Our kids go wild over these No Bake Energy Balls. Pretty sure it might have a little something to do with the M&M’s.
Finding Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids
I am always looking for easy to make, healthy and convenient snacks for my family. Although pre-packaged snacks that you find in the grocery store are great for convenience, they aren’t always the healthiest things to eat despite any nutritional claims that they make. Whenever I can, I will put together my own recipes and treats for my family to munch on. This may not always be so convenient but at least I can control what is going into my 2 year olds body (goodbye preservatives and ingredients that are ‘added for color’).
No Bake Peanut Butter Balls
When I came across the idea of no bake peanut butter energy balls, I was immediately sold. Just the first two words in the recipe title made these already a winner in my book- No Bake! That means no hot oven, no baking and cooling time, no potential to spend time making something just to burn it… already this recipe is easier than most!
Another thing that I loved instantly about this recipe is the short ingredient list- only 5 things! So not only are these snacks going to be quick to make but they also have very few components to put together. What is inside these energy balls is also primarily very healthy. Natural honey rather than processed sugar, peanut butter to add some protein and oats which are loaded with fiber all sound like a fantastic snack that I would gladly give my child (or eat myself).
Healthy Peanut Butter and M&M Energy Balls
Yes, yes, there are M&M’s in these energy balls but you have to have a little something decadent, right?!? Well, if you want to skip the M&M’s no problem, this recipe will still work great and taste amazing without them. You can also substitute raisins for the chocolate or even dried blueberries for a peanut butter and jelly style snack.
Mini dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips also work perfectly in this recipe so give those a try too. I think that the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is what makes these energy balls taste like a dessert while it is really a healthy snack.
Flaxseed Energy Balls
If you are looking to add a little extra nutritional value to this recipe, simply add a tablespoon or two of ground flaxseeds. Ground flaxseeds will pack these energy balls with more fiber and omega 3’s- you just can’t go wrong there! And, thanks to the peanut butter, honey and chocolate, you won’t even taste the flaxseeds (and neither will your kids!). A perfect addition!
So now that these energy balls are probably sounding just delightful, it’s time to make some! Throw all the ingredients into a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or just a large bowl and stir. Guess what? That’s it! The dough is made as simple as that. Scoop the dough into small tablespoon sized balls; a small ice cream scoop works perfectly for this step and makes even sized balls. Roll the energy ball dough in your hands to make them smooth and voila, they are ready to eat!
Storing No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls
While these no bake energy balls only stay around my house for about a day or two (they get eaten soooo fast!), you can store them in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Since they really do last a long time if kept refrigerated, make a double or triple batch so that you have a perfect snack ready to go at anytime. And trust me, once you eat these once, you are going to want to make them again and again.
Hopefully you are sold on these no bake energy balls and will give them a shot as you really will adore them! They check all of my boxes as far as snacks for my family- healthy, convenient to eat and simple to make. What more could I ask for! I’m off to make some right now myself…
More Simple Snack Recipes
Hope you Enjoy! =)
- 1½ cups old fashion oats
- ⅓ cup honey
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup mini M&M's (or chocolate chips)
- Mix the oats, honey, peanut butter and vanilla in a bowl until evenly combined. Add in the M&M's. Roll about 1 tablespoon of the mixture into a small ball and place on parchment paper. Repeat until all of the dough is used. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator for later.