No-bake energy bites are perfect to take with you on trips during the summer. With warm weather sweeping most of the northern hemisphere, many of us are ready for lots of outdoor fun. With Kids, this means getting super hungry but not wanting to stop playing to eat.
At our house, it’s time to start making energy bites to keep in the fridge or a lunch bag. They are perfect for a hike, on the beach, or playground. Not having to turn on the oven in the heat is just a bonus to these tasty treats, in addition to swapping out almost all ingredients to suit the flavor/texture and allergy needs of your family.
Having the kids help hand roll them and mix the ingredients with their hands can help with sensory integration. Plus, I’ve always found kids more willing to try new things if they make it themselves/ have a say in what gets added.
The list is in order of our family’s favorites. Please let me know which one is your favorite or if you have a different one your family is fond of in the comments.
This recipe is designed to be made with kids and does not make too many due to a potential lack of cooking stamina/ focus for a large batch. We have doubled this recipe with excellent results. We have also used many different types of nut butter and nut-free butter, and other types of dried fruit.
Apricot Balls with Dates, Cashews, & Coconut by E.A. Stewart
This recipe is inspired by a product made by Trader Joe’s. It was something my little Fox loved, and for food to get that kind of attention from my sensory-sensitive eater was huge. Due to shortages/production issues, they were not always available. After searching for how to make our own, we found this recipe. You can swap out the cashews for other nuts, oats, or sunflower seeds for a nut-free version.
Jennifer of the Mommy Evolution blog is a fellow special needs parent and devised this recipe to get extra nutrition into her very active boys. This recipe is loaded with nutrition. It brings an added boost if served with the recommended glass of milk/ milk alternative. I have passed this recipe on to friends who have tried making it with soy milk with good results.
This recipe from the folks a Kiwico is a favorite of ours in late summer and early fall since things are still pretty hot in our part of the country at that time. We have made these with white chocolate chips as a variation. They can also be served without the frosting and keep better for several days without it.
I know this last one isn’t technically an energy bite, but it’s a great one for summer. It’s so much better than your standard gummy!
If your kid(s) are prone to dehydration, these are beautiful things to keep on hand. Since you can control what goes in, you can ensure there isn’t a ton of sugar or commercial food dye (the bane of our house). They can also be made into super fun shapes with all the different silicon molds on the market. We have used a Lego ice tray, gummy worm mold, and squares. They sell electrolyte powder in several different flavors that can be swapped out for the raspberry in the recipe. Our Favorite part about these is that they can be ready in just over one hour from start to finish.
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