EASY Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites in a bowl with pieces on counter and glass of milk. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert
No Bake Energy Bites cut into squares and stacked. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

This is it!  This is THE recipe to make this Spring, Summer, and into the Fall and Winter.  Super Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, nutty (but no nuts!), chocolaty, chewy, crunchy, and filling.  Eat them for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert!  Kids love them because they taste great.  Adults love them because they are good for you.  Schools love them because they are nut-free.  YOU will love them because they are scrumptious!

The best part??  NO BAKING!  And you can store them in the freezer!  

 

LOADED WITH FIBER, PROTEIN, & MORE!

The ingredients in these Energy Bites are loaded with health benefits and lots of fiber and protein, which help to give you energy.  Protein is a macronutrient that is metabolised into energy for the body and helps to repair and build tissue.  Soluble Fiber thickens when digested to slow gastric dumping and help to maintain energy. 

Here are some of the ingredients that really pack a punch!  

Measuring cup with chia seeds over bowl for No Bake Energy Bites. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

  • Chia Seeds may only have become popular in the US in recent years, but they were a staple and treasured part of the ancient Mayan diet.  The word Chia in Mayan means strength!  They are low in calories but absolutely packed with nutrients and health benefits!  They have Soluble Fiber, Protein, Calcium, Antioxidants, Magnesium.  The benefits from Chia Seeds are huge!  

Measuring cup with flaxseed meal over bowl for No Bake Energy Bites. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

  • Flax seeds are another good source of Fiber, Protein, Calcium, and Omega-3 Fatty acids.  If you are not eating fish, then Flax seeds are a great alternative source for omega-3s!  See more on the health benefits of flax seeds.
  • Oats are another AMAZING source of nutrition with tons of protein, fiber, plus Manganese, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Folate, and Vitamins B1 and B5 – wow!  Check out all of the health benefits of Oats!
  • Sunflower Seed Butter (or Sunbutter!) is also a great source of protein and healthy fats, but here we also get Vitamin E, which is super antioxidant and is great for helping to balance cholesterol and boosting immunity.  Read more on the health benefits of Sunflower Seed Butter here.  You could certainly substitute with peanut butter or almond butter, but I swear you will get the same delicious nutty flavor.  Also, with so many nut allergies, I love this Sunflower Seed Butter option for the kids to take to school.  
  • The other ingredients in these No Bake Energy Bites are: Shredded Coconut, Rice Cereal, Chocolate Chips, Virgin Coconut oil, Honey, and Vanilla Extract.  
No Bake Energy Bites on parchment and cut into squares. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert
No Bake Energy Bites cut into squares with hand holding one. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

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MAKE YOUR NUT-FREE, NO-BAKE ENERGY BITES

This recipe seriously could not be any easier to make!  The only 2 prep steps to do is first to blend the oats in a mini food processor to break them up a bit. 

Second, if your coconut oil is in a solid state (unless warm, it most likely is), Then warm it up in the microwave for about 20 seconds or so to melt it to liquid.  The coconut oil will help the energy bites firm up as it cools and turns back to a solid in the mixture. 

Then you simply measure out all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl.  Then all of the wet ingredients into a smaller bowl.  

All dry ingredients (rice cereal, flaxseed, oats, chia seeds, coconut, chocolate chips) in bowl for No Bake Energy Bites. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

Pouring honey into Sun Butter in bowl with fork for No Bake Energy Bites. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

 

Then combine, mix, scoop into a parchment lined sheet pan, spread into a flat layer, and freeze!

Pouring honey & Sun Butter mixture into dry ingredients for No Bake Energy Bites. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

All ingredients mixed in bowl for No Bake Energy Bites. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

Hand holding mixed ingredients for No Bake Energy Bites. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

Hand pressing down parchment paper in pan for No Bake Energy Bites. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

Adding mixed ingredients to parchment lined pan for No Bake Energy Bites. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

Energy Bite mixture pressed down into parchment lined pan for No Bake Energy Bites. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

No Bake Energy Bites in a sheet pan in freezer to set. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

 

That’s it!  After an hour in the freezer, you can remove the pan and start to cut into squares or bites.  The great thing is that these stay soft enough to take out and eat right away, so you can store these in the freezer for up to 4 months! 

No Bake Energy Bites on parchment and cut into squares. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

No Bake Energy Bites cut into squares and stacked. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

No Bake Energy Bites cut into squares and stacked. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert
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EASY No-Bake, Nut-Free Energy Bites

These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, nutty (but no nuts!), chocolaty, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Energy Bars, Granola Bars, Healthy snacks, snacks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Setting Time 50 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 50 squares
Calories 66 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1.5  cups  whole rolled oats  chopped lightly in food processor
  • 1.5  cups  crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2  cup  unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4  cup  chia seeds
  • 1/4  cup  flax seed  ground
  • 1/4  cup  mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2  cup  Sunflower butter I used Crunchy
  • 1/4  cup  virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4  cup  honey
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Lightly grind the rolled oats in a food processor.

