Have you ever found a recipe that you and your kids love, is easy to make, easy to transport ANDis healthy? I know in our house, when we lock in on something that ticks that many boxes, it becomes a staple. Energy bites are definitely a staple for our family
A few years ago I saw a recipe in a magazine for these energy bites. There are various versions of these little snacks out there but this particular one was a total winner in our house and I have shared it with so many moms and friends I thought I’d tell y’all about it too.
The best thing about this type of recipe is the variety allowed – we use peanut butter as the binder but if you have allergies you can substitute a nut free version (if you prefer other nut butters they also work great.) I have a friend with a very picky eater and she adds protein powder to hers. We eat our version without any extra add ins – my kids get more than enough sugar and sweets so I usually leave out the mini-chocolate chips. But this is the part where you can get creative, I’ve seen recipes with craisins, raisins and even mini M&Ms as an option.
And while honey is an excellent sweetener and a good choice, we live in Maine with access to amazing fresh maple syrup which is generally our go-to sweetener for yogurt, oatmeal and other recipes like this.
These are super easy to make but be warned, you will want to eat the “batter” while you are making them! Here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup oatmeal (you can use old fashioned or quick cook)
- 1/2 cup Peanut butter (I use smooth, natural)
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut (I have used sweetened in a pinch and cut back on the maple syrup)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey)
- 1 T chia seeds
- 1 t vanilla
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1/2 cup add-ins optional (like mini chocolate chips)
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and then let set in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Roll into balls with your hands and store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week – but I promise you they won’t last that long!
I know when the munchies hit, these really hit the spot. Portion control is already set and two is usually more than enough for me or the kids to be satisfied. Let me know if you give them a try.