Without proper planning my kids begin to wilt around 3:00pm. Attitudes flare. Tantrums interrupt an otherwise peaceful day. Tears are triggered by the smallest offense. With enough water and a snacks this drama can generally be avoided or can help them perk up, like your favorite fancy houseplant after a long vacation.
The secret to preventing (or at least curbing) the mid-afternoon meltdown are energy balls. After years of buying “energy chunks” from the bulk section, I decided to start making my own. The amount of oats needed is going to vary based on your peanut butter. You will need to add more if it is thinner or has more oil. You can adjust the ratio of peanut butter, oats and dates at the end. If you like chocolate, add them to the food processor. My son is not a chocolate fan, so my daughter delights in adding chips to her half once they have been rolled.
- 2 cups peanut butter (the fresh ground type works best)
- 1 ½ cup rolled oats
- 8 large pitted Medjool dates (we like the type rolled in coconut flakes)
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup honey (local if you can get your hands on it!)
- Chocolate chips – optional
- Add all dry ingredients to the food processor, and blitz until small/dusty.
- Add peanut butter and honey
- Run food processor until dry ingredients are well incorporated
- The dough should be thick and be easily shaped, add additional oats/dates/peanut butter to achieve the right consistency.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough and roll into a ball
- Place on a cookie sheet and pop in the freezer for 1-2 hours
- Store in fridge for up to a week