Ready in 10 minutes with 8 ingredients you most likely already have in your cupboard. They taste just like a batch of cookie dough ie. addictive and delicious. You guys know no-bake treats my favourite kind of treats. They’re easy to make and easy to eat. These vegan bites are healthy enough for a snack and delicious enough for dessert – betcha can’t eat just one!! I couldn’t anyways! Yum, yum, yum! I was inspired to share a new energy bite recipe after checking out Christal’s Apple Pie and Almond Butter Energy Balls over at Nutritionist in the Kitch. Don’t they look amazing?! I’ll be trying a batch as soon as I get my hands on some dried apples.
I also came across these Pumpkin No-Bake Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven the other day….drool away my friends, drool away. One more – just look at these Cinnamon Cookie Dough Bites from Tales of a Kitchen. What’s that? Thanks for sharing? Ya…you’re welcome. 😉
Now my little oatmeal raisin bites are a perfect pre-workout snack due to the natural sugars from the raisins and dates, plus carbs from the oats and a dose of healthy fats from the almond butter. They’ll provide a wonderful boost of all-natural energy and whether it’s before a workout or as an afternoon snack, it will be tasty either way! A few notes on the recipe…make sure your dates are soft and moist. If you find your dates are very dried out, just soak them in warm water for about 15 minutes before draining and using. You’ll want to use almond butter that has a lot of natural oils, if it’s really dry the balls won’t stick together. I used the Organic Almond Butter from Nuts to You Nut Butters and it worked perfectly.
If your dough isn’t sticking together, try adding water 1/2 tsp a time until it does. I found using my hands to really mix everything together worked great and I didn’t need any water.
They’re really easy to make, just mix it all up, roll into balls and done! You don’t even really need a food processor to make them, hands work great so choose which ever method works for you! Hands = no cleaning food processor parts, always a bonus! If you make them, please be sure to pop back and leave me a comment with your thoughts!
- ½ cup packed soft dates (if your dates aren't soft and moist, soak them in a little warm water before using)
- 2 cups quick oats (gluten-free if needed!)
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- ½ cup + 1 heaping tbsp almond butter (it should be quite oily, if it's dry they won't hold together)
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 cup raisins
- Add everything except the raisins to a food processor and mix until mostly smooth.
- Remove and place in a bowl.
- Add the raisins and mix in with your hands.
- Roll into approximately 16 balls.
- Store in the fridge in an air-tight container.