Kids’ Kitchen: No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites

 

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A nasty respiratory bug is going through our house, and really, just about the entire everywhere. Let me just say, it’s a doozy. We’ve been out of commission for a week, and the clock is still running. Like I said, it’s a doozy. Being housebound precipitates insanity. I’m fairly certain of this!

The other challenge during this week- amid excessive coughing- has been encouraging my son to eat. He usually is a relatively good eater (for a toddler), but during this illness, he has been less than interested in eating. Mostly because I have put the kaibosh on dairy, his beloved food group. Now, we’ve been forced into creativity to get him to fill his little belly. The most successful way to get him to stuff his face is to include him in the food making process- and to make sure that it’s yummy.

[in comes energy bites]

You can call these puppies cookies, and toddlers know no differently. You can pack them full of different kinds of yummies & healthies to encourage obtaining as many nutrients and protein as you can while sickness ensues.

Peanut butter allergy? Swap out for almond butter or sunflower seed butter! Want to swap the additions? Please do! And let me know what you added and how it tasted! I really wanted to add espresso powder, for obvious sleep deprived reasons, but I know my son would get his hands on those puppies, and help me Rhonda, I can’t imagine this bundle of energy on caffeine. He’s already so rammy from being in confinement and so over being sick!

 

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Here is the little tyke hard at work. He had more of a squish and drop technique for these bites, but they still look perfect to his mommy! I split this recipe in between two bowls, one for him, and one for me. I really hope you can tell the difference between his work and mine!

The result? Delicious. And the best part? Little man ate.

No Bake Peanut Butter Bites
Time: 10 minutes prep + 30 minutes
Yields: 10-12 servings

 

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Ingredients:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 TBS honey
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 TBS cocoa powder
1 TBS wheat germ
2 TBS coconut flakes
2 TBS ground flax seeds
1 TBS vanilla extract

Directions:
1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Stir until well combined.
2. Put into the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
3. Once chilled, roll into small balls. Serve right away! Keep stored in refrigerator. Discard after one week.

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