Gluten free, refined sugar free and packed with protein, these peanut butter oat bites are equal parts healthy, easy, and absolutely delicious. They are my favorite energy bites ever!
Why should you make these peanut butter bites?
They are so easy. You just need to add all the ingredients into a bowl and stir, then shape into balls.
They are healthy! They have:
No refined sugar, and barely any honey to add a touch of sweetness.
Lots of fiber: from the rolled oats and the flaxseed meal
A good source of protein: From the peanut butter and flaxseed
These peanut butter balls are also gluten free if you use gluten free oats.
They are full of flavor: Peanut butter and chocolate is an unbeatable flavor combionation, and the texture that the flaxseed meal offers them is chewy and almost cakey. They almost taste like cookie dough bites!
Kid friendly too! Make for a great lunchbox snack.
What ingredients do you need to make these peanut butter oat bites?
Just a handful of ingredients, and they are easily customizable:
Peanut Butter: creamy is my choice, but feel free to use chunky if you prefer.
Old Fashioned or Rolled Oats: You can use quick cooking in a pinch
Flaxseed Meal: Which is basically ground flaxseeds. You can absolutely make your own meal at home by grinding flaxseeds into a fine meal in a spice grinder. That’s actually what I did! You need about 1/4 cup of whole flaxseeds to make the 1/2 cup of meal required in the recipe.
Honey: This is our sweetener. Start off with 2 tbsp, and add another tablespoon if you try the mix and think it isn’t sweet enough. You could substitute maple syrup too.
Chocolate Chips: I like using semi-sweet, but you could also use milk chocolate. You can use mini chips or regular sized (I only had regular so that’s what’s pictured). You could also omit the chocolate, but I love it in these bites!
Sweetened Shredded Coconut: This is optional, but gives a lovely flavor and texture component. If you like coconut, this is a great add in!
How to make peanut butter energy balls:
Place all your ingredients in a large bowl. Use a stiff spatula or a wooden spoon to combine until fully mixed (you can use gloved hands too!)
Once the mixture is combined, place the bowl in the fridge for 15-30 minutes. This is so it stops being so sticky, and becomes easier to roll.
Once the mixture has chilled, roll into balls a little smaller than golf ball sized. You should get around 12-14. You can enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for up to one week for the perfect post work out or coffee snack.
Substitutions and FAQs:
To make these vegan, feel free to use dairy free chocolate chips and substitute the honey for maple syrup.
You can make these with almond butter, or sunflower seed spread if you have a nut allergy.
You can add any finely chopped nuts of your choice.
To make these more decadent, you can dip them in melted dark chocolate.
Peanut Butter Oat Bites
- 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup old fashioned or rolled oats
- 1/2 cup flaxseed meal (about 1/4 cup of flaxseeds before grinding)
- 2-3 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, regular sized or mini
- 2-3 tablespoon shredded coconut (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir well to combine.
- Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes so they are easier to roll.
- Roll into 12-14 small balls and store in fridge for up to one week. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Oat Balls by everylittlecrumb on Jumprope.
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