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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Since Kaylin started doing gymnastics twice a week, she has been a bottomless pit! I can’t even imagine three! I will definitely be trying these! Our go-tos are vegan pumpkin muffins, yogurts, any form of fruit, cheese, pepperoni, and pretzels!
those pumpkin muffins sound so good, you always make great muffins! We seem to be on the same page with our snacks! 🙂
Aggie, these look awesome! I love how you added blueberries to them. Great breakfast or snack for sure!
These sound amazing, but we don’t do Peanut Butter… any suggestions for a substitute?
If I had almond butter I would have used that! Can you have almond butter?
I love love love these, and my little snack monsters will too! And you can totally change up the flavors!
These sound like snack perfection! I’m with you – my kids seem to be eating constantly! (It worries me for when they are bigger… how will I keep up?!) But it is a wonderful thing, especially when we are eating healthy snacks and foods like this. I must get some flaxseed meal – so easy to sprinkle it onto everything when it’s right there. And I will definitely be making these little oatmeal bites soon for us – know they will be a hit! Pinned!
These would be the best on-the-go breakfast! They look so delicious, thanks for sharing!
These looked so good my 7 year old daughter and I made them today. Mine didn’t hold together though so I was was wondering if maybe it was the peanut butter I used. I use Kirkland Organic peanut butter from Costco. I was thinking that if you used a more oily peanut butter that might be the answer. So what kind of PB do you use? Can you think of anything else that I might try. I triple checked the recipe so I know that I did everything else correctly.
Thank you for this recipe because even though they didn’t hold together my daughter loved it mixed with yogurt. 🙂
Hi Christy! Sorry to hear they didn’t hold together, but I think it may have been the peanut butter. I made them twice, once with peanut butter and once without and the PB version held together best. As far as PB I used Jif Natural, so the difference from the Kirkland brand might be the culprit (I have that same PB too and I know it is more dense, less oily). The only other suggestion is to make sure you pressed down a bit when you filled the muffin pans to help out with the binding during the cooking process.
I’m so glad you found a way to enjoy them with the yogurt 🙂 Let me know if you end up making them again and if they turn out better! Thank you!!
Oh Christy, I just checked over the ingredient list and I’m so sorry but I left out the crucial wet ingredients – 1 egg and milk. That is most likely what happened with yours today! That egg keeps it together (and the PB helps too). Please accept my apologies, I feel terrible!! I updated the recipe! (I hope you’ll try it again)
I was just looking at some oatmeal muffins I had made YEARS ago on my blog and thinking why the f don’t I make these anymore? I love that you used blueberries – my boys love “boo-berries” so much!! These look so good and HEALTHY!
I am always looking for delicious and healthy breakfast ideas that are portable (gotta be at work so early!) – these look perfect!
Your kids sounds like my kids…always hungry! I have a feeling they would love these as after school snacks.
These look simply UNREAL! Totally breakfast friendly!
I know what you mean, my kids are eating something all the time too! I love homemade granola, but I don’t make it enough. But these are so easy and I love the fresh blueberries in each bite! I have some flax that I’ve been using in my smoothies, I think I’ll be using it for this recipe instead!
Thank you for replying to me and for updating the recipe. That egg makes so much sense. I can’t wait to try them again. 🙂
I hope you forgive me Christy 🙂 Have a great week!
Such a yummy easy recipe. They are great to have in the morning for breakfast, pop for a snack or have as dessert… I really enjoy these and my family have been enjoying it even more.
i added 1 tsp of this chai spice blend I just ordered on etsy and it put them over the top, I would highly recommend.
Thanks for the recipe!
Awesome recipe. I have just made a batch of these for the week for my breakfasts on the go. I am usually sooo terrible for missing breakfast so hoping these will give me a nice wholesome start to the day
Thank you – these are delicious! We eat these at least once a week for breakfast and my children call them “breakfast cupcakes!” haha
that’s wonderful and an awesome name for them! 🙂