  2. if your coconut oil is in a solid state (unless warm, it most likely is), Then warm it up in the microwave for about 20 seconds or so to melt it to liquid.  The coconut oil will help the energy bites firm up as it cools and turns back to a solid in the mixture. 
  3. In a small mixing bowl, add the Sunflower butter, coconut oil, honey, & vanilla. Mix until combined.
    Pouring honey into Sun Butter in bowl with fork for No Bake Energy Bites. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert
  4. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl (Oats, Rice Cereal, Shredded Coconut, Chia Seeds, Flax Seed, & Chocolate Chips)
    All dry ingredients (rice cereal, flaxseed, oats, chia seeds, coconut, chocolate chips) in bowl for No Bake Energy Bites. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert
  5. Pour the wet mixture over dry ingredients and mix until evenly combined.
    Pouring honey & Sun Butter mixture into dry ingredients for No Bake Energy Bites. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert
  6. Press the Energy Bar mix into a 9" X 13" pan (greased or lined with parchment), chill in fridge or freezer.

    Energy Bite mixture pressed down into parchment lined pan for No Bake Energy Bites. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert
  7. Cut into 5 rows across the 13” length and then 10 columns.  Enjoy!

    No Bake Energy Bites on parchment and cut into squares. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

Recipe Notes

You can substitute the sunflower butter for peanut or almond butter.

Do not substitute the Coconut Oil or the bites will not firm up.

50 Servings (1 Serving = 1 Square Bite)

You can store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in freezer for 3-4 months.

 

 

5-Ingredient Mexican Meatloaf with Chipotle Peppers

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf sliced on white plate.  This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

5-Ingredient Mexican Meatloaf with Chipotle Peppers is a variation on my classic 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf, which is my most popular recipe!  This version adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It’s incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A true family favorite and so great for Kickstarting Meal Planning as the ingredients can always be on hand.  

 

 

This recipe is great because celebrates my journey back to meatloaf!  While I grew up with Meatloaf in the midwest, I lost my way when I moved to NYC in my 20’s, thinking it was no longer cool to make meatloaf.  But I am so happy to say that I found my way back and here I am making not only meatloaf, but making variations on meatloaf and publishing for others!  What I have learned?  Comfort food is comforting!  And you can never go wrong with an easy and delicious meatloaf.  So, why not have variations of a good thing, you ask?  Well, I said the same thing!

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf bite on fork and sliced on white plate. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR MEXICAN MEATLOAF COOKING KIT

Line a 9-inch loaf pan with foil to make it easy to remove the meatloaf and for easy clean up.

In a mini food processor, add 1/4 cup ketchup and the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Blend until smooth.  Then add the egg and pulse until blended/combined.

Chipotle peppers in adobo and ketchup in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Chipotle peppers in adobo, ketchup, and egg in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Chipotle peppers in adobo and ketchup blended in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

To a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, ketchup/chipotle mixture, salt, pepper, and shredded cheese.  Mix to combine. Note: it will seem a bit wet, but that is just right.

Blended chipotle peppers in adobo, ketchup, and egg in bowl with ground beef, salt, and pepper for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

All ingredients in bowl with cheddar cheese and ground beef for Chipotle Meatloaf.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf mixed in bowl next to foil lined pan. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Transfer the mexican meatloaf mix to the loaf pan lined with foil. Form it into a loaf shape. Then top with the remaining 1/3 cup ketchup.

COOK YOUR MEXICAN MEATLOAF

Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.  Bake for 45 minutes uncovered.

When you take it out, let it rest for 5-10 minutes until the juices soak back into the meat.

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf sliced on white plate. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf sliced on white plate. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
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5-Ingredient Mexican Meatloaf with Chipotle Peppers

This 5-Ingredient Mexican Meatloaf adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Beef, chipotle, meatloaf, mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Meat Raised without antibiotics preferred
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup to mix with meatloaf
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup For Top of Meatloaf
  • 2 Chipotle Peppers Adobo Sauce Note, this will add medium heat. Reduce to 1 for mild and up to 3 for hot!
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.  Line a loaf pan with foil to make it easy to remove the meatloaf and for easy clean up.

  2. In a mini food processor, add 1/4 cup ketchup and the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.  Blend until smooth.

    Chipotle peppers in adobo and ketchup in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
  3. Next, add the egg to the mini processor and pulse until blended/combined.

    Chipotle peppers in adobo, ketchup, and egg in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
  4. To a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, ketchup/chipotle mixture, salt, pepper, and shredded cheese.

    All ingredients in bowl with cheddar cheese and ground beef for Chipotle Meatloaf.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
  5. Mix to combine.  Note: it will seem a bit wet, but that is just right.

    5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf mixed in bowl next to foil lined pan. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
  6. Transfer the meatloaf mix to the loaf pan lined with foil.  Form it into a loaf shape.  Then top with the remaining 1/3 cup ketchup. 

  7. Bake for 45 minutes uncovered.  That's it!  When you take it out, let it rest for 5-10 minutes until the juices soak back into the meat.

  8. Slice, serve, Enjoy!

    5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf sliced on white plate. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Recipe Notes

For the chipotle peppers, these will definitely add heat!  So, be sure to regulate to what you think your family can take.  If you are a mixed family with kids wanting mild and adults wanting medium heat, then reduce down to 1 chipotle pepper or even just 1 tbls of the adobo sauce and eliminate the peppers.  Then simply make some extra ketchup topping for part of the meatloaf where you add some additional chipotle peppers.