Superfood Trail Mix Bites are a no-bake, easy to make, nutritious snack. Perfect for “on the go” kids and adults. Gluten free friendly too!!
With summer coming to an end, that means for most families, back to work, and back to school. It also means hectic schedules getting the kids to and from their dance classes, music lessons, hockey games and all the other activities they are involved in.
With busy families on the go, eating nutritious foods can be a challenge. Often we resort to pre-packed options. After school snacks, eating something quickly before you run out the door to the next dance class, or a quick “pick me up” before the game, are common occurrences in most households.
Pre-packaged choices are easy and convenient, but may not always be as healthy as you think. Often they are filled with added preservatives and other ingredients you may not want to eat. Have you ever really read nutrition labels, even on so-called healthy choices? Once you see things you can’t even pronounce, this should be your first clue to look for a more healthy option.
Making healthy and nutritious snacks at home is easier than you may think. The best part is that you can pronounce all the ingredients, and these Superfood Trail Mix Bites are a perfect example. Simple ingredients, packed with nutrition, easy to make and delicious.
I remember the days when my girls were young and both were in competitive dancing. We are running back and forth all week long from one dance class to another. Several weekends a year there were competitions to attend, which included additional rehearsals. Needless to say this kept us on the go from September to June. Add this to the already packed work and school schedules, and you can see trying to eat healthy can be an issue.
With schedules like these, snacking in between meals is not only normal but necessary to keep you going. Healthy snacking fills the gap between meals, and provides nutrition for energy so you can perform at your best.
These superfood bites are so easy to make, you can even get the kids to help make them. All you have to do is basically mix all the ingredients together and squeeze them into balls. Next time you need some stress therapy, whip up a batch of these. You will feel like you are using a “stress ball”.
Once you have the ingredients mixed together, you will have to work rather quickly so the mixture does not dry out. If this happens it makes it very difficult to squeeze into balls. You may also want to rinse off your hands a few times throughout the process.
I love simple ingredients. The more nutritious the better. These bites have oatmeal (you can use gluten free oats here too), pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs, pistachios, goji berries, chia seeds, coconut oil, nut butter and agave nectar (or honey). The fun thing is that you can create your own combination of flavours and ingredients. With so many great healthy choices, experiment and have fun creating your personal favourite.
These little bites are a powerhouse of nutrition, and even if you don’t have time for breakfast, these will help prevent you from skipping the most important meal of the day. Easy to pop a couple of these in your mouth as you run out the door.
Take a few minutes to make a batch of Superfood Trail Mix Bites. You can snack nutritiously all week long without added chemicals and preservatives.
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- 1¼ cups oatmeal (you can also use gluten free oats)
- ¾ cup nut butter
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- ¼ cup agave nectar (you can also use honey)
- ¼ cup cacao nibs
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup goji berries
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup pistachios (crushed)
- Combine all dry ingredients into a bowl, mix, and set aside
- In a saucepan heat the nut butter, coconut oil and agave nectar (or honey)
- Cook over medium heat, mixing often until the ingredients melt together
- Remove from heat and pour over dry ingredients
- Quickly mix together using a large spoon, spatula or your hands
- Working quickly, so the mixture does not dry out, grab a handful of mixture and squeeze firmly into balls about the size of walnuts
- Place in a sealed container and keep in the fridge
- Snack...and ENJOY!!
Once you have all the ingredients combined, you have to work quickly to make the balls before the mixture dries out.
You may want to rinse your hands a few times during the process.