I am constantly bashing my head against the wall with school snacks. We’re often at our school program for a couple meals in a day, and my kid’s are hungry, distracted, busy, and surrounded by store-bought/processed snacks that they WANT. So I am always looking for new ways to bring meals they’ll eat, with protein and fat’s that will keep them full. Enter; bright pink, strawberry and PB spiked, protein balls. YES. I’ll also be sharing two more ball/bar recipes this week that fit the bill!
These bites are sweet, rich, and fatty. They combine kid- friendly flavors that are still incredibly nutrient dense and filling. You can easily form them into bars too, if you prefer. They also would mix well with some chocolate chips, if you need some extra convincing.
These come together quickly, easily, and are an incredibly kid-friendly project to do together. The dough can be a bit wet at first, so I form them and freeze them, and then store them in the fridge once they’ve sturdied up a bit.
Nut Butter and Jelly Bites!
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup nut or seed butter
3 pitted dates (if they aren’t ripe/soft, soak them in boiling water for 5 minutes, pull out and then use)
1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries (I buy mine at Trader Joe’s!)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
Add all ingredients to blender, and blend thoroughly on medium/high till all combined and forming a ball.
Use a tbs scoop (or just a spoon) to pull out dough, form into ball and put onto parchment paper to freeze. Or, line a loaf pan with parchment paper and push the dough into it and pop into freezer. Once frozen you can slice it into bars.
I store mine in the freezer so that they are perfectly thawed by the time we enjoy them at school. But to enjoy straight away, store in the fridge!