Energy Bites

energy bites

Energy bites. 

A quick pick-me-up when you need a nutritious and easy snack. Mix the basic ingredients and then add your own variations.

Oatmeal, peanut butter, and honey are the core ingredients. Add chocolate chips, raisins, almonds, flax seed, and anything else you’d like.

Roll into balls and put onto a tray in the refrigerator or freezer. Once frozen, you can stack them in zip-lock bags or a storage container, and they’re ready for use.

Store the energy bites in the freezer and get them out just a few minutes before you’re ready to serve. Adults and kids alike enjoy these!

energy bites

I found this recipe in the latest issue of Daughter of Promise, a magazine open for all readers and geared for Anabaptist women. For more information about the magazine, click here.

Energy Bites
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Total time: 
Serves: 30
 
Bite-sized packs of protein for a quick and easy energy pick-me-up, snack, or healthy dessert.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • ¾ cup ground flax seed
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup honey (I use less)
  • 1¼ cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine dry oatmeal, flaxseed and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
  2. Add the honey, peanut butter, and vanilla
  3. Stir until the mixture comes together.
  4. Optional: add almonds, raisins, craisins, etc. as desired
  5. Form into 1 inch balls and chill until firm.

 

energy bites

Smoothie/Fruit and Peanut Butter Breakfast

smoothie

A fruit and peanut butter yogurt smoothie is a great way to start your morning. It’s simple, quick, easy, and nutritious. I’ve substituted cottage cheese in place of yogurt but that isn’t quite as sweet. People wrinkle up their noses at me when I mention peanut butter with fruit. Really? It’s no different than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich – and it has a lot fewer carbs.

peanut butter fruit yogurt

I usually just dump and mix, but since I wanted to post this, I actually took the time to measure the ingredients. I start with the yogurt (OR cottage cheese), then add peanut butter, banana, blackberries (or any other fruit you’d like), some ice cubes and splashes of milk. Mix it all in the blender; add more milk or yogurt to make it the consistency you’d like. I’ve used peaches and blueberries – but I have to admit that blackberries are my favorite.

fruit peanut butter smoothie

Kids love to help make this – and to drink it. Seriously, this can be ready in five minutes. Call it a milkshake if you’d like (because that’s really what it is anyhow.)

smoothie: peanut butter and fruit breakfast

 

Breakfast Smoothie: Fruit and Peanut Butter Breakfast
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 cups
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup plain yogurt (OR cottage cheese)
  • 1 large Tablespoon peanut butter
  • ½ cup blackberries (or other fruit)
  • ½ - 1 banana
  • 5 ice cubes
  • ¼-1/2 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in the blender
  2. Pulse a few times until ice chunks become smaller
  3. Blend until smooth
  4. Add more milk, fruit, etc. as desired

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Food Fun for Kids

When the day is going to be long or you’ve got extra kids underfoot, make a fun meal for everyone.  It will be a bright spot in your day and you’ll find kids eating food they won’t normally eat.

Jazz it up with some fancy names, and your kids will be begging to come to the table.

Pigs in a Blanket are so simple and easy.  All you need is hot dogs and refrigerator biscuits or crescent rolls.  Cut the hot dogs in half and roll each one up inside the crescent roll or biscuit.  You can roll them up beginning at the short or the wide end.  Either way works. Bake according to the directions on the container.  Serve with ketchup or mustard – or both.Finger Jello is another fun treat, especially if you cut the jello into special shapes.  Choose the flavor/color by the season.  Red for Christmas and Valentine’s day, green for St. Patrick’s day, and watermelon for summer flavor. You can find the recipe for that here.

Sailboat Eggs are fun to make and serve. For the recipe I use, click  here.  To make the sails, cut triangles out of any color paper.  If you’d like, you can use them as name tags.  Label the sail and put the egg on the child’s plate.  A toothpick and some Scotch tape will secure the sail for you.

Ants on a Log are a fun way to get kids to eat some raisins or craisins.  (I tell them the craisins are crazy raisins.) Put peanut butter on celery sticks and then place raisins, craisins, chocolate chips, or some other fruit or nut on top of the peanut butter.

This guy wasn’t too sure about the craisins but ended up eating everything, one finger lick at a time.

Sloppy Jo sandwiches can be served in miniature buns or hot dog buns. Once I changed the name of Sloppy Jo sandwiches to Sassy Sadie sandwiches just because a child visiting my house that day didn’t like Sloppy Jos. She snarfed them up – was it because she was intrigued by their name?  For younger kids, hot dog  buns work well for these sandwiches.  They are easier to handle and can be cut in half for small kids.

When you have extra kids underfoot, finger foods make for easy clean-up.  They also give an extra impetus to clean a plate during mealtime.

Come up with your own ideas and designs.  It’s fun to keep kids guessing and make mealtimes interesting.

 

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