this post is sponsored by the Grain Foods Foundation but all opinions are my own.
these oatmeal raisin energy bites are the perfect snack for your whole family! healthy and no bake they are quick to make, filling, and yummy. they are mostly made of oats, raisins, ground flax seed, and almond butter. they are just slightly sweetened with honey and vanilla with just a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. my daughter loves them – they are perfect for lunch boxes or on the go snacks. my hubby takes them to work for his afternoon snack attack between patients! it is great for the holiday season when everyone around is eating cookies and sweets – they have the taste of the holiday from the cinnamon, but are much healthier. my daughter loves to help me make them as well – and nothing says holiday like being gathered in the kitchen with my kids!
for this recipe i wanted to try out using steel cut oats as well as rolled oats. combining the two made for a great chewy texture. if the steel cut oats are not available to you, or have too much of a toothy texture, feel free to substitute them and use only rolled oats. either way – it is a great filling and healthy snack. both forms of these oats are whole grain and an essential part of your diet. it is recommended to get 6 one-oz servings of grains (3 from whole grains) daily for fiber and antioxidants. oats are an excellent source of soluble fiber that can reduce cholesterol when eaten regularly. there are so many reasons to have whole and enriched grains in your diet! you can read more about different grains and the benefits here on the Grain Foods Foundation website – i learned so much and have really changed our family’s diet as a result!
the raisins add a the perfect sweetness and softer texture to the granola bite. i also add ground flaxseed to most of my energy bites. it has great nutritional value, but minimal taste or texture. aka- you can hide it in things and your hubby and kids will never know!
the moisture in these energy bites comes from the almond butter, honey, and vanilla. this recipe is similar to my peanut butter oatmeal granola bites which has been a bit hit with readers. almond butter has a distinctive taste so if that is not your thing, feel free to swap that out for peanut butter.
combine all the ingredients into a bowl and roll into 1 inch balls. this recipe makes about 15 energy balls. i line them up on a sheet pan and then place them in the fridge to harden up a bit. once firm, they can be placed in an air tight container or plastic bag and keep for about a week.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup steel cut oats
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
- dash salt
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1½ Tbsp honey
- ½ cup almond butter
- Add dry ingredients into a bowl and mix to combine evenly.
- Add the remaining vanilla, honey, and almond butter and mix to form a sticky dough.
- If the dough is too sticky, add more rolled oats. If the dough is a bit too dry, add more almond butter to get just the right consistency.
- Roll the mixture into 1 inch balls.
- Enjoy! Keep in refrigerator and enjoy for up to a week!