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Oatmeal Raisin Power Balls

I love these little power balls!  So easy to make, no bake, made with wholesome ingredients and totally portable for those on-the-run afternoon snacks.  I had some leftover raisins from when I made The BEST Oatmeal Raisin cookies, so I have been trying to use my stash of raisins up while they are still plump and juicy.  These are like the healthier version of my oatmeal raisin cookies 🙂 And I am sooooooooo excited about one of the ingredients I used in this recipe!!  No weird ingredients in these either…check this recipe out, and I bet you already have everything in your pantry to make these now!

Just six ingredients and 5-minutes to make.  And healthy.  How do you beat that?  It may seem like I have an addiction to making these little poppers or balls, and maybe I do.  But they are just the perfect size for snacking!  In case you missed them, make sure you check out my Protein Powder PB Poppers and my Healthy Peanut Butter Powder Poppers recipes.

So the ingredient I am super excited about???  Mikolich Honey.  I found Mikolich Family Honey on Instagram, and thought what a small world it was, that there was another Mikolich family, who also lived in California!  I love that the Mikolich’s make their own honey and they sell several different varieties of honey on their website.  So while we aren’t related, as far as we know, I still found it fun to buy honey from Mikolich Family Honey.  Plus their honey is absolutely amazing.  One of the owners, Erika Mikolich, was sweet enough to send me an email letting me know which of their varieties of honey works great for baking with, and which ones are perfect for no-bake recipes!  The Sage Blossom honey is great for no-bake recipes (which I used in this recipe), and I could’t agree more!  Besides the two larger sizes of honey I bought, I also bought a little sample pack, so I could give a little bottle of honey to my parents and sister (plus I couldn’t resist those tiny bears).

I know Mikolich isn’t a common name here in the United States, but from what my sister told me, after doing full blown genealogy research on our family roots, Mikolich is actually a common last name in Croatia (where our family is from), and there was a small island off Croatia where a lot of Mikolich’s lived.  Wendy and I hope to travel to Croatia sometime soon to really explore our roots.  Wendy got as far as she could researching our family history on the internet, so now it’s time to go to Croatia and dive into our history further!  How fun would that be?!

Okay…back to power balls.  Just a few ingredients are needed to make these little power balls!  Because there are so few ingredients, and these are no bake, the quality of your ingredients are important!  I love the peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co and used their Crunch Time peanut butter in this recipe #forthewin!  And of course my VAIN vanilla extract!  These little balls are full of all my favorite ingredients!  You can use your favorite honey, nut butter and vanilla in this recipe though 😉

Oatmeal Raisin Power Balls

Print Recipe
Serves: 15-20 Cooking Time: 0-minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter & Co Crunch Time Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Mikolich Family Sage Blossom Honey
  • 1 teaspoon VAIN Tongan Vanilla Extracted in Orange Spirits
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup fresh raisins

Instructions

1

Dump the peanut butter in a medium-sized microwave safe bowl. Microwave peanut butter for approximately 35-seconds (or until it gets a little melty). Remove from microwave and stir in the honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Stir until all ingredients are completely combined. Add the oats and raisins to the mixture and stir until all ingredients are well incorporated.

2

Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet (for easy clean up) and scoop tablespoon sized balls onto the cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet in the refrigerator to allow the balls to completely chill.

3

Once balls are set and cold, place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

Notes

If you balls are too wet, then add additional oats until mixture is to a rollable form. If your mixture is too dry, add additional honey until you reach your desired consistency.

My friend Chad got all of these balls.  He’s the one who first asked me to make some quick, easy, healthy ball recipes.  Chad loved these and texted me later to tell me I really need to get going on opening my own bakery or food truck…I wish!  My dream!  I just need to find a few investors 🙂

These balls are prefect in a Sweese bowl, to have sitting out  in the house for snacking on!

I love an easy, healthy and wholesome snack….don’t you??  But maybe you don’t like raisins?  Well switch them out with chocolate chips!  Chocolate is always a good idea 🙂

What’s your favorite healthy, go-to snack??  Any other ball or popper recipes I should develop?  Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!  I love hearing from you guys!

