Our first year of Rookies baseball started this week. At least, I think that’s what it’s called? The next step up from T-ball? Rookies, right? Can you tell how new I am? Anyway- watching those man-boys out on the field makes me full of ALL the feelings. They are so sweet out there—-Trying hard to focus and not make sandcastles, while waiting for the ball to be hit to them. I can’t even contain myself. I want to go out there and squeeze him and kiss his cheeks, but no, that’s not happening. Instead I sit on the sidelines, trying to just cheer when it’s appropriate.
For our first practice, I was nervous that my 7 year old would be exhausted after a full day of school and then practice. To help him fuel up with a little protein, I made these Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chia Energy Balls. I wasn’t sure what he and his sisters would think of them, but they were obsessed and ever since, they think baseball practice needs always needs “Energy Balls”.Filled with peanut butter, oats, chia seeds, a little honey and a small amount of dark chocolate chips, these snacks are perfect for the kid who’s burning lots of energy. You know the one who’s always moving and hardly eats enough? Yeah, these are for that child. Moms (and Dads) will love them too, but just watch yourself because they aren’t a low calorie snack.
Making these will take you all of 5 minutes. Simply dump all of the ingredients into your food processor. Blend well and then form the dough into balls. Keep in the refrigerator to pull out for a quick and easy kid-snack. They should last in the fridge for about a week, but in our house, they’re gone within the first few days.
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
- Mix well and form into balls with your hands. (If the dough is too sticky, lightly grease your hands with coconut oil).
- Enjoy immediately or refrigerate.