Ben is 14 months old and he’s ALWAYS hungry. Some meals he eats more than his 4-year-old sister. Both of these kiddos love to snack but mama wants them snacking on something healthy and filling. Is that too much to ask?! Lol!
One day, I had an epiphany – I have made and loved “energy bites” for the past few years, ever since a coworker brought them in for potluck. She sent me her recipe and they became one of my favorite things. I CRAVED them when I was pregnant. I added in extra ingredients to help increase my milk supply when I was nursing Ben.
One day, Ben decided he really only wanted to eat things he could feed himself. So I had to come up with a way to use up our extra baby oatmeal. I realized making toddler-sized energy bites was the perfect way! I also like to use mini chocolate chips because I think it’s easier for small mouths than using regular sized chocolate chips. (You can also substitute almond butter instead of peanut butter if your children aren’t fans of peanut butter.)
The best part? These are super easy! The entire recipe and instructions are listed at the bottom of this post. I am lucky to have the cutest little assistant and an adorable taste tester. And it’s easy to keep him entertained with mini chocolate chips while we are making and rolling up the little bites. I make them about 1/8 the size of the bites that I make for myself. You can store them in the fridge for one week and they can be frozen for at least one month. They’re also super easy to put in a little container and take on the go for a healthy, yummy treat.
no bake toddler energy bites
- 1 cup baby oatmeal cereal
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup Ground Flax Seed
- 1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
- 1/3 cup Honey
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 tsp Vanilla
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
Once all ingredients are mixed, they should be similar consistency to cookie dough, roll into balls and chill.
Store covered in the fridge for one week or store in freezer for longer.
What are your favorite healthy snacks for your toddler?
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