Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites (No Bake)
These oatmeal raisin energy bites were originally published in January 2013. The post has been updated as of May 30, 2018 with new photos, text and improved recipe instructions!
It’s snack attack time! Because we need to be prepared when the “I’m about to cook dinner but I’m so hungry right now” munchies hit.
Yes, you know exactly what I mean. Because I’m pretty sure that we all have most certainly been there.
And we need to have healthier options on hand so that we don’t stuff a cookie into our face and call it a day. <— Truth.
SO! I bring you something that tastes like a cookie but is definitely a bit more wholesome. Made with just a few simple ingredients like almond butter, walnuts, oats and flaxseed, these delightful little bites will satisfy those cravings and hold you over until dinner is actually on the table.
And don’t you worry. They also have raisins, cinnamon and vanilla to make them taste like the oatmeal raisin cookies we all know and love.
Now. Do you have to eat these as a snack before dinner? Of course not! We also love them as a quick little boost before or after a workout, as a nighttime sweet treat or as a grab and go snack while running a bazillion errands around town. They work on all fronts.
And with just about 20 minutes of hands on time to make, there’s no reason not to run into the kitchen and whip up a batch of these pop-able bites asap!
So, let’s move on to a few tips & tricks for these oatmeal raisin energy bites:
- First things first. The prep time listed down below does not include time for the mixture to chill in the fridge before rolling into balls. It only includes the hands on / active time for the recipe.
- A cookie scoop will be your best friend for these bites. It makes the process of forming the mixture into balls much quicker and you’ll wind up with bites that are all about the same size.
- If you find that the “dough” is really sticking to your hands when forming into balls, give them a quick rinse under cold water and then shake dry. It won’t stick as much if your hands are clean and slightly wet!
- If needed for your diet, be sure to use certified gluten free oats.
- And finally, let’s talk about the almond butter. I’d encourage you to use a no-stir almond butter (or be absolutely sure to stir yours together really really well before using – you don’t want it to be super drippy for this recipe!). This will ensure that the consistency of the “dough” is just right.
Yield: about 30 bites
Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites (No Bake)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Chewy, wholesome and simple oatmeal raisin energy bites! This no bake snack is packed with healthier ingredients and tastes like an oatmeal raisin cookie! Gluten free and easy to make!
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ¾ cup ground raw walnuts (or very finely chopped)*
- ½ cup ground flaxseed
- ½ cup raisins, roughly chopped
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup creamy almond butter
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, walnuts, flaxseed, raisins and cinnamon. Add in the almond butter, honey and vanilla and mix until well combined (it will take a bit of arm power!). Transfer the bowl to the refrigerator and let chill for 35 to 45 minutes.
- Roll the chilled dough into balls about 1-inch in size (a small cookie scoop works great here!). Store the balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 to 2 weeks.
*Place raw walnuts (about a scant 1 cup) in the bowl of a small food processor and process until very finely chopped / ground – be careful not to go so far that it starts to turn into a paste!! Alternatively – if you are planning to chop your walnuts by hand, make sure you chop them very fine. You’ll likely have trouble forming the mixture into balls if the pieces are too large!
Adapted from Smashed Peas and Carrots.