Energy Bites–The Perfect Snack for Kids

No bake energy bars. Perfect snack from growing kids. kristinesser.com

I’ve got two teen boys in the house (ages 15 and 17) and we are at that point in their lives where I struggle to keep food in the fridge. My old weekly grocery shopping habits don’t hold up anymore. The way I shopped for years has us running out of food a couple days before my designated shopping day.

So, the grocery list is evolving, and I am always looking for easy snacks for the boys to pack in their lunch or grab after school. This recipe is a hit on all accounts. Full disclosure, I did not invent this recipe, but I have seen variations of it all over the place, so I feel comfortable posting it here. I often see these rolled into balls, but that is too much work for me. I found that doubling the recipe and putting the mixture in a 7 x 11 glass baking dish (8 x 8 works too) makes the whole thing a lot easier.

No bake energy bars. Perfect snack from growing kids. kristinesser.com

No bake energy bars. Perfect snack from growing kids. kristinesser.com

The boys ask for these every week  and along with lots of fruit, hard boiled eggs, and cut up veggies–they are a welcome addition to our snack rotation.

No bake energy bars. Perfect snack from growing kids. kristinesser.com
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No Bake Energy Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together. Press into a baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray. Place in refrigerator to set. Cut into bars.  Or, simply roll into balls about 1" in diameter. Enjoy!

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