DIY Power Bites, Granola Bars and other healthy snacks

I‘ve been feeling like we’re in a bit of a post-holiday baking slump here. I know, that didn’t take long.

But you can hardly blame me. For most of December, Saturdays were for swirl buns and Sundays for scones. The kids and I rolled, cut and frosted dozens of shortbread cookies and gingerbread men. It was a delicious few weeks, but hardly a balanced diet.

And so, to pass the time on a bad weather snow day, Clara and I met up in the kitchen this week to make power bites. This productive activity nicely filled our holiday baking void – and topped up the freezer with a healthy snack, perfect for my teatime and her lunchbox.

In case you’re also looking for a similar kitchen project with delicious results, today’s post contains a round-up of all my nutritious and portable snacks that are easy to make with kids.

Power Bites, Granola Bars and other healthy snacks

Most of these recipes are of the dump and stir variety, with little to no baking time required. Definitely let the kids help with this sort of simple kitchen fun, right down to mixing with their hands and rolling out the balls.

As always, I recommend using the best quality ingredients you can afford. Since most of the nuts and seeds are going in the recipe raw, it’s always easier to notice if something has gone slightly rancid and that can ruin an entire batch.

Sticky Almond, Oat ‘n Honey Power Bites

This is a relatively new variation of power bite that we’ve been enjoying. During my last week of packing up in Montreal, my sister dropped off a large jar of sticky oat-y balls and I existed solely on those delicious power bites and coffee for days. I asked her about the recipe’s origin and she pointed me to Ali’s recipe – it’s a good one!

Clara and I put our own spin on them this week, cleaning out the pantry and using up all sorts of ingredients left over from our holiday baking blitz. The recipe is very versatile, so go ahead and customize it to suit your cravings.

Sticky Almond, Oat 'n Honey Power Bites

Easy, no-bake power bites with customizable flavours and add-ins. Try with a variety of dried fruits, various seed and nut butters, toasted nuts and dark chocolate.
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Keyword: Gluten-free
Essential Ingredient: Oatmeal
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 15 bites
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Aimee

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup liquid honey slightly warmed
  • 1/2 cup almond butter creamed
  • 1 cup raw rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 3 Tablespoons wheat germ
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried currants or raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the honey and the almond butter with a sturdy wooden spoon until creamy.
  • In no particular order, dump in the oats, coconut, sesame seeds, wheat germ, chia seeds, currents and nuts.
  • Roll up your sleeves and get in there with your hands to mix everything together into a nice sticky ball.
  • Send the 'dough' to the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up.
  • Divide and roll the mixture into 1-inch power bites; try not to eat them all in the process.
  • Store in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to seven days. Alternately, freeze the power bites for up to one month.

Notes

Toasting the coconut, sesame seeds and even the wheat germ adds a wonderful flavour to the power bites and is well worth the extra effort.

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal

Puffed Cereal Treats

These are more along the lines of a dessert than ‘healthy power snack’  but we can work them into this post solely because they are a fun and easy snack to make with kids. Bookmark this one for Valentine’s Day.

Tahini Maple Puffed Cereal  Treats

Double Chocolate Puffed Cereal Treats

What’s your go-to power snack when you’re craving something sweet? Any favourites?

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Loved all 3 recipes, and how you’ve used available ingredients to make these quick and easy bites.

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