As most parents know we look for every recipe that offers something delicious but healthy for our children. I tend to take recipes that I have made before and tweak them to my boys tastes and wants and I always find that they offer a creative aspect to all of my food recipes. A few years back, before I had my twins… a friend of mine introduced me to her version of a No Bake Energy Bite (ball). I liked it, but always felt like it was bland and like I was eating cardboard… and she knows this. lol After deciding that I could definitely tweak this recipe a bit to offer a unique blend of flavors, textures and some of my favorite treats, I came up with something that I love and my children enjoy. I took a simple recipe that consists basically of two ingredients and added a punch of yummy that is easy to make and satisfying. I’m all about Easy Treats and I hope you all enjoy this one.
Ingredients: (Yield – about 15 – 2 inch balls or 20 – 23 1 inch balls)
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter (Organic is best, but I tend to use what I have on hand)
- 2/3 cup of Organic Honey (regular honey works too, remember – use what you have on hand)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (pure vanilla or artificial vanilla extract works)
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon (if you love cinnamon, I would use about 1 teaspoon, otherwise, 1/2 is perfect)
- 2 Cups Old Fashion Oats (You can certainly use instant oats if you like)
- 2 Cups Rice Crispy Cereal (generic and organic brands work well too)
- 1 Cup Quaker Oats Simply Granola (you can use homemade Granola if you have it, I used what I had on hand and the Granola I had on hand also included raisins, almonds and honey)
- 1 Cup Mixed Nuts (I am using Planters Deluxe Pistachio Nut Mix, but you can use a single nut or a mixture. The Pistachio Nut mix includes Almonds, Cashews and Pistachios. I also put my nuts, which are whole, into my Ninja and chopped them up. You can buy your nuts chopped if that works for you)
- 3/4 Cup to 1 Cup Dried Cranberries
- 3/4 Cup to 1 Cup Shredded Coconut Flakes (You can choose to use unsweetened or sweetened and in some cases you can also find dried or organic.)
Love Chocolate? You can either add semi sweet chocolate chips to your mixture (about 1/3 of a cup) or you can substitute any of your ingredients like cranberries, coconut flakes or even nuts with the chocolate chip morsels.
- Combine all your wet ingredients… Peanut butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and stir them all together so that they are combined well.
- Add in your Oats, Rice Cereal, Nuts, Cranberries and combine all the dry ingredients with your wet ingredient mixture. Once it seems like it is well combined, add in your coconut flakes.
- Refrigerate the mixture for an hour or so.
- Form your mixture into round balls – about an inch to two inches in diameter.
- Store in an air-tight container for about 2 to 2 1/2 weeks in the fridge.
Enjoy your treats. This can easily be a snack food for kiddos who are hungry after school or can also be supplemented as a quick bite in the morning for breakfast. I love grabbing these on my way out the door for a busy day that I was unable to eat breakfast. The protein in these snacks offer great energy and they taste delicious. If you are packing home lunch for your kiddos, put one or two of these in there because it will help to keep your child going the rest of their school day.
I hope you enjoyed this yummy treat. We certainly love it in our house and I enjoyed doing this tutorial and post for you. Bon Appetite!