No-Bake Energy Bites

You might be one of those “got it together, I have all my kids’ snacks for the week planned and ready to go” moms. Or not. And that’s okay too. I can’t count how many times I took my kids straight from school to an athletic practice and had to grab power bars (that was about my only option back in those days) for a much needed snack. Or, tried to find an alternative, energy packed treat to get them through a gymnastics meet, swim meet or soccer game. Here is a super healthful, no-bake treat, packed full of sweet goodness. It’s quick and easy to make, or get the kids involved and let them mix to their heart’s content. Double the recipe, throw in the fridge for up to a week and you’ll feel like you’ve got it together too.

Mix the following ingredients together in a large bowl. Roll into 1 inch balls and store in a container or freezer bag in the fridge for up to a week…but they probably won’t last that long. There is a lot of freedom with ingredients in the Nuts & Seeds and Fun Stuff portion of this recipe. Get creative. It’s definitely a “hard to mess up” recipe.

Breakfast Foods 1 C  oatmeal
Nuts & Seeds 1/2 C  ground flaxseed (mixed berry or orchard fruit blend adds extra yum)
2/3 C  coconut flakes (not a fan so I leave these out)
1 T   chia seeds
Condiments 1/3 C  honey or agave nectar
1/2 C  peanut butter (or almond butter & if allergies are an issue try sunflower butter)
Fun Stuff 1/2 C  mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs
1/2 C  dried cranberries (or raisins, cherries, chopped apricots, etc.)
Spices 1 t  vanilla extract

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