Popcorn Energy Bites- gluten free and vegan

I am totally in love with these Popcorn Energy Bites. Who would have thought you could add popcorn to energy bites and have a healthy combination?  I have seen many different versions with loads of sugar and high fat but these bites are nothing like that. They are filling, healthy and nutritious.


What can I say about these popcorn energy bites other than I am totally blown away. Who thought you could incorporate popcorn into energy bites. Plus, my kids thought this recipe was the coolest thing in the world.

JOLLY TIME Pop Corn turns 100 this October and to celebrate I made these Popcorn Energy Bites. They are healthy, nutritious and super easy to make.

I wanted to make something that could cater to my gluten-free and vegan community. No-bake recipes are always a plus and since some of my readers are also college students with no access to an oven (and sometime a stove), I figured these little popcorn bites would be a great choice.

For this recipe I used JOLLY TIME Organic Yellow Pop Corn kernels. This popcorn is USDA certified organic, non-GMO popcorn, whole grain, high in fiber and gluten-free. This one has natural ingredients; no fake stuff here, which means this is totally up my alley.

Have you ever wonder how the story of popcorn started? If you want to find out, here is a link to the JOLLY TIME museum. It is extremely informative and very interesting. You will learn a great deal about JOLLY TIME’s family history.

Popcorn is one of the top snacks, especially when it comes to watching movies. I wanted to come up with something unique and healthy and at the same time enticing and different. My kids couldn’t believe that I came up with this recipe, and that they were able to taste the pop corn. They also thought it was totally cool that the bites had a yellow color coming from the dried apricots.

After I rolled up the popcorn mixture into little balls I kept the leftovers in the fridge. They will last for at least 2-3 days. Just make sure you keep them covered. Also, if you like, you can keep them longer in your freezer and have them as you please. Just make sure that when you roll up the bites into balls you don’t have any unpopped kernels. They will be hard to chew on.

I also recommend you visit the JOLLY TIME Pop Corn 100th virtual birthday party Pinterest board where you will find other great popcorn recipe ideas that I am sure you and your family will enjoy!

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by JOLLY TIME Pop Corn. All opinions are my own and I speak from personal experience. The end :-)


Popcorn Energy Bites

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 12 large bites

Total Time: 20 minutes



Pop the popcorn, following manufacturer instructions and set aside.

In your food processor, process the dried apricots until they are finely chopped. Add the cashew butter, coconut oil, almond milk, maple syrup, salt and vanilla extract. Pulse until a liquefied paste forms. Add the protein powder, flax seed meal and 4 cups of popped popcorn. Pulse for 5 seconds until the popcorn just breaks down a bit.

Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and with a spatula incorporate all the ingredients.

With your hands, break the remaining 2 cups of popcorn into finer pieces. This will take you just 5-10 seconds. Form balls with the popcorn mixture and dip into the broken popcorn pieces. Transfer popcorn balls to a plate and continue to form balls until you finish your mixture.

Store popcorn balls in your fridge for up to 2-3 days or in your freezer for up to a month.

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  1. I would use it to make these yummy protein bars!

  2. Smile :-) :-). These look great, thanks for sharing!

  3. I would use it to make these bars, as well as my smoothies… It’s our go to once a day for us. :)

  4. Me encantaria usar la proteina para esta receta y para muchas otras que la llevan…tiene que estar buenisima.

  5. I use their protein powder in my smoothies. Would love to try it in your bars.

  6. These look perfect for snacking. Your recipes never steer me wrong. If I won I would make lots of protein pancakes and smoothies. 

  7. i’ve love to try this recipe!!! :) i don’t use protein powder much, but i would love to try!

  8. I would try these bars! Been wanting to try something like this, just need to find a good protein powder to use. Thanks!

  9. I would use the Sunwarrior protein powder in these bars for sure but also in smoothies. Yum!

  10. I’ve been vegan for several years now and trying to find healthy food for 16 month old granddaughter.  These look perfect!

  11. I would use Sunwarrior protein powder to make daily morning smoothies with oats and probably add to some other foods throughout the day. I would also love to try my hand at making protein pancakes with Sunwarrior. :D 

  12. I have used sun warrior protein powder for years.  It is excellent in smoothies, fruit crisp recipes, and protein bars.  Enjoy all the great recipes and info you offer to us.  I enjoy each and every recipe I have used from your Web sight.  

    The protein powder is an excellent and tasty source of protein for busy people like me.  I work 80 hrs a week and still find time to hike all year long.  Sun warrior keeps me going going.  

    Keep up the good supply of healthy eating info.  You do a great job.

  13. I would use it to make smoothies!  I love a good protein packed smoothie!

  14. I would use the protein powder to make these bars, & would also use it in smoothies.

  15. Ooooh, I make these really delicious Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies and I would love to try them with Sun Warrior Protein Powder! And these protein bars look so delicious! I will be making them ASAP!!!

  16. I often use protein powder in smoothies, it’s good to have a new inspiration on how to use it!

  17. My husband never has the time to sit down and eat breakfast – or lunch on many days. We’ve been wanting to try protein powder in smoothies to keep him going in the morning, but these bars would also be perfect. I especially appreciate that there is not any peanut or soy in the ingredients of the protein or recipe as he has allergies.

  18. How easy and tasty! Going to have to make these for sure. I don’t generally use protein powder, but I like Sunwarrior in recipes like this and in oat cakes. Occasionally I’ll mix it into oatmeal for a quick boost on lifting days. I’d also like to try using it in muffins!

  19. I’ve never actually used any protein powders, but I’ve been curious to try out a vegan option. This recipe looks like it’d be a good way to start using it. I’d also like to use it in smoothies.

  20. Protein powder is a staple in our home. These bars look wonderful!

  21. I love sun warrior protein, it tastes amazing!  I really need to stop buying protein bars and start making these, so much cheaper and tastier!

  22. I saw this and flipped.  They are simply amazing my dear.  Protein powder is always something I use and what an interesting way to use it.  These bars are something my boys will love love love.
    Thanks for sharing.  Pinning for sure.

  23. I would use in my morning smoothie and also in some protein balls that my 4 year old, anything to get food into her!

  24. I just found your blog & I love it! I would love to try out this protein powder! I would use it for post workouts but I would also love to try this bar recipe! Genius! They look tasty! 

  25. I would make smoothies and protein balls/bars!

  26. We are making these bars today!  I have been looking for a simple and tasty recipe like this.  I would try out the Sunwarrior in our over-oats and give it a shot in pancakes for the kiddos too!!  (=´∀`)人(´∀`=)

  27. I would love to add the protein powder in oatmeal cookies using same bar recipe above without processing the oats. Love the chocolate addition and wonder what honey would taste like instead of maple syrup??? Can’t wait to get baking!!

  28. I would love to try this sunwarrior protein powder in my morning smoothies or in this yummy looking bars!

  29. These look wonderful! My daughter is allergic to oats and gluten. have you ever tried these with brown rice flour?

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