A delicious, no bake snack sized treat which is perfect pre workout or a snack anytime throughout the day! Made in one bowl, these are gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free, low in fat and very high in fiber- Inspired by the Harry Potter famed beverage butterbeer.
Please tell me you’re a fan of Harry Potter fan. If so- this one’s for you.
I still remember when I heard the rumour back in 2010 that there was a Harry Potter World being created at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. It was around the time that I had made the decision to do a semester abroad in New York and I may or may not have cemented the fact with this event in itself.
I was late in getting on the Harry Potter train. I think when book four came out, I started the first and was so addicted, I finished all four within a week. Until book 5 came out, I read the previous four over and over again. So much so, I could quote ridiculous, irrelevant sections of it.
“I like REALLY GOOD Quidditch Players”.
See? Irrelevant. Anyway, back to Harry Potter World. I did my semester abroad in New York for the Fall semester and purposely planned the first decent holiday break (Rosh Hashanah, I believe) to be the perfect time to escape to Florida. The first two hours I think I took 200 photos in front of all things and everything then went to hunt down something I was very excited to try- A mug of Butterbeer.
Friends, it was like drinking butterscotch syrup. Straight butterscotch syrup.
The first two sips were epic then…not so much. However, it was exactly as what I predicted it to taste like although with random other flavours. I tasted bits of molasses, honey, coconut, but mostly- butterscotch! I shared it with a friend and thought I’d never want to have anything sugary again.
Cue arrival back in New York- I had the aftertaste of butterbeer still in my mouth- This time, however, I was craving it! Too bad, so sad. I’m pretty sure 7/11 did not stock canned butterbeer. I was at a loss.
Cue four years later and being back in Australia and still having a butterbeer craving. Instead of making the drinks (which there are multiple recipes for online- usually with two ingredients- soda and butterscotch syrup)- I decided to attempt an energy bar/bite recipe which had all the flavours I tasted in the drink- butterscotch with hints of coconut, honey and molasses.
These taste like the butterbeer I tasted at Universal Studios, but at a much more acceptable level of sweetness- and trust me, I have a big sweet tooth. They are naturally gluten free, high in protein (if you add the protein powder!) and lower in sugar than it’s inspiration. Well, that is stating the obvious. These are perfect before a workout for a quick energy boost or grab a couple to snack on during the day. They also make an epic dessert with vanilla ice cream (do it.). So grab a bowl, grab your ingredients and get ready to be taken to Hogsmeade and Hogwarts.
Please note- These energy bites will not give you powers to ride broomsticks or apparate to another city.
Butterbeer Energy Bites
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 scoop unflavoured protein powder optional
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup cashew butter can sub for another very mild tasting nut butter
- 1/4 cup honey can substitute for agave/brown rice syrup if vegan
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1/2 cup butterscotch chips separated (swap for unsweetened chips for vegan)
- Line a plate with baking paper and set aside.
- In a frying pan over medium heat, lightly toast the rolled oats and unsweetened coconut for 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and pour into a large mixing bowl with the sea salt and protein powder if using it.
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine the cashew butter,honey and molasses and heat for 2-3 minutes, or until melted. Stir well to combine.
- Add the liquid mixture to the dry and mix until fully incorporated. Slowly stir in the 1/4 cup of the butterscotch chips. Using your hands, form small balls with the mixture and dip them in the remaining 1/4 cup of butterscotch chips and set aside on the the covered plate. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
Have a great weekend folks- For those who haven’t read Harry Potter- Please do. I’ll do a vlog in an english accent with a magic wand in tow if you do.
Are you a fan of Harry Potter?
Have you ever been to Universal Studios?
Are you a butterscotch fan? If you are try a butterbeer from there. It’s like straight syrup.
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I haven’t seen Harry Potter, so the title of this is a little lost on me, but they look delicious anyway. Cashew butter is my favourite nut butter!
Dannii! What kind of a Brit are you? He’s practically you’re neighbour!
