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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites with Honey Recipe
If you 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. 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.
For many people the addition of honey to recipes is a way to promote good health. They prefer honey to other sweeteners such as refined white sugar.
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!
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.
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.
Best Honey for Making Protein Bites
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 raw 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.
- 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.
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.
Storing Your 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.
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.
Final Words on Homemade Honey Peanut Butter Energy Bites
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.
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.