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Nut Free Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites

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Nut Free Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites that are the perfect snack, great for a lunchbox or a yummy healthy treat!  They are packed with oats and healthy whole ingredients.   They are:

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Naturally sweetened with no added sweetener
  • Whole 30 and paleo approved!

These energy bites are made with 5 ingredients and come together super fast! You can check out my video on how to make them here.  

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And in case you are interested a little background to why I developed these Nut Free Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites:

I had pinned a recipe for nut free energy bites that didn’t have sunbutter because we were looking for something different.  My children enjoy these as a little treat for their lunchboxes and for school snacks, but when I went to make them I realized a few things. 

1. They seemed overly sweet, I wasn’t sure why I needed so many dates + maple syrup, the dates alone should be sweet enough. 

2. Did I need that many dates, could I simply add a little water at the end to bind them. 

3. Could I add some protein to them that wasn’t a seed or nut butter.  I decided hemp seeds would be a great addition.  They have a neutral taste and would add some protein and omegas and a lot of other great nutrition.

4. I didn’t have enough dates, but I had raisins.  We love raisins so I decided to experiment and came up with these nut free cinnamon raisin energy bites. 

I played around a little and was super excited when these turned out super yummy, super easy and we had 100% approval rate in our house (it is usually 75% since we all have different favorites).  Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites - photo

Nut Free Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites - Photo

Nut Free Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites

5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Course:Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword:5 Ingredients of less, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, lunchbox Idea, Paleo Friendly, Refined Sugar Free, School Safe, Vegan, Whole 30 Approved


  • 1 cup Raisins/Dates I use half and half but you can use one cup of just raisins or 1 cup of just dates.
  • 2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 TBS Cinnamon
  • 2 TBS Water
  • 2 TBS Hemp Seeds


  • Measure and pour your oats, hemp seeds and cinnamon in a food processor.
  • Process them until the oats are mostly the texture of flour (it is ok to have some full oat pieces).
  • Add in dates/raisins and process until broken up (about 30 seconds).
  • Add in water and process until it forms a dough (have patience here it may take 1 full minute).
  • Using a small 1 inch measuring scoop or a teaspoon measure and portion out your bites.
  • Eat right away or chill for 30 minutes. We enjoy these at room temperature or cold.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week (if they last that long in the freezer for up to 3 months).


It’s important to use soft, moist dates in this recipe. If your dates are dry, or hard soak them in just boiled water for 15 minutes and then drain well before using in the recipe.
Did you make this recipe?I would love to see your creations! Snap a picture and tag @kristanwatson or #foodplaygo on Social Media!


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