Healthy Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal Bites

Photos by Marie-Catherine Dubé

I’m such a big fan of energy bites. You can do so much with them, kids love them and they come together ridiculously fast.

These little bites are made with natural ingredients like creamy peanut butter, oats and honey and banana for sweetness. I added chia seeds and flax seeds for an extra secret boost of nutrition and no one noticed.

They are filled with fiber and healthy fats and there’s no baking required. Need I say more?

❤️ Why You’ll Love Healthy Oatmeal Bites:

  • No bake energy bites are easy to throw together.
  • Eat as a healthy breakfast or quick snack.
  • Perfect healthy grab and go snack for toddlers and kids.
  • No eggs, dairy or gluten.
  • Amazing meal prep recipe.
  • Minimal, pantry-staple ingredients.
  • Great addition to school lunchboxes.

🍲 Ingredients

Rolled Oats

Peanut Butter

Banana

Honey or Pure Maple Syrup

Ground Flax Seeds

Coconut Flakes

Chia Seeds

Vanilla Extract

Photos by Marie-Catherine Dubé

👩‍🍳 How to Make Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal Bites

  1. In a food processor, add all of the ingredients and blend for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until everything is well combined. 
  2. Using your hands, shape the mixture into bite-sized balls or squares. You can make them as large or small as you like.
  3. Place the oatmeal bites on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up or you can bake in oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes to turn into a cookie-like treat.
  4. Once they’re firm, you can transfer the oatmeal bites to an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.

🪄 Tips and Tricks

  • If you don’t have a food processor, you can mix these with your hands.
  • You want the consistency to be sticky. This will ensure your oatmeal bites stick together. Add more peanut butter if it seems too dry to ensure the bites don’t fall apart.
  • If serving to babies under 12 months old, make sure to omit honey.


🗒 Substitutions

  • Use almond butter for a different flavor.
  • If allergic to nuts: use sunflower seed butter.
  • Use quick oats in place of rolled oats. Do not use steel cut oats.
Photos by Marie-Catherine Dubé


🗒 What Can I Add:

  • Chocolate Chips (add after using the food processor)
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Protein Powder


🗒 Variations:

  • To make into healthy oatmeal cookies: bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

👝 How to Store Leftovers

Store leftover oatmeal energy bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

🤔 Common Questions

Are these gluten and dairy-free?

These are gluten-free as long as you use a certified gluten-free oats. They are dairy-free as written.

Do I have to use rolled oats?

Rolled oats (old-fashioned oats) have the best taste and texture for these no bake oatmeal bites. You can use quick oats as well, but may change the consistency of your bites to a more chewy and gummy texture.

Healthy Oatmeal Bites

These healthy oatmeal bites will make you rethink healthy snacks! These little energy balls are a great way to get kids to eat foods with wholesome ingredients while still tasting sweet and delicious.
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy, oatmeal bites
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Refrigerate Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon optional
  • pinch of sea salt optional

Instructions

  • In a food processor, add all of the ingredients and blend for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until everything is well combined.
  • Using your hands, shape the mixture into bite-sized balls or squares. You can make them as large or small as you like.
  • Place the oatmeal bites on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up or you can bake in oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes to turn into a cookie-like treat.
  • Once they're firm, you can transfer the oatmeal bites to an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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