I am always on the lookout for healthy snacks for my littles. We have a pretty good schedule at our house, so snack time comes at 9:30 in the morning, and 3:30 in the afternoon. We try to eat lots of fruits and veggies for snacks, but I also like to have a fun alternative for them. We have tried homemade cheese crackers, banana ice cream (so yummy, by the way), and zucchini brownies just to name a few. I feel like it is important for my kids to eat healthy at snack time, as well as meal time. Let’s face it, kids love snacks, so if I am feeding them foods that don’t fuel their bodies… I am wasting a good opportunity to help their growing bodies get the nutrients they need.
I am excited to share a fun snack recipe with you today. It is so simple and you will most likely have enough ingredients leftover to make these several times.
- 1/4 cup sultans or raisins
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup coconut
- 1/2 cup-1cup dates
- 3 cups oats
- 1 banana
- 3 tsp honey
- Process almonds in food processor until a little texture is still left
- Add your dates and raisins and mix well, still leaving some bits visible.
- Add one cup of oats and mix, then add banana & process again.
- Now add coconut and the rest of the oats along with the honey. Process.
- Add a drizzle of water to help moisten the mix if needed. You want the mixture to have a consistency that makes it easy to form into balls, so add water if it is too crumbly.
- Store in refrigerator.
If you don’t like a heavy banana taste, I would halve the banana. Also, these are much better chilled, so pop them in a tupperware container (use waxed paper in between layers of “bites”) and chill them before eating. One batch made approximately 10 oatmeal bites.
Recipe adapted from Addicted to Raw