PB and J Chewy Oat Bites

Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Kid-Friendly Vegan Energy Snack Ball Recipe

Easy|  Servings: 10  |  Ready In: 10 minutes |  Yield: about 20 balls

The classic combination of peanut butter and jelly takes us all back to the memories of childhood. Yet dried currants and all-natural ingredients keep this recipe mature enough for discerning adults. Make a batch of these gluten-free vegan bites and keep extras in the freezer…you’ll be ready for healthy snacking any time.


  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (no added sugars or oils)
  • 1 1/4 cup dried zante currants
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (adjust, depending on salt in peanut butter)
  • 2-4 tablespoons warm water, as needed

How It’s Done

To make the PB and J Chewy Oat Bites: Place the oats in your food processor. Puree oats until well-chopped, resembling shredded coconut. Remove from food processor and pour into a medium bowl.

Add the peanut butter, currants, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to the food processor. Puree peanut butter mixture until currants are chopped and everything is well-combined.

Add shredded oats back to the food processor. Puree. Add 2-4 tablespoons warm water, until mixture comes together. Puree until mixture naturally clumps into a large ball. Add a tablespoon of water at time to reach this consistency.

Remove mixture from the food processor into a medium bowl. Roll about 1 tablespoon of batter into a two-bite ball. Repeat with remaining mixture.
Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week or freeze for longer.

Yield: 20 “Bites”

Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Kid-Friendly Vegan Energy Snack Ball Recipe

Chef Katie’s Tips:

Peanut-Free: For a peanut-free alternative, try it with almond butter or sunflower seed butter.

Travel-Friendly: These are perfect fuel for traveling through airports or training for marathons. You can freeze them ahead of time than keep in your gym bag or carryon until ready to enjoy.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/10 of a recipe (about 2 balls).

  • Calories 219.71
  • Calories From Fat (31%) 68.31
  • Total Fat 8.17g 13%
  • Saturated Fat 1.65g 8%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 177.46mg 7%
  • Potassium 346.45mg 10%
  • Total Carbohydrates 31.63g 11%
  • Fiber 4.62g 18%
  • Sugar 13.36g
  • Protein 7.93g 16%
  • Calcium 0.86mg <1%
  • Iron 36.39mg 202%
  • Vitamin A 13.91IU <1%
  • Vitamin C 0.04mg <1%

Shopping List

    • 365 Everyday Value, Organic Creamy Peanut Butter Unsweetened & No Salt, 16 oz
  • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • Organic Dried Zante Currants, 1lb

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