peanut butter coconut energy bites

In recent weeks, Babyface has been on a bit of a workout kick. He’s always exercised somewhat regularly (a few times a week) but a few weeks ago, he asked me to create him a cardio and strength training schedule and he’s been sticking to it. It’s interesting to see him working so hard because now he’s starting to see some of the side effects of a regular hardcore workout routine that I’ve complained about for years. For starters, at the end of the day, he’s totally wiped out. It used to be that you could count on him staying up until 1am every night, but in the past few weeks, he’s been going to bed closer to to 10 or 11 every night.

He’s also a lot hungrier! He’s eating all the time and says he never feels satisfied. I totally get that. When I was hot and heavy in the midst of my half marathon training, I felt like I could eat all day, every day and still never be full. It’s crazy what all that activity does to your body. To help him to keep some of that hunger at bay, I decided to create a high-energy snack bites that were easy to transport and super delicious. He’s trying to build muscle, so it was important to get a lot of protein in a little package and these little balls fit the bill with five grams of protein per small ball.

The original idea for these comes from my sister-in-law, Kim. She’s a clean-eating-aholic, just like me, and whenever we get together we’re always swapping recipes. She also buys me the absolute best cookbooks for gifts. When were in Canada for Christmas, after we settled in, she ran up to me with a box of energy balls and said, “You have to try these!” They were awesome. My version is a little more gooey and a lot more coconut-y, but I owe the idea to the beautiful and amazing Kimberley. It’s so nice to have family members (on both my side and Babyface’s) that are into eating the way I like to.

Oh, I forgot the most important part of these ballsβ€”they taste like peanut butter Rice Krispie treats. They are definitely delicious enough to be dessert-worthy. But clean enough to use to fuel after a hard workout. I know because Babyface’s dedication has totally inspired me to hit the gym hardcore, and I’ve been eating these energy bites like crazy to help me recover after a long session of kettlebell swinging.

Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites

by Cassie Johnston

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Makes: 12 bites



  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup dry nonfat milk powder
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup brown rice cereal


  1. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine the peanut butter and honey. Heat on high in microwave for 20-30 seconds until softened. Stir well to combine.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour peanut butter/honey mixture over dry ingredients and, using clean hands, stir until everything is well combined.
  3. Form into 1″ balls and store in an airtight container.
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  1. Michelle says

    Those sound awesome! I have been using your recipe for sugar plums because they are a great breakfast, and a nice lightly sweet snack before bed. These are even more awesome because they have coconut which my husband hates so I will actually get to keep them longer than a day or two!!!

  2. Natalie Ingraham says

    I’m trying to force myself to like coconut, so this may be iffy but the thought of peanut butter rice krispy treats is so tempting. Do you think a liquid milk substitute e.g. soy milk would work or would that mess up the texture? I’m dairy free this month because of my skin being on strike.

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