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Steel Cut Oatmeal Energy Bites

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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!

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.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

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.

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.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

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 makeย 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.

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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.
Steel Cut Oatmeal Energy Bites
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
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.
Servings: 20 energy bites
Calories: 123 kcal
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir together until combined.
  2. Using a small cookie scoop, or your hands, roll into 1" balls. Or smaller depending on what size you want. 

  3. These can be eaten right away or place in the fridge for about an hour.
  4. Store leftovers in the fridge.
Recipe Notes

** 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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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.

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50 Comments

  • Reply
    Cordelia
    June 29, 2017 at 6:31 pm I JUST made these today - two batches even, and we don't have children to help us eat them! :) (Grandpa and Grandma here!) They freeze very well so I like to have some in the freezer "at all times" for when I need something sweet, I feel it's a healthy go-to. I've been watching my sugar for health reasons so I use flax seed meal instead of the coconut - actually that is how I received the recipe from a friend at Christmas. Thank you for the idea of the steel cut oats. I never thought to try that!
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      Together As Family
      June 29, 2017 at 10:11 pm I love your idea of flax seed meal instead of the coconut. I actually have some of that so I am trying it out. I have made these now a total of 4 times in just week, ha :) So glad you liked the addition of the steel cut oats. I think it adds more flavor and a heartier texture.
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    Cordelia
    June 30, 2017 at 6:39 am Do you use the steel cut oats for "regular" eating also...like for breakfast? Since you mentioned you like the idea of flax seed, I wanted to tell you the recipe I received calls for 1/2 c. flax seed. Everything else is the exact amount as your recipe but they include 1 tsp. vanilla when stirring the peanut butter and honey together. (I like the vanilla - always heap that teaspoon.) :) I have wondered what the difference is between flax seed and the golden flax seed. If you don't have time to address this, I understand. Thanks again, Jessica, for another thought for me using the steel cut oats.
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      Together As Family
      June 30, 2017 at 9:54 am Thank you! I'm definitely going to try subbing in the flax seed. It would make these even healthier. I honestly didn't even know they had golden flax seed. It's probably the same thing as the oats vs. steel cut oats. Same thing but different preparation to make?? That would be my guess ๐Ÿ˜ I always have time to address comments. I LOVE hearing from readers. Have a great weekend.
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    Becka
    August 17, 2017 at 5:18 am Hi! If I have regular steel cut oats, how can I use them? Perhaps cook them first, let them cool and then use? What's the different between regular ones and quick ones? What have they done to make them quick? I have a mixture of steel cut oats, nuts, seeds and dried dates that I don't want to eat like oatmeal anymore. I would like to make some tasty energy balls of it. I found you recipe and was quite happy with the ingredients until I read quick oats. Any tip for me? I want to use the mixture that I already have. I'm Swedish so sorry if my english isn't that good.
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    Becka
    August 17, 2017 at 5:24 am I just googled steel cut oats vs quick ones and read that they are pre-cooked and dried. Maybe I should try to do that myself. Cook and let it dry and then use. I have to try it.
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      Together As Family
      August 17, 2017 at 9:04 am You could do that but you could also just use quick oats in place of the steel cut oats too. I have actually bought the regular steel cut oats (by accident) and tried it out in this recipe, and they were not good at all! The oats are too hard and almost bitter tasting. I would definitely recommend getting some instant 3-minute steel cut oats, or using quick oats in place of them. I hope that helps. Thanks for being here! :)
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        Becka
        August 17, 2017 at 2:40 pm Thank your for your reply. I understand quick oats are better but I want to use up what I already have. I have some sort of mixture with regular steel cut oats. I'm bored at oatmeal so I was thinking some tasty energy bites/balls/bars would taste better. I will try this: Soak them over night and see how they are in the morning, maybe let them dry and then try out your recipe. I will let you know how it goes. :)
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          Together As Family
