No-Bake Maple-Walnut Oatmeal Snack Bites

~ Mmmmmmm … it’s as if a delicious no-bake cookie met up with the best bowl of oatmeal you ever tasted! Plus, these super-yummy, grab-and-go snacks are loaded with complex carbs and protein – full of great nutrition for sustained energy! And just like all our Snack Bites, they’re so easy and freezable, too! ~

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less    Freezable    Make Ahead    Vegetarian    Gluten Free  

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Gather ′round, friends … it’s story time again at THK.

I’ve been dying to share a little tale about how Snack Bites helped me win a years-long battle with my Romeo. And today’s my day. 

First, full disclosure: my husband has the metabolism of a snake. This troubles me endlessly. (Luckily, no reptilian-slit eyes. Ewwwww. That’d be weird.) Seriously though – he has an uncanny ability to go for hours and hours … and hours … without eating, and he always claimed to suffer absolutely no ill effects.

Troubling, yes. At least for me. As someone who’s passionate about healthful eating (and also gets really, really grumpy without regular feedings), I’d tried to set him straight on this.

I had failed. Repeatedly.

Mostly, I’d failed to convince him that he needs to eat breakfast (most important meal of the day and all …). Sometimes I could coerce him into grabbing a banana as he dashed out the door for the long commute.

Yet, he swore he felt worse all day if he ate breakfast.

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I refused to believe him.

This went on for years (seriously). He got a break from my nagging lovingly offered suggestions when we had our twins and I suddenly was far too worried about their tiny nutritional needs to pay much attention to whether he ate a banana or not. (Also, I was completely sleep deprived and usually hadn’t showered – I had bigger issues than bananas.)

Then, along came Snack Bites – my heroes! (Try really hard to hear a superhero sound track in your mind right here).

They won my battle for me!

My husband now swears by them.

Every morning, he grabs three or four of these little powerhouses from the freezer as he heads out the door (hint, hint – they freeze great). And he enthusiastically says he feels fantastic on days when he eats them, and has loads of energy. He is my poster child for the awesomeness of snack bites. (Again, cue that superhero music.)

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Hmmmmmm … so not to be an ungraceful winner here, but let’s just quietly snicker to ourselves for a minute about who won the “should my husband eat breakfast” debate …

Ahem. I digress …

This is our seventh Snack Bite recipe! (Check out the rest here!) We actually created this one way back when we were launching THK, and photographed it almost a year ago. We were waiting for the right moment …

And autumn’s back-to-school time is definitely a perfect moment for these! They taste kinda like a no-bake cookie met up with the best bowl of oatmeal ever, with just a hint of mapley goodness … mmmm …

Plus, my kids are now old enough to go straight on to their after-school sports and activities. There’s no little stop at home for a hug and a powered-up, nutritious snack.

I need to send something with them in the morning that they can munch on while they quickly pull on shin guards or running cleats before practice … something to get them through the afternoon activities … something small, portable, and packed with nutrition.

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Yes indeedy! Snack Bites!

Loaded with complex carbs and protein – they’ve got the staying power kiddos need!

And honestly, they’ve got the staying power adults need, too. Perfect after a long run … or to sustain you through an epic afternoon of meetings and errands.

They can even stand in for breakfast. Just ask my husband!

I kid you not when I tell you that I generally make anywhere from 4-7 batches at a time. Do the math … that’s hundreds of tiny little balls of energy!


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Make these … And all six of our other yummilicious Snack Bite flavors, too!

Stockpile them … and send everyone out the door fueled up to conquer the world! Or the soccer field … or the math test … or the boardroom …

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No-Bake Maple-Walnut Oatmeal Snack Bites

Preparation 22 min. 2017-08-19T00:22:00+00:00 Cook Time 0 min. 2017-08-19T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 2 - 2½ dozen     adjust servings


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • a pinch (about 1/16 teaspoon) salt


  1. Place 1 cup walnuts in a mini food processor. Process, scraping sides occasionally, until the walnut butter is the consistency of natural peanut butter (about 2 minutes, depending on your processor). You should end up with approximately a scant ½ cup of walnut butter.
  2. Place walnut butter in a medium bowl and add all other ingredients (oats, flaxseed meal, dates, coconut, maple syrup, 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, honey, vanilla, and salt). Stir very thoroughly to combine.
  3. Using your hands, press firmly to form one-inch balls.
  4. Place in air-tight container and refrigerate until serving.


Recipe Notes

These freeze well, so you may want to make extras.

If you are making big double- or triple-batches (or more!), don't worry if you don't have time to shape all the balls right after you mix the ingredients together. Just cover the mixing bowl and refrigerate for several hours or even a few days, until you have more time to finish. You can also just grab little portions straight out of the mixing bowl for emergency snacking.

