Hey there, how’s your Tuesday? My sinus infection is thankfully gone (thanks so much for all of your get-well wishes!) and while I’m feeling much better, my day was pretty darn boring thanks to countless hours of studying. However, it did get exciting once I got into the kitchen. I’m a firm believer in study breaks so I took one this afternoon in order to make quite a delicious treat: peanut butter and cinnamon raisin no-bake snack bites. I realize it’s a mouthful, but I promise it’s a delicious one! Although I’ve seen a lot of “protein ball” and “energy bite” recipes circulating around Pinterest and the blog-world, these are a new-to-me treat. I have read countless versions that used ingredients like wheat germ, protein powder, flax seeds, chocolate chips and more. The combinations are truly endless.
For this version, I included all of my favorites things like peanut butter, oats, cinnamon chips and raisins. I’m sure happy I did…there’s a treat in every bite! The dough is delectable but the finished, chilled product is even better. Best of all, there’s no baking required. Simple snack bites…sign me up!
Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Raisin No-Bake Snack Bites
Adapted from Sweet Anna’s
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup sweetened or unsweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup ground or slivered almonds (I used slivered but any ground-nut would do!)
1/2 cup cinnamon chips (or any type of chocolate-chip)
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup creamy peanut or almond butter ( any type of nut-butter would be fine!)
1/4 cup honey
~4 tablespoons maple syrup (add more if needed)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1) In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together until well combined. I used a spatula to do this. You’ll just need to stir well!
2) Once completely combined into a large ball, cover the dough in the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for about an hour, until completely chilled.
3) Once chilled, roll the dough into small balls and place on parchment-paper or a wax-paper lined baking sheet.
4) Chill them again in the fridge or freezer before serving.
Not only are these easy-to make and super delicious, they also make a great grab-and-go snack, which is something I’ve been in desperate need of since becoming a student again. Ever since classes began in February, I’ve had a hard time figuring out a balanced eating schedule considering most of my classes and labs occur at very inconvenient times (always at a meal time!). I will most definitely be taking a few of these with me to class tomorrow…that is, if there are any left! Hope you enjoy these as much as I did : –)
What’s your favorite grab-and-go snack?
Have you every made protein or energy bites? Please share!