Although it is often thought of as an indulgent food (which it can be if you eat it with a spoon by the jar like me!), peanut butter provides an excellent source of plant-based protein, and is packed with nutrients such as vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, fiber, and healthy fats. It is important to stick to the natural kind with a minimal ingredient list (optimally just peanuts and salt) to really reap the benefits in the most nutritious way.

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5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Serves

14

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soft medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (can use other nut or seed butter)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp of water, only if necessary to blend
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Preparation

  1. Process medjool dates in a food processor until a sticky and creamy consistency is formed (may form a ball). Add in oats, peanut butter, and vanilla and process until well combined. If the dough is dry, you may add a few tablespoons of water to help everything stick together.
  2. Use your hands to form the dough into balls. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set. Enjoy!

Notes

Store these energy bites in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days!

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Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 1698 | Total Carbs: 254 g | Total Fat: 70 g | Total Protein: 44 g | Total Sodium: 542 g | Total Sugar: 158 g Per Serving: Calories: 121 | Carbs: 18 g | Fat: 5 g | Protein: 3 g | Sodium: 39 mg | Sugar: 11 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.