Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bites
This recipe was created in partnership with Bob’s Red Mill.
My children have pretty big appetites. I feel like they are always eating – as I’m clearing up one meal they are already asking for a snack. I’m not going to say this bothers me in the least, seeing their love of eating definitely makes my Italian mama heart happy. But, it can be a challenge to keep up with having smart, healthy snacks always available for them so they don’t turn to junk. I typically offer them yogurt, cheese sticks, fruit, pretzels or granola bars…but they do get bored.
I wanted to try out a new kind of snack on my kids a couple of weeks ago while we were off school for a long holiday weekend. My kids LOVE parfaits, and ask for them all the time. They keep me on my toes in the granola making department that’s for sure, I really don’t make it often enough for them (we go through it so fast when I do make it!). Instead of parfaits this time, I offered them a plate of Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bites served along with a bowl of Greek yogurt drizzled with honey. Fancy, huh? It actually took less effort than making 2 parfaits!
The oatmeal bites were so easy to make, I actually made two batches in the same day since the first batch was polished off at breakfast time and I wanted to have some around for snacks throughout the week. They are filled with basic, wholesome ingredients that you probably have in your house already – oats, nuts, honey, peanut butter and flaxseed meal (as well as a few baking staples). I always have a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed Meal (I store it in my fridge to keep it fresh) and add it to recipes every chance I get. It was an easy addition to this recipe as it adds a nice punch of nutrition.
For anyone that has a bag of flaxseed meal and needs ideas for how to use it up, this recipe collection on Bob’s Red Mill’s website can help – so many ideas. I typically add it to my smoothies, sprinkle it over yogurt and add it to peanut butter and banana sandwiches (my son has no idea 😉 ).
We loved these oatmeal bites served with a spoonful of Greek yogurt lightly sweetened with honey. So so good! Since my kids are at an age where they are capable and take pride in “helping themselves” this is a great way to get them involved with preparing a healthy snack for themselves.
What are your go-to healthy snacks for your kids? My neighbor and I recently talked about this and I’ve been really trying to come up with more and more options for them, because let’s face it – they do get bored with the same old same old. It’s always a good thing to change it up!
Have a great week!
Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bites
Yield: 12 oatmeal bites
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons Bob's Red Mill Flaxseed Meal
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup almond milk (or any milk)
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 12-muffin pan with cooking spray or oil.
- In a mixing bowl, combine oats with flaxmeal, almonds, peanut butter, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Whisk egg with milk in a separate bowl, add to oat mixture and stir until completely combined.
- Gently fold in blueberries. Using a tablespoon, fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full, dividing batter evenly among all 12 cups. Gently press down on the batter in each cup before baking.
- Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Take out and let cool for 5 minutes. Carefully run a knife around each oatmeal bite before turning over to release. Serve immediately or serve at room temperature. Store in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
Recipe inspired and adapted from The Kitchn.
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