These “No Bake Energy Bites” are from the great kids' food blog Smashed Peas & Carrots. They are a favorite in our house (and pretty much anywhere I bring them). We just call them “peanut butter balls”. My son and I make them together. They’re great for satisfying a sweet tooth while still providing fiber, protein and Omegas. Plus, the oatmeal is great for supporting milk supply. They are great to have on hand when you don’t have time to prepare a snack, and just want something to grab and go. (Pretty much all the time when you’ve got littles.) I’ve tried almond and cashew butter, but I like the peanut butter the best. You can replace the chocolate chips with raisins, if you don’t want the extra sugar. If you keep the chocolate chips, I highly recommend sticking with the mini ones - the regular size ones make it difficult to get the balls to stick together. Otherwise, they are super-forgiving, so have fun and experiment! You could even try adding galactagogues such as fennel or brewer’s yeast.
No-Bake Energy Bites
Prep time: 30 minutes
Serves: 18-20 bites
1 cup oatmeal
½ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
⅓ cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
½ cup ground flaxseed (or hempseed)
½ cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.
Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!
Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Or, make 2 batches, and put half of the balls in the freezer for later!