We have a snack problem in our house. My two boys would much rather eat snacks ALL. DAY. LONG. than ever have a meal (and Matt cooks some good meals). Well, this week’s Kids In The Kitchen challenge was to create a snack that kids could help make. And since my boys love snacks so much, I wanted to find something that was healthy and full of good stuff!
Since we also love Pumpkin around here this time of year, we came up with these Pumpkin Spice Energy Bars:
I was a little surprised, but the boys absolutely LOVED these! They ate a whole bunch of the mix before I could even refrigerate it and roll it into balls.
Also, they’ve decided to name these Goopy Balls.
Anyway, here’s all the good stuff we added:
- 1.5 cups of rolled oats
- 12 oz of dates (pits removed)
- 1 15 oz can of Pumpkin Puree
- 1/4 cup of Pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup of Sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup of ground Flax seeds
- 1/2 cup of Dried Cranberries
- 1/2 cup of Peanut Butter
- 1/4 cup of Shredded Coconut
- 2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
- 1/4 cup of Honey
- 1 tsp Ginger
- 1 tsp Nutmeg
- 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
To get the right consistency, keep these proportions of Peanut Butter, Pumpkin, and Oats, but add more or less of everything else as you like!
In a large bowl, mix the oats, seeds, and cranberries:
In a blender, puree everything else:
My blender operator …
Pour the puree into the dry mixture and mix well with spoon:
The next two steps are to refrigerate for an hour and then roll into balls. My boys, however, discovered how good the ‘batter’ was and ate a whole bunch before it even made it to the fridge!
Done! We kept these bites in the fridge until they were gone. It helped them keep their shape and be less sticky to handle!
These bites are filled with all kinds of good things AND my boys love them! Who needs meals when you can eat all this good stuff in your snacks (okay, I’m joking … sort of).
>> UP NEXT <<
We have one more week of this ‘Kids In The Kitchen’ series:
8/25: What’s for breakfast? (Check out our Gluten Free Pancake Poppers) 9/1: Let’s do Lunch! (Check out our Homemade Chicken Nuggets) 9/8: Dinnertime! (Check out our Pizza On A Stick) 9/15: Delicious Desserts. (Check out our Healthy Popsicles)
9/22: Snack Attack!
9/29: Kid Creations…(Let your kids come up with a recipe! Fail or Success, it will be fun!)
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Now it’s your turn! What fun and healthy snack ideas do you have for your kids? How about fun ways to get them involved in the kitchen? Please share!!
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