Blueberry Oatmeal Energy Bites
I've been testing variation after variation of this recipe for a while now. I've finally found one I actually love and am so excited to share it with you all!
Recently I took a poll on my Instagram asking you guys what you'd like to see and so many people voted for meal prep ideas! This is only one of the few ideas I have for a week's worth of meal prepping but we all need to start the day off with a little breakfast anyways, right?
As I've mentioned in a few of my posts, I'm not a huge breakfast fan - at least on the weekdays. If I'm going to eat a real breakfast I'm going all out, like with my Chicken and Waffles Breakfast Sandwich that is the definition of "going all out". Or something that's a little less involved but still equally delicious like my Easy Banana Walnut Pancakes that take less than 20 minutes to whip up.
But for on days when I'm running to the gym, to the bus, then to the office, and I need a little something to hold me over, I love having these energy bites on me. You can roll them into balls or pack them into a small baking pan to cut into squares. You can add all sorts of supplements like maca or protein powders for some extra nutrition, too, if you wanted!
This recipe is extremely customizable but still full of the important things you'd need to start your day. Rolled oats already offer plenty of protein and sufficient carbohydrate values to help keep you full throughout the morning. For someone who "doesn't have time" for breakfast but always ends up getting hungry anyways, these Blueberry Oatmeal Energy Bites are my favorite.
If you don't love blueberries, try dried raisins, cranberries, goji berries, or any other berry that you like! The most important thing to keep in mind, though, is "how long/will this stay fresh?" - keep these bites sealed up in a freezer and you should be just fine!
One of my favorite parts of this recipe is only one dish needs to be cleaned up afterwards! After processing your oats with the wet ingredients, you can remove the blade from the food processor to add the frozen blueberries before portioning the mixture onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Easy clean up is always a huge plus!
However, of course, when I went to make this for the video and final photo shoot, my food processor stopped working - huge bummer. But I'd like to share that you can still make this in a blender if you don't have a food processor (which is what I had to do).
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 4 pitted medjool dates
- 3/4-1 cup frozen blueberries
- Optional: 1 tbsp maca powder
- Optional: 4 tbsp protein powder of your choice
- In a food processor, add the rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, tahini, and medjool dates, processing on medium speed until a dough texture forms. If you're adding any supplemental powders, add them now. Continue to process the dough until it is sticking to itself when pressed together, almost like soften cookie dough.
- Remove the blade from your food processor and fold in the blueberries, mixing together with a spatula.
- Begin to form your energy bites, rolling into balls about the size of a golf ball, and placing on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer and allow to freeze for 4-6 hours or over night.
- Once completely frozen, store in a reusable, sealable bag or container to maintain freshness. Bring with you to work, school, or long drives for a tasty and filling breakfast or snack!