Kids friendly, superfoods & chocolate energy balls
Updated: Sep 11, 2020
Aren't most of us looking for a super easy, make in advance, a no-cook snack that is nutritious and could feed the kids right? When all the good stuff is rolled into one energy ball and freezes well, what's not to like about them?
These energy bites are super fun to create, taste more like dessert than a snack and take less than 10 minutes from start to finish, once all the ingredients are available. Loaded with plant proteins, fiber, and healthy fats, minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, and zinc, and also contain vitamin B and E.
The American Heart Association recommends eating about four servings of unsalted nuts and seeds a week for a heart-healthy diet. Each serving is 1.5 oz around one handful.
When you want to keep your children and yourself full of energy any time of the day, make it with just a few ingredients which are all superfoods, it's sure a treat for the body and brains!
I highly recommend not skipping on the following three super-food ingredients here- flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts are all excellent sources of omega-3 fats which are usually not found in very abundance in our diets. This means that it has the essential fatty acid that your body can’t make it, so you must get it from the foods. Omega-3 fats also provide calories to give your body energy and have many body functions.
Let's look at the recipe!
Nut-free: replace nuts with extra seeds and roasted rolled oats
KETO-friendly: use 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder instead of chocolate chips; replace raisins or cranberries with extra nuts; replace agave with extra nut butter or olive oil and 3-4 Tbsp sweetener
Prep time: 5
Cook time: none
Blend and make balls: under 10 min
Serves: 9-10 balls
mix nuts + cranberries or raisins, 1 cup
unsweetened shredded coconut, 1/4 c
flax seeds, 2 Tbsp
hemp seeds, 2 Tbsp
peanut butter, 1/2 cup
sliced almonds, 1/4 c
peanut butter, 1/2 c
pumpkin seeds, 1/4 c
agave syrup OR honey, 1/4 c OR pitted dates, 3/4 c by volume
vanilla extract, 2 tsp
add all the dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse it a few times.
add in the wet ingredients - peanut butter and agave and pulse few more times till it all comes together
add just a splash of water if it's not and make into balls
taste test to see if the sugar content is up to your liking (everyone has a slightly different threshold)
it freezes very well and is a wonderful snack even when you are on the go, traveling, etc.