These little cinnamon oat energy bites will not only remind you of biting into a soft, chewy oatmeal cookie… but they’re also hugely portable, full of energising carbs and perfect for on-the-go snacks.
This weekend we’re housing athletes from Taipei American School for the international track meet (IASAS- International Association for Southeast Asian Schools) that our school is hosting. It’s fun… our 2 lovely guests are 10th grade distance runners. Both girls are running multiple events throughout the weekend, and I figured the best way to be a good host mom was to just keep a lot of food on hand at all times. (Well, that and answer the phone when their coach makes the curfew call at 9pm each night!)
So I’m making lots of high-carb, sturdy, and tasty snacks that everyone can just stuff into their track bags (or backpacks!) and head off for the day. These cinnamon oat energy bites fit the bill in every way. They’re made from dates, oats, almond meal and walnuts, with lots of cinnamon & a touch of honey for sweetness. I also added a bit of protein powder to mine, but if you don’t keep it or don’t like it, you can easily sub coconut flour. If you use certified gluten-free oats, these are gluten-free.
These little guys are a dream to whip up… just process your dates and almond meal until fine crumbs form, then add everything else and whiz to combine. Then scoop it up into little balls and store them in your fridge, although they do hold up well at room temperature.
Like if you’re running a track meet all day. Or even watching a track meet all day… I know from experience. These lovely bites of energy will keep you going until the very end.