These sweetpotato energy balls are a great on-the-go snack. Made with oats, sweetpotatoes, peanut butter, coconut and some spices, these healthy sweetpotato bites are everything you’d want in a healthy portable snack.
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I’m excited to share these sweetpotato energy balls with you today. They are super fun and very delicious, and some of the more creative healthy no bake snacks we make.
These have been life saving snacks for me lately. You know, with the whole eating with one hand and needing quick nursing snacks and energy for baby stuff.
I wouldn’t be lying if I told you I down these like coffee in the middle of the night when I’m up with Cam – 2 or 3 at a time.
It’s a great combination of all the macronutrients to fill me up before going back to bed.
I tested and made these healthy sweetpotato bites several times during pregnancy in anticipating baby so I’m happy to finally share the finished result with you!
Plus, these sweetpotato coconut energy bites great as healthy athlete snacks.
It’s no wonder they make my list of top recovery foods for runners – they are essential when I’m in training mode.
What You Need For Sweetpotato Energy Bites
The 5 main ingredients you need are:
- peanut butter
We are obviously big sweetpotato fans here in this house. I mean, we have a dog named “Tater,” to top things off. Who, by the way, eats cooked sweetpotatoes with all of her meals.
I was so excited to introduce both of my littles to sweetpotato puree and many of these baby led weaning food ideas.
When I thought these up, I was experimenting with different flavors that I thought would pair well with the sweetness of sweetpotatoes.
Honey was an obvious choice – I mean, have you ever had sweetpotatoes with honey and marshmallows?
But, I wanted something to balance the sweetness a little bit. I had some coconut flakes on hand (I always do) and figured that would be a great accompaniment.
And why not add some ginger (I love this brand), a natural anti-inflammatory?
How To Make Sweetpotato Protein Balls
The flavor combination in these sweetpotato peanut butter energy bites turned out to be perfect!
The oats, honey and sweetpotatoes provide quick and longer acting carbohydrates that allow for sustained energy. The peanut butter and honey help keep them together, and the salty cinnamon peanut butter also adds to the satiety and satisfaction factor.
To make these easy gluten free energy bites, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir until they are combined.
Let the bowl firm up in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Next, shape the dough into small snack-sized bites and roll the bites into shredded coconut.
Place the bites back in the fridge for 15-20 more minutes, or in the freezer for 10 minutes.
To me, these taste like a fun combination between a tropical snack and a fun, sweet dessert.
These sweetpotato protein bites also make for great snacks for kids, perfect for school lunches (or adult lunches), or after dinner treats.
And you bet, even a quick breakfast when paired when yogurt or a smoothie on the go.
You may enjoy some of these other recipes!
- No bake carrot cake bites
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Bites
- Salted Chocolate Almond Balls
- No Bake Vegan Protein Bites
- Chocolate Pomegranate Energy Balls
- Frozen Cookie Dough Bites
- 1 cup cooked sweetpotato
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger (can use up to 3/4 tsp)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well combined. Place bowl in fridge to firm up (about 20 minutes).
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove dough and portion into snack-sized bites. Gently roll bites into shredded coconut and place back in fridge for 15-20 more minutes (or the freezer for 10 minutes)
- Remove from fridge and enjoy for a pre run snack!
These will last up to a week in the fridge.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g