A homemade oatmeal energy bite with a bit of a chew and a crunch at the same time. Lot’s of flavor and full of goodness you can taste in every bite. Each bite is a little different, some will have a little of everything. And they are so colorful too! Be warned, these are delicious and won’t last long. But no worries, they’re easy to make so you can whip some up in cinch. :)
This recipe is inspired by Gimme Some Oven. I didn’t veer too far from the original recipe. The only changes I made were to use pure maple syrup, and less of it, in place of the honey. I also used semi-sweet dark chocolate chips in place of white cocoa chips. In hind site I would add 1/3 cup of shredded coconut. I’ll save that for next time. Even rolling them in shredded coconut would be great. It would definitely be a delicious addition!
Hope this inspires something wonderful in your future. Happy Holidays. :)
CRANBERRY PISTACHIO OATMEAL BITES
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted and chopped (about 11 dates)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds, optional
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts, optional
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oat (I used GF)
- 1 cup unsalted pistachios
- 1 cup dried cranberries or fresh chopped
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate or a dark chocolate bar chopped into small pieces, optional
Place dates, maple syrup, chia seeds, hemp hearts, flax seed meal, optional cinnamon and salt in food processor/high speed blender and process until it becomes a paste like consistency.
In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the oats, pistachios, cranberries and chocolate chips, add in the date paste and mix well. Place in fridge for 30 minutes. Once done, roll into bite size balls. It helps to rinse your hands after every few balls to remove any excess date paste (otherwise it gets to be messy and the balls don’t roll as well).
Makes about 14 balls.
Store in refrigerator in an air tight container. Will last about 1 week.
If you can, try using fresh chopped cranberries in place of dried. They a little tartness and pair well with the sweetness of some of the other ingredients without adding refined sugars that are usually in dried cranberries. You can find organic dried cranberries that use pure cane sugar or apple sauce to sweeten the berries. Fresh is always best so give it a try sometime, you may be surprised how good they are in this recipe.