No Nut Oatmeal Bites Recipe for Kids (Plus Free Printable!)

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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!

Your entire family will love these little no nut Oatmeal Bite recipe, plus this recipe includes a free printable kids recipe so that you can make it together! #kidsrecipe #homeschool #kidscooking #protein #healthyrecipes #easyrecipes #snackrecipes #allergenfriendlyrecipes

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.

Oats for Oatmeal Bites

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.

Sunbutter in Oatmeal Bites

Add the Sunbutter.

Honey in Oatmeal Bites

Add the honey.

Coconut in Oatmeal Bites

Add the coconut.

Crispy Rice Cereal in Oatmeal Bites

Add the crispy rice cereal.

Mixing Up Oatmeal Bites

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.

Making Oatmeal Bites

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.

Chocolate Chips

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
  • Raisins
  • Flaxseed
  • 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.

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Nut Free Oatmeal Bites

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No Nut Oatmeal Bites
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No Nut Oatmeal Bites

These simple little bites are fun for your children to make and they will love to eat them too!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword No Nut Oatmeal Bites, Nut Free Oatmeal Bites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 bites
Calories 99 kcal
Creator Merissa


  • 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/3 cup Sunbutter (or any Sunflower Seed Butter)
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Coconut dried/shredded
  • 1/2 cup Crispy Cereal


  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients.

  2. Mix together well and then place the mixture into the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

  3. Once the mixture has rested/cooled, form into 1 inch size balls with your hands.

  4. Enjoy immediately or place the balls in the fridge to hard a bit more and enjoy later.

Nutrition Facts
No Nut Oatmeal Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 81IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Do you make recipes with your children for school or just to begin teaching them to cook? Are you a nut-free household?

Me and KadyMerissa has been blogging about and living the simple life since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to now on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.


This Oatmeal Bites Recipe was originally published on Little House Living in September 2018. It has been updated as of September 2023.

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  1. Hi Merissa!
    Great recipe, thank you! I noticed the long handled measuring cups that your kids are using in the photos, and would like to know where you bought them. Thank you!

    1. I actually found them at the Baker Creek Seeds store in Missouri a few years ago! I haven’t been able to find them since. We have considered selling them in our little store if we do find them though, they are great!

  2. Can’t wait to make these for my kids! My son is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and soy, this is perfect! Thank you!!

  3. Merissa in our country (Argentina) we do not have sunflower seed butter, ¿what can I use instead? Thanks for all the experiences and knowledge you share with us. (Sorry if my English is not very good!!)

  4. 5 stars
    Chocolate version of these were the bomb! Made these as a kid… but added cocoa to it. Would make hugebatches and freeze. Would freeze well

  5. I just wanted to thank you so much for your hard work. I am surprised you have the time and energy after all you do. I just wanted you to know I appreciate you, God bless you and your family!