SHUT UP. OMG I need these now!!!! I love Harry Potter almost as much as I love avocado. That’s a lot.
Great to see another Harry Potter fan!
I’ve never read/watched Harry Potter anything. But I know I’d like these weird sounding balls because they have butterscotch. I’m going to add them to my next batch of protein ballzzzzz.
Happy Friday!!!! 🙂 (Or Saturday, to you. Weirdo)
I will force you to watch it, or I’d cast a spell on you.
Although you were inspired by Harry Potter, this recipe reminds me of a Butter Rum Lifesaver but better. Off to the kitchen to make these!
Thank you Michaell! Oh that lifesaver sounds delicious haha!
You’re just nailing my favorite flavors lately….gingerbread and butterscotch though not sure if they would taste good together. Probably not but maybe worth an experiment?
Loved the first two Harry Potter books and ditto for the first movie…the rest not so much. Wish the whole flying part of Quidditch was real though (:
Hm…you’re welcome to try and report back 😉
OMFG! This is crazy! Who’s that Harry Potter guy? (Might I get away with pretending that I’ve never heared of Harry Potter just to get to watch that vlog?)
Hhahaha best comment ever.
Funny, I got into Harry Potter a little later too – around when Book 3 came out and had the same experience. I have to go back and re-read them. I haven’t gotten to the park yet but have heard the same thing about the Butterbeer – waaaaaaay too sweet. Can’t wait to try these babies out.
You need to go there- Especially to try the Bertie Botts beans 😉
I was just finishing book 3 when book 4 came out, I still remember buying it and non stop reading it! Got some fab HP memories actually – like queuing at 12 midnight to get the last book and then staying up all night to read it – I finished at 5.30am! Worth it though, could never have slept anyway!
But because I love the books so much I could never watch the films, I didn’t want it to spoil the image I have in my head – so HP world is a bit of a no no!
The movies are nothing compared to the books but worth the watch!
One of my friends tried to make butterbeer over the holidays a few years ago, but she literally just melted butter and butterscotch and tried to combine it with beer. it was AWFUL! haha but it was pretty funny to watch her taste it!
These look delicious, Arman!
Thanks Liz! I promise they taste better than just butter and butterscotch mixed with beer.
First, I am not a Harry Potter fan (must I run and hide now?!), but I HAVE been to Universal Studios and love it! Fun times. And I LOVE butterscotch. LOVE. Probably a little too much. 🙂 These really do sound amazing.
Thank you! Hope you give it a go!
OMG You genius! I can’t believe I haven’t gone to the Harry Potter studios here in London. I’m an idiot! I loooved the books.
Ohhhh they just opened it didn’t they? Please go for the both of us!
Oh man the butterbeer in Universal is frankly disgustingly amazing. You know you’re just drinking straight sugar, basically like flat cream soda with foam on top, but it’s so bad that it’s good. I’m glad you’re as obsessed with HP as I am. These look great!
Thanks buddy! We need to go to HP World together! I also need to tell you my drunk HP story.
We love this! Man, do I miss butterscotch chips..used to be able to get the Nestle ones in Singapore but I don’t seem to be able to find a good alternative here in Melbourne!!!! We’ve tried the “Caramel Bits” from Woolies by Nestle but they don’t seem to be the same as the American ones! 😮
Love your photos! Absolutely stunning with so much clarity and great light….we’re suckers for awesome pics 🙂
Ohh the caramel bits are terrible- I had to bring these back from America!
Thank you so much but compared to yours- I need to reallllly improve!
Butterbeer is like butterscotch??? Now I feel like I need to hunt some down and try it. I guess if I can’t do that I could try your recipe (except I’m far too lazy to make these). Do you ship?
Hahaha in exchange for a green card- of course!
What a perfect idea! I always wanted to try the pumpkin pasties…and the mulled wine…I never made the pasties, but 1 out of 2 isn’t bad 😉 I can’t wait to make these!