I’ve been on a mission lately to find healthy and tasty snack recipes to add some variety to my son’s lunchbox. Enter these double chocolate chia protein bites! They’re kid-approved and school safe.
I was in a rut of sending store-bought granola bars, cheese strings, and apples (or a similar combination) for a while.
What can I say? Mom-ing is tough and lunches are my arch nemesis after a long day.
I’ve got a three-year-old and 18-month-old baby at home as well, and mornings are chaotic to say the least! Eventually my son complained about how he was bored of his lunchbox snacks and, frankly, I was bored of sending them.
The registered dietitian in me wants to ensure that the snacks I send are healthy and somewhat balanced, containing both protein and carbohydrates and always including a fruit or vegetable. The Mom in me wants to send something that my son will eat (and enjoy eating!) and one that helps to keep his tummy full until lunch.
These delicious little balls are a little sweet, a little salty, and a little crunchy — the perfect combination of all three. They are also extremely nutritious, packed full of protein, fibre, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. I love the boost of fibre and healthy fats that chia seeds offer.
They can be made school-safe by substituting pumpkin seed butter for the peanut butter.