Energy balls are the perfect healthy, homemade snack for kids. To inspire you, here’s 20 of my favourite energy protein ball recipes that kids love.
As a mom of three young kids, I’m always on the look-out for healthy homemade snacks that my kids love. We often turn to energy bites or protein ball recipes, because they’re so easy to make and you can pack them full of nutrition.
I love finding interesting flavour combinations for energy balls (my favourites always contain chocolate), and unique uses for nutritious ingredients that I already have in my fridge and pantry (like quinoa and coconut).
Energy balls are great for a quick and nutritious snack on the go, or to add to school lunches (just make sure to use a nut-free butter).
I find that my kids love them (almost like a treat!), but they’re also filling and nutritious, which makes me feel good as a mom and registered dietitian.
When I make energy or protein bites I make sure to include protein-rich ingredients such as nut or seed butters, hemp hearts (these are my go-to), chia seeds, and protein powder (this one is my fave). And then I add a bit of sweetness with honey or maple syrup (and occasionally chocolate chips), and some sort of whole grain or flour such as oats, quinoa or coconut flour.
What makes these even easier to make is using good quality baking sheets with non-stick silicone mats. I have inserted links to the ones that I like to use! For many energy ball recipes, you need a blender or food processor. I love this one and use it daily!
To inspire you, here’s 20 nutritious energy protein balls that kids love!
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