Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites

I had some vanilla protein powder that I was looking for a way to use because it had been sitting neglected on the shelf for a while. So, of course I went to Pinterest and started looking for protein powder recipes. It’s hot as Hades and my kids are always looking for a quick snack. Energy bites, or energy balls are something we eat so many of that it’s hard to keep enough in the fridge!

I found a few recipes and this one seemed the easiest: Cinnamon Vanilla Breakfast Protein Bites by Cotter Crunch. She does a great job explaining how she made them, so head there for details. However, you know me and how I like to do my own thing! I used her base recipe and added raisins, but left off the cinnamon dusting. That was the first batch and those lasted like a day. The kids loved them!

Next batch I made needed to be doubled, but with more changes. Here’s what I did:

Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 cups oat flour can make your own in food processor or blender
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder I use OWYN brand
  • 1 cup almond meal can sub more oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup nut butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup raisins adjust to taste
  • plant milk as needed to bring mixture together

Instructions
 

  • Make your oat flour by processing in food processor or blender. I usually make a bunch ahead of time, so in the video you'll see us skipping this step.
  • Add the rest of your ingredients and stir to combine.
  • If the mixture is too dry to form into balls, add a splash of plant milk until it comes together and holds its shape.
  • Use a cookie scoop to make bite-sized balls.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy!

I love OWYN brand protein powder so much! I’ve tried a few and this is the only one that doesn’t have any weird-tasting sweeteners and it’s not chalky or gritty. The vanilla is good for making energy bites and the chocolate is good for smoothies and also energy bites.

These are so good that I have them as a dessert after lunch. They are sweet enough without being over-the-top. We finished the canister of vanilla OWYN, which was the whole reason why I searched the the recipe, but now we’re hooked and I had to order more protein powder! It’s fine though. These are fairly healthy, especially cutting back a bit on the syrup. The protein powder has probiotics and is vitamins and minerals. It’s easy enough that the kids can make on their own and better than some snacks out there.

* photo taken by my youngest kiddo and edited by my oldest