Make 5 Different Kid-Friendly Energy Balls From One Easy Formula
For a fun after-school or lunch-box snack, make energy balls for — and with — your kids using this easy formula. Invite older children to measure the ingredients, and let little ones shape and roll the balls with just-washed hands.
Formula for Easy Energy Bites
Makes 10 to 16 balls or bites.
All You Need:
- 1 cup base ingredient, such as almond flour, crushed graham crackers, rolled oats, crisp rice cereal, or 2 cups popped popcorn
- ½ cup healthy fat, such as almond, peanut, cashew, or sunflower seed butter
- ⅓ cup sweetener, such as chopped pitted dates, honey, or maple syrup
- ⅓ cup mix-ins, such as shredded carrots, chopped mini marshmallows, dried fruit, or flaxseed meal
- Coating, such as shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips, crushed or chopped dried fruit, or sprinkles
All You Do:
- Stir together base ingredient, healthy fat, sweetener, and mix-ins in a bowl. Chill 10 to 15 minutes for easier shaping.
- Shape into 1 1/2- to 2-inch balls, then roll in coating. (Energy balls can be kept at room temperature 1 day or chilled in an airtight container up to 3 days.)
5 Kid-Friendly Energy Ball Variations
1 Birthday Bites
For this cherry version, use popcorn, sunflower seed butter, honey, and flaxseeds, then roll in multi-color candy sprinkles
2 Carrot Cake Bites
Use almond flour, almond butter, chopped pitted dates and shredded carrots, and roll in sweetened shredded coconut.
3 S'mores Bites
Use crushed graham crackers, peanut butter, honey, and chopped mini marshmallows, and roll in mini chocolate chips.
4 Cherry-Oat Bites
Use rolled oats, cashew butter, maple syrup, and dried cherries, and roll in chopped dried cherries.
About Sue Honkamp
As the founder of Real Food 4 Kids, this Iowa culinary instructor and mother of four teaches children and teens about food and cooking through hands-on and virtual classes. Learn more at realfood4kids.com.
This article originally appeared in the August/September 2021 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.