Steel cut oatmeal energy bites are an easy, 5 ingredient, healthy treat to make. Satisfy that late afternoon hunger with these simple & delicious no bake energy bites made with wholesome steel cut oats, coconut, honey, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.
I consider this a lucky day because these energy bites finally lasted long enough for me to snap some photos to share with you all today. No joke, I have made these things 3 times in just 1 week! My 7 year old, who I am pretty sure is going through a massive growth spurt right now, ate an entire batch all by himself. I left them in the fridge and a few hours later when I went to get them to photograph, they were gone!
The third time must be the charm because I was finally able to get a picture of these glorious little energy bites to share with you all today.
During the summer my kids pretty much eat us out of the house. My grocery budget doubles and I am always on the look out for easy, simple, cheaper snacks to feed them that are still somewhat healthy.
These steel cut oatmeal energy bites are just that. Easy to make, only 5 ingredients needed, and they are a healthy snack to feed your kiddos.
I love steel cut oats! They have a heartier and more flavorful taste than regular oats, and I love the texture they bring. All you need are steel cut oats (which you can find by the oatmeal at the grocery store), peanut butter, honey, mini chocolate chips, and coconut. That’s it!
Combine it all together in a bowl and mix away. Then roll them into balls. I use a small cookie scoop to do it, but your hands will also work well too 🙂 You can roll them into whatever size you want. I usually end up doing about a 1″ ball.
Put those cute little things in the fridge for about 30 minutes and then devour! You actually don’t have to refrigerate them right away. We ate one batch immediately after mixing them and the bites hold together so well that they don’t need the fridge time to come together and hold their shape. But, I did prefer these after they had been sitting in the fridge for a bit.
You will want to store any leftovers in the fridge.
You can use any type of coconut you want. The only kind I can ever find are the coconut flakes in the baking aisle. But, you could use raw coconut, unsweetened coconut, etc.
If your kids (or you) don’t like the coconut shreds, simple put the coconut in a food processor to chop it finely and then add it to the mix. I did this one time and I actually liked it this way. The coconut resembles the same size as the steel cut oats, so that way you don’t have any long strands of coconut in the bites. Either way is yummy 🙂
They are just the cutest little things and so delicious too. I am actually off to make a 4th batch…. my son has a summer camp today so I wanted to make these for his snack. These make a really great lunchbox idea too. I know summer just started, but school will be starting again before we know it, so keep this one in mind for school lunches.
- 1 cup quick steel cut oats
- 1 cup shredded coconut sweetened or unsweetened
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup honey
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir together until combined.
Using a small cookie scoop, or your hands, roll into 1" balls. Or smaller depending on what size you want.
These can be eaten right away or place in the fridge for about an hour.
Store leftovers in the fridge.
** There has been some confusion about the steel cut oats. There are two kinds of steel cut oats; regular and the quick, 3 minute steel cut oats. Use the quick, 3 minute ones. DO NOT COOK before making the balls. Simply add the steel cut oats straight from the container. I have included a picture of the steel cut oats in the post, go there to see what it looks like if you're still wondering.
If wanted, pulse/chop coconut in a food processor for a finer texture (instead of the long strands).
I have also used 1/2 cup sliced almonds + 1/2 cup coconut and put those in the food processor for a few pulses. We actually prefer these with half coconut and half sliced almonds.
Be sure and use the quick, 3 minute cook steel cut oats. The regular, whole grain steel cut oats are too tough and crunchy. I promise, they're not good in this recipe.
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recipe adapted from here