What do you prefer: Oatmeal raisin cookies or oatmeal raisin energy bites? I love both but as a Registered Dietitian, I’m all about the bites which are a lot lighter because they don’t contain all the butter that cookies do. Plus they’re portable for on-the-go snacking. I wanted to share my simple recipes for Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites with y0u today!
Oats and raisins are very both very healthy and provide slow-burning, sustainable energy; a perfect combo. Raisins contain B-vitamins, magnesium, potassium, iron and calcium. They are rich in fiber, they can be used in a huge variety of dishes both sweet and savory, and they are extremely portable and convenient to snack on. They are also sweet and sticky and so they’re perfect for snacking including these healthy Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites. And hey – if you don’t like them, just sub cranberries or dried cherries.
Did you know that the word raisin comes from the Latin racemes, which means a “cluster of grapes or berries” and there is evidence that raisins were sun dried from grapes as far back as 1490 BC. The California Raisin Board explains on their site that the Greeks and Romans decorated places of worship with raisins and handed them out to winners in sporting contests. I learned recently that the Sun-Maid Girl was an actual person, Lorraine Collett Petersen, who became their mascot in 1915. Aside from being a fantastic Halloween costume, she’s a classic American symbol.
Raisins are great for quick energy boost before a workout or during a busy day. These are the perfect, antioxidant-rich ingredient to add into energy balls to help fuel the body. They are perfect for athletes, the combination of protein and carbs are sure to satisfy! And if you need more easy no-bake bites or homemade energy bars to go make sure to try my Cran-Almond Energy Bars or Cherry Coconut Energy Oat Balls. I took both of these recipes to work and they were gone within minutes.
Let me know if you try these Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites. I hope you enjoy them!
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1 1/4 cup rolled oats (divided)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup honey
- In a food processor blend together the dry ingredients: raisins, one cup oats, and cinnamon.
- After processing the dry ingredients, add the additional 1/4 cup of oats, nut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.Cover and let sit in refrigerator for an hour. Once chilled, roll into small, bite-sized balls. Optional: sprinkle shaved dark chocolate on top
Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO
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