Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Protein Bites

Posted by on January 25, 2011 | 22 Comments

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These little no-bakes are easy to throw together and even easier to modify. You can increase or decrease the sweetener, change the add-ins, toss in some more spices, and even pump up the protein and fiber if desired. Seriously, this was a recipe where I just kept adding, and tasting, adding and tasting, check consistency, add, done. Have fun with it! 

I had high hopes that these healthier treats would mitigate my cookie cravings. They’ve helped for sure. But really, can one every rid themselves of cookie cravings? Not I.

I also used this recipe to test run the High Protein Hemp Powder from Living Harvest. The ingredients of this product are simple: Hemp Protein Powder, Silicon Dioxide, and Vitamin E. I wasn’t sure about the silicon dioxide, but do admit that it turns this protein powder into just that … a powder. It is a white fluffy blend that can easily substitute one-for-one for dry milk powder or whey powder in recipes. This factor makes it much more versatile than most dairy-free protein powders, including ordinary hemp protein powder, which can sometimes be grainy.

The wonderful consistency of this hemp powder mixed into these two-bite snacks, combining with the nuts to provide over 7 grams of protein per serving (2 no-bakes). And don’t forget those popular Omega-3’s. Both the hemp oil and the hemp powder provide some of these “healthy” oils, along with the walnuts that I used.


Nutty Oatmeal Raisin No-Bake Bites

This recipe is Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Wheat-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, optionally Nut-Free, and optionally Vegan.

  • 4 Ounces Nuts (see below)
  • 2 Teaspoons Oil (I used Living Harvest Organic Hemp Oil)
  • 3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey or Agave Nectar (optional)
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • 1/4 Cup Dairy-Free Protein Powder (I used Living Harvest High Protein Hemp Powder)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1/2 Cup to 3/4 Cup Quick or Rolled Oats (I use quick oats – same nutrition, but finer; be sure to use certified gluten-free oats if that is a concern for you. You may be able to sub quinoa flakes if oats aren’t an option with your diet.)
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins

Grind the nuts in a food processor or spice grinder until they begin to turn into a paste or “butter.” If a few chunks remain, I don’t mind, if you don’t mind. Place the nut butter in a bowl, and stir in the oil, maple, honey or agave (if using), and vanilla (is using). Stir in the protein powder, cinnamon, and salt until smooth. Stir in the oats and raisins. Start with ½ cup of the oats, but feel free to add more if desired. Some nut butters may be a bit oilier or softer than others, so more oats may work better.
Roll the dough into 12 little balls, and flatten a bit like cookies if desired, or leave as balls. Store in the refrigerator or freezer until ready for a snack.

Nuts: I used all walnuts, which are tasty but slightly bitter. For the sweetest and smoothest results, I recommend using cashews, though almonds and even sunflower seeds should work well too. When using walnuts, 4 ounces was a generous cup, or a scant 1-1/4 cups. For cashews,  you will be looking at a little less than 1 cup since it is a denser nut.

Yields 6 servings


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Comments (22)


  1. These look delicious!
    P.S. Just got your email. I’d love to see your variation of the fudge! 🙂

  2. Libby says:

    These look great!

  3. These look awesome for a post workout recovery!!

  4. these look perfect!
    they combine my spin on raw oatmeal cookies with protein powder balls with nut balls…pretty much 3 desserts/snacks rolled into one!

    the special k bars link is use-able in my recipe tab! 80% of the links are working, and that’s one of them! i would link drop on you
    ok i will
    just delete this if you dont want it on here

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  6. Katie says:

    Why do I have to hate walnuts? My brain is all fired up with ideas though…

  7. Lori says:

    Oh the amazing possibilities these hold! I love the look of how easy and moist they are! (moist, hehe).

    I bet they’d be amazing with a little coconut flour and some almond extract. Oh and cacao nibs! MmmmM!

  8. lindsay says:

    You had me at gluten free, but no bake and hemp protein. YES M’AM! You always surprise me with great recipes.

  9. Hannah says:

    HMm, I’m still struggling to find a good dairy-free protein powder in Australia (I could order Sunwarrior online, but it’s a bit out of my budget to be honest…) but I must say these definitely look/sound good!

  10. I steer clear of protein powder, but otherwise, I’m so game to try these! 🙂 Despite the fact that there are nuts in the recipe already, I’ll use my usual protein “powder”–almond flour. 😉

    Thanks, Alisa!

  11. Maggie says:

    You’re a genius! These look amazing Alisa. Once i get some hemp protein powder I will definitely try these.

  12. dena says:

    can’t wait to try these delish looking bits and so much healthier than store bought protein bars!! ty for sharing!

  13. Hannah says:

    Great timing- I’m in need of more healthy, portable snacks as I’ve been commuting into the city much more lately. And I was wondering about that new hemp protein powder! Perhaps it’s another option I should check out…

  14. These sound so yummy and nutritious!

  15. alisa says:

    Averie – you are the most amazing and inspirational no bake treat maker!

    Lori – the light caught that picture right, they aren’t as moist as they look, but they definitely aren’t dry either.

  16. alisa says:

    Hannah – Shirley is right, almond flour (ground almonds not yet in “butter” form) will work great in place of protein powder, as well ground seeds which tend to have less fat than nuts (think ground hemp seeds, flax seeds, or sunflower seeds). Though I’d probably go with cashews over walnuts if using ground seeds too, as the combo of the seeds and walnuts would probably be too bitter.

  17. Oh my goodness. My kids would go crazy for these little guys. I am totally going to make them this weekend. They would be awesome for afternoon snacks after school to tide them over until dinner!
    And Shirley is right that almond flour would probably work great in place of protein powder for those who do not usually use protein powder!! Great recipe!! xo

  18. I don’t even have to wait for them to come out of the oven! You’re amazing. Thank you for sharing this on Real Food Weekly.

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  20. Shannon says:

    definitely one to try! these would be great little bites to keep at work to avoid that candy bowl…

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