I’m doing the Whole30 this month, but that doesn’t mean that my kids have to (they certainly weren’t thrilled when I asked them). So I’ve been working on finding a happy middle ground for all of us.
I’m already prepping meals for myself (I’m eating lots of eggs-hard boiled, egg and bacon cups, and even eggs in purgatory), so why not prep some food for the kids?
I mean, they like to help themselves, so when healthy food is within reach, and it’s tasty, they’ll usually eat it.
Now, I’ve made power balls before, but it’s been awhile. And I wanted to use items that I already had in my kitchen to avoid driving to the grocery in the snow.
That meant I had bananas, some rolled oats, and almond butter. I knew I could probably make some type of bar…but bars aren’t really very much fun, are they?
While I won’t be able to enjoy them, I know the kids will gobble them right up (and the husband, too).
These banana oat energy balls are a huge hit, and take just a few minutes to make. If you’re brave, the kids can help (and more power to you!).
Banana Oat Energy Balls
- 1 banana
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups organic rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed
- 1.5 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
In a medium-sized bowl, mash the bananas and vanilla together until fully combined.
Add the oats, cinnamon, and flaxseeds to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
In another small bowl, melt the almond butter and syrups. You can do this in the microwave, 30-seconds at a time, or on the stove.
Pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until everything looks sticky, then add the coconut.
Tear off a sheet of parchment paper. Place it on a cutting board (or straight on your counter if you like).
Grease your hands with coconut oil (trust me), and remove any jewelry.
Portion and roll the dough into small balls. Please note that the balls will be sticky and wet, so don’t spend too much time. Just roll them until they are in a round shape.
Place your energy balls on the parchment paper and let them set in your freezer for 60 minutes.
Enjoy immediately or store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Do your kids eat up finger foods like these oat energy balls?