Snack Chunks. Sounds appetizing, right? “Snack Balls” seemed odd, and “Snack Bars” limits the shape, so . . . Snack Chunks.
They taste good, I promise, in spite of the lame name;)
We’ve been really enjoying these the past few weeks. Since it is so hot now we’ve been swimming almost every afternoon. It’s so nice to have a healthy snack made ahead of time, so I can wake the boys from their naps, hand them a snack chunk, then head out to the creek. I’ve been enjoying being a little lazy, I admit.
Summers are busy for most people, so it pays to do a little advance food prep to ensure you have healthy food to munch on. These are quick and easy to throw together, and make a great project for little helpers.
1 C. rolled oats
1/2 C. quick oats
1/2 C. seeds (I do 1/4 C. pumpkin and 1/4 C. sesame)
1/2 C. raisins, chopped
1/2 t. salt
1 C. sunflower seed butter*
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 C. coconut oil
1/4 C. mini chocolate chips
1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl.
I forgot to chop the raisins the first time I made these. They’re definitely better when the raisins are chopped – they hold together better and the sweetness is more evenly distributed.
Using your hands, mix everything together well.
2. Form into snack chunks. I rolled the dough into balls this time, but I’ve also just plopped spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet, and pressed the dough into an 8x8 inch glass pan (lined with parchment paper)**. Use whatever shape you want!
3. Place in the refrigerator for at least one hour to harden before serving. Store leftovers in the fridge.
*You can use any nut or seed butter you want, just be aware that some will be thicker than others, and also there are variations between brands. If your snack chunks aren’t holding together, add more nut butter or coconut oil until it starts to stick together when you squeeze some between your fingers.
I use a brand of sunbutter that contains flaxseeds, and is also sweetened. If you use a nut or seed butter that isn’t sweetened, you might want to add some honey or maple syrup to the snack chunks. Start with 1 tablespoon, then work up from there.
**If you press the dough into a pan, let harden in the fridge for at least two hours. Pull the parchment paper up to pop the snack chunks out, then cut into small squares.
Notes: We really like these! David doesn’t care for sunbutter, which he mentioned several times, but he kept going back to the fridge for more snack chunks:)
Jonathan really likes helping me make these, and it’s a simple recipe that makes it a little easier for me to let go in the kitchen and involve my kids!
You can completely change the flavor of these by using different nut butters, seeds and other add-ins. I think a tropical flavor might be in order next: substitute coconut for the chocolate chips, and chopped dried apricots for the raisins.
Yield: One 8x8 inch pan of bars, or approximately 16 balls/chunks.
Inspired by In A Nut Shell