Try this recipe for a healthier snack to fuel your day.
These peanut butter energy bites are a perfect school-day snack for kids or morning/afternoon pick-me-up for adults.
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 cup dry old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- ½ cup chia seeds or flaxseeds
- In a large bowl, stir together honey, vanilla extract and peanut butter.
- Thoroughly mix in oats, chocolate chips and chia seeds or flaxseeds.
- Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Once chilled, roll into bite-sized balls (approximately 1-inch in diameter).
- Store balls in an airtight container and refrigerate.
Agave nectar can be used in place of honey.
If your child has a nut allergy or is unable to bring peanut products to school, feel free to substitute peanut butter for another type of nut butter (e.g., almond, cashew) or seed butter (e.g., sunflower). Additional oats may need to be added, as these types of nut/seed butters typically have a thinner consistency.
Lindsay MacNab, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian, health nut and deep dish pizza addict from the wonderful windy city of Chicago. A 2015-2016 dietetic intern at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Lindsay was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Diet & Exercise from Iowa State University.