Kid-Approved Energy Bites – Cooking with Kid Recipe

Kid-Approved Energy Bites

Who wouldn’t love peanut butter, chocolate, and nuts mixed into a delicious, mouth-watering ball of goodness?!  These yummy little balls remind me of sneaking monster cookie dough as a kid.  So, as you can imagine… kids LOVE them!

These are protein rich and perfect for a quick snack, and since the protein-grain combo helps keep kids satisfied longer, they’re great when kids have a long day or a big gap between meals.

This recipe is a lot of fun for young kids.  There are no raw or unsafe foods and they really can’t mess it up.  This is a great recipe to give the younger ones a little more independence in the kitchen.

Once you make ‘em, you’ll be so happy you did!

OK, let’s start mixing. Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need:

Kid-Approved Energy Bites: adding the oats

Adding the oats

Kid-Approved Energy Bites: adding the flaxseed

Adding the flaxseed

Kid-Approved Energy Bites: adding the raisins

Adding the raisins

Kid-Approved Energy Bites: adding the crushed almonds

Adding the crushed almonds

Kid-Approved Energy Bites: adding the chocolate chips

Adding the chocolate chips

Kid-Approved Energy Bites: mixing the ingredients together

Mixing the ingredients together

Kid-Approved Energy Bites


Every child’s ability varies depending on maturity or cognitive and physical ability.  Parents need to use their own discretion when assigning tasks.  These are general guidelines for the Kid-Approved Energy Bites.

18 months – 3 years old

  • Name and count ingredients with child
  • Add ingredients to mixing bowl
  • Set balls into airtight container

3 – 5 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Measure ingredients
  • Crush almonds – using a rolling pin or meat tenderizer, cutting board and ziplock bag
  • Place dough into refrigerator
  • Assist with scooping and forming dough into balls

6 – 7 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Scoop and form dough into balls
  • Mix together ingredients – recommended for an older child since the dough is so thick

8 – 12 years old

  • All of the younger tasks



  • Wash everyone’s hands!
  • Clean all work surfaces before starting.
  • Leave tasting until the end. Your child might not understand the difference between a ready-to-eat ingredient and a raw unsafe ingredient.
  • It is okay for your kitchen to get a little messy.
  • Keep in mind that your child is learning, so patience is key!

Kid-Approved Energy Bites

Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 20 balls
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Stacey Weichelt, RDN, CD


  • 2/3 cup + 1 Tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 cup oats
  • ½ cup flaxseed ground
  • ½ cup almonds finely chopped
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup raisins


  • Mix together peanut butter and honey in medium-sized bowl. Add oats, flaxseed and almonds to peanut butter mixture and stir until evenly combined. Stir in dark chocolate chips and raisins.
  • Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes. This will firm dough slightly, making it easier to form balls.
  • Using a 1 tablespoon scoop (or spoon) form dough into round balls. Place balls into an airtight container, placing parchment paper in-between each layer.
  • Store in refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy!



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