Filled with oats, almond butter, and fresh apple, these no-bake Apple Cinnamon Cookie Energy Bites are a healthy snack that’s perfect for all ages!
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I have the hardest time packing Julia’s lunch for school. William is easy – he loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches so that’s what he gets most days (and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that’s what I bring to work most days too). Julia, though, has never liked peanut butter. She’s picky about quite a few foods, in fact. Thus the lunch-packing challenge.
My solution? Most days we pack her a variety of snack foods, including at least one fruit or vegetable, and a jelly sandwich. We have a hard time fitting in enough protein-rich foods in her lunch, so I’m continually brainstorming ideas.
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While she won’t touch peanut butter (even baked in a cookie), Julia doesn’t mind the flavor of almond butter. She won’t eat it spread in a sandwich because of the texture, but if it’s in a muffin, smoothie, or dessert, she’s happy.
Which brings me to these Apple Cinnamon Cookie Energy Bites (made with almond butter). Julia LOVES these. And not just because I call them Apple Cinnamon Cookie Bites, either. 😉
When I was setting up to take these photos, Julia asked to be in one of my pictures. Then she told me she was going to pretend to grab one of the bites for my photo. 🙂
These energy bites really do taste like a no-bake cookie. An apple cinnamon oatmeal cookie to be exact. I’ve added a little vanilla extract to the mixture to help bring out the cookie flavor. Almond butter and honey help these energy bites bind together, and they come together quickly and easily.
I use fresh grated apple in these bites, and at first I wondered if I should have used dried apples. But since I like to use fresh ingredients whenever possible, I went with the fresh apple and I’m so glad I did. Not only does it make these bites more nutritious, but it also gives them great flavor. If you’re worried about the fresh apple browning over time, don’t be. Our batch of these Apple Cinnamon Cookie Energy Bites lasted perfectly for three days, and on the third day when we finished these off they tasted just as delicious as on the day I made them. I’d recommend keeping them no longer than four days in your refrigerator, though.
Needless to say, I’ve been packing these Apple Cinnamon Cookie Energy Bites in Julia’s lunchbox. I’m happy that she has something nutritious to snack on, with a little protein from the almond butter. She’s happy because, well, Apple Cinnamon Cookie Bites. Enough said.
I also highly recommend these other easy, healthy recipes:
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup (not packed) grated apple (about 1 medium)
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flaxseed, and cinnamon. In another bowl or a liquid measuring cup, stir together the almond butter, honey, vanilla, and pinch of salt until well combined. Pour over the oat mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated. (I use my hands at the end to make sure everything is well mixed.) Stir in the grated apple.
- Scoop the mixture into tablespoon-sized portions (I use my small cookie scoop), and use your hands to squeeze it together into a ball. Slightly wet hands will help to keep the mixture from sticking.
- Store the energy bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep for 3-4 days. Enjoy!