Oatmeal no bake breakfast bites

no bake oatmeal bites that taste like an oatmeal cookie. Not low calorie but protein/fiber dense.

Ingredients

2 dates, pitted and chopped

1 scoop protein powder or ¼ C. almond meal*

½ C. unsweetened applesauce

½ C. peanut butter

1 tsp.vanilla

2 C. old fashioned rolled oats

½ tsp salt

½ C. toasted pecan pieces

½ C. raisins

 

Directions

  1. In a food processor mix 2 dates, protein powder, applesauce, peanut butter, and vanilla. Blend until combined. Scrape down sides of food processor.
  2. Add oats, salt, pecan pieces and pulse until combined. Moisten with 1-2 Tablespoons of water if needed.
  3. Wet fingers. Roll dough into 1 inch balls (I used a cookie scoop to measure). Recipe made 15 bites.
  4. Keep breakfast bites in refrigerator.

 

Cook’s Notes

There are a million variations of these on healthy eating websites. I wanted something with a balance of carbs/protein/fat for breakfast.

I use a vegan protein powder. I like this one. https://aloha.com/shop/product/protein-vanilla. I do better with protein in the morning, and have been trying to get away from eggs. You could leave this out, substitute some almond meal, or add a little extra oatmeal so that the balls aren’t too sticky. I think the protein powder also helps them set up and keeps them from being crumbly. You could add a tablespoon of coconut oil here and probably get a similar effect.

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