Summer is on its way, and between the ball park, vacations and swimming, your kids will be clamoring for snacks. You’ll want to have something quick to feed them that gives them the stamina they need, but without junk additives.
Enter Energy Bites. Sometimes called Bliss Balls or Energy Balls, these easy-to-make bite-sized snacks deliver flavor, fun, and a secret dose of healthy ingredients. Now, that’s not to say that a whole plateful would be wise: because these tasty bites are concentrated, this is not a snack for late-night movie-watching on the couch. But for super-charging busy bodies as they race off to soccer these powerhouse snacks are amazing.
Recipes abound on the internet, just google Energy Bites, Bliss Balls, or Energy Balls. Look for recipes that use natural ingredients like dried fruits, nuts, honey and maple syrup. Stay away from recipes that have sugar as an ingredient. Here are some of my favorites:
No Bake Energy Bites
Ali over at gimmesomeoven.com whipped up this recipe. These bites are incredibly easy to make, and don’t even require a food processor. Get your kids in the kitchen to help with this one. And, they taste like chocolate chip cookie dough. Oh my! You could vary this recipe easily – change out the chocolate chips for raisins or nuts, or substitute pecan butter for the peanut butter.
Brownie Energy Bites
My friend Kelly at Clinton Physical Therapy Center shared these, and they are my personal favorite, hands down. What’s not to love about brownies that are good for you and don’t require any baking? Your food processor whips up dates and other good-for-you ingredients into this concoction. Have the kids form the balls around the almonds and dip them into pistachios. Expect them to disappear quickly.
12-16 Medjool dates, pitted and roughly cut
2/3 cup almond butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon himalayan salt
1/2 cup chopped pistachios
Pulse dates in food processor to make a paste. Add almond butter, cocoa, water, vanilla and salt. Process until well-combined. Roll a ball of the mixture around an almond. Roll in chopped pistachios. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to one week. They also freeze well.
Matcha Green Tea Energy Bites
Erika at livingwellmom.com has come up with a more sophisticated flavor using matcha tea and coconut. Your food processor will make quick work of these. While your kiddos may not snatch this recipe up quite as quickly, your girlfriends are going to love it. After all, adults need energy too. 🙂
Camille Watson is a health educator, speaker and published author of the book Eight Steps to a Real-Foods Kitchen. Her passion is to give individuals and groups the knowledge and tools they need to take back their health. If you are interested in learning more about achieving health through delicious, whole foods and lifestyle transformations, email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend one of her cooking classes or to schedule your free Health Strategy session.