I am a self proclaimed lover of snacks, so it should be no surprise that my daughter seems to be the same way. There’s a lot of premade and store bought snacks out there, but I wanted to make her something that was healthy and simple and I knew every ingredient. These oatmeal bites are exactly that! Only 4 ingredients and you have a healthy snack perfect for a picky toddler. I even tried one, because the chef always has to try her food, right? They are actually really good. Not too sweet, so if you wanted a little added sweetness, I would add some agave, starting with a teaspoon and tasting to add more, if needed. Because my target audience is a toddler who does not need any added sugar, I omitted the sweetener. And you know what? While she enjoyed a few here and there, (because anything in the shape of a ball is magic. “BALL!? BALL?!”), I found myself eating a few in the morning so I could have something in my stomach to take my vitamins. These are great for a morning snack if you don’t have time for breakfast and it’s easy to take a few on the go; they aren’t very messy!
I chilled the finished product in the fridge for a few hours before eating and actually stored them in the fridge to help them last longer. I think it’s best to consume within a week of making.
Recipe adapted from here.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Optional: Chill in fridge for at least one hour
Servings: About 25 balls, depending on how big you you roll them
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons rolled oats, pulverized in food processor
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 5.3 oz container vegan vanilla yogurt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon agave (optional)
Pulverize at first just one cup of the oats until they resemble oat flour.
Add the oats to a mixing bowl and then add the peanut butter, yogurt, cinnamon, and agave, if using.
You should be able to roll the mixture in your hands without it completely sticking. If it’s still pretty sticky, now is the time to pulverize the remaining oats and gradually add it to the bowl, until it’s the desired consistency.
Break off small pieces of the oat mixture and roll it into balls between your palms. I made mine a little bigger than the size of a grape. (You can always smoosh them down before serving to the kids.)
Chill in fridge for at least an hour for best results and enjoy!!!