School-friendly, nut-free energy balls
I like finding a recipe that involves food that my child will eat. Peanut butter is currently THAT food. She would eat peanut butter and bread for all three meals if she could. And I’d be fine with it except she can’t take nuts to school. Add to that the fact that she’s intolerant to dairy and the doctors, while running allergy tests, have asked us to work towards eliminating dairy entirely. 👎🏽
For a child who won’t eat a whole lot of meat (except bacon; she can eat her weight in bacon🙄 ), can’t take nuts to school, and needs to stay off the dairy, hence lose the cheese🧀… protein choices are thin on the ground. Until I saw this recipe from the lovely ladies over at the How to Eat blog. It’s an oatmeal, peanut butter ball. I made some modifications to it to replace the peanut butter with a seed butter, added in hemp hearts for some of the rolled oats to increase protein, cut the sweetener (honey in this case) and put in some dates and prunes for more fibre. (Dairy intolerance comes with tummy trouble, and the prunes are a regular occurrence for my poor baby. If that’s not a concern or if you don’t like prunes, feel free to replace with more of the dates.)
The chopped up dried fruit will help bring everything together and make the snack easier to roll. I’m no expert at these nutritional hacks, but I can do a mean ‘stealth food’ to get some goodness into my child. And this one packs a punch. I ran it through a nutritional tracker and it has 5 grams of protein in each ball and loads of good fats. Two of these give her a decent protein hit and keep her full, working perfectly for school.
Try these; they’re a great way to get into the world of making bars and snacks at home if you haven’t tried before. These will keep for a while since there’s not a lot of moisture in them. Definitely at room temperature in a covered box for two weeks. The only real danger is them drying out and getting hard. But I doubt 22 of these will last very long in any household! Trust me! The chocolate makes these extra good.
So here is the recipe since it requires only two steps, whir, and roll!!