Today we’ve got another recipe for you, these “Snack Balls” or Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites, are super easy to make. Let me explain how we came across them…
Recent advice tells us the snacks we give children should be less than 100 calories – in this article here. (We also covered the topic of snacking, here). which is pretty tricky when so many snacks on the market contain way more than that. So we think it’s great to have a healthy home made alternative to hand.
Deryn from Running on Real Food, provides many raw, vegan and gluten free recipes on her blog, and we fell in love with her Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites, after a friend arrived with a large batch of “snack balls” on a recent playdate. Now I have to admit apparently each snack ball contains 124 calories, however I feel with homemade food, you can see exactly what’s going in, so we may just have to let it slide. The yield of the recipe is 25 balls, but if you make them smaller for young children there will be less calories! : )
The children I look after loved them, so we made a batch this week. I’ve gone onto read “These oatmeal raisin cookie dough bites are a perfect pre-workout snack due to the natural sugars from the raisins and dates, plus carbs from the oats and a dose of healthy fats from the almond butter. They’ll provide a wonderful boost of all-natural energy and whether it’s before a workout or as an afternoon snack, it will be tasty either way”! So they’re perfect for hungry children who need a healthy pick me up.
3/4 cup (225 g) tightly packed soft dates`
2 cups (225 g) quick oats
1 tbsp cinnamon
2/3 cup (165 g) almond butter
1/4 cup (75 g) maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup raisins
- Add everything except the raisins to a food processor and mix until mostly smooth.
- Remove and place in a bowl.
- Add the raisins and mix in with your hands.
- Roll into approximately 25 balls.
- Store in the fridge or freezer in an air-tight container.
It’s a super easy recipe, we’ve also found the advice Deryn gives, (about what type of dates, discussing alternative ingredients etc), very helpful. So to see her full post click here.