When I was preparing to fly up to Baltimore this weekend with my toddler and 11 year old in tow, I knew I needed to be seriously organized. I asked everyone I knew for tips on how to check a car seat, a pack n play, what to bring and what to use to keep the littlest entertained. I even went back and revisited Jamie's blog about traveling with small children for tips.
I was brainstorming with Jamie before the trip about healthy snack ideas and she mentioned the energy bites recipe. I know you've seen this recipe on Pinterest - I'd not only seen them, but I've actually tried them at a friend's house. I just had never made them myself. Once I surveyed my cabinets and realized I had everything I needed, it was an easy call to throw these together.
This comes from Smashed Peas and Carrots
. I ended up adding some maple syrup to my recipe and cutting back on the honey, just because I prefer the flavor.
No Bake Energy Bites
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla
Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy! Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
These were perfect to take with us on the plane - I froze them prior to throwing them in the diaper bag, and they held up well during travel. The kids loved them, and so did I. Not only are they healthier than most of what you'll find in an airport store or restaurant, they were significantly cheaper!
Have you guys tried these yet?