Like to keep something on hand for a little pick-me-up? This recipe for Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites with Honey may be just what you are looking for. A sweet treat with protein and fiber, they are a great quick snack. Anyone can make them so no special equipment is required.
Homemade 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.
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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.
This recipe uses honey, to add sweetness and a bit of extra energy. Believe it or not, not everyone likes the taste of honey. This is one way to get some natural honey in your diet-even if you are not a true honey lover.
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.
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. Mix with other natural ingredients and you have a powerful snack.
- Old Fashioned oats uncooked
- natural peanut butter
- vanilla extract
- ground flaxseed
- semi-sweet chocolate morsels
Old Fashioned Oats: you can use quick oats but old fashioned rolled oat provide more fiber.
Peanut Butter: Look for a natural peanut butter if possible. The produce will not contain high fructose corn syrup and other artificial additives.
Honey: Raw honey is always best. The brand does not really matter though i would try to find USA honey if possible.
Ground Flaxseed: Purchase seed that are already ground and the seeds are slick and hard to grind. Keep them in the refrigerator for freshness.
How to Make Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites – Step by Step
Add all the ingredients in a large bowl. Use a large spoon to mix everything together until all the dry ingredients are mixed in.
Use your hands to roll mixture into small balls and place on a shallow pan. Allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Then store in a sealed container. I like to keep them in the refrigerator but you don’t have to.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites with Honey
- 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.
Storing Your Honey Energy Snacks
Honey is a natural energy snack. Refined sugar provides empty calories. But, honey contributes calories, enzymes, minerals, amino acids and more.
These protein balls snacks are rich in carbohydrates & protein from the peanut butter. They can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. And, they are great frozen for long term storage.
These peanut butter oatmeal bites with honey are a great addition to your healthy snacking plan. Calories are not the enemy. Our bodies need calories to maintain good health and grow stronger.
If the idea of chocolate and cherries causes your taste buds to buzz, try the Chocolate Cherry Bars from Green Oklahoma.
A few other ideas for using honey in the kitchen include Peanut Butter Honey cookies – using wheat flour.
And if you want to really be a hero, try these Homemade Honey Turtles with Caramel and Pecans. They are so very good.