Make 5 Different Kid-Friendly Energy Balls From One Easy Formula

Have a ball!

overhead view of four different kinds of homemade energy balls
Photo: Brie Passano

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:

  1. Stir together base ingredient, healthy fat, sweetener, and mix-ins in a bowl. Chill 10 to 15 minutes for easier shaping.
  2. 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

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Birthday Bites

homemade Energy Balls rolled in multicolored candy sprinkles to make Birthday Bites
Brie Passano

For this cherry version, use popcorn, sunflower seed butter, honey, and flaxseeds, then roll in multi-color candy sprinkles

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Carrot Cake Bites

homemade Energy Balls rolled in shredded coconut to make Carrot Cake Bites
Brie Passano

Use almond flour, almond butter, chopped pitted dates and shredded carrots, and roll in sweetened shredded coconut.

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S'mores Bites

homemade Energy Balls made with marshmallows and rolled in mini-chocolate-chips to make S'mores Bites
Brie Passano

Use crushed graham crackers, peanut butter, honey, and chopped mini marshmallows, and roll in mini chocolate chips.

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Cherry-Oat Bites

homemade Energy Balls rolled in chopped dried cherries to make Cherry-Oat Bites
Brie Passano

Use rolled oats, cashew butter, maple syrup, and dried cherries, and roll in chopped dried cherries.

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PB&J Bites

homemade Energy Balls rolled in crushed freeze-dried strawberries to make PB&J bites
Brie Passano

Use crisp rice cereal, natural peanut butter, maple syrup, and crumbled freeze-dried strawberries, and roll in crushed freeze-dried strawberries.


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About Sue Honkamp

photo of Sue Honkamp, founder of Real Food 4 Kids
Real Food 4 Kids

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

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2021 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.

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