Something that I hear often is that our kids don’t get enough time at school to eat their lunch. I’ve confirmed this with my children — and it’s not just at school, but at their various activities or camps. I can’t tell you how many times they come home with parts of their lunch uneaten simply because they didn’t have enough time to eat.
And don’t get me started on how famished they are by the time they get home in the afternoon.
Between the hour of 3 and 4, two Tazmanian devils descend upon my kitchen, whirling around, pulling all the food out of the cupboards and refrigerator, and it’s like a nonstop smorgasbord. It’s like they haven’t eaten all day…because frankly, it may feel that way!
I started making these Raspberry Peanut Butter Energy Bites, especially for my son, who comes home first. He has PE last period every day, followed by a vigorous bike ride home with a very heavy backpack (Don’t get me started on how they don’t have lockers at school. Why!?), and a healthy uphill climb. By the time he gets home, he needs to refuel, pronto.
The first time he came home to these energy bites, I couldn’t wait for him to give them a taste! I knew he would love with them – I mean, how could he resist? They’re like peanut butter and jelly truffles, with a hint of chocolate chip, all rolled in a delicious bite. Loaded with oatmeal, fresh raspberries, peanut butter, and chia seeds, all he needs is one bite and a glass of milk to feel refueled to tackle his homework and all the afternoon activities.
Of course, I can’t help but sneak a bite, too! They’re so good after a tough workout…or even before! And since they taste like a treat, it’s been so good as dessert, too.
I may not be able to add more time to their school lunch schedule, but at least I can give them a little boost when they come home, right?
Raspberry Peanut Butter Energy Bites
- 3/4 cup oats
- 1/4 cup cranberries
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 3/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- Ground oats or Shredded coconut for coating
- In the bowl of a blender or food processor, pulse the oats, cranberries, chocolate chips, peanut butter, maple syrup and chia seeds until well combined.
- Add the raspberries and pulse just a few times until the raspberries are just broken up and incorporated.
- Using a small ice cream or cookie scoop, portion out the energy bites and gently roll into balls. Drop in ground oats or shredded coconut.
- Place on a parchment lined baking sheet (half sheet size) and freeze for about 1 hour before eating.
- Store energy bites in the freezer in an airtight container until ready to enjoy.