Super easy no-bake energy balls are a perfect energy booster for babies and toddlers and help their digestive systems work.
Honestly, this recipe came about because I was trying to find an anti-constipation cure for my toddler, one that is easy to make and easy to eat on the go (minimal mess).
So I thought of all the anti-constipation ingredients that I can put in there that he wouldn't usually eat on their own - like prunes, flaxseeds and dates. To that we added some protein and fat rich nuts and peanut butter and we got ourselves a delicious energy ball ready in 10 min.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is super adaptable to what you have at home - you just need to mix the right amount of nuts with the right amount or nut butter and dried fruits and you can make these balls.
Nutrition and Ingredients
- Use rolled oats
- Great source of complex carbs and fiber but also the minerals manganese and potassium
- We use a mixture of cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds and brazil nuts (I buy these already mixed). I prefer to use mixed nuts because each has a specific nutritional profile and then we can get a variety of different nutrients in such a small ball
- Nuts are high in mono-saturated fats and most nuts are also high in magnesium and vitamin E
- We use peanut butter made from 100% peanuts (no added salt, sugar, palm oil or preservatives)
- Contain biotin, copper, niacin, folate
- If you don't have a nut butter on hand you can easily make one by processing nuts for about 5-10 minutes in a food processor (see our Hazelnut Butter recipe)
- Have a good amount of fiber and manganese. Fiber promotes proper digestion
- Can use whole or ground here
Pitted Dates and Prunes
- If your child has ever had constipation problems you may have been given advice to give them prune juice. My child won't drink that or eat prunes so this was a way of getting prunes into his diet and they give the sweetness to the balls that is necessary
- Prunes are rich in potassium, fiber and antioxidants and contain pectin which is a soluble fiber which helps with stool softening
- Dates are rich in B vitamins and antioxidants
- The more prunes you use the more anti-constipation benefit this snack will have, however you can you whichever ratio of dates to prunes you want, or just one or the other
At What Age Can I Give This To My Child?
From 6 months + if you have tested each nut that you are serving separately for allergens.
How To Make These 10 Min No-Bake Energy Balls?
Make balls. This mixture makes about 16 balls. Roll the mixture into ping-pong size balls.
This is a great recipe that your toddler can help you make in the kitchen using a learning tower.
How to Serve Energy Balls To Baby and Toddler?
Serve the balls as they are from 6 months onwards if you have tested for all the allergens.
Possible Recipe Variations
Add chia seeds to include even more super foods in the mixture.
Add cinnamon and a pinch of salt. For babies over 1 year old.
Add cacao powder and coat in chopped nuts for 1 year old +. To make it full of even more antioxidants and fun for your toddler to roll into nuts.
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10 min No-Bake Energy Balls
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup mixed nuts
- 3 tbsp nut butter (peanut butter)
- 2 tablespoon flaxseeds
- 1 cup dates/prunes ½ cup each recommended
- pinch ground cinnamon
- pinch salt