No Bake Oatmeal Cookies Energy Bites are a gluten-free no-bake lunchbox treat! Crushed glazed nuts, chocolate chips, oats, creamy nut butter, and dried cranberries gather together to taste just like oatmeal cookies, in the form of energy bites! These gluten free, vegan-friendly, kid-friendly no-bake snacks are deliciously healthy, easy to make, and wholesome.
Oh my gosh, school starts here next week and some kids in warmer weather states are into their second week already!
I am secretly excited for school to start. Why? Well, because that means the pool is less crowded. That means I can take my fancy schmancy aquajogger to the deep end of the pool without getting splashed and cannonballed on. Yes, I am that woman. I exercise by flapping my arms (running motion) in water…. in a floaty.
Haha, if you are a runner you know what I mean. But it’s true, I do look like a big kid with a big floaty running in water. Hey, gotta do whatcha gotta do when it comes to getting in physical therapy exercise.
Speaking of kids and exercise and uh… SCHOOL (I’m sly with transitions, I know)! What’s the best fuel for those three things? Um, healthy bites of course. I mean NO BAKE ENERGY bites, specifically energy bites that taste like oatmeal cookies.
No Bake Oatmeal Cookies, in energy bites form
The ingredient list for this energy bites recipe is super short and ultra easy:
- dark chocolate chips
- honey roasted nuts (or nuts of your choice)
- gluten-free rolled oats
- honey (or maple syrup, to make vegan no bake oatmeal cookies)
- creamy nut butter of choice
- dried cranberries
See? They are FULLY LOADED energy bites.
Do I need a blender to make this recipe?
Making these healthy snacks couldn’t be any easier! You just have to toss a few ingredients together in a bowl, mix, then roll. I like to mix everything together with my hands, but if you want to use a blender, you can make them that way too. That’s what I call efficiency!
This energy bites recipe is just that – EFFICIENT fuel! Loaded with taste, nourishment, and ENERGY to keep the mind and body feeling fantastic.
No baking, optional blending is my motto in the kitchen when it comes to easy snack ideas. But of course, you know this.
That being said, these no bake oatmeal cookies bites are a little different that most of my other healthy bites recipes. You see, the texture truly is more like the one bowl oatmeal cookies I made a few months ago. Really thick and chewy, which isn’t a bad thing.
In fact, it’s a good thing when you want to make no bake cookies for dessert and wash it down with a cold glass of milk…err… almond milk.
They may be healthy but these energy bites truly trick the mind into thinking COOKIES! And then your mind tells you to make them again and again…. in bulk batches! I have 2-gallon bags full of them in my freezer right now. Just sayin’…
What else can I add to no bake oatmeal cookies?
This recipe is perfect for back-to-school snacks back-to-school snacks because it’s quick and easy to make. The minimal ingredient list does not mean you can’t customize the recipe – get creative! Here are a few ideas for healthy add-ins:
- Chia seeds
- Other dried fruits – apricots, dates, cherries (more antioxidants!), etc.
- Protein powder
This list is just suggestions. If you need to make a nut-free treat, swap out the nuts and nut butter for some crunchy sunflower seeds and sunflower butter.
How to fix sticky cookie dough
Speaking of protein powder, I need to let you know that the “dough” for the no bake oatmeal cookies can be a little sticky. If the dough starts to stick to your hands as you roll the bites, adding a tablespoon of protein powder or gluten free flour to the mixture helps a lot. The other tricky to a less sticky batter is to chill the batter, after mixing. Once it cools in the fridge, it’s easier to mix again then roll. Capeesh?
Now, since I am bragging about making the bite sized no bake oatmeal cookies in mass quantities, it’s only fair that I share the recipe. ALSO, my love of kitchen tools that help me make them.
If you want to see me make the no bake oatmeal cookies recipe, scroll down and watch the video.Print
Gluten free No Bake Oatmeal Cookies Energy Bites are a healthy lunchbox treat! This no-bake oatmeal cookie recipe makes vegan-friendly, kid-friendly, easy no-bake snacks.
- 1/4 to 1/3 c crushed honey roasted nuts or maple glazed pecans. Regular crushed nuts may be substituted.
- 2 cup gluten-free rolled oats (we use Bob’s Red Mill)- If you use quick cooking oats, you will need more.
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup (see notes)
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips (we use Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips)
- 1/3 c dried cranberries (unsweetened to reduce sugar, if desired)
- 1/2 cup natural no-stir nut butter or sunflower seed butter (adjust depending on the brand of nut butter you use)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- optional 2 tbsp GF flour or protein powder if you need the batter less sticky.
- Crush your glazed nuts by hand or in a blender, transfer into a mixing bowl.
- Add your oats, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and cinnamon and mix together.
- Next, add your creamy nut butter. Stir again.
- Finally, Add in your vanilla extract and honey (or maple syrup), a little bit a time, mixing with a spoon between pours. Adjust the amount of honey you use depending batter’s thickness. You might need more or less.
- If batter is too sticky, add a few tbsp of coconut flour or protein powder. Mix with spoon.
- Before rolling, chill the batter in the fridge for 20 minutes. That way, it’s easier to roll later.
- Roll into 1-1.5 inch balls and place on a cookie tray or plastic ware with parchment paper underneath.
- Let them freeze for 20-30 minutes then transfer into a Ziploc bag. Keep in fridge or freezer for up to 6 weeks.
- We use Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips, which stir well.
- If you want a thinner batter, blend the oats with the nuts in a food processor so it’s a chopped texture. Then you will probably need less honey/nut butter.
- Pro Tip Add in your nut butter and honey a little bit at a time until you find the right consistency to roll into balls. Each batch will be different depending on how fine you blend the nuts and the type of nut butter you use. Pretty easy to adjust though.
- Nutrition shown below is for 1 bite. 3-4 bites are equivalent to a nutrient-dense energy bar.
- Category: snacks
- Method: no-bake
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 energy bite
Keywords: no bake oatmeal cookies, energy bites, no bake snacks
Okay friends, now that I have gushed about the no bake bites…
Let’s hop to it and make some no bake oatmeal cookies, then roll ’em into bites!
Video: How to make No Bake Oatmeal Cookies Energy Bites
Are you ready for back to school snackin? What do you put in your oatmeal cookies? Please tell me it’s chocolate…. always!
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