Lately, I’ve been hearing the term “crunchy granola mom” a lot. Every since, I’ve been trying to figure out how one knows whether or not they fit into that category or not. The jury is still out on that one for me, but one thing I do know for sure is that I do LOVE these yummy home-made granola/protein bar substitutes. So if that, along with the fact that I live small and don’t send my kids to school makes me a “crunchy granola mom,” well then so be it!
I’m not really what one would call a foodie. You’d have to check out my super talented, genuine foodie friend’s amazing food blog for that. But every now and then I do love to post a light life favorite food for you to try out with your own family! This one is hands down our family’s favorite healthy snack item that definitely doesn’t taste boring!
I usually make at least a triple batch of these at least twice a week and they never last long around our camper. We use to them to replace the store bought granola or protein bars and grab them for a quick pick me up snack when running out the door to soccer practice, to the gym and even sometimes for breakfast on the go!
I caught our oldest putting one on her plate to go along with her dinner the other night and personally I think that’s taking it a bit far, but hey – we are addicted!
So here’s the scoop on how to make a batch (or three) of energy ball yumminess for your family!
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/2 cup flaxseed
- 1/2 dark chocolate chips or carob chips
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Stir all ingredients together in a medium-large bowl until combined. *Using your hands to mix it works best. (Perfect recipe for the kids to help with!) Form mixture into small balls. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
That’s it! It’s THAT simple.
Of course you may tailor this recipe to fit your own taste! Like sometimes we don’t add the coconut flakes at all and sometimes I use more or less peanut butter.
I hope you love this recipe and come back and tell me how your family liked it in the comments below!
Tiny home, big life.