Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites with Honey Recipe
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites with Honey are sweet protein balls. They are a great quick snack and so easy to make. This recipe uses honey, to add sweetness and a bit of extra energy. Believe it or not, not everyone likes the taste of honey. So, this is one way to get some natural honey in your diet.
Honey is no stranger to the kitchen. The use of honey in recipes dates back hundreds of years. This super saturated natural sugar packs a powerful punch of goodness.
For many people the addition of honey to recipes is a way to promote good health. They prefer honey to other sweeteners.
Now, let’s be real – honey is sugar. Honey is a carb. But that doesn’t mean you should not eat it in moderation. Carbohydrates are an important energy source.
Honey is not just for dessert dishes either, my family loves Baked Honey Chicken tenders too!
Natural Energy Bites
The internet is full of recipes for making your own energy bites or protein bites. Most of them revolve around oatmeal, peanut butter ( or other nut butters) and honey.
Beyond that, the sky is the limit. There are so many extras that you can include: coconut, nuts, raisins, and more.
One of the nicest things about these recipes is the use of common ingredients that most of us already have on hand.
Choose Your Honey Wisely
Does it matter what kind of honey is used in the Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites? No, not really.
But, if you want to maximize the nutritional value of this honey snack – purchase pure honey. The variety of honey does not matter though each type may impart a different flavor.
Honey varieties include: orange blossom honey, acacia honey, buckwheat honey, clover honey etc. A basic wildflower honey which is a mixture of many different nectar sources.
Honey is also used for health care. You can even make your own Honey Cough drops!
- 2 cups of old Fashion oatmeal - oats uncooked
- 1 1/2 cups of Natural Peanut Butter
- 3/4 cup of honey
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup of ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl. ( If desired: use food processor to grind up oatmeal first - do it before adding in other ingredients)
- Use a large spoon to stir the mixture. You want to mix everything together with no dry spots. If the mixture is too sticky - add a little more oatmeal. If too crumbly, add a little more peanut butter.
- Use your hands to roll the mixture into small balls and place in a flat pan. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes.
- When firm, store the bites in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 7 - 10 days. For longer storage - freeze.
These are a great quick snack for those times when you really need one.
They are also a good way to incorporate some honey in your diet.
If they are too sticky for you - experiment with the ratio of oatmeal to peanut butter. And don't get carried away with the honey - it is easy to put too much.
** Allergy Alert - If you are allergic to peanut butter - substitute another type of nut butter instead.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 5g
** Be alert for nut allergies. All measurements are estimates.
Honey Snacks for Energy
Honey is a natural energy snack. Refined sugar provides empty calories. But, honey contributes calories, enzymes, minerals, amino acids and more.
This protein ball recipe is rich in carbohydrates & protein. They can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. And, they are great frozen for long term storage.
Calories are not the enemy. Our bodies need calories to maintain good health and grow stronger.
These peanut butter oatmeal bites with honey are a great addition to your healthy snacking plan.
For those of you who are beekeepers, people are always looking for ways to add honey to their diet.