We are a very busy family and always seem to be on the go. I’ll be the first to admit that we have found ourselves grabbing a fast food snack or something unhealthy in order to fill tummies and still get somewhere on time. Our bad food choices come from not being prepared and it’s something that we have really focused on this year in order to make sure we are making healthier choices where we can. The only problem with that is I don’t live in a world where my kids will be excited about a lunch baggie filled with baby carrots. And I can’t blame them because it’s not something I would want to reach for either. Unless that baggie comes with a bottle of Ranch. #YouFeelMe? So we are happy that we have been able to discover a few favorites that everyone in the family loves. If you are a parent reading this you know how much of a struggle food can be sometimes.
Now, I do have to give us credit where it’s due. One thing we knew from the get-go was that we would not give our kids soda in hopes that they would never fall in love with it. And the best thing is? It worked. Our Tanner is nine and he had one sip of soda a few years ago to satisfy his curiosity and he almost threw up. I never realized that if you don’t give someone carbonation, the idea and taste of it is quite disgusting. And our kids really don’t care for juice because it’s too sweet. So our kids live off of water and milk only. Score! So we have totally made it in that area, but we love our comforting snacks and never shy away from a bag of Doritos for a movie-night snack among other things. Now, as a parent, I am OK with things like that here and there, but I needed better options on the go especially when we are headed to sports and athletic activities. No one needs to be running the soccer field with junk food in their stomach!
Enter, the No Bake Energy Bite. A beautiful little piece of healthy goodness. And you caught the “no bake” part, right? I go for easy around here and I don’t think it gets much better then requiring absolute zero heat. There are tons of versions of these everywhere online and I won’t take credit for coming up with the original idea, but this version has been our favorite. I am not sure where we first saw this, but we have adjusted a few things to make sure it’s still healthy, but satisfying taste buds as much as possible for our clan.
All you will need is old fashioned oats, peanut butter, dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes, vanilla, honey, flax seed and chia seed.
Once you have added everything to the bowl, you’ll need to mix it. With honey and peanut butter in there you will only get so far with a spoon. We always like to get a little dirtier, but let me share a quick tip. When you are ready to start rolling the mixture into balls after you have refrigerated the mixture in the fridge for about 30 minutes, wet your hands first and then start. It helps to keep things from sticking to your skin. This seriously changed my life in the kitchen.
Once you have them all done, store in the fridge for up to a week. My littles love grabbing one or two of these as we rush out the door. And once they are out, I actually have requests to make more. Even better! Hope you enjoy and be sure and check below for the recipe in full with all details.
No-Bake Energy Bites
1 cup old fashioned oats
2/3 cup coconut flakes
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup natural raw honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/4 cup flax seed
Directions: Combine all ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and then roll into 1 inch balls. Store in the fridge for up to one week.