Avery & Grey

Back to School - Energy Bite Recipe for your Babes' Lunchboxes

Caroline PotochnikComment

The first day of school is approaching and if you’re anything like me, you’re scrambling and searching Pinterest for “School Lunch ideas my picky child will eat.” Sound familiar?

Up until 10 days ago, my five-year-old was going to attend a pre-k program that was just 4 afternoons a week - no lunch required. Plans have changed and my baby will be going to school (across town!) 5 full days a week. I’m going to have to find ways to sneak protein in to her meal, because she’d prefer to live on fruits and veggies. Also, she won’t eat sandwiches.

I started searching and created my own recipe that I thought I would share with you! Full disclosure - my 8-year-old loved these, but the jury is still out with her little sister. Regardless, I think these will be a great addition to her lunch box, or maybe to be packed with fruit for snack time.

They are gluten free, dairy free and nut free. They remind me of those tasty no-bake cookies I haven’t made in years.

I combined everything in my food processor, scraped the sides once and pulsed again to combine. Then scoped 1 tbsp sized portions, rolled them into balls and popped them into my fridge.

Makes approximately 18 bites

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats

  • 1/2 cup Sun Butter (you could use peanut or almond, but I like to send nut free options to school)

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (you could use honey, but I thought my 8-month-old may like a bite and she can’t have honey)

  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed meal

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

  • 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (I use the enjoy life dairy free chips)

Thats it! What are your go-to lunch box additions for your picky eaters?