Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites: A wholesome, sweet treat filled with chia, flax, hemp and more.
Sometimes you need a sweet treat that feels wholesome. After nibbling through chocolates and ice cream on Valentine’s Day, the craving for sweets doesn’t disappear and if anything, it gets a little stronger, especially with my kids. That’s why it’s good to have sweet snacks on hand that are healthy and satisfying, like these Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites. They hit the spot, are filling and full of good stuff. And I almost forgot – they’re gluten-free too.
My daughter, who often makes a conscious effort to complain about healthy food, devoured each and every peanut butter energy bite that I rolled in coconut. I preferred the bites rolled in cocoa powder and almond flour.
This recipe lends itself to endless variations. You could use different nut or seed butters and change up the quantities of chia, flax meal and hemp, all depending on what you have in the cupboard. Another option is to swap the honey for maple syrup if you’d like a brighter sweet flavour.
To make these school friendly, substitute sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter.
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites will last for a week in the fridge.
This recipe is slightly adapted from the blog Family Bites.
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Makes 18 balls
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
- 2 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
- Pinch of sea salt
- Shredded coconut, almond flour or cocoa powder for rolling (optional)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor, pulsing until they come together. Scrape into a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Using a tablespoon measure, scoop the mixture and shape it into balls. Roll in your preferred coating or leave plain.
- Place them on the prepared baking sheet and chill for 30 minutes before serving.
Per ball: Calories: 88.4, Fat: 4.8 g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Carbs: 10 g, Sugar: 4.8 g, Sodium: 2.3 mg, Fibre: 1.5 g, Protein: 2.6 g, Potassium: 110 mg, Calcium: 16.7 g
*This nutritional analysis is incomplete. It does not include nutritional impact of hemp seeds or any coating, if used.