Have hungry kids begging for an after school snack the minute they get home? These Kid-Friendly Sweet Salty Energy Bites are a no-bake dessert they’ll love. You can feel good about these bite-sized treats because of the healthy ingredients.
Hi, my name is Teri Stephens and I blog at Buy This Cook That. We prepare and share homemade recipes and ideas for busy food lovers like you. Our favorite recipes are southern classics with a twist. We also have crazy-hungry kids who are always looking for a yummy snack like these Sweet Salty Energy Bites.
Bite-Sized Treats with wholesome ingredients!
You know what I love the most about this easy recipe? The fact that YOU get to pick what goes in it. This is so much better than a candy bar or a packaged after school snack. If your kids love almonds, use almonds. Crazy about coconut? Go all in. This recipe is fast and adaptable to what you and your children love.
Let’s make these no-bake after school snacks!
For our version of these energy bites, we wanted the best combination of sweet and salty ingredients. These bites are a perfect energy boost for the kids when they get home from school that won’t spoil their appetite for dinner.
Our energy bites include:
- Old fashioned oats
- Roasted sunflower seeds
- Chopped walnuts
- Lightly salted almonds
- Sweetened coconut
- Dried cranberries
- Sweet raisins
- Crunchy peanut butter
- Spices (cinnamon + nutmeg)
You probably have all of these ingredients in your pantry, too. Just stir everything together until the mixture is sticky. Form into bite-sized balls, and chill. That’s it.
No, I’m serious, that’s it!
Make it fun (and less messy for little hands) by placing the Sweet Salty Energy Bites in miniature cupcake liners in bright colors. The more appealing you make it for kids, the less likely they will want the “junk food”.
Just pop the bites into the refrigerator to chill for an hour or two before serving.
Aren’t these adorable? I think they are perfect for after school. They even are great to add to a quick morning breakfast routine. How about popping a few into your children’s lunch boxes? These bite-sized treats are perfect for any occasion.
Want to hear a secret about these energy bites?
They are totally snackable for adults, too! This recipe is easily doubled (or tripled) to make a big batch for the entire family. Keep them in a sealed, air-tight container in the fridge until time to serve.
More Sweet Salty Flavors to Try for this Recipe:
- Stir in mini chocolate chips for a little more sweet taste.
- Honey roasted peanuts would be amazing in these.
- Chia seeds pack a powerful punch.
- Try yogurt covered raisins for a change.
- Love citrus? Add fresh lemon or orange zest for a burst of flavor.
We can’t wait for you to try this recipe and share it with your kids. If you love this idea, try these Dark Chocolate Frozen Banana Pops too.
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc.)
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter (more as needed)
- 1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
- 1/8 cup dried cranberries
- 1/8 cup raisins
- 1 - 2 tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients until the mixture is moist and will hold together.
- You may need to add more peanut butter or honey to get the right consistency based on your ingredients.
- Gently roll small bite-sized balls. Place each ball into a miniature cupcake liner. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
- Store in a sealed air-tight container in the refrigerator.
Home Chef Tip #1: Use fun colored cupcake liners to keep messes to a minimum and make the snack eye-catching to keep your kids out of the junk food.
Home Chef Tip #2: Mix and match ingredients based on your child's favorites.
We hope you love these Kid-Friendly Sweet Salty Energy Bites from SoFabFood Home Chef, Teri from Buy This, Cook That, as much as we do. If you love this no-bake snack recipe, check out our other after school snack ideas. For daily recipe inspiration, subscribe to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Pinterest. Enjoy!