What’s your favorite cookie? For me it’s always a toss up between chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin. BUT today, oatmeal raisin definitely won out! Sharing with you all these oatmeal raisin cookie energy balls I made for this week’s “treat of the week” and I couldn’t be happier!
Like I said in a few posts back, I’m not a huge snacker by any means. But Charlie is so therefore our household always has A TON of snacks! 🙂 His favorite snack so far? Energy balls! Any and all kinds. (But apparently these have been the best so far.) They’re vegan, paleo, dairy free, easily made gluten free and of course, packed with all the protein! Plus what I personally love is that they’re an easy no bake treat, which we all know is definitely needed over these blistering summer months! All you need is your basic ingredients, a bowl and a tray and viola – 10 minutes later you’ve got yourself a delicious and healthy snack!
- Rolled oats: Use gluten free rolled oats if you’re gluten free. (Bob’s Red Mill and Quaker have some great options!)
- Almonds: Feel free to replace this with any nuts you prefer. Or you can even discard them completely and replace them with more oats.
- Raisins: Kind of a must have for an oatmeal “raisin” cookie. 😉 But that being said, you can also use a different dried fruit if you prefer. (Dried cranberries, dried cherries, dried apricot, etc.)
- Protein powder (unflavored): Completely optional! I love adding extra protein to these because it keeps me fuller for longer. You can also replace it with unflavored collagen too.
- Almond butter: Replace with any kind of nut butter you prefer. (My favorite is cashew butter!)
- Maple syrup: Replace with honey or agave. (Note that if you use honey it might alter the taste slightly.)
A few tips for making ‘dem balls:
- Melt the almond butter before mixing it in. Most nut butters tend to solidify after a while which makes it extremely difficult to mix.
- This mixture can be a little dry so make sure to really pack the balls tight. (If the mixture is too dry you can always add another tablespoon of nut butter. Just keep adding until you reach your desired consistency.)
- Store these in a plastic bag in the fridge! They stay pretty solid once they’re cold and will last for about 1 1/2 weeks.
But don’t stop there! There’s so many different ways to eat these little bites too! My favorites so far are crumbling them up and topping them over yogurt or even roasted peaches! (It tastes just like a peach crisp! 😉 )
I hope you all enjoy these homemade treats just as much as we do!
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Want Even more ENERGY BALL recipes? Check out these below!
- Carrot Cake Energy Balls
- Banana Bread Protein Bites
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Bites
- White Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Balls
- 1½ cup rolled oats*
- ½ cup raw almonds**
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup raisins
- ¾ cup almond butter***
- ¼ cup maple syrup (can replace with honey or agave)
- 1 Tbsp protein powder/collagen (optional)
- Place the almonds in a food processor and blend until they're finely ground. Pour them into a large bowl.
- Add the oats, cinnamon, raisins and protein powder/collagen (if using). Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together the almond butter and maple syrup. Pour this into your oat mixture and stir until fully combined. It may help to melt the almond butter before mixing. (Mixture will be slightly crumbly. If it's too crumbly, add another tablespoon of almond butter.)
- Form mixture into 1 inch balls. (Make sure to press the mixture tightly to form the balls otherwise they'll fall apart.) Place them on a tray lined with parchment paper and store in the fridge until ready to eat. These balls should last for 1½ weeks.