No Bake Fruity Oatmeal Energy Bites
Vegan Fruity Oatmeal Energy Bites
How to Make Oatmeal Bites with Oats, Nut Butter & Dried Fruit
Take your fruit-and-nut oatmeal to-go with this no bake fruity oatmeal energy bites recipe! Sweet, chewy, and oh-so-comforting, they’re perfect for a healthy snack or quick breakfast on-the-go. Learn how to make oatmeal bites with oats, nut butter, nuts, and dried fruit.
Personally, my favorite part about these vegan oatmeal energy balls is all the different textures. Chewy oats and prunes, creamy nut butter, crunchy walnuts—so much deliciousness! Plus, loads of wholesome fuel and fiber to keep you energized and satisfied throughout the day.
Best of all, no bake energy bites are super simple to prepare—no cooking or heating required. Simply combine your oatmeal bites ingredients, roll the mixture into balls, and freeze until firm! A fun, quick, meal prep snack that’s easy to customize with your favorite mix-ins.
Are energy bites good for you?
Oatmeal energy balls can be an excellent and tasty source of fuel! “Good for you” and “healthy” are subjective labels we place onto foods. On my journey to Food Freedom, I focus on eating foods I enjoy, and enjoying the foods I eat. Personally, I enjoy these oatmeal breakfast bites, and I appreciate the carbs, fiber, sugars, protein, and nourishing fats that they provide to my body!
Oatmeal Energy Bites Ingredients & Substitutions
- Rolled Oats—a rich source of complex carbohydrates and fiber, with a comfortingly starchy, chewy texture! I recommend using rolled oats in this oatmeal energy balls recipe, rather than quick cooking or steel cut oats. (For a grain-free option, try my Low Carb Carrot Cake Energy Balls.)
- Nut Butter—offers satiating protein and nourishing fats, with a creamy, salty goodness that holds these no bake energy bites together. Personally, I prefer to use almond butter, but you can also use peanut butter, walnut butter, sunflower seed butter, or whatever you prefer. (Just know the nut butter will affect the texture.
- Diced Prunes—my favorite dried fruit to use in these breakfast bites, with a sweet, chewy texture and loads of gut-friendly fiber! You’re welcome to use any other dried fruits you enjoy, such as raisins, dried apricots, blueberries, mango, dates, etc. (Try my Fruity Pebbles Energy Balls recipe for ideas!)
- Chopped Walnuts—an excellent source of wholesome dietary fats, particularly brain-health boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Again, you’re welcome to use alternatives like chopped cashews, pistachios, almonds, pecans, or anything you like.
- Maple Syrup—a sticky source of sweetness that makes these fruity oatmeal energy bites ultra-comforting! If you don’t need this recipe to be vegan, you can also try using honey as an alternative.
- Orange Juice & Zest—a simple yet delicious addition that brings some bright, sweet, citrusy flair! You’re welcome to replace with lemon if you enjoy lemony flavor, or you can omit.
- Spices—I like to add cinnamon, ground ginger, and a dash of salt to give this some autumn-inspired flavor, but you can use any flavorings you enjoy.
Can you eat raw oats in energy balls?
Yes, oats can be eaten raw, and they make for a delightfully chewy texture in this no bake oatmeal energy bites recipe. When making this recipe, I recommend letting the mixture sit in the fridge for 30-60 minutes before rolling into balls. Not only will this make the mixture easier to roll, but it can also help to soften up the oats a bit.
How to Make Oatmeal Energy Bites
- When making these vegan oatmeal energy balls, start by adding all the raw ingredients to a large bowl.
- Mix well to combine, then I recommend refrigerating the mixture for 30-60 minutes before rolling into balls.
- Once chilled, use a cookie scoop to roll the mixture into balls.
- Transfer no bake energy bites to the freezer for 1 hour to firm before serving or storing.
How long can you keep energy bites in the fridge?
After freezing, store oatmeal energy bites in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. In my experience, they last well in the fridge for a full week or more. Or, store longer-term in the freezer for up to 1 month. A fun vegan breakfast option and an excellent meal prep snack to have on hand in the fridge!
To see how these oatmeal energy balls are made, watch my Back to School Bento Box Lunches video!
No Bake Fruity Oatmeal Energy Bites
- 1⅓ cups rolled oats
- ½ cup almond butter, or nut butter of choice
- ¼ cup diced prunes
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp orange juice
- 1 tsp orange zest
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ginger
- ¼ tsp salt
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well to integrate, forming into a dough.
- Chill mixture in the fridge for 30-60 minutes, until firm enough to roll into balls. (This chilling period is optional, but recommended.)
- Portion out energy balls with a cookie scoop. (I used a 2-teaspoon scoop.) Roll between hands to form a spherical shape—they need to be perfect!
- Place oatmeal energy balls on a plate or in an airtight container and freeze for 1 hour, until firm.
- Allow to thaw slightly before enjoying! Store in the fridge 4-5 days.
- Yields ~20 oatmeal energy bites.