Healthy Coconut Vanilla Energy Bites Perfect For Kids
Summer is coming up fast, which means that Smalls is going to be out of school.
That means that I need to seriously up my snack game and have healthy snacks ready to go.
Because my kids are hobbits. Or they’re trying to be.
They eat breakfast, then want second breakfast 30 minutes later. Then it’s on to the first snack, then second snack, then lunch, then second lunch…
You get the idea. I’m totally screwed when they get bigger.
Because they constantly want to eat, I’ve been making sure that we have protein-packed options available, not just because they’re growing…
…mostly because protein helps to fill you up, which hopefully means we can cap things at first meal (at least in my head).
Having the boys home from school also means that I have more help in the kitchen.
When Smalls was little, he loved my homemade Larabars, and I thought that making some simple energy bites would be a good way to get him started making his own snacks. Now my go-to is no-bake energy bites, like these I have here. Simple to make and a healthy grab and eat snack.
I came up with these coconut energy bites, and they are super delicious. Plus, the recipe is really simple and easy for both kids to help with.
Coconut Vanilla Energy Bites
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 scoop organic vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 teaspoon organic almond extract
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
Grab a large mixing bowl, and add the shredded coconut and protein powder.
Gently mix them together and add the honey, almond extract, and maple syrup.
Mix until everything is well combined. Your “dough” will be slightly sticky, so it’s best to make sure that the kids are ready to hang out for a bit if they’re helping.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Rub everyone’s hands with coconut or olive oil (to help the mixture not stick to everything).
Using a cookie scoop, portion out the mixture.
Gently roll the portioned scoops into balls and place them on the baking sheet. This was the boy’s favorite part.
Pop your energy bites into the freezer to set the dough.
After about an hour, you will be able to remove the balls from the parchment and add them to an airtight container for storage.
These are best stored in the freezer, as they do get a bit sticky as they warm up.
When you want to have one, allow the energy bites to thaw for about 5 minutes before devouring.
I highly recommend that you double or triple this recipe if the kids are helping…I only got 1 energy bite. Also, check out my kid-friendly gluten-free banana muffins!
Do you think your kids would like these coconut energy balls?