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.
- 8 pitted soft dates
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1 1/2 oz walnuts (about 1/3 cup)
- 1/2 cup oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
- 1 T. flaxseed meal
- 2-3 T. honey
- 2 T. vanilla protein powder (I used Vega Sport Performance brand)
- 2 T. unsweetened coconut flakes (optional but delicious)
- 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
- Place the dates, almond meal and walnuts in a food processor. Process until the dates are finely chopped and you have fine crumbs.
- Add remaining ingredients and process until a dough forms. (Don't worry if it doesn't seem sticky enough... it will firm up once it's refrigerated.)
- Form into small balls about 1-inch in diameter. Refrigerate until firm.
- Makes about 15-17.
5 thoughts on “Cinnamon Oat Energy Bites”
I just made these little protein-packed gems. They’re delicious, with a deep, rich flavour. I didn’t happen to have any of the soft dates in my store cupboard, but simply used the economy-priced date pieces I use for date slices. They were pretty hard, but I put them with a little water, not quite covering them, in a saucepan and brought them up to the boil. That softened them up and they worked fine (cooled). These are great for a GF snack when I’m travelling or out and about, where there’s nothing safe for me to eat. Just a note: I find them quite sweet, because of the dates, so might reduce or omit the honey next time. Thanks for the recipe.
Dear Marilyn, I’m so glad you made them and loved them! Using the ordinary dates was a fab idea… and yes, softening them up is probably essential. Good to know that works! These are pretty sweet, especially if you don’t eat a lot of sweets… but the honey does help them stick together. However, I think you could reduce or even omit the honey and add 1-2 tablespoons of nut butter (cashew or almond butter would be great) and I think that would do the trick too. 🙂 xo
Amy made these for me and I LOVE them! So easy to grab. Am sure i will take them with me when I am mobile again. What is the protein content per bite? Trying to make my 100; haven’t succeeded yet, but trying gets me past where I would otherwise have been! Thanks so much.
I just made these and used peanut butter instead of honey and skipped the protein powder….probably less healthy but sooooooooo good! ;P Love these things!
Kate, that sounds wonderful!! No, not less healthy at all! Just slightly different nutrient composition… but VERY good substitutions, I love it! Yup, these are ones we keep around a LOT. Stay tuned for a couple more like it. 🙂 xoxo