These healthy snack bites take less than 10 minutes to make and you probably have all of the ingredients sitting in your pantry. Kids adore them! Great after school or anytime snack with no preservatives or added sugar.
We are on the home stretch of summer. I can tell it’s time for my boys to go back to school because the fighting, name-calling and overall antsy-ness is OUT of control. Even the dog seems to be going a bit mad.
A few mornings ago I noticed that Elijah had a fresh ring of chocolate around his mouth and it was barely 7:00am. He confessed that he had been raiding the pantry in the mornings and gorging on chocolate chips, peanut butter and Nutella. Perfect. This was not ideal, so we came up with a compromise: if I made a snack packed with those delicious ingredients, he would have to limit himself to ONE serving at a time.
These Healthy Snack Bites were the solution and so far they’re keeping him out of the pantry. Either that or he’s getting better at hiding the chocolate ring around the mouth. And I couldn’t help but throw in a few extra healthy ingredients for good measure.
My boys have fallen in love with these snack bites. They practically made me sign an agreement promising to have them on hand every day of their lives. This will be my new go-to after-school snack. They take less than 10 minutes to make and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen. Swap out raisins for chocolate chips, add nuts of your liking or even a touch of applesauce or grated carrot.
Please tell me I’m not the only person who has a couple of wild animals living in my home. I hope these snack bites save your life as much as they’ve saved mine. Enjoy, friends!
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HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY SNACK BITES
Such a quick and easy finger food for your kiddos – these no bake energy bites are protein packed, there are so many variations to enjoy!
Combine the following ingredients in a medium bowl:
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup Nutella
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons wheat germ (optional)
Mix well. Form 1-inch balls using your hands and place on a plate in a single layer. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve!
Note: Omit the wheat germ for a gluten free snack!
WHAT ARE SNACK BITES
Snack bites are a great little snack that you can make in a jiff. Sometimes you’ll see them called energy bites, protein balls, power balls or truffles. They are packed full of healthy, natural ingredients, tucked into a little ball and they’re a perfect way to stave off cravings. They also give you a boost during your day and help you avoid bingeing on cookies and candy or garlic bread! BONUS: they fulfill sweet tooth cravings, so it’s almost like a healthy dessert!
HOW BIG SHOULD I ROLL MY SNACK BITES
Whether you want to make your snack bites bite size or be able to enjoy several bites with each ball, you can tailor the snack bites to your preference. This recipe is made for 12 round balls so feel free to make them larger or smaller based on your preference.
POPULAR ADD-INS FOR SNACK BITES
Dried fruit like raisins, apricots, cherries, cranberries
Seeds like sunflower, pumpkin or chia seeds
White chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
Rolled Oats can be used instead of regular oatmeal.
Coconut oil or avocado oil
*If you have flax seeds, you can use a food processor to grind down the seeds.
HOW TO STORE ENERGY BALLS
Great news! These are super easy to make, so take the time to make another batch and freeze them! They freeze really well. You can store your energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Freeze a batch of snack bites for up to 3 months.
HEALTHY FOODS FOR PICKY KIDS
Knowing you can help your kids get the nutrients they need in more than one form is what we want to help you accomplish! We’ve put together a list of delicious foods that our kids don’t see as healthy but allow them to enjoy eating their fruits and/or vegetables in a snack or breakfast item. You’ll be happy they’re eating better choices and they are happy to be blissfully unaware.
Healthy Breakfast Cookies – These cookies aren’t just for breakfast and they are deceptively delicious. Kids will never know how healthy they are!
Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups – Eliminate artificial and unknown ingredients by making your own homemade fruit roll-ups! This is the ultimate snack food for kids. Great for lunch boxes, too!
Healthy Breakfast Muffins – Enjoy breakfast the healthy way! Whip up a batch of these muffins as a perfect on-the-go meal or a snack to stay on track with healthy eating. These breakfast muffins are beyond delicious plus they’re packed with good stuff.
No Bake Granola Bars – These Healthy No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars are the perfect snack for little ones. Filled with dried fruit and chocolate, peanut butter and honey, you will satisfy your sweet tooth with a snack you can feel good about eating. There is something comforting about knowing EXACTLY what goes into your kids’ bodies!
Healthy Fruit Dip – This Fruit and Veggie Dip is creamy, healthy and ADDICTING. Kids LOVE this stuff! Great healthy after-school snack option.
Easy Zucchini Brownies – These are the BEST Zucchini Brownies you’ll ever make! Super moist, flavorful and chocolatey and topped with a creamy-dreamy frosting. This is the best way to use up zucchini from the garden!
Instant Pot Applesauce – Make your next batch of applesauce in your Instant Pot for an added touch of delicious flavor! This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make. It is a great way to use up apples, it is the perfect snack for kids and it never lasts long in my house.
Healthy Snack Bites
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup Nutella
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup flaxseed ground
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp wheat germ optional
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well. Form 1-inch balls using your hands and place on a plate in a single layer. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve!