PB and J Oat Bites

The classic combination of peanut butter and jelly takes us all back to the memories of childhood.  Yet dried currants and all-natural ingredients keep this recipe mature enough for discerning adults.  Make a batch of these gluten-free vegan bites and keep extras in the freezer...you'll be ready for healthy snacking any time.

EASY          Servings: 10       Ready In: 10 minutes

PBJ Chewy Oat Bites - Healthy, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Gluten-Free, Whole Grain, Oil-Free, Plant-Based, Vegan Snack

PBJ Chewy Oat Bites - Healthy, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Gluten-Free, Whole Grain, Oil-Free, Plant-Based, Vegan Snack

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (no added sugars or oils)
1 1/4 cup dried zante currants
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt (or adjust, depending on salt in peanut butter)
2-4 tbsp warm water


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PB & J Oat Bites Video

Procedure

Gather ingredients. Use gluten-free oats for 100% gluten-free treats. 
To make the Bites: Place the oats in your food processor. Puree oats until well-chopped, resembling shredded coconut. Remove from food processor and pour into a medium bowl.
Add the peanut butter, currants, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to the food processor. Puree peanut butter mixture until currants are chopped and everything is well-combined. 
Add shredded oats back to the food processor. Puree. Add 2-4 tablespoons warm water, until mixture comes together.  Puree until mixture naturally clumps into a large ball. Add a tablespoon of water at time to reach this consistency. 

Remove mixture from the food processor into a medium bowl. Roll about 1 tablespoon of batter into a two-bite ball. Repeat with remaining mixture.
Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week or freeze for longer.

Chef's Tips: For a peanut-free alternative, try it with almond butter or sunflower seed butter.  These are perfect fuel for traveling through airports or training for marathons. 

Yield: 20 "Bites"


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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/10 of a recipe (about 2 bites).

Amount Per Serving


Calories 219.71
Calories From Fat (31%) 68.31
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8.17g 13%
Saturated Fat 1.65g 8%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 177.46mg 7%
Potassium 346.45mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 31.63g 11%
Fiber 4.62g 18%
Sugar 13.36g
Protein 7.93g 16%
Calcium 0.86mg <1%
Iron 36.39mg 202%
Vitamin A 13.91IU <1%
Vitamin C 0.04mg <1%


Healthy, delicious gluten-free, vegan cookies? Yes, they do exist. This easy recipe avoids refined sugar or syrup with the natural sweetness of bananas. Applesauce keeps them oil-free. Whole grain oats are great source of vegetarian protein and plant-based fiber. These treats are delicious enough for dessert...and nutritious enough for breakfast.