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Need a quick, fun treat that the whole family will enjoy making together? This No Nut Oatmeal Bite Recipe is the perfect afternoon snack for kids and adults alike!
No Nut Oatmeal Bites
I’ve been looking for easy recipes that we can make during school time for my little ones to practice their measuring skills so they also get more involved in food preparation. We kicked off school this past week and made these little Nut Free Oatmeal Bites for our first recipe. The kids enjoyed the recipe so much that I had my husband create a fun printable recipe card so they can easily follow along and we can continue to make these as much as they’d like!
They love these little treats, and I don’t mind serving them to them. They feature a nice dose of whole grains (but no gluten) plus healthy fats, which can help keep those little bellies feeling full and ready to take on the school day.
They are very easy to make and can be very frugal as well since you can substitute the ingredients for the ones that you have on hand. You can find the printable recipe below. (If you aren’t an email subscriber yet, there is a place to add your email to the list at the end of this blog post.)
Tip: You might also enjoy my Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars Recipe.
Ingredients in Nut Free Oatmeal Bites Recipe
- Old Fashioned Oats. We’ve found that these work the best but I think you could use quick oats as well. Steel cut oats will not work.
- Sunbutter. Sunbutter is sunflower seed spread and is a great nut-free alternative. We use it daily in our home!
- Honey. Any honey will work in this recipe.
- Crispy Cereal. The kind we used to use is no longer available but there is still this kind if you want something healthy (linked here) but you can use whatever you have on hand or can find at the store.
- Coconut. I always use unsweetened shredded coconut as we think that it’s sweet enough naturally.
Instructions for Making Oatmeal Balls Without Peanut Butter
In a large mixing bowl, measure the oats. I order my oats in bulk from Azure Standard.
Add the Sunbutter.
Add the honey.
Add the coconut.
Add the crispy rice cereal.
Combine all the ingredients together until mixed well. The mixture should be a bit sticky, not dry. Add more sunbutter or honey if it seems too dry. Place the mixture in the fridge and let it sit for at least 30 minutes or you will have trouble getting these to stick together.
Remove the mixture from the fridge and form into roughly 1-inch balls. This recipe should make about 12. It can be doubled and frozen if desired. Store any Nut Free Oatmeal Balls that aren’t eaten right away in the fridge.
Variations to the Peanut Free Oatmeal Balls
Here are some other things that you could add in for a replacement for the coconut or crispy cereal:
- Another kind of cereal
- Mini chocolate chips
- Pumpkin seeds
Please note that we make these oatmeal balls with no peanut butter since we have nut allergies. I have not tried this with any other kinds of “nut” butter. Your results may vary.
Looking for the Kid-Friendly Version of this Recipe?
Would you like a free printable with step by step visual instructions for your little ones so they can make it on their own? Grab a copy here!
No Nut Oatmeal Bites
These simple little bites are fun for your children to make and they will love to eat them too!
In a bowl, combine all ingredients.
Mix together well and then place the mixture into the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Once the mixture has rested/cooled, form into 1 inch size balls with your hands.
Enjoy immediately or place the balls in the fridge to hard a bit more and enjoy later.
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This Oatmeal Bites Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in September 2018. It has been updated as of September 2023.