I have three boys, and they wake up hungry, very hungry.
They have a mission to eat me out of house and home so I am constantly looking for meals that are filling, lots of protein, to tide them over.
Breakfasts can be especially challenging as I am not perky in the morning, don’t always have time to make eggs or a fancy breakfast casserole, and often we need to just grab something and go.
I was thrilled to have discovered this recipe for PB&J energy bars. We adapted it, a LOT – I did not have most of her ingredients on hand, to make our Breakfast Balls. But it still tastes a bit like PB&J…
Easy Breakfast for Kids
Ingredients you’ll need:
- 1/4 cup of almonds (we used slivered, but you can use any)
- 1/4 cup of cashew pieces
- 1/4 cup of dried fruit (we used dried cherries, but I bet any dried fruit would work)
- 1/4 cup of almond butter (+ 1 teaspoon of coconut oil – omit the coconut oil if you decide to substitute with peanut butter).
- 2 Tablespoons of Dark Chocolate pieces
- 1 cup of toasted granola
You can replace pretty much any of the ingredients – don’t like almonds? Use walnuts… skip the chocolate and throw some toffee pieces in instead… or use coconut shavings in place of the cashews (yum!).
Throw all the ingredients except for the almond butter and the granola into the food processor. I chopped them pretty chunky. The texture is fun. But if you want these to stick together better consider chopping more finely. The finer your nut meal the more dense (i.e. filling) your balls will be.
Once it’s chopped mix in the granola and the almond butter and coconut oil (or butter). Make sure that everything is well coated, then put the bowl into the fridge for about 3 hours. You want the nut meal to soak up some of the healthy fats from the almond butter. It will help the balls stick together.
We used a 2 Tablespoon scoop to portion control our breakfast balls. (affiliate link). The recipe makes roughly a dozen balls – you might want to double it. We usually make multiple versions. Store the balls in an airtight container. Grab 3-4 balls for a breakfast when you are running out the door. They will last for awhile, but my guess is that your kids will eat them long before they go bad.
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Rachel Miller is the original Quirky Momma of Kids Activities Blog and co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! & The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. Rachel can now be found blogging at One Crazy House .