Banana Bread Energy bites are a healthy and delicious energy balls recipe that requires no baking! The perfect use for leftover bananas, these banana energy bites are completely vegan, gluten free, and paleo!
Leftover bananas are something I snack on ALL the time, so why not enjoy them in energy bite form?
Now, these banana energy bites are a little bit different. They are made with no refined sugar and no dairy, but you’d never tell. They also are made without dates. Instead, we use a combination of coconut flour, syrup and peanut butter to give these energy balls their soft and doughy texture.
The taste has all the best bits of banana bread- banana flavor with bits of chocolate chips throughout!
Not only are these a fantastic vegan gluten free banana energy balls recipe, but they are also made without grains, so completely paleo!
How to make banana energy bites
- Coconut Flour– Coconut flour is a low carb and grain free flour, that is super absorbent. When mixed with other ingredients, it gives these banana protein balls a cake-like texture!
- Salt– Brings out the sweetness!
- Cinnamon– Gives a lovely, light cinnamon flavor.
- Granulated sweetener of choice– You can use any granulated sweetener of choice.
- Banana– The riper the banana, the sweeter your banana bites will be.
- Peanut Butter– Smooth and drippy peanut butter. Try to use peanut butter with no added sugar or salt. If you have a peanut allergy or need to keep this paleo, use almond butter, cashew butter, or a nut free alternative, like sunflower seed butter.
- Maple syrup– Not only does it add sweetness, if gives the banana bread bites the soft and doughy texture. You can also use agave nectar or honey if you aren’t strictly vegan.
- Milk of choice– I used unsweetened coconut milk, but any milk will work.
- Chocolate Chips– Optional, but highly recommended. Use a mix of mini chocolate chips and standard chocolate chips for some added texture.
In a high-speed blender or food processor, or mixing bowl, add your banana and process it until it is smooth. Add the rest of your ingredients, except for your chocolate chips, and blend until a thick batter remains. If the batter is too thick, add a little extra milk. If the batter is too thin, add more coconut flour. Fold through the chocolate chips. Finally, using your hands, form small balls of dough and place on a lined plate or tray. Refrigerate the banana energy balls until firm.
Can I use oatmeal instead of coconut flour?
If you don’t have coconut flour or prefer not to use it, you can use oatmeal or oat flour. You will need to add more than the recommended amount of coconut flour, so start with 1.5 times the amount, and add more as needed.
Can I add protein powder?
Give these banana protein balls by adding protein powder to it. Add 1-2 scoops of your favorite vanilla protein powder, and adjust the amount of milk you add, as needed.
NOTE: Avoid using whey protein powder, as it will make the banana protein balls difficult to form.
Storing and Freezing Energy Balls
- To store: Leftover banana bread energy balls should be stored in the refrigerator, in a sealed container. They will keep well for at least 2 weeks.
- To freeze: Banana bread bites are freezer friendly. Place leftover energy bites in a ziplock bag and keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
More healthy recipes using leftover bananas
- Best banana bread
- Banana Muffins
- Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- Flourless Banana Bread
- Flourless Double Chocolate Banana Bread
Watch the step-by-step video Below
Banana Energy Bites
- In a high speed blender, food processor or mixing bowl, blend your banana until smooth. Add the rest of your ingredients, except for the chocolate chips. If your batter is too thick, add a little extra milk. If too thin, add more coconut flour. Fold through your chocolate chips.
- Using your hands, form into bite sized balls and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes to firm up.
** Adjust milk accordingly- Depending on the flour or protein powder combination, you may need more- Especially with coconut flour. Feel free to add protein powder to amp up the protein content. 1-2 scoops should suffice.