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Peanut Butter Energy Bites with Raisins

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

This 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 peanut butter energy bites in your backpack, diaper bag, or gym bag so that you can have a delicious, nutritious snack wherever you go!

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Culinary Tips for the Best Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites

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.

Don’t worry about overmixing the “dough”; it won’t affect the final texture!

If the mixture is too sticky, add more oats 2 Tablespoons at a time. If the mixture is too dry, add more hot water, 1 Tablespoon at a time.

Got kids? This is a very 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 

  • Cinnamon: substitute pumpkin spice or apple pie spice.
  • Oats: use old-fashioned or quick oats. Quick 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 (i.e. just nuts and salt). Got a peanut or nut allergy? Use a seed butter such as sunflower butter.
  • Raisins: substitute any dried fruit of your choosing.
  • Honey: substitute maple syrup or agave nectar.
  • Peanuts: substitute any chopped nuts.

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Recipe Variations

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. 

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

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 energy bites recipe inspiration? 

Use our base recipe as a guide to make it your own, or check out some of our favorite energy ball variations!

Energy Bites Base Recipe

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Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites with Walnuts

Pumpkin Energy Bites

Blueberry Vanilla Energy Bites

Almond Energy Bites with Cherries

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

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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. 

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter contains plant-based protein and healthy fats. These nutrients help you feel satisfied until your next meal. 

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. 

Do you love oats as much as we do?

Check out these other delicious oat recipes!

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Peanut Butter Energy Bites with Raisins

Peanut Butter Energy Bites with Raisins

These 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!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 20 bites


  • ½ cup hot water
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons honey or agave
  • cup finely chopped, roasted peanuts


  • Mix hot water, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Add oats to the mixture. Mix until all the water is absorbed.
  • Add the peanut butter, raisins, and honey, and mix until well incorporated.
  • Cover and refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes.
  • Roll into one-inch balls and place onto a sheet of wax paper.
  • Roll balls in chopped peanuts until well coated. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!


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. 
Keyword Peanut Butter Energy Bites

This Post Has 3 Comments

  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!

    1. Angie Pyc

      This reminds me of a recipe I made for my children 50 years ago. We called it brawn food, and it was made by grinding equal parts raw peanuts, oats and raisins together and pressing the mash into a pan and cutting it into pieces. This is much less labor intensive, so a great alternative!

      1. Lexi Cole, RD, CCMS

        We love nostalgic recipes! So glad you enjoyed this less labor intensive version. 🙂

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