These chocolate chip oatmeal energy bites are perfect for a quick snack or breakfast! They’re no-bake, tasty, and delicious, plus, they’re free of the top 8 allergens. This is a great snack to pack in school lunches or enjoy after a workout.
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 kids, 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, chocolate chips, and sunflower seed butter for a delicious combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fat that will keep you full.
- Gluten Free Oats – If you are gluten free, please make sure you buy certified gluten free oats. Oats are naturally gluten free, but they are often cross contaminated with wheat. If they are certified gluten free, they are considered safe for those who are gluten free.
- Cheerios – I like the taste and texture that Cheerios add to this recipe, but you can use a different cereal if you prefer.
- Sunbutter – We love sunbutter, but you could also use Wowbutter or pumpkin seed butter.
- Maple Syrup – Maple syrup provides sweetness and helps the dough stick together. You could also use honey. I don’t recommend a dry sweetener like sugar for this recipe.
- 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!
- If you can’t eat Cheerios, you can leave them out! Just use more oats, or even a different cereal if that works for you.
- If you don’t want to use maple syrup, you can use honey or even date syrup instead.
Feel free to add some ground flax seed, chia seeds, or hemp seeds to this recipe. You could also add dried cranberries or raisins if you like. If you add more things to the mixture, be aware that you may have to increase the amount of sunbutter before rolling the mixture into balls.
Step by Step Instructions
- Place the oats and Cheerios in a bowl, and process until a coarse flour forms.
- Add the maple syrup and sunbutter, and pulse until the mixture comes together.
- Add the mini chocolate chips and pulse a couple of times to mix them in.
- Roll the dough into balls and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Store leftover bites in the refrigerator. These should stay fresh for up to a week.
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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites (Nut Free).
- 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 add the chocolate chips. Pulse a couple of times to incorporate them.
- 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.