Crispy energy balls are a kid pleasing snack that is low in sugar and calories but high in iron, fiber, and protein. Try making some for your family today!
Ah, summer… when I think about summer vacation I dream about relaxing carefree days without a schedule and lots of sleeping in.
And then reality sets in. Our summers are full of 8 a.m. swim team practice, camps, and evening barbecues. I love the activity, but hate getting my little people up and at ‘em in time for practice.
Lately we have been sleeping in until the last possible second, tossing on our suits, and heading out the door without a moment to spare.
Fast & Healthy Breakfast Option
Breakfast is the one flaw in this near perfect plan. I usually sip coffee during practice and the kids have been resorting to baggies of dry cereal, a piece of toast, or a cold pancake while we drive.
We needed a quick and healthy breakfast option.
I was going to whip up a batch of No Sugar, No Flour, No Oil Healthy Oatmeal Muffins but didn’t want to heat up the house. Instead I tried making a batch of Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bites from Pinch of Yum and man, they were delicious! The kids gobbled them up and came looking for more.
My version of Energy Balls has a bit of chocolate and a little crunch. They closely resemble store-bought peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars with a few major differences:
- No Refined Sugar
- Whole Grains
- 6% of Iron (daily value)
- 8% of Fiber (daily value)
- 6% Protein (daily value)
- Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids
- Super Foods (Chia, Flax Seed, Coconut Oil)
These tasty little snacks are full of real food ingredients including whole oats, flax-seed, coconut, and chia seeds. They get their marvelous crunch from crispy rice cereal and are naturally gluten-free.
Kid Friendly Recipe
I love cooking with my kids. It helps them develop their housekeeping skills and makes them more interested in the results. Yep, it's true, kids are more willing to try new foods when they help prepare them.
This recipe is an easy introduction to cooking: stir, shape, and gobble up the delicious results.
- 1½ cups whole rolled oats (chopped lightly in food processor)
- 1½ cups crispy rice cereal
- ½ cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup flax seed (ground)
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Stir together peanut butter, coconut oil and honey in a small mixing bowl until smooth
- Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Pour peanut butter mixture over dry ingredients and mix until evenly combined.
- Form small balls with 2 tablespoons of mixture and place in a glass storage container. If the mixture does not stay together easily refrigerate it for 20-30 minutes.
- Chill energy balls for 30 minutes then enjoy.
- Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Serving Size - 1 Energy Ball
Calories 92, Total Fat 6g, Cholesterol 0.3mg, Sodium 3mg, Total Carbohydrate 8.7g, Sugars 3.8g, Protein 2.1g (this nutrition information is for the recipe using unsweetend coconut and natural peanut better with no sugar added)
Try Something New
I hope you try this healthy, kid friendly snack. It comes in a cute, crispy package that is appealing to kids (and adults). You'll notice them disappearing from your fridge quickly!
Luckily, you can send the kids to make more!
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