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8 No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Yield: 10 balls 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

8 simple variations to my favorite no bake oatmeal energy ball recipes that you will love to make and snack on! Full of healthy whole food ingredients and so easy to make.


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Ingredients

Monster Cookie Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dry oats (old fashioned, instant, or a mix of the two)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup mini M&M’s
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Blueberry Muffin Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dry oats (old fashioned, instant, or a mix of the two)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dry oats (old fashioned, instant, or a mix of the two)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Sweet and Salty Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dry oats (old fashioned, instant, or a mix of the two)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted salted almonds
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dry oats (old fashioned, instant, or a mix of the two)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dry oats (old fashioned, instant, or a mix of the two)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Double Chocolate Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dry oats (old fashioned, instant, or a mix of the two)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Vegan Banana Oatmeal Bites

  • 1 ripe (but not grossly ripe) medium banana
  • 1 cup dry oats (old fashioned, instant, or a mix of the two)
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (or something similar), optional

Instructions

For the Energy Bites (first seven sets of ingredients)

  1. Add the nut butter and honey and stir to combine well. Add the all of the other ingredients and stir to combine well.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture for about 30 minutes.
  3. Use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the cookie ball mixture into your hand. Roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture. This should make about 12 oatmeal energy balls.
  4. Store the balls covered in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.

For the Banana Oatmeal Bites:

  1. In a medium bowl, add the peeled banana and mash thoroughly with a fork.
  2. Add the dry oats and chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  3. Refrigerate until the mixture holds together, about 30 minutes.
  4. Use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the cookie ball mixture into your hand. Roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture. This should make about 12 oatmeal energy balls.
  5. Store the balls covered in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.

Notes

Tips and Tricks for Making No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

  • Rest time is a must. Don’t skip the resting time. This is when the oats will absorb some of the moisture and will help everything stick together.
  • Don’t over measure your oats or add-in’s (don’t use heaping cups). It’ll throw off the ratios and they won’t stick together well.
  • If your oatmeal bites aren’t sticking together well, add something sticky. Different factors like the kind of oatmeal and mix-in’s you add are going to affect the “stickiness” of the energy balls. If they are too dry and won’t stick together after the resting time, your best bet is to add a tablespoon or two of something sticky (like the peanut butter and/or honey).
  • If they are too sticky add a few more tablespoons of oats.
  • If it’s sticking to your hands badly, wet your hands lightly with water! The water helps to be able to work the dough into a ball without sticking.
  • Add what you love. Don’t let my recipes stop you from adding what you think sounds good or what you might have on hand; these are just to get you started. You can also add some “superfoods” to these if you are looking to boost the nutrition (always a good idea, if you ask me). A tablespoon of chia seeds, ground flaxseed, and/or hemp hearts can be added to any and all of these recipes. Play with them! I’m going to make some with dried pineapple and cashew butter soon, because we love the stuff.

Substitutions:

  • When it comes to the oats: Did you know that quick cooking oats are still a whole grain? Unlike other “instant” kind of things, quick cooking oats are simply cut smaller. If you use quick cooking oats (sometimes called 1-minute oats), the texture of the oats will be softer/less chewy. If you use old-fashioned oats, the texture will be chewier. I found that a mix of the two was the best, though using one or the other will work well too.
  • When it comes to the honey: I did not do much recipe testing using anything other than honey. If you would like to experiment, I think that agave or brown rice syrup might be a good place to start, though I didn’t work with either.
  • When it comes to the peanut butter: You can use peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, pecan butter, sunbutter, and just about any other nut butter that you like, though it will change the flavor of the oatmeal energy balls. I like to use almond butter when I don’t want the flavor of the nut butter to be very strong (like peanut butter). It worked great in recipes like the Blueberry Muffin No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls because the flavor is a bit more mellow than peanut butter.
  • Category: snack
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 12 SERVING SIZE: 1 Ball
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102.3 Fat: 4.5g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 39.6mg Carbohydrates: 13.1g Sugars: 7.1g Protein: 2.6g Vitamin A: 0µg Vitamin C: 1mg

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