My oldest just started kindergarten (WHAT?! #timeslowdown). I was a kinder teacher myself, and I just have a huge heart for educators, so naturally, when the very first sign-up to bring snacks for open house rolled around I had to bring them something yummy! These oatmeal energy bites were just the thing! #gunghokindermom
show some teacher love
Y’all, being a teacher (especially at the beginning of the year) is incredibly hard work. I knew these precious teachers had already spent hours upon hours preparing for school to start. They had to sit through undoubtably long professional development meetings while longing to be in their classrooms doing the real work of getting ready. Then they spent too much free time and too much of their own money making their classrooms inviting for their new students. It is an exciting time, but there ‘aint no tired like beginning of the school year tired.
The LEAST I could do was bring them something delicious but also something somewhat nutritious because Lord knows they needed a boost! To make their batch extra special I dipped them halfway in chocolate. DROOL. I melted some chocolate chips in a small glass with a teaspoon or so of coconut oil and dipped away. I let them cool on a sheet pan lined with parchment and popped them in the freezer to harden a bit before heading up to school. (unfortunately no pics bc I’m basically always running late and this day was no exception… but just imagine what you see below but halfway covered in chocolate… can you see it? YUM.)
On the home front
My family totally gobbles these oatmeal energy bites up. Like for realz, I have to like quadruple this recipe to make them last longer than one day. They are also a fun and easy kid recipe because they can help you measure and then roll the balls. The base is simple ingredients and you can have fun with the mix-ins you choose. Try nuts, cinnamon, coconut, chocolates, m&ms, dried fruits… whatever your family fancies! We did semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and dried cranberries in this latest batch.
Keep them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks (mine never last that long).
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup of nut butter of choosing (I used natural peanut butter, but anything works!)
- ¼-1/2 cup of honey (if peanut butter is sweetened, use less, if not, use more)
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- 1 cup of mix-ins- chocolate chips, mini m&ms, nuts, dried fruit, chia seeds, ground flax seed, smashed banana, coconut, etc...
- Line a sheet pan with parchment.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Let sit on the counter for 30 mins so oats can soften.
- Use a small ice cream scoop to help make consistently sized balls, and roll them in your palms to compact. If they are feeling too sticky, add some more oats, flax seed, or chia seed. If they are falling apart, add a little more PB or honey.
- Place on parchment as your roll them and chill in freezer (if you're in a hurry) or fridge until firmed up. Transfer to airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.