Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Power Bites (Secret Recipe Club)

by Dorothy Reinhold on April 29, 2013

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With two moondoogie surfers at my house, we seem to whip through the granola bars, energy bars and other fast, calorie-dense eats.

Pre surfing, they cut a big swath through the kitchen, vacuuming up anything that will give them energy to fight the cold water and waves for a couple of hours.

So I was delighted to find Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Energy Bites on the food blog Cooking Whims.

They looked like a perfect solution for surfing snacks, and indeed, they passed the two-thumbs-up test at our house, from both kids. My teenager said, “They’re fun to eat because they’re cute and little, you feel healthy eating them because they are home made, and they’re delicious!”  That pretty much sums it up.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Power Bites on Shockingly DeliciousMy 11-year-old said, “mfffrth,” with a full mouth.

Next up, I might try her Three-Ingredient Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies. Although not as caloric, that seems like it also might fit the pre-surf bill.

Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Power Bites

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Power Bites on Shockingly DeliciousSummary: A little bite of tasty, peanut buttery goodness makes a satisfying surfing snack. Great for pre-surfing, soccer, baseball or any time you need a power snack to keep you going.


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy natural)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons roasted sunflower seeds
  • Optional: shredded coconut


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. (I used my KitchenAid mixer, but you could do it by hand if you wish). Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour, or overnight if it is more convenient for you.
  2. When ready to make bites, pinch off small pieces of dough and roll into balls with your hands. Wrap individually or store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to one week. These also freeze very well.
  3. Makes 20 tiny one-bite balls.


Slightly adapted from Cooking Whims

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Power Bites on Shockingly DeliciousVariations

Roll some in shredded coconut if you like, or halve the dough and stir coconut into half and leave the other half without.

My Secret Recipe Club creations

Here is a list of what else I have made for the Secret Recipe Club since I joined the group. Check it out!

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 20 tiny balls
Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Cooking Whims is the creation of Boston-based Megan, 25. In addition to easy recipes, she  offers “My Two Cents” after every recipe, a charming passage in which she reveals any glitches, her true feelings about it, or maybe a long-ago memory.

Secret Recipe Club button on Shockingly DeliciousI was poking around there as my assignment for Secret Recipe Club this month. My job was to explore her blog, cook something wonderful from it, and reveal it today, along with the other members in the group.

I was tempted by her Spiked Strawberry Smoothie, a boozy concoction she said was elsewhere called “Redhead in a Bed,”  and the Broccoli Cheese Bites, a perfect snack or appetizer that is “stupidly simple” to make. And get a load of her Ridiculously Easy Pea Soup. Springtime in a bowl!

When you have a minute, go explore her blog, and choose something to cook!

And then you can see what other cooks in the Secret Recipe Club made this month, right below here in the array of photos. Click any of them to be transported to that particular recipe!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

trasloco May 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Complimenti, questo post ha davvero stimolato il mio interesse.


Kirstin May 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm

YUM! I am marking these to make. They’d be great to make to bring to soccer games.


Christine May 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm

I know I’m a bit late for the whole SRC blog hopping, but better late than never!

I love the idea of these bites – some how I doubt that they would last long enough to be used during some activity. Great pick!


Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel April 29, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I always love making things like this… so much better knowing they aren’t full of tons of weird additives like store bought granola bars! Great pick!


KarenBurnsBooth April 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

What a FABULOUS SRC pick and such lovely photos too! Karen


Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies April 29, 2013 at 10:52 am

I’ve been looking for a recipe like this! I think it would make a great post workout snack…definitely be giving it a try! Thanks for sharing and happy reveal day!

Reply April 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

These look yummy–putting them on my must-make list!


Dana at FoodieGoesHealthy April 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

Hi Dorothy- I’m so glad you posted this recipe. These will be a big hit at my house, especially with our 6-year-old snack queen.


Sweet as Sugar Cookies April 29, 2013 at 8:50 am

Bite sizes treats are the best!


Geez Louise! April 29, 2013 at 7:51 am

I love this idea, I’m totally going to do a version of them for my house. We go through a lot of bars and they are so expensive. Thanks, looking forward to playing around with these.


Dorothy Reinhold April 29, 2013 at 10:15 am

These can absolutely be tweaked to fit a family’s individual taste preferences.


Megan April 29, 2013 at 6:01 am

Yay!!! So glad you chose this recipe because it’s become my favorite — I make them all the time. They’re the perfect mid-morning snack! 🙂 🙂


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