          August 18, 2017 at 10:37 pm So sorry Becka. I misunderstood your question. I thought you already had quick oats (regular not steel cut). Yes, your idea sounds great and I am really hoping it works. Let me know. Thanks for being here :)
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          Amy
          January 11, 2018 at 2:11 pm Becka did you try this and did it work? have regular ones I had no idea they even had 3 minute oats. I am going to try these bites soon they sound amazing.
          • Together As Family
            January 14, 2018 at 12:11 pm I have actually tried this recipe with the regular steel cut oats, to see if it would work, and it does not. The regular steel cut oats are thicker and crunchier so it just tastes bad. I would really recommend getting the 3 minute quick steel cut oats ๐Ÿ˜
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    Cindy Bingham
    August 19, 2017 at 10:06 pm So do you cook the 3 minute steel cut oats,then make the oatmeal balls?
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      Together As Family
      August 20, 2017 at 10:35 am Nope. Just add them dry from the container :)
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    Cindy
    September 24, 2017 at 7:29 am You can also roast the regular steel cut oats in an iron skillet with real butter and let them dry out or toast them in the oven before mixing them up! Very tasty and still super healthy! I use dark caco chocolate and almond butter super healthy
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      September 27, 2017 at 12:37 pm Interesting. I did not know that! I've used almond butter too and it was good. Love your variations!
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    Cathy
    September 28, 2017 at 2:03 am I'm making these later today. Instead of chocolate chips I'm going to try raisins.
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      September 28, 2017 at 7:56 pm Raisins are a great substitution! I hope you enjoy these :) Thanks for visiting.
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    Summer
    December 14, 2017 at 11:58 pm How long do they stay good for in the fridge?
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      Together As Family
      December 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm I would say at least 5-7 days. When I make them they have only ever lasted at most, about 2 days in the fridge :) Because we eat them all too fast!
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    Mary
    December 26, 2017 at 8:36 am Hello, Theses sound yummy but I am trying to stay away from chocolate, one tiny morale for me sets me off into a frenzy! LOL. Do you think these would be good if I subbed out the chocolate chips for say pecans or walnuts and if so how much would you recommend I use? Thank you so much for your time and reciepe!
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      Together As Family
      December 30, 2017 at 12:08 pm haha, good luck with that! I could never stay away from chocolate :) Yes, using chopped walnuts or chopped sliced almonds would be a great sub for the chocolate. I actually make these all the time with half coconut and half chopped almonds. I just combine them into some type of mini food processor or chopper and grind them small. Works like a charm. Let me know how it goes. I think walnuts or pecans sound so tasty in these.
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        Mary
        December 30, 2017 at 7:48 pm Another question, I only eat Smuckers all natural peanut butter. Can I make these with that or is it too liquid? Thanks again and Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ˜€
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    Vicki Tripp
    January 7, 2018 at 2:41 pm How many balls would this recipe make? Thank you.
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      Together As Family
      January 14, 2018 at 12:02 pm It just depends on the size you roll them. You can for sure count on getting at least 15-18 balls. More if you roll then small.
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    Joanne
    January 13, 2018 at 5:05 pm I cook the oats and let them cool. I guess they werenโ€™t completely cool down because the chocolate melted and now they are just a ball of mush. So disappointing. Please provide clear instructions on what you should do with the oats after theyโ€™re cooked. Thanks
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      Together As Family
      January 14, 2018 at 12:16 pm The recipe never says to cook the steel cut oats. You just add them straight into the bowl from the container and mix with the other ingredients. Sorry you misunderstood the recipe ๐Ÿ™
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    Joan
    January 13, 2018 at 5:14 pm You arenโ€™t supposed to cook the oats. Why would you say 3 minute cook. Thatโ€™s confusing!!
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      Together As Family
      January 14, 2018 at 12:18 pm Sorry! I say three minute cook because that's what it says on the container. It's from the Quaker brand and the container says 'steel cut oats three minute cook'. I figured that would help people find the right kind. Because there are regular steel cut oats and then there are the quick steel cut oats.
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      Together As Family
      January 14, 2018 at 12:19 pm In the post I also included a picture of the container of steel cut oats so look there and hopefully it'll make more sense. But do not cook the oats before adding. Just add them straight from the steel cut oats container. I hope this makes sense ๐Ÿ˜Š Let me know if you have more questions. Glad to help.
