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No-Bake Almond-Oat Energy Bites

Necessity is the mother of invention for Holly Mell: A vegetarian since she was 10, she's been cooking non-meat meals for herself for a long time and has also had to find ways around her food allergies. And what a way she's found with this recipe! If you've ever been let down by homemade granola bars that taste a little too . . . um . . . healthy, give these yummy nuggets a try. 3rd-place winner in the 2005 Recipe Contest.



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2 ½ cups rolled oats (regular or quick-cooking)
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½ cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
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½ cup raisins
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2 Tbs. raw sunflower seeds
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1 tsp. cinnamon
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½ cup almond butter
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⅓ cup plus 1 Tbs. honey
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2 Tbs. barley malt syrup
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1 tsp. vanilla extract


1. Grind 1/2 cup oats and 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds in food processor until powdery. Transfer to medium bowl; set aside.

2. Combine remaining 2 cups oats, remaining 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, raisins, sunflower seeds and cinnamon in large bowl. Stir in almond butter, honey, barley malt syrup and vanilla until soft dough forms.

3. Moisten hands, and roll dough into 1-inch balls. Coat balls in oat-pumpkin seed powder. Place in freezer 20 minutes to set, then serve or store in the fridge.

Nutrition Information: 

5 g
Total Fat: 
6 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
21 g
2 mg
2 g
8 g
Makes 24 1-inch balls

Comments on this Recipe

These are *so* delicious! Very easy to make too, although it took me a while to make all the balls - I think I was making them too small though because I made more than 30! I'll definitely be making these again though, thanks!

I make these all of the time. LOVE THEM!

Where does one buy barley malt syrup?

Barley malt syrup can be purchased at Whole Foods Market. I have also seen it at Marc's. If these are not in your area, the local natural foods stores should have it. It makes a great addition to yeast breads also!

Great recipe! i´ll do it

These are so good. I finally made them and added a little dip into some raw cacao powder. I also used agave nectar in stead of honey, oh so good. enjoy!

Wow! I just made these for the first time and they are fabulous! They have the perfect amount of sweetness without being too sweet! Great for an afternoon snack or mornings on the go.

Do you think it would be possible to substitute honey for the barley malt syrop? These look so yummy! Can't wait to try!

Can't wait to try these before yoga or spinning class!

Would love to make these but have a wheat intolerance. Any suggestions on an alternative for the barley malt syrup?

I have celiac disease. What substitutions could be used for the barley malt syrup?

Instead of barley malt syrup try agave or brown rice syrup..maybe even blackstrap molasses which has a lot of nutrients.

How about substituting maple syrup for the honey? Asked by a Vermonter..

I am very excited about these healthy, delicious snacks! Just made my first batch and between my husband and I they are going fast. We eat a few between breakfast and lunch and they really keep you full for awhile. Cannot believe how good they taste for how healthy they are.

You can also try sorghum or yacon syrup. Try NutsOnLine for agave as well.

My family and I loved this, great recipe

I made these tonight, YUMMY. I used brown rice syrup because my health food store didn't have the barley malt syrup and they were great. Also I didn't read the directions completely and ended up mixing everything together rather than rolling them in the powdered mixture and they still were yummy.

Hello. Anyone know a good substitute to barley malt syrup? I live in France so do not think we have that here. Would honey work or maple syrup perhaps?

molasses would most likely work

I used 1 tbsp of molasses and it worked great. I wouldn't use 2 tbsp since molasses flavor would be overpowering.

These were good but I would make one change next time. The coating mixture has a rather unpleasant taste; I think I will add a small amount of sweetner to balance it. The inside part is perfect as is, though you could vary it for fun. I was toying with mini chocolate chips?

The best. We've made them two dozen times, forced into much substitution by my not wanting to plan ahead or drag the kids to the grocery. Every nut butter works. Maple syrup works. It all works. Our only issue is that small balls with big chunks don't stick that easy when rolling... We process the sun seeds, pumpin seeds, and raisins a bit first. Better consistency for rolling. That also eliminates the sun seed points that my child was poked in the mouth by ;). We have also added three different types of chocolate chips, added cocoa to balls or coating . . .again. . .it all works. Just a GREAT recipe.

I love these. I've also used coconut oil instead of the Almond butter. dipped in dark Chocolate then rolled in coconut yummy

I use molasses instead of the barley malt syrup. It is not overpowering and gives it lots of potassium and is low in sugar. I also use dried currants instead of the rasins, they are smaller and makes it easier to roll.

I made this with a few slight alterations and they're delicious! I didn't make the outer coating, used dried cherries and instead of malt syrup, used maple syrup. They still held together well, especially after putting them in the fridge. They are great for eating throughout the week when you need a sweet pick me up.