A snack lovers dream, these no bake oatmeal cookie energy bites are loaded with your favorite cookie ingredients without any of the sugar and gluten. Filled with creamy peanut butter, gluten free oats, raisins and chocolate chips, these no bake treats will keep you full and satisfied on the busiest days.
Because the world needs another energy bite recipe, I know. Are energy bites still having a moment? I hope so. Mostly for your benefit because you really don't want to miss this yummy recipe! And also for mine because now I have a tub full of these oatmeal cookie energy bites in my freezer.
I jumped on the energy bite train last year when I created my PB energy bites and carrot cake energy bites and felt it being the beginning of a healthy new year they needed to make a comeback and hit the top of the ole' blog.
You've likely seen the standard peanut butter kind all of the world wide web, and for good reason, they're darn good and so healthy. On-the-go healthy snacks when every time.
But what those energy bites lack in creativity these oatmeal cookie energy bites make up for. Because I'm fairly certain I attempted to load as many ingredients as I could into one 1.5 inch ball. Which is a tricky task because the more additions the more difficult it is to make sure it all stays together.
It's that moment when you're so excited because you have every ingredient to make energy balls then you follow the directions, taste the "batter" and it's the bomb. Then you scoop it out and attempt to roll it in to balls and it crumbles through your fingertips. Anyone else been there? ??
We're going to avoid that at all costs. How, you ask? Peanut butter and honey (or maple syrup for all my vegan friends!).
Gooey peanut butter + sticky honey (or maple syrup) = the perfect energy bite consistency.
And to make things even more simple, here's how you make oatmeal cookie energy bites:
- Put every ingredient in the food processor (aside from the chocolate chips and raisins) and blend well until combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips and raisins.
- Roll in to balls.
No more and no less. Just three simple steps away from snacks all week. I've been carrying a couple of these around with me all week and they've done the trick. They're filling from the peanut butter and provide the perfect amount of sweetness to curb those afternoon cravings when we all want to go to the vending machine and grab a diet coke or candy bar.
The most simple choices we make each day often add up to the most progress we see. Like making a small choice to grab an energy bite(s)!
One last thing before you're off the hook! The cinnamon! The most amazing part of an oatmeal cookie is the sweet and savory cinnamon spice sprinkled throughout each cookie. The combination of the sweet raisins and the savory cinnamon is irresistible.
To pull that same flavor profile through in these oatmeal cookie energy bites there's a solid 1 ¼ teaspoons of cinnamon in this recipe. Though I would not judge if you happened to throw in a bit extra (just not too much).
Loaded Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites [Gluten Free]
- 2 ½ cups oats gluten free
- 8 pitted dates
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter I used JIF
- ¼ cup honey or pure maple syrup for the vegan option
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips dairy free for the vegan option
- ¾ cup raisins
- Combine the oats, dates, peanut butter, honey (or maple syrup), vanilla, sea salt and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until completely combined, about 1 minute. Roll into ball to make sure it sticks together. If necessary, add more peanut butter a tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.
- Once it comes together, add the mini chocolate chips and raisins and mix well with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Form into 1.5 - 2 inch balls and store in the refrigerator for one week or in the freezer for up to one month.
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Here are a couple of items I used to make today’s recipe:
Ninja Food Processor, Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Gluten, Dairy, Nut & Soy Free and Vegan, Mini Chips, 10-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6), Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Quick Cooking Rolled Oats
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