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Can you guess what the favorite snack among the kids in our test group was? “Bars.” These included protein bars, energy bars, fruit bars and all sorts of packaged “bars” promising to be nutritious.
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, add oatmeal, coconut flakes, flax seed, mini chocolate chips and raisins.
- In a small bowl, whisk peanut butter, honey and vanilla.
- Pour wet mix into dry bowl until thoroughly incorporated. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy! Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Of course, her photo sold me immediately too! Kids LOVE bite sized 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.