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No-Bake Oat & Nut Energy Bites

5 stars based on 11 votes

oat and nut energy bites

Every once in a while, I get on a health kick and purge our kitchen of all processed junk food in a dramatic blaze of glory. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm for healthy eating is not shared by my family — especially the kids, who come home from school starving, open the pantry, and yell “Mom! We have nothing to eat!” Enter these energy bites. Made with oats and nuts, they are the type of wholesome treat that you can feel good about giving to your family, whether for an on-the-go breakfast, lunch box stuffer, or car snack. And they’re not just for kids: I find them quite addictive, particularly as an afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of coffee.

Though these bites are no-bake, I toast the oats and nuts together in a skillet before mixing them with the other ingredients. This quick step takes the raw edge off the oats, giving them a golden-toasty flavor, and also enhances the taste of the nuts. Finely chopped dates lend a little natural sweetness and fiber, and their stickiness helps bind the balls together.

how to make energy bites

To begin, place the oats and nuts in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the oats turn slightly golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and stir in the flaxseed, cinnamon, and salt.

how to make energy bites

Place the pan back on the stove over low heat. Add the peanut butter, dates, honey, vanilla, and water.

how to make energy bites

Stir until evenly combined (you’re not “cooking” the mixture; warming it just makes it easier to combine).

how to make energy bites

Using a rubber spatula, scrape the mixture into the bowl with the oats/nuts.

how to make energy bites

Stir until evenly combined, then refrigerate the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cool enough to handle.

how to make energy bites

Place the coconut in a shallow bowl. Roll the mixture into tablespoon-size balls, then roll in the coconut to coat.

how to make energy bites

Place the balls in the refrigerator to set until cold, a few hours (or 45 minutes in the freezer). The bites will keep in a covered container for up to a week in the refrigerator.

how to make energy bites

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No-Bake Oat & Nut Energy Bites

Servings: About 40 bites
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes, plus time to chill in the fridge or freezer

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats (or old-fashioned oats, pulsed briefly in a food processor or blender to break them up)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or almonds
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed or wheat germ (okay to substitute more oats or nuts)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pitted dates, from 6 to 8 large dates (make sure they are not dry/stale)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut, for rolling

Instructions

  1. Place the oats and nuts in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the oats turn slightly golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and stir in the flaxseed, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Place the pan back on the stove over low heat. Add the peanut butter, dates, honey, vanilla, and water. Stir until evenly combined (you're not "cooking" the mixture; warming it just makes it easier to combine). Using a rubber spatula, scrape the mixture into the bowl with the oats/nuts. Stir until evenly combined. Refrigerate the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cool enough to handle.
  3. Place the coconut in a shallow bowl. Roll the mixture into tablespoon-size balls, then roll in the coconut to coat. Place the balls in the refrigerator, uncovered, to set until cold, a few hours (or about 45 minutes in the freezer). The bites will keep in a covered container for up to a week in the refrigerator (freeze for longer storage).

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Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 bite
  • Calories: 87
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Sodium: 31 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Reviews & Comments

  • 4 stars

    Made the energy bites using moist dried prunes…they are great!

    - Sara on January 18, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made these this weekend…they were AMAZING! I substituted the dates for raisons since I had everything on hand.

    - Michelle Sanford on January 18, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These Bites are delicious. Just made them today. Do you know how many calories are for each?

    - Leslie king on January 15, 2018 Reply
    • Glad you like them, Leslie. The nutritional data can be found underneath the recipe. 🙂

      - Jenn on January 15, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These are seriously good. But are they still considered healthy if you eat the whole batch at once? LOL

    - John on January 13, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have been searching for a healthy simple snack with fiber and protein that didn’t taste blah. I’m so glad I found this recipe!! My husband and I absolutely love them and even my 3 year approved! Make a double batch because they won’t last long!

    - Brandess on January 12, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I loved these! Next time I’ll use almond butter and the full 1/2 of salt. THANKS!

    - Sally on January 12, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    LOVE these! So happy to have a healthy treat to pack in the kids’ lunch boxes.

    - Stephanie on January 12, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I just made these and they are delicious. My dates were a bit dry so I chopped them and then soaked them in boiling water for about 6 minutes while I worked on the rest of the recipe. I also used about half almond butter. I used my food processor for doing the oatmeal and nuts. I like these better than other similar ones I have made. Thanks!

    - Susan on January 11, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Thank you so much. Just what I needed as I have the exact scenario in my household! there are few granola bars out there without tons of sugar making these perfect.