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No-Bake Maple-Walnut Oatmeal Snack Bites — 25 Comments

    • Hi Jenn! You could do either. If you’re going to be needing quite a few one day, you could just take a bunch of frozen energy bites from the freezer and thaw them in the fridge overnight. But yes – they also thaw really quickly if you grab them directly from the freezer as you dash out the door. Snack Bites are my husband’s favorite busy-morning snack as he rushes off to work, and I keep them in the freezer (in separate little snack bags of three to four per baggie). We take them straight out of the freezer each morning and they thaw as he drives to work. I’d say they’re pretty well thawed in 15-20 minutes. (Although I know he starts munching long before that amount of time has elapsed 😉 – but of course you’d want to be sure you didn’t break a tooth munching too soon lol!) Hope that helps! Thanks for the great question! ~Shelley

  1. A bit confused with the ingredients. Should the first item read ‘ 1 cup of
    butter’ instead of ‘walnuts’ because there is no mention of butter in my

    • Hi, Pat! I’m so sorry for the confusion. No – the first item is correct as “1 cup walnuts” – you’re actually making your own nut butter (walnut butter) by processing the walnuts into a creamy consistency that is, as we state, similar to natural peanut butter. The next sentence mentions “walnut butter” specifically, but I can definitely see where the confusion would come in, and I really appreciate you letting us know – that’s so helpful for me to see how readers are understanding our recipe – and I’ve updated the recipe card now to mention WALNUT butter in the first instance, as well as the second. Thanks bunches for the great question! ~ Shelley

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    • Hi, Kym! Thanks so much for the question! Here’s the scoop about nutrition information here on our site:

      We’ve debated since the beginning of this blog whether or not we should supply nutrition info. Especially with Gretchen’s master’s degree in nutrition, she could easily have calculated that manually – plus there are loads of online calculators to use. However, for a variety of reasons, we have decided over and over again not to do that. One big reason is that we generally don’t specify exact brands (although on some occasions we need to), so the final nutritional profile of a recipe can vary widely, depending on the purchasing decisions our readers make. In the end, it could almost be a bit misleading to quote nutritional info, if readers make significantly different purchasing choices than we did in testing. Although that problem wouldn’t be a big issue with this specific Snack Bite recipe, it could for a lot of other recipes on our site. For example, the final nutritional profile of our most popular recipe ever – our very simple 3-Ingredient Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos – could vary tremendously (particularly, in this case, the sodium) depending on which taco seasoning and which salsa someone purchases.

      My best suggestion would be to use your favorite online nutrition calculator, and plug in the exact brands you use to get the most accurate information.

      Also … having said all of this … I want you to know that we get questions like this from readers fairly often. I don’t know if you took our recent reader survey, but one of the questions we asked was about whether readers would like to see nutrition information – and based on the responses we got from that survey, we are once again re-evaluating this very good question and exploring how we may be able to offer nutrition information in a way that we can feel good about – a way that’s helpful and not potentially misleading.

      Thanks so much for reaching out to us! Have a wonderful week! ~Shelley

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  5. I’m going to make these with just a little maple syrup and Splenda brown sugar for my diabetic hubby. He is in the car several times a week traveling around for work and he sometimes skips meals. These sound wonderful! I’ll bet my neighbors would enjoy them as a little sweet treat they don’t usually get, too. I will go see all the other snack bites you have, too. Thanks!

  6. I waited with commenting on this, so I could make them first and tell you how awesome I thought they were. Quite frankly, I never really got to know how awesome they really are. I made them, tasted one and then decided to leave them as a snack for later. Later I came back and the whole plate was empty- my mom and sister very ‘innocently’ tried to tell me they had no clue what I was talking about, with mouths so full they could barely speak at all… Oh well, I guess that means they’re good? 😉

  7. What is the carb load for a serving size of these delicious looking snack bites? Uncle Bill is diabetic; I’d like to be able to have these around for him but am a bit worried about the carb content.

    • Hello! I’m allergic to dates & coconut (the flesh, not the milk & oil of coconut). Has anyone found other ingredients to substitute for the dates & coconut?

      I was thinking vegan dark chocolate chips &/or raisins…?

      Thanks 😉

  8. Love all your snack bites recipes, and this one is no exception. I’ve been on a pretty extensive refined sugar fast, so these look like the perfect bite of sweet (and power!) to get me over craving moments 🙂 And you definitely won the banana battle 🙂

    • Lol – thanks for giving me the win on the banana battle, my friend! And thanks for the glowing review of our Snack Bites! I really think they do perfectly offer that little hit of sweet when you’re craving a sugary treat (or even a naughty dessert), but they’re full of so much nutrition and keep-you-full goodness that they power you up and keep you energized instead of dragging you down with a sugar crash. Hope you’re having a lovely week, Liz! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Yeah – you do have to plan to just eat maybe three or four at a time, tops … just so you don’t keep on pilfering one after another! Although, honestly – while they’re so yummy that you want to keep noshing, they really do fill you up and make you feel satisfied so quickly that it really feels ok to stop munching and get on with your day. I guess that’s why they’re such a perfect snack! Enjoy! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Thanks so much, Kristine! It really is a yummy flavor combination! People sometimes ask Gretchen and me which flavor of our Snack Bites is our favorite, and it’s always so hard to choose – they’re each so different and delicious in their own ways! This one’s just got such warm, comfort-food, oatmeal-ness to it. How can a bowl of oatmeal and a cookie come together, really? And yet, they kinda do come together perfectly in these snack bites! Mmmmmm … enjoy! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Hi, Ceara! You are just gonna love these! Actually … I have a bunch stocked in my freezer at this very moment, and as I’m typing this, my tummy is kinda rumbling and I’m thinking, “Mmmmmmm … I know just what I want for a snack!” Lol! But really – as much as you are on-the-go and jam-cramming in workouts, these are just the great kind of energy-rich nutrition that you’ll enjoy – because they’re so darn yummy, but also because they’re so easy to grab as you dash around, and also so loaded with keep-you-full nutrition! M’kay … I’m heading to the freezer now … 😀 ~Shelley

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