OATMEAL PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BITES

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites In Serving Bowl

OATMEAL PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BITES

by | Apr 22, 2022

What is an energy bite, anyway? Energy bites, also known as energy balls, protein balls and bliss balls are usually small balls of whole food ingredients without added processed sugar and without flour, gluten and dairy. With a healthy combination of proteins, carbs and fats, these Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites will provide a quick and tasty energy boost.

They’re fun to make at home with kids and should satisfy the sweet tooth of both children and adults without the added artificial ingredients found in processed foods. Even though they are a healthy alternative to many packaged protein bars, they should not be consumed with reckless abandon(Sometimes my MO Yikes!) because of the high sugar(albeit unprocessed) content. Enjoy one or two as a snack or dessert.

Be sure to include the chia seeds in this recipe for the many nutritional benefits that they provide. According to Healthline.com, they are loaded with antioxidants, may help with weight loss, lower your risk of heart disease, and lower blood sugar levels. They contain important bone nutrients as well as being packed with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and micronutrients.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”  Helen Keller

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites In Serving Bowl
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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites

These Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites are just the thing to satisfy your sweet tooth either as a snack or dessert.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 16 balls
Calories: 84kcal

Equipment

  • Food processor with blade attachment
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Medium Bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Sheet pan lined with parchment paper

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted and chopped Medjool dates
  • ¾ cup certified gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¼ cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¼ cup vegan dark chocolate chips optional

Instructions

  • Add the chopped dates, oatmeal, peanut butter and chia seeds to the bowl of a food processor with a blade attachment and process until the mixture sticks together between your fingers. This may take a few minutes. Stop the food processor from time to time and turn the ingredients over with a rubber spatula being careful not to let the spatula come in contact with the sharp edges of the blade.
  • Remove the mixture from the food processor to a medium bowl.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips(if using) with a large spoon.
  • Scoop out 1 Tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball with the palms of your hands. Place the ball onto the sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Continue until all of the mixture is formed into balls. The chocolate chips and chia seeds tend to sink to the bottom so continue to reincorporate them back into the mixture. You can also press a few chocolate chips into each ball as you go.
  • Refrigerate at least 20 minutes before serving.

Notes

These Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites can also be frozen.  Place in an airtight freezer-safe container for freezing.
The nutrition information below is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s, dietician’s or doctor’s advice.
Additionally, the nutrition information below does include the chocolate chips.

Nutrition

Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

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You’ll need the following ingredients for these Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites…

Medjool dates-1 cup pitted and chopped
Gluten-free rolled oats-¾ cup
Smooth peanut butter-¼ cup
Vegan dark chocolate chips-¼ cup, optional
Chia seeds-1½ Tablespoons

If you purchase dates that are not pitted, carefully slice down one side of the full length of the date, open them up and remove and discard the seeds. Additionally, remove any part of the stems that are still attached.

Dates On Cutting Board

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Let’s get going…

Add the chopped dates, oatmeal, peanut butter and chia seeds to the bowl of a food processor with a blade attachment and process until the mixture sticks together between your fingers. This may take a few minutes. Stop the food processor from time to time and turn the ingredients over with a rubber spatula, being careful not to let the spatula come in contact with the sharp edges of the blade.


Remove the mixture from the food processor to a medium bowl.


Stir in the chocolate chips(if using) with a large spoon.


Scoop out 1 Tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball with the palms of your hands. Place the ball onto the sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Continue until all of the mixture is formed into balls. The chocolate chips and chia seeds tend to sink to the bottom so continue to reincorporate them back into the mixture. You can also press a few chocolate chips into each ball as you go.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites On Sheet Pan


Refrigerate at least 20 minutes before serving.

Another option is to roll the balls in chia seeds. In this case, do not add the chia seeds to the food processor. Instead, place them in a small bowl. Roll each ball in the chia seeds until nicely coated and return them to the sheet pan.


Refrigerate at least 20 minutes before serving.

Enjoy…

These Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites can also be frozen in an airtight freezer-safe container if desired.

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? Please leave a comment below and share a photo on Instagram. Tag @chasingbeans123 and hashtag it  #chasingbeans123. I love to hear from you.

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