At my house breakfast is non-negotiable, since it is so important for kids (and adults) to start the day with food that fuels the brain and body. My kids are now at the ages where they have no interested in getting up any earlier than absolutely necessary, which means breakfast options need to be healthy, fast, and easy. It can be a challenge to find options that meet all of these requirements, and in our case that are also gluten and dairy free. Enter Energy Bites! These delicious bites are filled with protein, fiber, and nutrients to start the day off right, without spiking blood sugar or consuming a bunch of artificial chemicals. They are great for days when you don’t want to spend time cooking something in the morning, and make great snacks throughout the day as well.
I’ve played around with a bunch of ways to make these based on various recipes I have come across. What I’m sharing here is the basic recipe I use most often. The great thing about this recipe is you can add or subtract things based on what you have on hand at the time. If you have some nuts in the house you can crush them up and add them to the mixture (the batch pictured below has pecan chips and crushed cashews in it). You can use whatever nut butter you have on hand, and even add a few chocolate chips if you want something a tad sweeter (although I wouldn’t recommend that for a breakfast option). I’ve also added things like raisins, dried cranberries, and dried apple chunks. You really can’t go wrong, so experiment with adding things your kids might like and change it up each time to avoid getting burned out on them.
Energy Bites Recipe
1 cup gluten-free oats
2/3 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
½ cup ground flax seeds
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
½ cut nut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Add nut butter, honey, and vanilla.
Mix well with rubber spatula or hands.
Cover bowl and chill for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
Roll into bite-sized balls.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Note: One batch makes approximately 20 1” balls. I have a family of 6 so I triple the recipe to make lots more of these at a time.
Have you made these for your kids? Share your recipe and variations below so we can all get new ideas to try!