This recipe for Honey, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Balls produces a sweet treat with protein and fiber – a great quick snack. Anyone can make them-so no special equipment is required. One of the nicest things about recipes like this is the use of common ingredients that most of us already have on hand. But, there are so many extras that you can include: coconut, nuts, raisins, and more.
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.
Homemade Natural Energy Honey 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.
Honey is no stranger to the kitchen. The use of honey in cooking 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 them 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. Raw and pure are not the same things. However, if you can not find raw honey or choose not to use it – that’s okay. The brand does not really matter though I would try to find USA honey if possible.
Ground Flaxseed: Purchase seed that are already ground. This is because the seeds are slick and hard to grind. Keep them in the refrigerator for freshness.
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.
And if you want to really be a hero, try these Homemade honey turtles with caramel and pecans. They are so very good.
For those who love the taste of toasted nuts but want to limit calories and fat – honey roasted pecans are great.
Honey, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Balls
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- 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.