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Healthy Oatmeal Bites Recipe

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You’ll love making this Healthy Oatmeal Bites Recipe! Learn how to make snack-able oatmeal balls packed with coconut, peanut butter, and chocolate. The perfect low-calorie and high-protein snack that can be eaten any time of the day.

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Looking for a quick healthy snack or post-workout energy boost? Look no further. These healthy oatmeal bites are just what you’re looking for. They come together in a matter of minutes and travel well, so you can quickly grab how much you need and go.

These low-calorie energy balls are super healthy yet taste like an indulgent, sugar-heavy dessert. Made without any added refined sugar, these bites are a great way to cure a sugar craving while getting in plenty of protein and fiber.

There is not much to making these balls aside from mixing the ingredients into a dough, rolling it into bite-size balls, and refrigerating. The recipe makes about 40 bites which may seem like a lot but I promise you -they will be long gone by the end of the week!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Quick and convenient. Energy balls are easy to make with basic pantry ingredients.
  • Low calorie and high in protein -a great pre and post-workout snack!
  • Versatile. You can change up the ingredients to suit your personal tastes. 
  • Kid-approved! Your kids will love these healthy snacks.
  • Great for meal prep -they store well and are great to grab and go.
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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Old Fashioned Oats – aka rolled oats provide the base and structure of the balls. To make gluten-free energy bites, make sure your oats are certified gluten-free.
  • Coconut Flakes – add rich, sweet flavor and a little crunch.
  • Peanut Butter – helps bind the bites into a round ball shape. You can use any nut butter you enjoy or even sunflower seed butter if you’re nut-free.
  • Flaxseed – adds a boost of fiber and protein and a crunch texture.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips – give each ball bursts of rich chocolate flavor to balance the salty peanut butter.
  • Raw Honey – sweetens things up without adding any refined sugar. Its sticky texture also helps the bites stay together.
  • Chia Seeds – adds more fiber and protein and helps bind this snack together.
  • Vanilla Extract – for a hint of sweet dessert-like flavor.
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How To Make Healthy Oatmeal Bites Recipe

Step 1 Make the no-bake oatmeal ball dough:

In a large bowl, add all ingredients. With a heavy spoon, mix together until a dense, workable dough forms.

Step 2 Chill the dough:

Transfer the bowl to the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes.

Step 3 Roll dough into balls:

Once chilled, with clean hands, roll dough into about 40 bite-size 1″ balls.

Step 4 Store:

Transfer to an airtight container and chill for up to 2 weeks.

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Recipe Tips

  • Toast the coconut in a dry skillet before adding it to release it’s fragrant flavor. .
  • Be sure to allow the dough enough time to chill in the fridge. It will firm up and be much easier to work with.
  • If your bites keep falling apart, the mixture is too dry. Add peanut butter, a small amount at a time, and mix until it becomes stickier.
  • You could also skip making the balls and make bars instead. Simply spread the mixture into a square baking dish, chill and slice into squares or granola bar shapes.

Variations

When it comes to customizing your no-bake energy bites, the options are endless! Check out these no-bake energy bites ideas:

  • Double up on the chocolate. To make these oatmeal bites for the chocolate lovers in your life, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the mixture.
  • Make trail mix energy balls by adding M & M’s and raisins to the mixture.
  • Pumpkin protein balls. Replace half of the peanut butter with canned pumpkin and add 1 to 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice to the mix.
  • Nut Free Energy Bites: Use sunflower seed butter to replace the peanut butter for those on a nut free diet that can tolerate coconut.

Storing & Freezing

Storing: To maximize the shelf-life, store bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Freezing: These energy bites are great to make in batches and freeze for later. Simply freeze the balls in an airtight container for up to 3 months and thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

FAQ

How many calories is a protein bite? There are 62 calories in each oat ball.

Can you eat raw oats in energy bites? Yes. You can eat raw oats in energy bites. Allowing the mixture to sit for a little while helps the oats soften and become tender.

Can I use instant oats for energy bites? You can. However, instant oats will soften much more than old-fashioned oats making the bites softer and less chewy.

Can I use steel-cut oats for energy bites?Yes. However, the flavor and texture will be different. They won’t be as soft and easy to chew.

Calories per serving (1 bite): 62

Yield: 40 Servings

Healthy Oatmeal Bites Recipe

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This healthy oatmeal bites recipe is great to have on hand for a quick snack or after workout bite. Easy to make and grab when you need.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to large mixing bowl. 
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes to chill.
  3. Roll into small balls, about 1" in diameter. The mixture should make approximately 40 bites. 
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

40

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 62Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Jessie

Wednesday 31st of March 2021

Looking at the nutrition information (I know it said it's approximate), but what is the serving size? They look super yummy!

simplylowcal

Wednesday 31st of March 2021

Hi Jessie, the serving size is per bite.

Lisa | Garlic & Zest

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

I have everything but the flax seeds. Gonna have to don my mask and brave the market!

simplylowcal

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

I hope you enjoy them! :)

Cate

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

These look perfect for packing up for on the go summer adventures! Saving this recipe for sure, thanks for sharing!

simplylowcal

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

Thanks, Cate. I hope you enjoy. :)

Carrie Robinson

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

These would make the perfect afternoon snack! :)

simplylowcal

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

They really would. :)

Gloria Duggan

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

I love when you can combine healthy eating with treats. What a great afternoon pick me up. I know my grandkids would have fun helping me make a batch of these.

simplylowcal

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

Thanks, Gloria. I hope everyone enjoys. :)

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