Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls
These no-bake bites taste like a cross between oatmeal raisin and peanut butter cookie dough. I use natural creamy peanut butter (like the kind from Smuckers) and it works really well. (Recipe updated slightly in June 2021 to ensure the best texture.)
1/2 cup creamy unsweetened peanut butter 1/4 cup honey 1 cup rolled oats ground into a coarse flour in a blender or food processor (or use quick oats or oat flour) 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon chia seeds 1/4 cup raisins, cut in half (optional, but recommended for overall texture)
Place the peanut butter and honey in a heat-proof container (such as a glass measuring cup) and warm for 15-30 seconds in the microwave.
Add to a medium bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon as much as you can. If the dough is at all stiff, mix with clean hands.
Use a tablespoon-size measuring spoon to portion and roll into balls. Squeeze the batter, then roll it into a ball to help it hold together easily.
Serve or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
To store, place in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Let sit at room temperature to soften slightly if needed for your toddler. If you happen to not have chia seeds on hand, you can simply skip them.
Nut-free: Use Sunbutter or another sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter. Grind the oats in a blender or food processor or use quick oats or oat flour. This will make the final texture smoother and more like cookie dough.
Cut the raisins in half if they are very large so they are easier for the kids to bite into and chew.
Warm the peanut butter and honey so they are easy to stir into the other ingredients.
Use a tablespoon measuring spoon or a small spoon to portion out the dough.
Cut up if needed to serve to younger kids.
Try snipped dried cherries, cranberries, or apricots instead of the raisins.
Use mini chocolate chips instead of raisins.
Calories: 122 kcal Carbohydrates: 15 g Protein: 4 g Fat: 6 g Saturated Fat: 1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g Trans Fat: 1 g Sodium: 51 mg Potassium: 125 mg Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 7 g Vitamin A: 1 IU Vitamin C: 1 mg Calcium: 12 mg Iron: 1 mg