Peanut Butter, Date, & Oat Bites

It’s back to school work time!

There are many great perks to working in a school, but the best is inarguably having nearly three months of summer freedom. Freedom to read book after book up on the roof deck, to take Shelby (our dog) on long walks along the Esplanade, to meet friends for leisurely mid-week lunches, and of course freedom to cook and blog to my heart’s content. As much as I relish in the unstructured and unscheduled calm of summer vacation, I inevitably look forward to returning to the hustle and bustle of my job. Time off means time to recharge!

Which brings me to these Peanut Butter, Date, & Oat Bites.  Simple to whip together and easy to toss in a lunch box or gym bag, these tasty little bites are the perfect on-the-go snack. The protein from the peanut butter and carbohydrates in the oats will alleviate your hunger and recharge your energy level while the naturally sweet medjool dates contribute both moisture and flavor.

Don’t get me wrong, I love dishes with complex flavors and enjoy preparing recipes with long ingredient lists and detailed instructions… but sometimes the simplest recipes are not only appealing to eat, but also more realistic to make given time constraints. Less processed than store-bought energy bars and easy to make at home, these Peanut Butter, Date, & Oat Bites are great as pre-workout fuel or as an addition to packed lunches. Adults can appreciate the health benefits of these little nutritional powerhouses, kids will like the size and shape of ’em, and all ages are sure to love the taste.

So whether you’re looking for a snack to tide your hunger between lunch and dinner or you’re interested in a healthy sweet treat for your kids, these Peanut Butter, Date, & Oat Bites fit the bill.

Peanut Butter, Date, & Oat Bites

makes 10-12 bites


  • 1/2 cup peanut – or other nut – butter (I used Saratoga Peanut Butter Company Adirondack Jack, which was especially delicious in this recipe given the two types of nut butter, dried cranberries, flax and sunflower seeds, honey, & cinnamon.)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pitted Medjool dates, about 5 or 6 dates
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • [optional additions: a tiny pinch of Kosher salt and/or ground cinnamon, a couple teaspoons of honey or maple syrup, a couple tablespoons of sunflower seeds and/or dried fruit]


  1. In a bowl, stir together the peanut butter and chopped dates until well-mixed. Fold in the oats and mix until fully incorporated.
  2. Using a mini ice cream scoop or small spoon, scoop out spoonfuls of the mixture and roll into balls using your palms.

7 thoughts on “Peanut Butter, Date, & Oat Bites

  1. I think it matters which kind of peanut butter is used in this recipe. I used the Kraft creamy pb and it turned out horribly. It’s way too sweet with the 5 dates, also the peanut butter consistency was too runny. I had to add another scoop 1/4 cup of rolled outs. The suggestion to add honey was horrible as well….it added on to the sweetness factor. I was literally gagging. I’m sorry if this comment comes off rude…but I just had to let you know

    1. Your comment comes off as incredibly rude and condescending. Maybe offer some advice to Jacqueline, something that worked well for you. But, to leave a single comment making fun of someone, you come off as not a nice person.

  2. Usually I don’t learn article on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to try and do it! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thank you, very great post.

  3. These were wonderful. I used Adams chunky peanut butter and was NOT gagging :) Probably because I was able to add lots of honey and it didn’t interfere with the high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oil in Kraft peanut butter. Sorry if that was rude :D I also added chia and hemp seeds for more protein! MMMMMMM!

  4. I’m not sure why everyone is so upset by Jacqueline’s comment. If it was an honest take on the recipe, I think it is a fair comment. I plan to make these today and I’ll take Jacqueline’s advice and not use Kraft PB.

  5. I have just made these, as I am sooooo over the processed muesli bars or small protein bites sold at my gym. I used 100% Hazelnut butter…..and believe me, these little bites of pure goodness are truly delicious. Thank you so much for sharing. E x

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