Okay, so I’m not exactly a food blogger. No Pioneer Woman here.
But, I do have four young children who are ALWAYS hungry. Especially in the summer. An hour of swimming and their appetites are insatiable for the rest of the day. And, I can only fill them with so many granola bars, popsicles, and bananas before they crave something a little different.
So, for my children, I make the same snack my mom always made for us each summer. Only, I’ve added a little something different to make them a wee bit healthier.
If you are looking for a healthy summer kid snack recipe. . . something that is EASY to make, requires NO oven, and has a little bit more nutritional value than anything they have to rip out of a plastic package: Then this recipe is for you!
The original recipe calls for non-fat powdered dry milk. Some of my children have dairy issues so I’ve started substituting ground-milled flaxseed instead. Flaxseed is chocked full of Omega-3 fatty acids–the good kind. (A tablespoon of this stuff is like getting them to eat a whole plate of fish and green vegetables.) The only downside of flaxseed is it’s so healthy it may cause some bowel functions to expedite in your littlest ones…if you know what I mean. So, you may want to use a combination of flaxseed and non-fat powdered dry milk or even graham cracker crumbs.
Here’s what you need: Peanut butter (at least one cup), honey (amount equal to peanut butter), ground-milled flax seeds or non-fat powdered dry milk or graham cracker crumbs (or a combination of the three that equals twice the amount of peanut butter you are using), and rolled oats (not instant kind), again in same amount as your flax/powdered milk/graham cracker crumbs.
You can have your kids help with this recipe! Just be prepared. It’s messy and the temptation to lick your fingers and then stick them BACK in the bowl may be too much to overcome. For this reason, I often make them solo! (Germ-a-phobia is real, my friends.)
Here’s what you need. It’s very simple! If you’d like to use non-fat powdered dry milk or graham cracker crumbs to cut the flaxseed’s laxitive effects, you’ll need that too.
It really doesn’t matter what order you add the ingredients in, I usually do the dry first. In this photo I used two cups of oats and flaxseed and was getting ready to add the one cup of peanut butter and one cup of honey.
And what you have is a delicious, nutritious and filling treat! (Hey, if you can’t stand hearing “I’m hungry” every 30 seconds all summer long…make these now!)
It’s just that simple!
Recipe for Peanut Butter & Honey Balls
2 cups Quaker Oats (not instant kind)
2 cups Milled Flaxseed, Graham Cracker Crumbs OR Non-Fat Powdered Dry Milk (or use a combo of all three)
1 Cup of Peanut Butter (I like creamy but any kind except natural that requires stirring will do)
1 Cup of Honey (organic, raw or processed or whatever you prefer)
Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for an hour or two to harden.
Yields about 36 balls depending on size.
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