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These Cowboy Cookie Energy Bites Are Perfect For Busy Mornings

They'll also make the perfect snacks in kids' lunches!

Are you looking for an afternoon pick-me-up that’s nutritious, filling and easy on the wallet? Look no further than these adorable little apple pie energy bites. Made with wholesome ingredients (most of which you probably already have in your pantry), these little energy balls taste just like an apple pie — without any of the sugar crash and regret.

In fact, these energy bites contain no added sugar at all. All of the sweet, rich flavors come directly from Mother Nature herself, thanks to the help of dates, apples and peanut butter. This snack takes just 10 minutes to make, and it’s easy to keep on hand in your purse, your gym bag, at your desk or wherever you might need a healthy and quick snack on the go.

You have the option to roll the completed energy balls in maple sugar as a final step in the recipe. Or you can skip that step to eliminate the sugar from this naturally sweet and vegan treat. If you do opt for that final step, you can find maple sugar in the baking aisle of your grocery store or on Amazon. Made entirely from maple syrup, maple sugar is a healthier alternative for people trying to stay away from white sugar and other refined sugar.

Find the full recipe for these apple pie energy bites on Simply Quinoa.

Once you fall in love with the concept of energy bites, add this recipe for Cowboy Cookies to your repertoire. Like the above recipe from Simply Quinoa, this recipe from Cotter Crunch is vegan and naturally sweet thanks to wholesome ingredients like coconut sugar and maple syrup. The addition of natural peanut butter and gluten-free oats makes this a filling and protein-rich snack that both kids and adults will enjoy.

Cotter Crunch

And of course, the dairy-free dark chocolate chips and flakes of sweet coconut make it extra special for those times when you’re craving something decadent but don’t want to blow your diet.

Best of all, these energy bites require no baking so you won’t have to turn on the oven and get the house overheated during these warm summer months.

Find the full recipe for these Cowboy Cookies Energy Bites on Cotter Crunch.

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