Quick Oatmeal Snack Ideas

Oatmeal is one of the favorite snacks and as well as breakfast meals by many people. Oats are among the healthiest grains that you can find. They are whole grains that are gluten-free and are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Based on studies, oats and oatmeal have a lot of benefits. These include lowering blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of heart disease, and aiding in weight loss. 

However, eating plain oatmeal for a snack can be tiring. But that should not always be the case as you can improve oatmeal to make it a more enjoyable snack. Also, you don’t need to spend a lot of time preparing them. To give you some ideas, here are some of the quick oatmeal snack ideas that we can share. 

1. No-Bake Oatmeal Bars

Making some no-bake oatmeal bars will take you only a few minutes. These snacks are chewy and sweet and are indeed healthy snacks that will give you energy. You can make them on a stove or in a microwave. 

Here are the ingredients you need:

  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup of honey
  • 3 cups of rolled oats

Procedure:

  1. Get an 8×8-inch baking pan and line its bottom with parchment paper. 
  2. In a bowl, add the peanut butter and honey. Place it in the microwave and heat at 30 seconds intervals. Stir in between until they are melted and smoothly mixed. If you do not have a microwave, you can also do this on a stove using the double boiler method.
  3. Add the rolled oats to the mixture and stir it until it is evenly combined. 
  4. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan. You can apply some light pressure across the surface. After that, place the bars into the refrigerator to set. After an hour, you can cut them into bars using a knife. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts are based on 1 bar.

Nutrition  Value 
Calories  190kcal 
Carbohydrates  23g 
Protein 6g 
Fat  9g 
Saturated Fat  1g 
Sodium  1mg 
Potassium 165ng 
Fiber  3g 
Sugar  9g 
Net Carbs  20g 

2. Instant Oatmeal Cookies

If you are craving some cookie goodness but want to eat healthily, then you can make some oatmeal cookies. If you think it is difficult, you’re wrong because you can make these snacks in as fast as 30 minutes. They also do not contain any sugar and flour, making them extra-healthy. 

Here are the ingredients you need:

  • 1 heaping cup or 90 grams of instant oatmeal
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¼ cup or 20 grams of coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup or 35 grams of sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup or 40 grams of raisins
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon

Procedure:

  1. Using a fork, mash the two bananas. Get a bowl and add all the remaining ingredients. Add the mashed bananas and mix them well. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Get a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350°F or 170°C. 
  3. Spoon the mixture into your hands with a tablespoon and form them into cookies. Arrange them on the prepared baking sheet. 
  4. Cook the cookies for around 15 minutes until they turn golden brown. Let them cool. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts are based on the 2,000-calorie diet.

Nutrition Value 
Calories  171kcal 
Carbohydrates  31.6g 
Protein 4.4g 
Fat  4.6g 
Sodium  66.3mg 
Sugar  6.9g 
Vitamin C  3.3mg 

3. 6-Ingredient Healthy Instant Oatmeal

If you are tired of eating plain oatmeal for a snack, you can improve it by adding six delicious and healthy ingredients.  Here are also some tips on the best keto snacks to satisfy your sweet tooth

Here are the things you need:

  • 10 cups of rolled oats
  • ½ cup of chia seeds
  • ½ cup of flax seeds
  • 2 oz freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1.5 oz freeze-dried blueberries
  • 1.5 oz freeze-dried raspberries
  • ½ cup of brown sugar

Procedure:

  1. Put 5 cups of rolled oats in the bowl of a large food processor. Pulse until the oats are chopped into small bits. Transfer them into a large mixing bowl. 
  2. Add the remaining 5 cups of rolled oats in the food processor until they are roughly chopped. Transfer them to the mixing bowl. 
  3. Combine the oats with the brown sugar, flax seeds, and chia seeds, and mix them well. 
  4. Use the food processor to break the freeze-dried berries into smaller bits and pieces, then add them to the mixing bowl with the oats. Do the same with the dried blueberries.
  5. Mix all the ingredients well. 
  6. You can store them as individual servings. You can place one heaping half-cup serving of the oats in a small mason jar or Ziplock bag. When ready to eat, you can mix one-half to three-fourths a cup of boiling water and allow the oats to rest for 2 minutes before eating. You can top it with your favorite fresh fruit if you wish. 

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts are estimated because they can vary on ingredients and cooking methods.

