Enter delicious, nutritious, no-bake energy bites. These are a big winner on taste and energy, but beware: they leave quite a mess. When I think messy, I think perfect for kids; however, this group of kids I’m teaching is a special brand, because they inexplicably do NOT like messes. If I thought the gooey-banana reaction from last week was bad, I had another thing coming. So once again, if your kids fall into this category, you might want to invest in some food preparation gloves.
Unlike the fruit snakes, this is a one-bowl recipe, so we all sat in a circle and took turns filling measuring cups and pouring in ingredients. Trying to incorporate reusable skills when I can, I taught the kids how to level off the oatmeal, coconut, and flaxseed in measuring cups using a plastic knife. This is where the mess began. In anticipation of this, I lined the table with parchment paper, which helped only marginally.
No-Bake Energy Bites (Adopted from another blog)
- 1 cup dry oatmeal
- 2/3 cup toasted coconut
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or sunflower seed butter*
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Roll mixture into balls. Yields about 3 dozen.