Peanut Butter Energy Bites with Raisins

This peanut butter raisin recipe is a variation of our energy bites base recipe. These easy no-bake energy bites are a great snack for any time of day. Pack a few in your backpack, diaper bag, or gym bag so that you can have a delicious, nutritious snack wherever you go!

Oatmeal Energy Bites are a Healthy Snack

A healthy, well-balanced snack should contain some form of fiber, protein, and healthy fat. The oats and nut butter are the key ingredients in this recipe that make it the perfect snack.


Oats of any variety are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Carbohydrates are important for energy and focus. 

Nut Butter

Nut butter – almond, peanut, cashew, or whatever variety you enjoy – contains plant-based protein and healthy fats. These nutrients help you feel satisfied until your next meal. 

Culinary Tips

Soaking the oats in hot water first makes each energy ball taste like a little bite of oatmeal. This also creates a different taste and texture than other energy bite recipes that use nut butter as the primary binding agent. Additionally, using water as the binding agent keeps the calorie content of this recipe much lower than other oat ball recipes.

If the peanut butter is too hard to mix in, microwave it for 30 seconds to make it easier to stir.

If the mixture is too sticky, add more oats 1/4 cup at a time. 

Got kids? This is a great kid-friendly recipe! Have them help you measure, mix, and roll. The ingredients in this recipe can be eaten while cooking (because we all know that kids love to “taste test”), rolling is a great way to practice fine motor skills, and kids love getting their hands dirty!

Ingredient Substitutions 

  • Oats: use old-fashioned or instant oats. Instant oats create a squishier texture and will be stickier when rolling. Do not use steel cut oats.
  • Peanut butter: substitute any nut butter that you have on hand. Choose natural varieties whenever possible. Got a peanut or nut allergy? Use a seed butter such as sunflower butter.
  • Raisins: substitute any dried fruit of your choosing.

Recipe Variations

Want to customize this energy bites recipe to your taste? Use our base recipe as a guide.

Feel free to add other mix-ins of your choosing: chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut flakes, etc. Keep in mind that adding more ingredients will change the texture of the recipe, so you may have to add more water or nut butter to help the ingredients stick together. 

Short on time or patience? You can turn this into a super quick energy bites recipe by skipping refrigerating the mixture. It will be slightly stickier, so be prepared to wash your hands a few more times. You can also skip the step of rolling the energy balls in chopped nuts. Just toss them into the mixture and roll as normal.

Need some recipe inspiration? 

Check out some of our other favorite energy ball variations!

Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites

Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites with Walnuts

Almond Energy Bites with Cherries

How to Store Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Oatmeal energy bites are a great on-the-go snack because they do not have to be cold to eat. However, for food safety reasons, avoid leaving them in your bag or purse all day. 

For optimal freshness, store the energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. You can also store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Have fun getting creative with different types of nut butters and add-ins; there’s a world of energy bite exploration out there!

Do you love oats as much as we do?

Check out these other delicious oat recipes!

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Apple Cinnamon Granola Clusters

Overnight Oats Base Recipe

Baked Oatmeal Cups Base Recipe

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Peanut Butter Energy Bites with Raisins
Peanut Butter Energy Bites with Raisins
Prep Time
20 mins
Chill Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins

These easy Peanut Butter Energy Bites with Raisins feature oats, peanut butter, and raisins, with a touch of cinnamon, vanilla, and honey! All the flavors of a great pb&j!

Course: Snack
Yield: 20 bites
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup all-natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons honey or agave nectar
  • cup finely chopped, roasted peanuts
  1. Mix hot water, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Add oats to the mixture. Mix until all the water is absorbed.

  2. Add the peanut butter, raisins, and honey, and mix until well incorporated.

  3. Cover and refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes.

  4. Roll into one-inch balls and place onto a sheet of wax paper.

  5. Roll balls in chopped peanuts until well coated. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If the peanut butter is too hard to mix in, microwave it for 30 seconds to make it easier to stir.


If the mixture is too sticky, add more oats 1/4 cup at a time. 

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  1. Rachel

    These are a weekly go-to in our house now! We just sub almond butter so the kids can take them to school! Love these!

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