Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars

(No-Bake) Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars -- easy to make and the perfect snack!  | pumpsandiron.comThese are like a healthier, chewy oatmeal raisin cookie. I’d like to say I prepped a bunch to eat throughout the week as a grab-and-go post-workout snack but the first time I made them … Joe and I ate the entire batch in an evening. They’re that tasty.

These are vegan and if you use gluten-free oats, also gluten-free.(No-Bake) Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars -- easy to make and the perfect snack!  | pumpsandiron.com

Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars

Yield: 6-8 bars (depending on how big you cut them)

Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup almond butter*
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup raisins, separated in half
  • 10 pitted dates**
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup crushed dry roasted almonds (optional)***

Instructions

  1. Put the oats in a food processor and combine for about 15 seconds until a rough flour consistency.
  2. Add in the dates, 1/4 cup raisins, almond butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and pinch of sea salt. Run the processor until fully combined into a big ball of dough (in my processor this took about 1 minute.
  3. Remove your dough and knead the remaining 1/4 cup of raisins into it.
  4. Press dough evenly into a small baking pan lined with parchment paper (mine is 6" x 6").
  5. OPTIONAL: Press crushed almonds on top firmly so that they sink into the mixture.
  6. Cover pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove and use a knife to cut the mixture into bars. Separate and enjoy!

Notes

*I recommend using runny almond butter so that the texture isn't too dry. **Dates should be sticky and mooshy. If they're dry, soak in water until soft. ***These are delicious with or without the almonds on top. It was an awesome added crunch when I used them, but I think the bars are equally yummy without the almonds. STORING: I like to store these in the refrigerator in a tupperware container with small pieces of parchment paper in between the bars so that they don't stick together.

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(No-Bake) Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars -- easy to make and the perfect snack!  | pumpsandiron.comDon’t be afraid to customize these! You could swap the maple syrup for honey; add in some hemp seeds for a nutritional boost; replace 1/4 cup of the oats with an equal amount of protein powder–have fun with it! (No-Bake) Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars -- easy to make and the perfect snack!  | pumpsandiron.com I might have overdone the whole artistically-toss-spare-ingredients-around-the-photoshoot thing with this one … 😉 signature

No-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

No-Bake Banana Bread Graham BitesI still don’t have a functioning oven so I had to get creative the other week with an almost-too-ripe banana that I didn’t want to spoil. These banana bread bites are rolled in crushed graham crackers and make for a perfect snack or healthier dessert. No-Bake Banana Bread Graham BitesNo-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

No-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

Yield: 10-12 balls

No-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 c old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 10 pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp honey (can use maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 graham crackers, crushed

Instructions

  1. Pulse the oats in a food processor until they make a coarse flour.
  2. Add in all the other ingredients except the graham crackers. Process until you have a fully-combined sticky mixture.
  3. Form into 1-inch balls and individually roll in the crushed graham crackers, pressing firmly until coated.
  4. You can eat right away or refrigerate for 30 minutes first, which I recommend.

Notes

These are good without the graham crackers, too! They'll be sticky though, so it's good to roll them in something (try coconut--delicious option!).

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No-Bake Banana Bread Graham Bites

You can get creative with these. I’ve also rolled raisins in to the mixture after combining in the food processor and it was a great addition!

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Bites

Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Bites - only 4 ingredients!Quickly popping in today to share a recipe for a yummy snack I made myself yesterday. Have you guys every had the peanut butter & jelly Larabars? They’re amazing. Unfortunately, I can only find the flavor in a couple stores around Boston so I decided to make my own version in ball form. Same ingredients, but of course in slightly different proportions as I have no way of knowing Larabar’s exact recipe. You’ll just need 4 ingredients and 10 minutes. Bam!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Bites - only 4 ingredients! Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Bites - only 4 ingredients!

About the taste: The unsweetened cherries give these a little tart kick to complement the sweetness of the dates. I love it — it’s like that addicting zing you get in the back corners of your mouth when you eat salt & vinegar chips (weird comparison, I know haha). If you don’t like that tartness, you can always just use fewer cherries, adding an equal amount of dates to replace them. 

Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Bites

Yield: 10 balls

Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Bites

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 15 pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries
  • Sea salt to taste (about 1/8 tsp)

Instructions

  1. Put 1/2 cup of the peanuts and the salt in a food processor and combine until the oils release and it turns into a smooth peanut butter.
  2. Add the rest of the peanuts, cherries and dates into the food processor and combine until everything is fully mixed. It'll have the texture of sand; not a silky batter.
  3. Remove mixture from the processor into a bowl and form into bite-sized balls with your hands, squeezing it all together as you roll so that it holds.
  4. Eat right away or refrigerate for 10 minutes first to firm them up.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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 Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Bites - only 4 ingredients! Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Bites - only 4 ingredients!

Enjoy!

What’s YOUR favorite Larabar flavor? Tied for first place with peanut butter & jelly is blueberry muffin — I can’t get enough! 🙂

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