Nutrition  Value 
Calories  301kcal 
Carbohydrates  54g 
Protein 7g 
Fat  6g 
Saturated Fat  0g 
Cholesterol  0mg 
Sodium 9mg 
Potassium 419mg 
Fiber  9g 
Sugar  18g 
Vitamin C  86.7mg 
Calcium 72mg 
Iron 4.2mg 

4. Instant Pot Oatmeal

 

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You can make oatmeal in the microwave fast. But did you know that you can also make it even faster by using an electric instant pot pressure cooker? What’s great is that it works with both rolled oats and steel-cut oats.  And if you are fond of using your blender, you can also try these five healthy snacks you can make with an affordable blender quickly. 

Here are the ingredients needed:

For steel-cut oats:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of steel-cut oats
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • A pinch of kosher salt

For old fashioned rolled oats:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • A pinch of kosher salt

Procedure:

  1. Get your instant pot or electric pressure cooker. Add the oatmeal of your choice along with the water rations that match the pot. Put the cinnamon stick and kosher salt. 
  2. Set the cooking time to 3 minutes on high. When the cooking time ends, let the oatmeal sit in the pot for it to release the pressurized steam for 20 minutes. 
  3. Add the toppings that you like and additional almond milk to taste. You can also refrigerate it for 3 to 5 days. 

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts are estimated because they can vary on ingredients and cooking methods.

Nutrition  Value 
Calories  506kcal 
Carbohydrates  84g 
Protein  20g
Fat  11g 
Saturated Fat  1g 
Sodium 347mg 
Potassium 147mg 
Fiber  16g 
Sugar  1g 
Calcium  404mg 
Iron  5mg 

5. Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal

You can make this oatmeal recipe in just 10 minutes. It is quick but a very healthy snack.

Here are the ingredients you need:

  • 1 ½ cup of water
  • ¾ cup of oats
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 dash of cinnamon
  • Fresh berries

Procedure:

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  2. Add in the oats and stir it occasionally for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour in the maple syrup and brown sugar. Mix them well. Add a dash of cinnamon.
  4. Add the oatmeal to bowls and top them with fresh berries. Serve and enjoy!

Oatmeal Energy Balls

Oatmeal energy balls
Homemade oatmeal chocolate balls.

Only 4 ingredients are required to make oatmeal energy balls. Mini chocolate chips, honey, peanut butter, and quick oats are all you need to make snack-sized oatmeal energy balls. They are healthy after-school snacks.

Ingredients:

  • Quick Oats – 3 Cups
  • Creamy Peanut Butter – 1 Cup
  • Mini Chocolate Chips – 1/2 Cup
  • Honey – 1/2 Cup

Procedure:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined. You can use a wooden spatula or hand for mixing the ingredients. Also, a hand mixer or beat would work fine for mixing the ingredients.
  2. It would take a few minutes till all the ingredients are completely mixed because of their thickness.
  3. Now roll the mixture into balls. A cookie scoop would help you to get evenly-sized energy balls.
  4. Once balls are made, they can be eaten right away or you can refrigerate them for a few hours. Energy balls taste better when served cold.
  5. Energy oatmeal balls can be saved for several days in a container in the refrigerator.

Tips:

  • The energy ball dough might be too sticky because of honey. Refrigerate the batter for 20 minutes to make energy balls easily.
  • If you have trouble getting the mixture to form a ball, try squeezing the energy ball dough between the fingers. It warms and loosens the mixture which can easily be rolled into a ball.

Nutrition Facts

The nutrition facts are per oatmeal energy ball. 

Nutrition  Value 
Calories  112kcal 
Carbohydrates  14g
Protein  3g 
Fat  6g
Saturated Fat  1g 
Cholesterol  1mg 
Sodium 42mg 
Potassium  87mg 
Fiber  1g 
Sugar  7g 
Iron  1mg 
Calcium 11mg 
Vitamin C  1mg 

Oatmeal Snacks – Healthy and Energy Boosters

Oatmeal is a healthy snack but eating it plain might not be tasty. There are various oatmeal snacks that you can try. These instant oatmeal snacks can fulfill your required energy when you come home hungry. Also, oatmeal snacks can be as pre-or post-workout snacks such as energy oatmeal balls. Every oatmeal snack recipe comes with different nutrition facts. You can choose one to fulfill your daily calorie needs.

These are some of the best quick oatmeal snacks that we can share, but if you love chocolates, we also have some useful tips to share with you. We hope these ideas helped you in coming up with a delicious and healthy oatmeal snack that you and your family can enjoy.  If you are health-conscious, we recommend you to read our post on the most popular organic snacks you can make at home