We love simple recipes that our children can help with. Do you remember our two-ingredient cookies? This month we have another great recipe that has a few more ingredients, but doesn’t require any baking: Easy Energy Balls, adapted from Well Plated.
3-ingredient Easy Energy Balls
1 ¼ cup rolled or quick-cook oats
½ cup nut butter
⅓ cup honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoons: Chia seeds or flax seeds
½ cup: raisins, chopped nuts, few chocolate chips, coconut flakes, or anything else you feel like trying!
- Add all the ingredients to one bowl and stir to combine
- If it seems too wet, add a few more oats. If it is too dry, add a bit more nut butter (it should hold together when squeezed)
- Refrigerate the bowl for 30 minutes
- After refrigerating, scoop the mixture into heaping tablespoons and roll into bite-size balls
Your child is the chef today and you are there to help guide your child through the steps. Begin with a prepared environment and make sure the materials are all ready: ingredients, bowl, large spoon. Let your child do the scooping, stirring, and rolling into balls.
Focus on just one step at a time, and if your child does not know how, begin by doing the action slowly and quietly and letting them observe, and then give them the opportunity to do it on their own. Enjoy the finished product together! And remember, they can help clean the bowls when you are all finished!
Photo credit: Well Plated