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    HARVEY
    January 14, 2018 at 11:09 am These are fabulous! My family eats them like crazy. Do you happen to have the nutritional values for them?
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      Together As Family
      January 14, 2018 at 12:21 pm I don't. Next time I make these, which happens often because my kids love them too, I will add up all the calories and divide by the amount of balls I roll. I can post it back here to let you know.
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    Kianna
    January 22, 2018 at 12:22 pm How many calories are in each 1" ball?
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      Together As Family
      January 25, 2018 at 10:30 pm I added nutrition facts to this recipe. For 20 balls, each one is 115 calories I believe. Give or take ๐Ÿ˜Š
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        Shana
        February 17, 2018 at 7:03 pm There is nutritional listed at the bottom of the recipe which has 123 calories, 6g fat etc. per serving, but it doesn't say how much a serving is. Does anyone know how many balls would be in a serving?
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          Together As Family
          February 19, 2018 at 4:02 pm That's based on the recipe getting 20 energy balls. Lots have reported getting closer to 24 balls (if you make them small) with the recipe. 1 serving is 1 energy ball.
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      Shana
      February 20, 2018 at 5:18 pm Thank you!
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      GIna
      April 15, 2018 at 8:05 am So it's 123 Calories per ball?
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        Together As Family
        April 15, 2018 at 7:57 pm That is the calorie amount I got when I entered the information. BUT, with that said, calorie information is not exact and can vary greatly depending on the size of balls you roll. The 123 calories were for large balls (about 1-2 tablespoons of dough) but I usually roll them smaller when I make them.
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    Paul
    February 15, 2018 at 7:32 pm I used natural peanut butter I cannot stomach the sugar in Jiff and other brands. I was thinking about toasting the oats before marking it just to pull that nutty flavor forward a bit. But these things are awesome for sure reminds me of ones my mom made when I was little.
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    Kelsey
    March 11, 2018 at 3:48 pm Is there any way to fix them if I accidentally used the regular steel cut oats?
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      Together As Family
      March 13, 2018 at 11:19 pm No, unless you just start over with the quick oats. You could use the regular steel cut oats but they have a firmer, tougher texture than the quick steel cut oats. So they may just not taste the best.
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    Elisa
    March 20, 2018 at 2:28 pm Can I use maple syrup in place of honey? It's snowing and yucky outside so I don't want to make a trip out to the grocery store to get the honey. I have pure maple syrup on hand.
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      Together As Family
      March 21, 2018 at 9:57 pm I am sure using maple syrup would be fine because it's the same thick texture as honey, and is also sweet. I've never done it so I can't say for sure how it would turn out.
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    Kristine
    March 20, 2018 at 5:58 pm We LOVE these! Made them with Almond Butter since it's all we had and chopped up a dark chocolate bar (again all we had on hand!) My fiance and I are obsessed! Best afternoon snack.
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      Together As Family
      March 21, 2018 at 9:59 pm Yum, almond butter. I've been meaning to try these with almond butter!
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    Angeline
    April 4, 2018 at 12:56 am How would they taste without the coconut and would it affect how well they hold together? I am also thinking about subbing Liquid Stevia in place of the honey. Any thoughts on this? Thank you.
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      Together As Family
      April 5, 2018 at 8:04 pm If you don't want to use coconut then I would sub it with some almonds. I have done this before and it's delicious. I like to run the almonds through a food processor (or give them a rough chop with a knife) before adding them into the mixture. I am not even sure what liquid stevia is so I could not help you with that one. If it's like honey and the same thick consistency then I am sure it would work fine.
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    Christina
    April 15, 2018 at 1:29 pm I just mixed these in the bowl and when I try to roll the balls they fall apart. Do you have any idea what could have gone wrong? The only thing I altered was usuing half honey and half maple syrup because I ran out of honey. Is there any way to salvage them at this point?
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      Together As Family
      April 15, 2018 at 7:55 pm I have only ever made these with all honey and they roll just fine, although they do stick slightly to my hands while rolling. I just spray my hands with cooking spray and it helps a lot. If the maple syrup you used was thinner than the thickness of honey, the balls just might be too moist from the maple syrup. Try refrigerating the mixture for an hour and then roll them into balls. That usually helps with stickiness.

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