Oatmeal Bites

This is probably my favorite snack or post-workout fuel since I’ve found them. You see these all over on the internet, so it’s no surprise that I’ve found my own way to make them. They are packed with nutrients and simple to make.

The best part about these is that there is not one way you have to make them. You can always add and subtract ingredients to fit your personal taste. Plus they can often curb that sweet tooth almost all of us get, you just don’t have the guilt.

I like to play around often and add coconut oil or different nuts, seeds, or dried fruit. You can even change your nut butter or natural sweetener. Have fun with it.

 

I’ve learned to always start with the dry. A lot of you may know that, but hey if you’re new to this whole process, don’t worry I had to learn that too. Grab all the nuts and seeds you like and don’t be afraid to mix it up. You don’t know if you like something until you try it.

 

I wish I had added coconut to this batch, but coconut flakes are always a huge hit in our home. It can be added to the mix or even top it off and roll the bites in it after you make them. Either way it’s one of my favorite touches. And hey a little dark chocolate is never a bad touch, just make sure it’s not the main ingredient. 🙂

 

The last items to add are the nut butter and honey. I love fresh ground peanut butter, but you can always use almond butter.

Tip: when looking for nut butters all that should be in the ingredients list are nuts and a little salt. If there are more ingredients than that you are getting a much more processed food. You’re body is going to respond best to the natural stuff-it may be a little more expensive, but trust me it’s worth it! The taste ROCKS!

 

Make sure you mix it well, but not too fast. You just want it to have a nice sticky consistency, but you don’t want to breakup all the ingredients. The texture is half the goodness of this snack.

 

Refrigerate, scope, freeze and ENJOY! This snack is packed with plant-based proteins, healthy fats and fiber to keep that digestive system working. Remember being healthy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste-it’s just making better choices. Real food is your friend, that’s a good tip when you’re eating and it makes you feel so much better.

 

 

Ingredients: 

1.5 cups of old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup nut mix ( I use crushed almonds and pumpkin seeds)

1/4 cup raisins (you can use other dried fruit, but check the nutrition label for added sugars-they often sneak a lot of sugars into other dried fruit)

1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp flax seed

1/2-3/4 cup of fresh ground peanut butter

1/4 cup of honey

Optional:

2 tbsp of coconut oil (heated and melted with peanut butter and honey) This will add some extra flavor and stick the ingredients together a little more

2 tbsp coconut flakes

Directions: 

  1. Place all the dry ingredients in a medium to large mixing bowl. (Oats, nuts, raisins, cinnamon, chia, flax and chocolate chips) Mix until ingredients are distributed evenly.
  2. Add peanut butter and honey and use a mixer to stir everything until mix is smooth and even. Remember mix a lower speed to ensure you’re not breaking up the ingredients.
  3. Cover the mixture and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Take the mixture out and roll into even balls. I often use a cookie scooper to help.
  5. Freeze (at least 2 hours) and enjoy.
Jo Butler