Oatmeal Raisin Energy Balls

Updated September 5, 2022
A recipe for healthy oatmeal raisin energy balls packed with pumpkin seeds for extra plant-based protein. They are vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free!
Total Time 15 mins
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These oatmeal raisin energy balls just happen to be the optimal snack when that craving hits. They’re packed with fibre and plant-based protein, and taste just like an oatmeal raisin cookie without the wait time or post-cookie consumption guilt.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

I just know you’ll love this recipe! It’s:

  • Vegan friendly
  • Gluten-free AND nut-free
  • Made with just 6 healthy ingredients
  • Ready in just 15 minutes!

How to make oatmeal raisin energy balls:

Process the dates with cinnamon, maca powder, and some oats to form a sticky paste (photo 1).

Then mix in the raisins, pumpkin seeds and remaining rolled oats (photo 2) before rolling the mixture into bite-sized balls.

Easy peasy. There’s also a handy video at the top of this post to show you how to make these healthy energy balls!

Notes on this recipe

  • Use soft and sticky dates for the optimal chewy texture – I like medjool dates. If your dates are quite firm, you can soak them in hot water for 5-10 minutes to soften them up.
  • You can use any raisins of your choosing – I like to use sultanas as they’re small and sweet.
  • These energy balls are naturally nut-free, but you could add some chopped nuts in place of the pumpkins seeds if you’d like!

FAQ

Which oats are best for making oatmeal raisin energy balls?

You can use rolled or porridge oats here. Do NOT use steel-cut oats, as these have to be cooked before consuming.

What can I use instead of maca powder?

You can omit the maca powder if you don’t have any.

My energy balls aren’t sticking together 🙁 What can I do?

If your energy balls don’t stick together, you need to increase the ratio of wet to dry ingredients. To quickly rectify the mixture, you can mix in a little honey or agave syrup. And next time, be sure to soak your dates until soft and sticky!

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Oatmeal Raisin Energy Balls

A recipe for healthy oatmeal raisin energy balls packed with pumpkin seeds for extra plant-based protein. They are vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: vegan
Servings: 15 Energy Balls
Calories: 209kcal
Author: Shivani Raja

Ingredients

  • 1 cup/ 120 grams Pitted Dates I like medjool dates
  • 1 cup/ 100 grams Rolled Oats
  • 1 tablespoon Maca Powder optional
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ cup/ 70 grams Raisins I like sultanas
  • 2 tablespoons Pumpkin Seeds

Instructions

  • Add the pitted dates and half of the oats to a blender or food processor along with the maca powder and cinnamon. Process the mixture until a sticky dough forms – if the mixture is not blending, add a little water to help it along.
  • Transfer this mixture to a medium-size bowl and add the raisins, pumpkin seeds and remaining oats. Fold the additions in with a spatula.
  • Use your hands to shape into balls – I made 15 balls each using about 1 tbsp of mixture, but how many you get will depend on how big you make them. Enjoy!

Video

Shivani’s Tips

  • If your dates are quite firm it’s a good idea to soak them in hot water for 5-10 minutes to soften them.
  • I used my Vitamix to blend this. Low-speed blenders may take extra coaxing and it is really worth investing in a high-speed blender or food processor for recipes like this.
  • Store the energy balls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
 
 

NUTRITION

Serving: 3 energy balls
Calories: 209 kcal | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 4mg | Carbohydrates: 44g | Fiber: 4.9g | Sugar: 23.9g | Protein: 4.7g 

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