I have to be honest, I’m a health nut when it comes to my kids (I, on the other hand, have a major sweet tooth so apparently I’m still working on the healthy thing for myself.) I stand in the grocery store aisle for ages reading labels and carefully choosing their snacks. I try to avoid processed foods as much as possible (which is definitely a challenge when you’re a busy mama) and I often find myself just grabbing convenience (organic) crackers and snack bars for the kids.
Scrolling through my Pinterest feed one day, I came across this simple, healthy recipe and knew I had a winner for a home-made snack. It has just enough “sweet” to make the kiddos happy but lots of good stuff to make mama happy.
These are made with Sunbutter and can easily be modified to make them top-8 allergen free by using gluten free oats and vegan chocolate chips or raisins. Their new Natural No Sugar Added Sunbutter makes these little bites so tasty and I love that it has one-third less fat than peanut butter as well as more iron and fiber! My two year old loves to eat Sunbutter by the spoonful so I knew she would love these bites and, of course she gobbled them up.
Even my hubby (who seemed skeptical about this recipe) said, “These are excellent!”
- 1 cup oatmeal (I used ½ cup old fashioned and ½ cup steel cut oats)
- ⅔ cup toasted shredded coconut
- ½ cup Sunbutter Natural No Sugar Added
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
- Roll and compress the mixture into 1 inch rounds and place on parchment paper.
- Refrigerate a few minutes until firm and then transfer to an air tight container.
- Refrigerate and enjoy for up to 1 week.
This recipe was adapted from this post on Creative Juice.