XOXO,

Kelly

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Stacy | Pop Kitchen
    March 28, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    I love how simple and easy these are. Who doesn’t love oatmeal and raisins? But I feel like the peanut butter in these makes me think of peanut butter cookies. And the combo just sounds so appetizing!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      March 28, 2017 at 3:40 PM

      Thank you Stacy! I wasn’t sure about the peanut butter in these, but it totally works! You could even use almond butter for a lighter flavor! Just add a bit more oatmeal if your almond butter is runny. The peanut butter I used was thick! Xoxo 😘

  • Reply
    lithenna_
    March 28, 2017 at 12:14 PM

    I do like the idea, but I’d rather use chocolate chips! 😉

    • Reply
      Kelly
      March 28, 2017 at 3:42 PM

      I am TOTALLY with you there!! Try mini chocolate chips instead!! I made these for a friend, so that’s why I used raisins. If I was making them for me, I’d be using chocolate chips like you!! Xoxo 😘

      • Reply
        lithenna_
        March 31, 2017 at 11:33 AM

        Ahaha, that’s totally understandable! 😀 I’ll probably try this recipe soon (with chocolate chips!) Xo

        • Reply
          Kelly
          March 31, 2017 at 4:29 PM

          Awesome! Let me know what you think then!! XOXO

          • lithenna_
            April 2, 2017 at 10:56 PM

            I tried the recipe yesterday and it was delicious! I loved it! And since I like to experiment a bit, I replaced the peanut butter with something we have here called speculoos spread (speculoos are little biscuits from Belgium and they’re very popular). Thanks a lot for the recipe!

          • Kelly
            April 3, 2017 at 7:08 AM

            OMG!!! I bet that tasted amazing!! We have speculoos here too and that stuff is DANGEROUS hahahaha. I will have to make some using speculoos! XOXO 🙂

          • lithenna_
            April 3, 2017 at 10:28 AM

            If you can get some Speculoos spread, then I totally recommend it! 😀 And you’re right, it IS dangerous xD

          • Kelly
            April 3, 2017 at 5:37 PM

            Ohhhhh girl we have it here and a ton of different varieties too! I have made cookies using Speculoos and they were some DANGEROUS cookies hahahaha 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Kim @ The Baking ChocolaTess
    March 28, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Yum! Poppables! 🙂 Kelly, I did my ancestry research on my mom and dad’s side. It was so much fun, I am still doing it through ancestry, and actually did the DNA test. I was so surprised that a large percentage was from Greece, but that’s the part of the puzzle that’s missing on mine. The biggest percentage was England, which makes sense because my mom’s surname is Blackford, and they came over on the actual Mayflower. It’s cool to find out new clues!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      March 28, 2017 at 3:46 PM

      How fun!! I think you should totally go to Greece! And that’s pretty cool to see family that came over on the Mayflower. That history is just so exciting to me….to see how our ancestors got here and where they lived. It’s so interesting!! You will have to keep me posted on what else you find out! Maybe we should both do blog posts about a traditional dessert from our home countries!! Xoxo

  • Reply
    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    March 28, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Ditch the raisins and I would have LOVEDDDD these when I was little. I am so not a dried fruit person. I prefer it plum and ripe and juicy, ha ha! Whenever I would eat oatmeal raisin cookies when I was a kid, I would pick out all of the raisins! lol

    • Reply
      Kelly
      March 28, 2017 at 3:49 PM

      Hahaha I prefer it plum, ripe and juicy too!! I am sooooo not a raisin person. I made these for a friend. If I made them for me, I would have used chocolate chips hehehehe. Raisins in oatmeal cookies are the reason why I have trust issues. Just saying. Xoxo 🙂

  • Reply
    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    March 29, 2017 at 6:41 AM

    I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies so these are total perfection. How cute are those little bears? I wouldn’t be able to resist buying a handful whether they had my last name on them or not :). I have to try these soon!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      March 29, 2017 at 10:58 AM

      I think you would totally love these balls then!! Hehehe totally couldn’t resist those mini bears! Xoxo 🙂

  • Reply
    Amy (Savory Moments)
    March 29, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    These look delicious and I love how easy they are to put together!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      March 29, 2017 at 10:59 AM

      Thanks Amy!! Super yummy, healthy and easy!! Xoxo 🙂

  • Reply
    cakespy
    March 30, 2017 at 5:55 AM

    YUM, these look amazing. haha balls. (sorry, I’m 12)

    • Reply
      Kelly
      March 30, 2017 at 7:48 AM

      Hahaha ummmm we have the same 12-year old thoughts…probably why my other ball recipes I called poppers instead. Hahaha. Balls. 😉 XOXO

  • Reply
    Alison's Allspice
    March 31, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    This is such an easy and healthy snack! Pinning to make them for my next road trip!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      March 31, 2017 at 4:27 PM

      Awesome Alison! Let me know how you like them!! I love healthy snacks….especially for road trips! XOXO

  • Reply
    Agness of Run Agness Run
    April 29, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    I would love to start my day with these power balls. They will supply the needed energy to make it throughout the day, Kelly!

    • Reply
      Kelly
      April 29, 2017 at 6:27 PM

      Thank you Agness! I hope you make them. If you do, let me know what ya think! 🙂 XOXO

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