We’ve been grocery shopping less often lately, which usually means we end up with some over-ripe bananas by the end of the week. Good thing there are so many yummy uses for them!

I usually cut and freeze them for our daily smoothies, but I also love baking with them or making healthy snacks like these.

These energy bites are simple and one of my favorite flavor combos – banana and dark chocolate 🍌🍫

They’re also really quick to make – just mix the ingredients, roll, and refrigerate!

These can easily be made vegan by using dairy-free chocolate chips and maple syrup instead of honey. If you follow a gluten-free diet, just be sure to use certified gluten-free oats.

Recipe makes 16-20 energy balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 large (150g) ripe banana
  • ½ cup (120g) almond butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 ½ cups (200g) oats
  • 2 tbsp (24g) chia seeds
  • ¼ cup (60g) mini dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Mash the banana in a mixing bowl, then mix in the almond butter, honey, and salt. 
  2. Add the oats and chia seeds, then mix well. Add the chocolate chips and combine.
  3. Either use a cookie scoop or your hands to scoop out the mixture, then roll into balls. If the mixture isn’t rolling well, you may need to add more oats or more almond butter (depending on if it’s too sticky or too dry – this can vary based on almond butter consistency).
  4. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.