I seriously dread 4:30p.m. somedays. My kids come bursting through the door, usually fighting or tackling each other to the ground. Then they move on only to unpack and throw each-others homework around. It isn’t the kids, but the management of the kids and their behavior, much like the kitchen. Their focus moves from devouring each other to devouring everything in the pantry and fridge. They eat everything in site if there is not a solution in place. That is why I started looking into how to stop kids from eating everything in the pantry. This no-bake snack to curb your kids appetite is a great start! Because, let’s face it, this is only temporary; it’s filling and helps sustain them for more then 10 minutes.
They only take a few ingredients and they’re ready to eat within minutes. Really, the operative word is here is “no-bake”! I set these out and each one of my kids will usually eat two. I won’t hear “I’m hungry” again before dinner. So, what is it already?
Get these seven simple ingredients together. You probably have them all in your house now, which I always love!
We ar going to mix them all together in the same bowl. Easy peasy.
1. 2/3 Cup Coconut Flakes – Sweetened or Unsweetened (mine are toasted because, that’s even better!)
2. 1/3 Cup Flax Seed – I’m using Flax Meal (flax seed blended in the blender)
3. 1-1/2 Cups Oatmeal – Traditional Raw Oats
4. Chocolate Chips – My Kids Like Dark Mini-Chocolate Chips
5. 1 Cup Peanut Butter – Creamy or Crunchy Peanut Butter
6. 1/3 Cup Honey – Any Honey/Honey Substitute
7. 1 tsp Vanilla Extract – Mine is from Mexico *YUM*
Mix it all up and cover it to chill in the fridge for 20 minutes or so. You can form 1″ balls now; its a little bit sticker when it’s not chilled.
Remove from the fridge and roll the mixture into 1″ balls. You should have around 20. Then store them in the fridge for a week.
No-bake Appetite Crushing Snack
Perfect no-bake snack to squash hunger (and mindless eating) for hours!
- 1 1/2 Cups Dry Oatmeal
- 2/3 Cups Coconut Flakes These are great toasted 🙂
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter 1/2 C can be enough
- 1/2 Cup Flax Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1/3 Cup Honey
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Pinch Nutmeg (optional)
Get a mixing bowl and mix it all up!
Cover it and let it chill for about 30 minutes and then form 1" balls or do it immediately after mixing.
Store in the fridge for up to seven days.
I understand food allergies, so if you are dealing with a peanut butter allergy try substituting it with a sunflower seed butter. Or sub vegan honey made from apples/apple syrup for honey allergies.
I know someone will want to cut calories here, so here are my thoughts: as for the peanut butter, don’t waste your time substituting peanut butter types (e.g., fat-free, natural, etc.) trying to cut calories. Substituting types will work for other purposes, like reducing fat; the calorie count will be the same. I have tried different peanut butters and ended up with the same calorie count. Whipped peanut butter will save you 10 calories.
Sometimes I look at a recipe and think, nope, no way would I eat that! There are so many ways you can make this to suit your own palate. You can substitute or add whatever you like. For example, crunchy peanut butter, Nutella, chocolate peanut butter, chia seeds, cinnamon, or mini dark chocolate chips would work well in this recipe.
These are easy to personalize and they are a great No-bake Snack to Curb Your Kids Appetite!
If you’d like to figure out the exact nutritional value of your own recipe try using the MyFitnessPal.com recipe maker, it’s free! You can get all the information on carbs, fat, calories, protein, etc.
And, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your kids like I do check out our post on Overcoming Groundhog Day Parenting :).
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