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Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites

December 17, 2016 by Ginger Hultin MS RDN

Are you an oatmeal raisin cookie person? How you could not be! They’re so delicious and warm right out of the oven… However,  you can have a healthier, lower fat version that’s perfect as a grab and go snack or quick breakfast by making my Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites.  Oatmeal is an easy way to get a boost of a variety of nutrients. It’s a very versatile ingredient that boosts your health in several ways from immune support to lowering cholesterol. Plus, it tastes great as well! 

As a busy Registered Dietitian, I’m all about the energy bites because I so often need a quick, easy snack or dessert on the go. I love how long these stay good for in the fridge – up to 5 days – and in the freezer too – up to 3 months. These Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites are a lot lighter than cookies because they don’t contain all the butter so if you’re working on your health, these are a great substitute. Plus they’re portable for snacking or before or after a workout. I wanted to share my simple recipe for Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites with you today because you can literally whip them up in minutes, they’re no-bake and are so comforting and delicious.

Oatmeal Fun Facts

Oats are very healthy grains which provide slow-burning, sustainable energy. They are a whole-grain food, which is the best way to enjoy grains. Being whole-grain means that all parts of the grain, like the bran or the germ, are present and haven’t been removed during the milling process. Oats are packed with so many nutrients, such as complex carbohydrates and fiber, to help provide long-lasting energy and aid in digestive health. 

One powerful fiber that oats are rich in is beta-glucan, a soluble fiber. Beta-glucan provides the body with so many health benefits, such as lowering LDL and total cholesterol levels, reducing blood sugar, and increased growth of good bacteria in the gut. There’s also some evidence that this compound can stimulate the immune system, making your fight against bacteria and viruses stronger. 

Oats also contain many essential vitamins and minerals, such as manganese, phosphorus, iron, folate, and many more. Additionally, they are rich in antioxidants, like vitamin E, phytic acid, phenolic compounds and avenanthramides, which help reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure levels by lowering LDL cholesterol levels. Plus, oats are gluten-free, making them much more nutritious and beneficial for a wider group of people.

What I love most about oats and oatmeal is how versatile they are! You can add them to so many different recipes, like cookies or pie crumbles, and they are also amazing on their own. Creating fun, new oatmeal combinations is so fun and I love switching it up from hot oatmeal to overnight oats to these Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites. Plus, these bites are super easy to make and are perfect for busy people (like myself!) to pack for a midday work snack or post-workout snack.

Why Raisins?

Oats and raisins have become a classic pairing, and honestly, one that many people are on the fence about. Raisins, while not very popular in taste to some, are packed with health benefits. Raisins contain many vitamins and minerals such as B-vitamins, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium, just to name a few. They are also rich in fiber and can be used in a huge variety of dishes both sweet and savory. Raisins are extremely portable and convenient to snack on. They are also sweet and sticky and so they’re perfect for snacking – including in these healthy Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites. And hey – if you don’t like them, just sub cranberries or dried cherries, cranberries or blueberries.

Did you know that the word raisin comes from the Latin racemes, which means a “cluster of grapes or berries” and there is evidence that raisins were sun dried from grapes as far back as 1490 BC? The California Raisin Board explains on their site that the Greeks and Romans decorated places of worship with raisins and handed them out to winners in sporting contests. 

Raisins are great for a quick energy boost before a workout or during a busy day. These are the perfect, antioxidant-rich ingredient to add into energy balls to help fuel the body. They are perfect for athletes, the combination of protein and carbs are sure to satisfy! And if you need more easy no-bake bites or homemade energy bars to go make sure to try my Cran-Almond Energy Bars or Cherry Coconut Energy Oat Balls. I took both of these recipes to work and they were gone within minutes.

Making the Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites

Choosing the oatmeal

I personally always choose to use rolled oats in any recipe that calls for oats, simply because they are easier to work with and to enjoy. Rolled oats are flatter and hold their shape a little better than steel cut oats do. Using rolled oats in this recipe will help keep the shape of the bites along with binding all the ingredients together. Additionally, I always like to choose just plain rolled oats, but if flavored oats are more your style, feel free to use them! Just be aware that there are already so many amazing flavors in these Oatmeal Raisin Bites that the flavored oats might overpower them.

Choosing your raisins

Feel free to use any type of raisin you prefer, whether it be red raisins or golden raisins. Either will work in this recipe. I even recommended chopping them into smaller pieces to make sure each energy bite has the perfect balance of raisins to the other ingredients, as to not overpower the bites with raisins. And, if raisins really aren’t your thing, feel free to substitute them with another dried fruit, such as dried cranberries or dried blueberries.

Adding protein and sweetness

I love throwing in some additional ingredients to amp up the nutrient content in these Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Bites. I added some nut butter to increase the protein content and also make these bites stick together more easily. Any type of nut butter will do, from peanut to almond to sunflower, so feel free to choose whatever you prefer. Additionally, I added some honey and vanilla extract to provide these treats with some natural sweetness without being overpowering. Plus, these natural sweeteners provide the sweet taste without the need to add a lot of extra sugars.

These Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites have been a game-changer in my morning and post-workout routine, providing an easy and filling way to start my day or replenish after a hard workout. You’ll have to let me know if you try these! What’s your favorite way to enjoy oatmeal?

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites

4.84 from 6 votes
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Course: Breakfast, desserts, Snack
Cuisine: American, Americana
Keyword: ball, energy, energy ball, oatmeal, oatmealraisin, raisin, snack, snacks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 220kcal
Author: Ginger Hultin


  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey


  • In a food processor blend together the dry ingredients: raisins, one cup oats, and cinnamon.
  • After processing the dry ingredients, add the additional 1/4 cup of oats, nut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.Cover and let sit in refrigerator for an hour. Once chilled, roll into small, bite-sized balls, makes approximately 24 balls.
    Optional: sprinkle shaved dark chocolate on top


Serving: 3balls | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 7.8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.9g | Sodium: 99mg | Fiber: 3.9g
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  1. Susan Duncan on July 6, 2020 at 6:23 am

    Nutitional info (calorie count) for this recipe, please.
    Thank you!

    • Ginger Hultin on July 8, 2020 at 8:19 am

      Hi Susan! I actually don’t present calories/nutritionals on purpose on this site! I hope you’re able to enjoy them anyhow 🙂

  2. Hailey on July 14, 2020 at 8:41 am

    How should I store these? Back in the refrigerator?

    • Ginger Hultin on July 21, 2020 at 8:51 am

      Yes – that’s a perfect thing to do. I’d suggest in an air-tight container and in the refrigerator and you can enjoy them all week long 🙂

  3. Julia D on August 21, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    These are such a fun and simple way to enjoy oats! Plus I love how easy they are to pack in a lunch or enjoy on the go!

    • Ginger Hultin on August 23, 2020 at 2:23 pm

      It totally is such a unique way – thanks and let me know if you make these how they turn out!

  4. Mirna on August 28, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Hello i would like to no how do i do the calories on it for my fitness pal

    • Ginger Hultin on September 15, 2022 at 9:06 am

      Hi there! What I do on MFP is simply add the ingredients in to get the numbers if that’s important to you. It usually takes just a moment and is pretty easy 🙂

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Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO

Integrative nutrition specialist helping clients navigate complex health conditions to reduce inflammation and feel better.

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