Kids in the Kitchen – No Bake Energy Balls {Allergy-Friendly}

I feel like my daughter is getting into a “snack rut,” and most of the time I offer her fruit for a snack, and while fruit is very healthy I want to try and switch up her snacks a bit so she doesn’t get bored. For this weeks Kids in the Kitchen I decided to try out some new {fairly} healthy new snack recipes I could make for her on-the-go and for times when she isn’t thrilled with another apple.

The recipe below was adapted from Gimme Some Oven and I substituted in some items, added the rice cereal, and decreased the amount of chocolate chips it called for to keep the sugar count lower.  

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This really is a 10 minute recipe, super easy and super quick.  I love recipes where I can just add everything together at once like this one.  Here’s a peek at the ingredients before mixing together:

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I got my daughter involved in the mixing process.  She loves using her own special smaller kitchen tools!

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The mix is a bit harder to do at the end so if you’re involving your kids you may need to lend a hand!

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The great part about no bake recipes is that you can taste them throughout the process… my daughter agreed that these were yummy!  (p.s. don’t mind her dress, we were playing dress-up before making them and she decided to continue wearing it!}

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After letting the mixture sit in the fridge for about half an hour we took them out and rolled them into balls.  My daughter wasn’t so into the rolling, but instead kept grabbing her hand into the bowl – they were yummy and something new!

Fruit is still one of our go-to snacks and with these delicious no bake energy balls these will be added into the rotation as well.  I am excited to experiment next week with some additional combinations since they are so fun to make and don’t take a lot of prep {and no cook} time.

We enjoyed making them together, testing them, and eating them {during and} after they were completed!  Check out the easy recipe below and tailor to your family tastes.

 

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No Bake Energy Balls
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned Bobs Red Mills oats)
  2. 2/3 cup coconut flakes (optional: toasted coconut)
  3. 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Crunchy Rice (Rice Krispies would work too, but we found we love the EJ ones as they are smaller and are a safe option for us)
  4. 1/2 cup almond butter (or your safe nut butter)
  5. 1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
  6. 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional) - most recipes call for 1/2 cup but I lowered for less sugar
  7. 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar (I used honey)
  8. 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
  9. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  3. Once chilled, roll into balls. I made mine about 3/4" in diameter.
  4. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  5. Makes about 20-25 balls.
Notes
  1. You can adjust these with other ingredients including adding sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, cinnamon.
Adapted from Gimme Some Oven
Adapted from Gimme Some Oven
Busy Bee Kate http://busybeekate.com/

 

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

Come join me and my co-hosts, Melinda of LookWhatMomFound…andDadtoo!Paula at Frosted FingersSara at Sensibly Sara, and Jeannette from EcoIncognito each week linking up a post, new or old, that feature the theme Kids in the Kitchen. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together, enjoying it and learning something along the way. – picking fruit and using in recipes – preparing healthy snacks – teaching about colors, shapes, sizes and textures with food – having a tea party – trying a new recipe together – pouring from measuring cups – creating new family friendly recipes Don’t have a blog?  Share an instagram photo or Facebook update.

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