Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Balls {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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Here we are in our first full week of school (last week was short due to the Holiday). The kids are both doing so well, but our schedule has officially picked up with the addition of after school activities like gymnastics, church class and soccer twice-a-week for both kids.

The kids come home starving as it is, but now that we go straight to another activity I have to keep the house well stocked with healthy snacks. One of their favorites is the snack balls I make in a variety of flavors- they often have some sort of dried fruit, some form of nuts and/or oatmeal.

Since I’ve had oatmeal raisin cookies on my mind, I decided to make a healthier version by creating these no-bake oatmeal raisin snack balls. What I love about them is that there is no added sugar, just naturally sweetened raisins! I know, I know… not exactly like homemade buttery oatmeal raisin cookies, but definitely a figure-friendly alternative.

I always have a bag of California raisins in the pantry- they make a great choice for healthy, on-the-go snacking and you can use them is so many ways. I love adding raisins to oatmeal, muffins, trail mix, granola, quick breads, etc. The whole family loves them and it’s such an affordable dried fruit.

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What I also love about raisins is the ingredient list…..raisins! Yep, that’s it. No added sugar or other unnecessary ingredients just all-natural, sun-dried fruit you can feel good about feeding your kids.

California raisins have a great nutritional profile too- they have no cholesterol and offer 9% of your daily fiber and potassium and 6% of your daily iron (per quarter cup serving).

For this recipe, I ground half of the raisins in the food processor for the base of the mixture and added the other half whole into the “dough”.  They are not overly sweet, have a nice cinnamon flavor and are definitely satisfying. I love how easy they are to make, great to grab for on-the-go snacking and the kids loved them. Everybody wins!

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Balls {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Yield: ~10 balls

Serving Size: 1 ball

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup dried rolled oats (divided) (use Gluten Free oats if necessary)
  • 2/3 cup raisins (divided)
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In food processor, add 2/3 cup of the oats, 1/3 cup of raisins, peanut butter, dried coconut, vanilla, coconut oil, cinnamon and water. Process for ~15 seconds or the mixture starts to come together.
  2. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Stir remaining 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup raisins. Stir well to combine or knead with hands (this method is easier to get mixture to stick together). Scoop out ~1 Tablespoon of the mixture, using your hands roll it into a ball, proceed to to scoop and roll with the rest of the mixture. Store balls in air tight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

You will probably want to double this recipe if feeding a large family.

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Friday Favorites

This week was slow. It dragged for me, yet here we are again on Friday. Funny how that happens.

My husband was out of town for work for 5 days and it made me wonder how the heck I made it through that 9 month deployment. Man, the beginning of Dad being gone is always the toughest.

I hoped to get more cooking in but that always seems to be the case, but let’s see what I was loving on this week’s edition of Friday Favorites.

Favorite food

There were no really amazing dinners with the hubs being gone this week. It’s a miracle that I got the kids fed, bathed and to bed on time. This caprese salad will always be a favorite because it involves no real recipe and it’s so darn good. All mine!

Caprese

 

Favorite product

I’ve told you about my love for Nuttzo before, but I think I’ve only become more obsessed. This jar is my beloved. It’s all for me. I eat a big ol’ spoon of it everyday and I don’t share. Organic 7 nut & seed butter in chocolate and so good.  I am proud to be one of their loyal Ambassadors. To get a 15% off your Go Nuttzo order, use the promo code nutritiouseats-15

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Favorite tool

I have mentioned this before but I am loving Cooking Light’s online meal planner. I don’t use it for a true meal planning because I make a lot of my own recipes, but it gives me ideas just based on the photo gallery with easy to access recipes. And now I know I am making falafel next week for sure!

 

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Favorite picture(s)

We walk the older kids to school everyday so the two littles ride in the bike trailer or double jogger and when I looked over as we were waiting on big brother and sister I saw this…..and about died.

Cuteness overload!!

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I LOVE how he’s holding her leg in some and foot in some. I seriously just stare at this pictures and smile.

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One more….I. CAN’T. HELP. IT. SO. CUTE!

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And before I go (I could’t really fit this into today’s favorites) for all you Twilight fans this might be of interest, my husband spent the last 5 days stomping through the woods in Forks, Washington. He doesn’t know much about the Twilight series but that is where the books were based so I made sure he came back with pics from his motel room. How funny is that?
ForksWA

 

Cheesy Twilight wall art

Twilight

 

P.S. If you were interested in ordering some Jamberry nails, my party closes today September 12th – shop HERE!

Questions: Are you a Twilight fan? I loved the books, not so much the movie. Any favorites this week?


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