Golden Raisin No Bake Energy Bites—the perfect healthy vegetarian snack for when you bought one too many bags of raisins.
I hadn’t planned to share these golden raisin no bake energy bites until next week, but after seeing your response to these Fig Almond No Bake Energy Bites and these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls, it seemed wrong to deny us all one more delectable excuse to shove an entire ball of goodness directly into our mouths.
The inspiration for this recipe was the outrageous quantity of golden raisins that mysteriously appeared in my pantry.
For whatever reason, I habitually believe that I am out of certain ingredients and stock up automatically without ever checking my pantry before heading to the store.
Judging by the three bags of unopened golden raisins on my shelf, I clearly harbor deep fears of running out of raisins (and, in effect, the ability to make Healthy Oatmeal Cookies).
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How to Make Golden Raisin No Bake Energy Bites
These nutty and fruity no bake energy bites began with intentions to make a healthy sweet, truffle-inspired treat (like these Salted Caramel Truffles) and wound up with something so all-together wholesome, they are absolutely acceptable as a snack.
Whether you pop a golden raisin truffle for a mid-day pick-me-up, post-workout snack, or healthy dessert, you’ll revel in the fact that eating something this good is good for you too!
- Golden Raisins. Most energy bites and bars are made with dates (like these Vegan Protein Bars). This recipe deviates from the usual by opting for sweet tender golden raisins.
- Walnuts + Flaxseeds. Boast healthy fats and omegas-3s.
- Rolled Oats. Lend a boost of fiber and give these little balls (and these Ginger Cookie Healthy Energy Balls) a big nutritional punch.
- Honey. Provides natural sweetness and helps bind the balls together.
- Vanilla. Compliments the nutty walnuts and oats and marries well with the sweet golden raisins.
- Salt. Just a pinch enhances the flavors of each ingredient while also balancing the sweetness of the raisins.
- Toppings. For a healthier option, leave plain or roll in chop nuts. Personally, I took most of these no bake energy bites the dessert route by rolling them in chocolate sprinkles, toasted coconut, and cocoa powder.
If you’re interested in even more mix-in options and flavor adaptations, check out my comprehensive post on Energy Balls | The Ultimate Recipe Guide!
- Soak the raisins in hot water until softened. Drain.
- Finely grind the nuts, oats, and flaxseed in a food processor.
- Add the raisins, honey, vanilla extract, and salt. Then pulse until a thick, sticky ball forms.
- Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls.
- Roll each ball in desired toppings to coat.
- Chill on a parchment-lined baking sheet until no longer sticky. ENJOY!
How to Store Golden Raisin Bites
- To Store. Refrigerate energy balls in an airtight storage container for up to 1 week.
- To Freeze. Freeze energy bites in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Thaw and enjoy as desired.
Oh dear, now it really IS time to buy another bag of golden raisins.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! This recipe, as it is written, is gluten free. If you are particularly sensitive to gluten, however, I encourage you to check your labels and source oats that are manufactured in a gluten free certified facility.
To make vegan no bake energy bites with golden raisins, you may swap the honey for an equal amount of maple syrup.
Make sure you allow ample time for the energy bites to chill before enjoying. If your mixture seems extra soft add a few extra tablespoons of ground oats to help absorb the extra moisture and reach the desired consistency.
Gold Raisin No Bake Energy Bites
- 1 cup golden raisins lightly packed
- 1/2 cup walnuts or nuts of choice
- 1/4 cup rolled or quick-cooking oats plus 2 tablespoons
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds (or additional 2 tablespoons oats)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- For topping: chopped nuts, toasted coconut flakes, cocoa powder, chocolate sprinkles
- Place the raisins in a small bowl and pour very hot water over the top to cover. Let soak 5 minutes, then drain and lightly pat dry.
- Place the nuts, oats, and flaxseed in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, then blend until finely ground.
- Add the drained raisins, honey, vanilla extract, and salt. Pulse until a thick, sticky ball forms.
- Remove the ball from the food processor, then roll into individual small balls, about 1 inch across. Sprinkle any desired toppings on individual plates, then roll the balls in the toppings to coat.
- Place balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until no longer sticky. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
- TO STORE: Refrigerate energy balls in an airtight storage container for up to 1 week.
- TO FREEZE: Freeze energy bites in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Thaw and enjoy as desired.
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