No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Energy Balls: These homemade oatmeal balls are a gluten free, easy, healthy version of a favorite cookie–complete with a naturally sweetened (optional) cream cheese frosting!
It is Teacher Appreciation time at my children’s school. As a former teacher, I realize just how much hard work goes into running a classroom and how much your heart is invested in each child. So obviously it is important for me to make my children’s teachers to feel appreciated.
We started teacher appreciation with a staff breakfast in which I was asked to contribute two of their favorite recipes: Mediterranean Frittata and Hashbrown Casserole. And finished the week with homemade sweet treats.
Back when I taught, I tended to crave all things chocolate and peanut butter, so I would have welcomed Peanut Butter Cups or Peanut Butter Balls from Texanerin Baking. But My daughter gravitated towards the fact that her teacher loves Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I gravitated towards the fact that she would appreciate “healthy snacks.” So we decided to compromise and make No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bites.
No Bake Oatmeal Balls
No Bake Oatmeal Balls are usually made with peanut butter and honey–but these little oatmeal balls are more like a homemade larabar–just with Oats thrown into the mix. And you all know how I love recipes made with oats!
While these oatmeal balls taste very similar to an oatmeal raisin cookie, they pack are much healthier!
Oatmeal Energy Balls are packed with fiber, nutrients, healthy fats and a bit of protein–no added sugars, no processed fat! Truly a guilt free oatmeal cookie!
Steps to Making No Bake Oatmeal Balls
This recipe for oatmeal balls is SO easy. My daughter pretty much did everything on her own! The only thing I did was put the food processor together for her and had her the ingredients.
We soaked some dates to soften. We chatted a few minutes about important things like baby cheetahs and shoes.
We got out the food processor and oats, cinnamon, raisins, walnuts, and almonds and zip, zap we were ready to roll our cookie balls. Complicated huh?
As my daughter rolled the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie balls, I had the genius idea (at least, I think it is pretty genius) to make a cream cheese “frosting” with a bit of softened cream cheese and the water we soaked the dates in to sweeten.
Seriously simple and oh so tasty–just a bit of cream cheese mixed up with the naturally sweetened water and a perfect glaze was formed to drizzle on these little no bake oatmeal cookies. Oh, maple syrup mixed with the cream cheese would be fabulous too.
Bad news, my daughter’s teacher did NOT get these little gems. Layla started to run a fever later that day.
So obviously, I was not going to send her teacher our germs–not really the way I want to say thank you!!
The GOOD news is that these no bake “cookies” are so easy to make, we can whip them up after we are all well, in only about 5 minutes.
These little bites are incredibly simple to make and so tasty, you won’t miss the sugar and fat that come along with a traditional Oatmeal Raisin Cookie!
Notes on Oatmeal Cookie Protein Balls
- Be sure to buy unsweetend dates for homemade oatmeal balls to keep the added sugars to a minimum. Dates are plenty sweet enough, no need to add any sugars.
- Use either old-fashioned oats or quick-cooking oats for these no bake oatmeal cookies. But be sure the oats are gluten-free to keep these oatmeal balls gluten-free!
- The frosting is completely optional but such a fun addition! Leave it off for a vegan or dairy free no bake oatmeal cookie recipe.
- If are looking for something a bit more decadent, check out my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars.
No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bites
- 1/2 cup pitted dates softened in 1/2 cup warm water for at least 10 minutes (reserve the liquid)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup oats gluten free
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 tablespoon reserved liquid
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese softened (optional)
- 1 tablespoon additional reserved liquid
- Soak the dates in the warm water for 10 minutes. Drain the dates, but save the water--it has been sweetened naturally.
- In a food processor, blend the dates, raisins, oats, almonds, walnuts, cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon reserved liquid until well combined and blended together well.
- With dampened hands, roll 1 tablespoon of mixture together to form a ball.
- For frosting: Mix cream cheese and additional tablespoon of liquid together and drizzle over formed balls. Let harden in fridge for at least 10 minutes.