Need an easy on-the-go snack packed full of energy?
When parents were asked the #1 reason for purchasing them prepackaged: convenience.
Most of the snack bars and protein bars those kids were eating were primarily designed for adults, and the only nutrition was the added vitamins. To give parents credit, when shown this recipe of how easy it is to make your own energy bars, most made the switch. In addition, the packaged snacks get expensive!
Originally, I had this as a “bar” recipe (you can still do it like that if you’d like). After a late night of recipe-browsing, I found a similar recipe on Smashed Peas & Carrots, and she had made them into bite-size. How clever!
- In a medium bowl, mix the oats, coconut flakes, flax seed, mini chocolate chips, and raisins.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
- Pour the peanut butter mix into the oat mix, until thoroughly incorporated. Let it chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll it into balls. Store in an airtight container, and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Of course, her photo sold me immediately too! Kids LOVE bite-size things, and they were a huge hit! You can double the recipe and freeze some. I put some in the lunch box, and they are ready to eat by snack time.