No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Bars
I’m a huge snacker and sometimes I don’t have healthy options ready to eat. Which results in me either binge eating or indulging in something unhealthy and accessible. I found myself eating a jar, yes a jar of peanut butter in two days. I told myself if I need a sweet fix I had to find a different option. I saw these protein balls and I thought I’d give them a try. I failed. Lol So I turned them into bars and they were amazing. Everyone in the the house loved them! These are going to become a fast family favorite in your house too – that I guarantee! These are a great, easy, budget-friendly whole food snack you are going to make again and again. If you feel like your kids are constantly asking for food, you are going to love these. Best. Snack. Ever! Here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy!
The base of No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Bars is oatmeal, peanut butter, and honey. You can mix in a lot of things to suit your taste, but in general, they are made from just a few simple ingredients that I always have on hand. There’s so many different variations that can be made but I opted for my personal favorite!
Made with wholesome ingredients
Oats, peanut butter, and honey are some pretty great simple ingredients that we usually have at home on hand. I love that these have a good mix of health fats, carbs, protein, and fiber that help keep everybody running smoothly. Some other recipes also include almond butter and I’m sure that they could be made with sunbutter too. If you need these to be gluten-free, find gluten-free oats.
CHOCOLATE CHIP & PEANUT BUTTER!
1 cup dry oats (I like 1/2 old fashioned oatmeal and 1/2 quick cooking)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
dash of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional
In a medium bowl, add all of the ingredients and stir to combine well. The mixture should be a bit sticky. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the cookie ball mixture into your hand. Roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture. This should make about 12 oatmeal energy balls.
Store the balls covered in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.