I've adapted the "Oat Balls" recipe from Kristin Cavallari's book and renamed it "Energy Bites" because I think it's cute when my son asks, "Mom, may I please have some energy after dinner?"
Anyway, my little people don't follow any specific, restrictive diet, we simply try to be thoughtful about what we eat. You can really play around with the ingredients and most of the time the end result can be really clean. We use dairy free chocolate mini chips; organic, unrefined coconut oil; real, organic maple syrup; and natural peanut or almond butter (think peanuts and salt- period). It's a pretty yummy combination that easily hides things like chia seeds that would otherwise freak most kids out. Though, now that I think about it, Lolly finds it hilarious that the chia seeds resemble tiny bugs and still happily eats them. Should that worry me???! Yikes.
On to the recipe...
*makes about 15 balls*
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup of peanut or almond butter
2 tbs of maple syrup
2 tbs melted coconut oil
2 tbs. chocolate chips
2 tbs. coconut flakes
Mix those babies all together. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Roll into balls, or crumble into kid-friendly containers for your wee ones to take outside for a snack (the balls are pretty messy!).