These little No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Protein Bites are easy to throw together and even easier to modify. You can increase or decrease the sweetener, change the add-ins, toss in some more spices, and even pump up the protein and fiber if desired. Seriously, this was a recipe where I just kept adding, and tasting, adding and tasting, check consistency, add, done. Have fun with it!
I had high hopes that these healthier treats would mitigate my cookie cravings. They’ve helped for sure. But really, can one every rid themselves of cookie cravings? Not I.
I also used this recipe to test run the High Protein Hemp Powder from Living Harvest. The ingredients of this product are simple: Hemp Protein Powder, Silicon Dioxide, and Vitamin E. I wasn’t sure about the silicon dioxide, but do admit that it turns this protein powder into just that … a powder. It is a white fluffy blend that can easily substitute one-for-one for dry milk powder or whey powder in recipes. This factor makes it much more versatile than most dairy-free protein powders, including ordinary hemp protein powder, which can sometimes be grainy.
The wonderful consistency of this hemp powder mixed into these two-bite snacks, combining with the nuts to provide over 7 grams of protein per serving (2 no-bakes). And don’t forget those popular Omega-3’s. Both the hemp oil and the hemp powder provide some of these “healthy” oils, along with the walnuts that I used.
Special Diet Notes: No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Protein Bites
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian. Optionally vegan.
- 4 ounces nuts*
- 2 teaspoons oil (I used Living Harvest Organic Hemp Oil)
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar (optional)
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- ¼ cup dairy-free protein powder (I used Living Harvest High Protein Hemp Powder)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- ½-3/4 cup quick or rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats if that is a concern for you. You may be able to sub quinoa flakes if oats aren't an option with your diet.)
- ¼ cup raisins
- Grind the nuts in a food processor or spice grinder until they begin to turn into a paste or “butter.” If a few chunks remain, that's fine.
- Place the nut butter in a bowl, and stir in the oil, maple, honey or agave and vanilla (if using). Stir in the protein powder, cinnamon, and salt until smooth.
- Stir in the oats and raisins. Start with ½ cup of the oats, but feel free to add more if desired. Some nut butters may be a bit oilier or softer than others, so more oats may work better.
- Roll the dough into 12 little balls, and flatten a bit like cookies if desired, or leave as balls.
- Store in the refrigerator or freezer until ready for a snack.