I am a morning person but by 3 PM in the afternoon, I am craving a nap. These peanut butter oatmeal energy bites were my attempt at powering through my week without resorting to pots full of coffee. Loaded with real peanut butter and whole oats, then sweetened with honey, these energy bites are a great source of nutrients a delicious snack idea!
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Why are protein balls good for you?
No bake energy balls like these are full of protein and assorted other nutrients. They are a great post workout treat to help refuel your body or a between meal snack. These oatmeal energy bites help you tackle your hunger without guilt and keep your body fueled with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
Since my pumpkin balls were so delicious, I decided that this easy no-bake treat would be a healthy way to satisfy my sweet tooth without the guilt! Snacking on cookies is delicious but not the healthiest choice on a daily basis, right? If you are looking for more high protein nut recipes, try my chocolate almond butter smoothie bowl!
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites Ingredients
These peanut butter balls are made with only 5 ingredients: peanut butter, old-fashioned oats, flax seeds, honey and chocolate chips. They take less than 10 minutes to make, although you will have to chill the batter a bit to make them easier to roll. This is also a relatively flexible recipe. Feel free to substitute almond butter and cranberries or cashew butter and white chocolate chips.
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Is it OK to eat uncooked oatmeal?
In one word, yes, it is safe to eat uncooked oatmeal. However, you should make sure to drink plenty of water because they can have a binding effect if you eat a ton without enough liquid. Raw oats provide loads of fiber in these energy balls, however, they do digest a bit easier if you let them soak in a bit of water first. However, when making energy bites like these, just use them raw. You aren’t eating a ton of these peanut butter oatmeal energy bites at one time.
Best Sweeteners for Energy Bites
You do need to use a liquid sweetener when making homemade energy bites, Of course, you can also vary the type of liquid sweetener you use. Choose agave nectar if you want a vegan snack or maple syrup if you prefer the flavor of maple to honey. They will be delicious, no matter which combination that you choose!
Other Peanut Butter Recipes to Try
- Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
- Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe
- Easy Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats
You will also be happy to know that these energy bites are loaded with fiber and protein. They might be small but just a few of these will satisfy both your hunger AND your sweet tooth! This recipe makes about 12 energy bites so you can double it if you have a house full of hungry people like I do! If you still find yourself dragging, check out my post on tips to boost energy and maybe take a 30-minute power nap before you conquer your to-do list!
How long do protein balls last in the fridge?
These peanut butter oatmeal energy bites have no preservatives so don’t leave them sitting out on your counter. Once you finish rolling them, store them in the refrigerator. They should stay good for a couple of weeks at least. Make sure you store them in an airtight container or they do tend to dry out.
Can you freeze energy balls?
These peanut butter oatmeal energy bites can be made up in bulk and frozen back for long term enjoyment. Just roll them out and place them on a cookie sheet on some parchment paper. Then, stick your cookie sheet into the freezer for a few hours. Once your oatmeal energy bites are frozen, place them in a zip to lock plastic bag and place the whole thing in the freezer. Take out a handful every few days and they will stay fresh for quite a long time!
Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- up to 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Stir until combined and chill 30 minutes
- Roll into balls (you will get about 12)
- Store in the refrigerator and use within a week or so.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 5g
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.