It’s that time of year when school-going children from all over the country are in the throes of a new school routine. Children often find themselves juggling classes, after-school activities, sports and much more, and have their hands full again at this time of year.

To keep your child going through the day, here is a snack idea that is simple to make ahead of time, and easy to pack in his/her snack box. What’s more, it’s packed with nuts, dried fruit, and immunity-boosting ingredients and natural sweeteners. You can adapt the recipe to suit your child’s preferences as well.

Energy bites are made with a combination of oats, nuts, seeds, and natural sweeteners. They require no baking and you can make them in a batch, keep them in the fridge and use as needed. They keep well for up to a week when packed in an air-tight container.

Here are two recipes, one made with dates and the other with cranberries. We also have a video-recipe that makes it easier for you to follow along!

 

 

Dates–Oats Energy Bites

Ingredients

(makes 8-9 energy bites)

  • 1/2 cup oats (rolled oats or ‘Haferflocken’)
  • 1/2 cup assorted nuts (cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 4-5 dates (seedless)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients (except the maple syrup) in a high-powered blender or food processor, until the mixture has a sand-like texture.
  2. Add the maple syrup and blend again.
  3. Shape the mixture into balls, and transfer them to a tray lined with baking paper.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, until they set well.
  5. You can keep the energy bites in the fridge for up to a week, in an air-tight container.

Cranberry-Oats Energy Bites

Ingredients

(makes 8-9 energy bites)

  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup assorted nuts
  • 1 heaped tablespoon cranberries
  • 1.5 tablespoons honey

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients (except the honey) in a high-powered blender or food processor, until the mixture has a coarse sand-like texture.
  2. Add the honey and blend again, the mixture will have a slightly glossy sheen, and will be soft and pliable.
  3. Shape the mixture into balls, and transfer them to a tray lined with baking paper.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, until they set well.
  5. You can keep the energy bites in the fridge for up to a week, in an air-tight container.
  6. Enjoy good health served to you in small bites!