How To Make No Bake Oatmeal Banana Energy Bites
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Oatmeal Banana Energy Bites

These no-bake Energy Bites are easy to make and can be customized in a variety of ways. I pop them in the freezer and pull a couple when I am looking for a snack or have a sweet craving but want to get the benefit of some protein vs potentially empty calories from candy. These do the trick!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15
Calories: 381kcal
Author: Colleen Kennedy

Ingredients

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 1/4- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ a ripe banana not over-ripe
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Place your oats and banana in a mixing bowl and use a potato masher to mase up your banana into the oats. You can add in the whole banana if you like, just add a bit more oatmeal if necessary since banana sizes vary.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the peanut butter and banana for 15-20 seconds, just enough to make them a bit more easy to incorporate.
  • Scrape that into your mixing bowl and the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix until incorporated.
  • Form into balls, pressing very firmly you do to compact and shape them (as you would a snowball). They will be a bit sticky, however, it works. If you have extra time you can allow the mixture to sit, covered, in your refrigerator for 30 minutes or more and then form mixture into balls (it will be less sticky).
  • After I form these into balls, I place them on a baking sheet and let them sit out for a few hours to dry up a bit. That is of course after I eat a few!
  • Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 4 days or store in your freezer in freezer bags. I recommend first placing balls on a baking sheet and freezing them for 30-60 minutes prior to placing them in the freezer bag. Pull out a few whenever the mood hits for a snack. They will thaw in 20 minutes or so.

Notes

Variations: Change it up. Swap out creamy peanut butter for crunchy peanut butter. Add in some Nutella for more cholate flavor. Swap raisins for cranberries. Add in chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds or pepitas. Allergic to nuts swap peanut butter for sesame butter or another favorite nut-free spread. Swap agave or maple syrup for honey. There is no right or wrong when making these.