2/15/2010

Healthy Snack Balls - Great for Toddlers

In my quest to find recipes for healthy snacks for my little guy, I came across several different recipes on the internet for "energy balls". I decided to make my own version and kid-test them out. Here's what I used:

1/4 Cup of each of the following:
  • Wheat Germ
  • Rolled Oats
  • Finely grated carrot
  • Shredded Coconut*
  • Crushed pecans*
  • Raisins*
*I chopped up the raisins, pecans, coconut further in a small food processor to make them smaller to be sure there was no choking hazard. 
I combined the above with 1 Tbsp. of Honey and 3 Tbsp. of Natural Peanut Butter, mixed well and rolled into small balls. I then tossed them in a small bowl with about 3 tbsp each - Baking Cocoa & Powdered Sugar. This made approx. 25 small balls. I store them in the fridge in a ziplock bag.

Some Possible Variations?:
  • Leave off the cocoa/powdered sugar coating.
  • Roll in Coconut or nuts or graham cracker crumbs
  • For Nut allergies: Omit nuts & peanut butter. Can use Soy nut butter.
  • Substitute Sunflower seeds for nuts
  • Replace raisins with soft dried berries or fruit bits
  • Add cinnnamon
Using the recipe nutrition calculator on Sparkpeople.com - I show that each ball is about 41 calories, 2.3g fat, 0 cholesterol, about a gram of fiber, 1.8g sugars, 1.1 gram protein   

I think these snack balls would be great to take along on a day trip such as to the zoo or park but I think you might want to keep them in a cooler or insulated lunch tote to keep them from getting gooey.

Result--my 20 month old toddler loved them - he ate two with a cup of milk and was satisfied for hours.

2 comments:

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

I love the title of these pastries-- "energy balls"! How cute!

Thanks for stopping by today. Wow, your in-laws send stuff every WEEK? That's an awful lot-- I bet your son adores the gifts!

~Elizabeth
Confessions From A Working Mom

Stephanie said...

They look delicious! We make something similar...peanut butter balls...almost weekly. :)

stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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