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Recipes We Love: Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls

  • You and your kiddos will love these Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls. They’re nutritious, flavorful, and full of protein. Bonus: as blogger Kristine of Kristine’s Kitchen points out, you can pass them off to kids as cookie bites.
  • “These energy bites really do taste like a no-bake cookie,” Kristine shares, “I’ve added a little vanilla extract to the mixture to help bring out the cookie flavor.”
  • Older kids can easily handle this recipe completely on their own, and the recipe provides many opportunities for younger kids to help out. It can be mixed, portioned and rolled up all by hand. There’s no oven-use involved, no power mixers so it’s a minimal supervision commitment from adults. One note: the apple in the recipe is grated, so that may be a grown-up’s job. Overall, they’re as fun to make as they are nutritious and easy to snack on. They’re perfect for lunchboxes and snacking on the go.
  • Read on for the step-by-step.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats

  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed

  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½ cup almond butter

  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 cup (not packed) grated apple (about 1 medium)

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flaxseed, and cinnamon. In another bowl or a liquid measuring cup, stir together the almond butter, honey, vanilla, and pinch of salt until well combined. Pour over the oat mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated. (I use my hands at the end to make sure everything is well mixed.) Stir in the grated apple.

  2. Scoop the mixture into tablespoon-sized portions (I use my small cookie scoop), and use your hands to squeeze it together into a ball. Slightly wet hands will help to keep the mixture from sticking.

  3. Store the energy bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep for 3-4 days. Enjoy!

Recipe and image via Kristine’s Kitchen Blog.