Nut-Free Energy Bites
This month, I introduce KidNutriYum’s version of Energy Bites that are simple to make, and can be included as a “sometimes” snack for school. These homemade raw balls of wholesome ingredients, are an excellent alternative to processed snacks that contain bananas and agave as a sweetener and no preservatives. They require minutes of your time and are a fun kitchen-based activity to enjoy with your children. You can also experiment with using a variety of nut butter options. These freeze very well.
1 cup oats
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup sunflower seed butter (*homemade)
½ cup flaxseed meal
2/3 cup ripe mashed banana (roughly 2 bananas)
1 tbsp. chia
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 cup Agave
Mix ingredients and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Form into balls. The balls can be flattened into a round crust and topped with fruit as well.
*Please visit the following site for a delicious recipe for homemade sunflower seed butter: http://www.tessadomesticdiva.com/2012/09/homemade-sunflower-seed-butter-extra-creamy.html