Energy bites are not a new phenomena, and in fact they are very fashionable at the moment. So let’s be sheep, and follow the flock – they are good for a reason! There are so many different types and variations that can be made. For little mouths that may not be keen on eating their fruit, it is a sneaky way of hiding some goodness into them without it being obvious and more importantly without a battle of wills.
This recipe has been made completely GLUTEN and NUT FREE as shown below. It is however not a necessity that they are and we aim to be as inclusive as possible. Normal oats can be used and the sunflower seed spread can be supplemented with another nut spread of your choice, like hazelnut, cashew or even peanut butter. If you don’t want to use oats, quinoa is another good substitute.
The two core ingredients in this recipe are the apple and banana. The rest can be experimented with. We added fudge into ours because toffee apples are amazing and banana splits often come with fudge toppings. The flavor combination made sense! Between me and you those little nuggets of fudge kind of make the snack. Each mouthful is a surprise. If you aren’t keen on fudge, try chocolate chips or even crushed honeycomb chocolate. Drool!
As we all know fresh fruit once cut into will brown. With this in mind, once these snacks have been made they will turn a slight brown over the course of the day. We would suggest making them no earlier than an hour prior to handing them out so that they are as fresh as possible.
- 2 Apples, skinned and grated
- 2 Bananas, mashed
- 2 tbsp nut spread (we used homemade sunflower seed spread)
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1.5 cup of oats (we used gluten free)
- 1/2 cup of fudge, cubed
- 1 tbsp of sunflower oil (optional, only needed if making sunflower seed spread)
Yield: Approximately 10 bites.
- Skin your apples with a peeler and discard. Using a grater, grate the apples into a mixing bowl. Mash the bananas and add them into the bowl. Mix the apple and banana together.
- Put two tablespoons of honey into the mixture. If you have nut allergies in your family then blitz 1 cup of sunflower seeds in a processor and add a teaspoon of sunflower oil to it. Put two tablespoons of the sunflower seed spread into the mixing bowl. Otherwise add two tablespoons of your chosen nut spread in and mix all to combine.
- Pour the oats and fudge into the bowl and with a spatular combine all ingredients.
- Begin to roll the ingredients into small balls. Using an ice cream scoop is a good way to make all the balls are the same size.
- Carefully put all the energy bites on a plate and cover with clingfilm. Put in the fridge to set for 30 minutes.
- Take out, put The Super Simple Show – Apples & Bananas on and hand out the goodies! Enjoy!
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Gather the kids around – we even have invites you can download! Serve some energy bites and popcorn and turn on the television. Here is the Super Simple Show featuring Apples & Banana’s!
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Grace Selous Bull is an arts education author and freelance blogger. Her book, ‘Potty About Pots: arts and crafts for home and school’ is aimed at children from 5-12 years old and takes them through a journey of ceramics through time. Her blog, The Rainbow Tree, explores all aspects of arts and crafts, and is aimed at children of all ages. She is a full time Mummy of two girls, both of whom love being creative, and is married to her husband, Andrew, who does not. Follow her on twitter.
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