No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites
Are you looking for healthy snack recipes? I know I always am, and as soon as I made these no bake oatmeal cookie energy bites (which just so happen to be sugar free, gluten free, and vegan) I knew I had found my go-to snack recipe for the new year!
The reality is sinking in, it’s 2016! I love thinking about all the possibilities and goals for the year ahead. One thing I really want to focus on this year is eating more mindfully, and one of the things that helps me do that is having healthy snacks around. If I don’t have any healthy snacks on hand, chances are I’m going to eat something not-so-good-for-me.
As I’m shopping at Trader Joe’s for some healthy snacks I see dates on sale…for $2.99!! Normally these same dates sell for $10-15 so I grabbed some right away! I mean $2.99, you can’t go wrong, right? That’s the cost of one fancy granola bar, I was so excited I immediately shared my find on Snapchat (I’m username: Sweetphi) and got back several replies of people who went out to get them that same day and also found them at the sale price…so fingers crossed they stay that price?
I’m such a huge fan of energy bites (you may remember these no bake coconut date energy bites) and with my newly procured dates I wanted to try out a new flavor combination, and I hit the jackpot of deliciousness with these oatmeal cookie energy bites. The energy bites taste like an oatmeal cookie, and they only have 5 ingredients…making them absolutely perfect for the first FIVE INGREDIENT FRIDAY of the new year (<– can you tell how jazzed I am about Five Ingredient Fridays this year?!!)
Making energy bites is super fun, but sometimes they can look difficult (they’re really easy to make, promise) so I’ve put together my top six tips for making energy bites:
- Use a good food processor. I use this food processor, it really makes a difference texturally
- Process the dates first so that there are no big chunks
- Use a cookie scoop to make even size balls, then roll with hands
- Add a few drops of water if the mixture isn’t coming together easily
- Fun little cupcake liners make the energy bites super enjoyable (we eat with our eyes too, right? And how cute are these?)
- Let your energy balls refrigerate for an hour or over night (and store in the fridge) this will allow them to harden and come together
These no bake are perfect for bring to work and keeping on hand for when you need a healthy snack! Right around 2 pm when I need a little snack, instead of eating an unhealthy cookie I have been having one of these and have been loving it- the bites provide natural energy and totally helps with the afternoon energy slump.
- 15 dejlet noor dates, pits removed (1 heaping cup - can also use medjool dates, 8oz)
- 1 tablespoon water
- ¼ cup raisins
- ½ cup quick cooking oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- In a food processor, process dates and tablespoon of water for 5 seconds.
- Add almond butter, raisins, oats and cinnamon into the food processor and process for 5-10 seconds, until the mixture comes together, it should be sticky to touch and easily form a ball. If the mixture does not stick together when pressed between two fingers add a few more drops of water.
- Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop or a tablespoon, scoop 1 tablespoon of mixture into your hand and roll it into a ball shape. Place in a mini muffin liner or in an air tight container.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour and then enjoy or keep stored in the refrigerator.
You can use peanut butter instead of almond butter.
You can use any kind of raisins you'd like (I used yellow raisins).