    - Christine on January 11, 2018 Reply
  • 4 stars

    These tasted great but mine would not stick together. I think my dates were too small. They were about an inch or a little longer. Was this what you used?

    - Kathy Castleberry on January 11, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Kathy, Sorry you had trouble getting these to stick together. I’ve not had that issue as the dates and added water make the “dough” quite sticky. I don’t think the size of the dates would make a big difference. Did you by any chance make any substitutions?

      - Jenn on January 12, 2018 Reply
      • I didn’t use flax seeds. We are eating them with a spoon. Good anyway

        - Kathy castleberry on January 12, 2018 Reply
        • Well, I’m glad you enjoyed them even if you ate them in a different “form”! 🙂

          - Jenn on January 12, 2018 Reply
  • Just made these and as I didn’t have dates, I used moist “dried” prunes…..worked fine!

    I’d like to try with soaked dried cranberries for the sweet-tart taste.

    - Sara on January 11, 2018 Reply
  • Hi, I don’t think we would get through all these in one week, can you freeze them?

    - KatP on January 11, 2018 Reply
    • Yes, definitely!

      - Jenn on January 11, 2018 Reply
  • I have a nut/seed restriction (not allergy) so what would be a good substitute?

    - PAW on January 11, 2018 Reply
    • Hi PAW, You could use crisp rice cereal in place of the nuts (I wouldn’t toast it though).

      - Jenn on January 11, 2018 Reply
  • Thanks for this recipe! I’ve been slowly cutting out processed foods in favor of snacks that balance healthy fats and carbs that are slower to digest. Of course I’m dragging my kids along in this journey and these look perfect!

    - Anne on January 11, 2018 Reply
  • Hi Jenn,

    I love the recipe but my only problem is that my child is allergic to peanuts. Is there any substitute for peanut butter?

    Thanks!
    SK

    - Sk on January 11, 2018 Reply
    • Sure, any other nut butter will work.

      - Jenn on January 11, 2018 Reply
      • Thanks!

        - SK on January 11, 2018 Reply
  • Hi Jenn: Is there anything else I use instead of coconut? I am not a fan of it.

    Love your recipies.

    - noella johnson on January 11, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Noella, You can just very finely chopped nuts in place of the coconut. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on January 11, 2018 Reply
  • These sound delicious. Do you think they would be ok with just peanuts? My husband has a tree nut allergy so I wouldn’t be able to follow the recipe exactly.

    - SHAWN NEVINS on January 11, 2018 Reply
    • Yes, definitely Shawn – any combination of nuts/seeds will work.

      - Jenn on January 11, 2018 Reply
  • Hi,
    Can you use the smooth peanut butter you have to stir? These look great!

    - Rose on January 11, 2018 Reply
    • Sure, Rose – that’s fine.

      - Jenn on January 11, 2018 Reply
  • I would like to take these as snacks while traveling. Would they keep without being refrigerated? The only ingredient that seems to need refrigeration is the flax. So would it work if I leave it out? Thanks!

    - Karen on January 11, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Karen, Yes that should be fine. Hope you enjoy them!

      - Jenn on January 11, 2018 Reply
  • Good Morning! Thank you for this great healthy snack idea. I was admiring the pan in the pictures, which made me want to ask, do you have a preferred cookware ? I am in need of updating my pots and pans, but I don’t have the budget for All-Clad and I would prefer “healthy” non-stick type pans rather than all stainless steel. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated!
    Have a great day –
    Angie

    - Angie Freeman on January 11, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Angie, I use mostly stainless steel cookware, as well as a few nonstick skillets like the one in the photos. OXO Good Grips supposedly makes affordable and good quality nonstick cookware but they actually aren’t that much less expensive than the AllClad pans I have. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on January 11, 2018 Reply
  • Do you see any problem with substuting chia seeds or are you using flax for the nutty element? Just asking because that’s what I have on hand.

    - Dan on January 10, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Dan, I think you can definitely use chia seeds in place of the flax – this recipe is super flexible so long as you keep the ratios the same. Hope you enjoy them!

      - Jenn on January 10, 2018 Reply
  • These look delicious! We’re not big fans of dates and coconut. Can you suggest some substitutions? Thanks!

    - Alice on January 10, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Alice, I think you could use dried apricots (or really any other dried fruit) in place of the dates. And very finely chopped nuts would be a good replacement for the shredded coconut. I’d love to know how they turn out if you try it.

      - Jenn on January 10, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I just made these today and they are FANTASTIC! I love having snacks like these around for my kids.

    - Carrie on January 10, 2018 Reply

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