These chocolate chip oatmeal energy bites are perfect for a quick snack or breakfast! They’re no-bake, healthy, and delicious, plus free of the top 8 allergens!
Isn’t everything just more fun when it’s in miniature? Miniature poodles, doll houses, miniature golf…and even miniature food. Little bite-sized snacks and treats are just more fun, aren’t they?
And if you have little ones, you might be searching for a new snack for them to try after school, or to pack in their lunchboxes.
These chocolate chip oatmeal energy bites are just the thing to try! They have oats, mini chocolate chips, and sunflower seed butter for a delicious combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
What are energy bites?
Energy bites are no-bake snacks that have a variety of fiber, healthy fats, and protein. They often contain oats, dried fruit, and some kind of nut or seed butter.
Are oatmeal energy bites good for you?
Yes, energy bites are a good snack for after school or post-workout. With a healthy fat like sunbutter, fiber from oatmeal, and natural sweeteners, these nut free energy bites are a good choice when you need to eat a snack.
What can I use instead of sunbutter in these energy bites?
You can use any seed or nut butter that works for your specific dietary needs. The sunbutter helps hold the energy balls together, so any variety of seed butter that is thick will work. Try pumpkin seed butter – you can even make your own with a combination of seeds!
Can I leave the cheerios out of this recipe?
Yes, you can leave them out! Just use more oats, or even a different cereal if that works for you.
Can I use a different sweetener in this recipe?
Yes, you can use honey or even date syrup in place of the maple syrup if you like.
What’s so good about these chocolate chip oatmeal energy bites?
- they’re quick and easy to make
- they’re free of the top 8 food allergens
- you can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week
- they are delicious and filling
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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites (Nut Free).
- 1 cup certified gluten free old fashioned oats
- ¾ cup gluten free cheerios
- ⅜ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup creamy sunbutter
- ½ cup dairy free chocolate chips
Place the oats and Cheerios into a food processor and pulse until they are coarsely ground up.
Add the maple syrup and sunbutter, and pulse until a thick dough forms.
Stop the food processor and stir in the chocolate chips.
Use your hands to roll the dough into balls, and place them in a container with a lid.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Store energy bites in the refrigerator. They should stay fresh for about one week.
You can leave out the cheerios and use more oats if you like.
If you want to add some dried fruit instead of chocolate chips, you can do that.
Looking for more easy, no-bake recipes? Try these chocolate coconut energy bites, or these chocolate hemp seed energy bites.
This post was originally published in April 2016.
My kids and I love these! I add raisins and ground flax seed and the bites still taste great. Thanks for the recipe!
Can I do this without the butter? Or can I use anything oher than butter?
You can use sunbutter or nut butter if you like!
WOW these are soooo delicious! We used a mix of chocolate chips and raisins and my 3 and 5 year old enjoyed making these with me. We are always looking for new snack and breakfast ideas so this is perfect. Thank you, we enjoy so many of your recipes!
Can we do this without cheerios?LaMassia
Sure, just add more oats or some sunflower seeds or something to make up the difference.
These were tasty☺️ and easy! We had trouble getting the chocolate chips to stick (we used Enjoy Life mini chips), but other than that, my kids and I enjoyed making these🙂
So glad you enjoyed these!
What would be best to use instead of cheerios? Perhaps just gf cornflakes?
Yes, that would work!
What would be best to use intesd of cheerios? Perhaps just gf cornflakes?
I’m going to try Sunbutter because I really dislike the taste of peanut butter. But can regular sweet cream butter be used?
Butter instead of what? There isn’t anything in this recipe I would sub butter in for. Use any nut butter though.
My 6-year-old told me I got a blue ribbon for this one :) I use strawberry cheerios since they were on hand. Will be making this over and over!
Yay, so glad they were a hit! :)
Can sunbutter be replaced with almond butter for your chocolate chip oatmeal bites?
Yes, that will work!
I’m not a huge fan of sunbutter. Do you think it would work with wow butter?
Yes, I do!
These look so easy to make! I HAVE to try them! I bet my little man would love them! Thanks for sharing. :)
You’re welcome, I hope you love them!
Totally agree – mini things are the BEST! I love that you incorporate gf cheerios and sunbutter in these beauties! I can taste the flavor now!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
Love the combination of chocolate and oatmleal, Kelly! I think I would devour these ALL in no time!