    Mine ended up a bit too oily from the coconut oil, next time I might just eliminate it.
    I am using them as a healthy snack option when I go to the local exhibition show, as all they have there is unhealthy fried food everywhere.
    Mmmm – PB&J FOREVER!

  3. These look so yummy Alyssa! PB&J brings back memories for me too. my favourite used to be peanut butter with homemade raspberry jam. I haven’t actually tried PB&J with blueberry but will have to give that a try!


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