Here's a new spin on my protein packed energy bites, just in time for the 4th of July. These are kid-friendly in more ways than one. Not only will they love to eat them, but they will enjoy making them with you. There are a lot of steps that little hands can be kept busy with. The mini m&m's make them extra yummy to the kids, and the macronutrient (carbohydrates, fat and protein) punch these little balls pack make them a treat you can feel comfortable with feeding to them this holiday weekend. You will need:
- 2 cups almond meal (grind enough raw almonds in your blender to create a course flour consistency)
- 2 cups whole oats
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 2 scoops vanilla Shakeology (or a vanilla protein powder)
- 1 heaping cup natural peanut butter - you can make this too by dumping roasted unsalted peanuts into a food processor or blender and blending until creamy (it takes about 5 minutes, so give it time)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk - I know you can make this yourself too relatively easily, however, I have not been eager enough to try.
- all the red and blue mini m&m's from the medium-sized bag and then enough white chocolate chips to equal 1 cup of sweet treats - this is an excellent step to keep the littles busy, but be sure to keep an eye on them if they are anything like mine because they will eat them all.
Dump the first 4 ingredients into a large bowl. Pour the almond over them and mix so the mixture becomes wet.
Add the peanut butter and the sweet treats. Mix, but not too much as the dyes from the m&m's will bleed.
Form into balls (this is where the small hands come in handy). It gets sticky, so have a clean bowl of water and a clean towel near by. I was able to get 2 dozen medium-sized balls. You can make them whatever size you'd like.
Set in the refridgerator (or freezer if you want them hard) for at least 30 minutes.
Be sure to store leftovers in the cooler if you are picnicking this weekend, or put back in the refridgerator.
Here is an easy printable of the recipe if you'd like to print it.