Oatmeal Raisin Energy Balls are filled with healthy ingredients to give you a perfect morning or midday boost! Plus, made with almond butter and honey, they aren’t too bad on the tastebuds either.
The best morning or midday treat
Are afternoon slumps a daily occurrence for you? Though you may think sleep is to blame, it may actually just be an extra snack that you’re lacking!
Try whipping up a batch of these oatmeal energy balls to enjoy in the afternoons, and see if your energy is transformed. I know for me, these do a great job of perking me up when all I want to do is lay my head down and rest!
Not only are these treats great for giving you a boost, oatmeal energy balls are quick and easy to make and taste fantastic. After trying one, you’re gonna want to keep these on deck at all times. Let’s dive in!
Ingredients in oatmeal raisin energy balls
Nothing is better than a recipe that only uses 6 different ingredients. Do you agree?! The different flavors and consistencies of these ingredients come together to make the tastiest, richest little energy balls ever.
- Rolled oats: Rolled oats will be used as the base of the “dough.” 1 cup will be plenty.
- Raisins: Next, we’ll be using raisins to add flavor and texture. Soak one cup in warm water to soften, and then drain.
- Almond butter: As for tasty flavor, include 1/3 cup of almond butter!
- Honey: 1/4 cup of honey is used to sweeten the recipe while also helping to bind everything together.
- Chia seeds: 2 tbsp of chia seeds thicken everything up while also providing lots of nutritious benefits.
- Water: Finally, you’ll need around 1 tbsp of water to help the ingredients process properly.
Everything you’ll need to make oatmeal raisin balls
Not only is this recipe easy, it also uses very minimal tools!
To make oatmeal balls, all you really need is a food processor. We’ll be blending everything together and then hand-forming the mix into individual balls. A spatula will probably be useful in scraping down the sides of the processor.
For measuring, you’ll need to measure out 1 tbsp, 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1 cup.
How to make energy balls with oatmeal
Only five steps, and you’re ready for action! This simple recipe comes together in hardly any time at all. Once you make it once, you’ll be able to make it again with your eyes closed!
First, blend the oats in a food processor until they reach a flour-like consistency.
Add the raisins, almond butter, honey, and chia seeds.
Blend until a ball forms, adding water as needed.
Once blended, place the mixture in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Remove from the freezer and roll into balls. Voila!
I know what it’s like to start on a recipe and realize you’re missing just one vital ingredient – frustrating, to say the least! Well, if you find yourself in that pickle, here are some easy ingredient swaps that you can try!
What’s great about recipes that call for rolled oats is that you can also use instant oats! If find a few bags of quick oats in your pantry, use ’em! The texture may be a bit different, but the overall recipe will pretty much turn out the same.
Not a fan of almond butter? You can use any type! Peanut, hazelnut, cashew, or even sunflower seed butter will all work here.
If you’re out of honey or don’t prefer it, you can sub this ingredient with maple syrup. Note, you may need slightly (emphasis on slightly) more, so add 1/4 cup and then do a taste test to see if a little more is needed.
Flax seeds can typically be used in place of chia seeds, but the measurements will not be the same. If you have flax seeds handy, start with only 2 tsp of flax seeds, and add more if the texture requires it.
Your oatmeal raisin balls can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. If kept in the fridge, eat within about 5 days. For the freezer, about 3 months.
Why oatmeal is so great
There’s a reason you’ll find that a lot of my breakfast and snack recipes include oatmeal. It’s a nutritious gem of an ingredient! Each serving contains loads of copper, iron, magnesium, B Vitamins, and more, and it also has protein.
But, oatmeal also has a lot of great benefits that extend beyond just the nutrients. It’s great for cholesterol, blood sugar, and even skin! Plus, high in antioxidants, oatmeal is great for anti-inflammatory purposes.
If you liked this recipe, you’ll want to try these!
Dying for some more nutrient packed oatmeal recipes? I have you covered! Here are some of my faves, all of which are delicious enough to enjoy for breakfast or dessert!
- Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Creamy Steel Cut Oatmeal
- Oatmeal Blender Pancakes
- Healthy Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
Recipe by Erin Morrissey + Photography by Moriah Sawtelle
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