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Chocolate Peppermint Energy Bites

Posted by David 12/13/17 0 Comment(s) Toddler-Approved Recipes,Holidays,Kids in the Kitchen,

Post by Lunches + Littles


Just nine ingredients and less than fifteen minutes to make?! Count. Me. In. I have been making these Chocolate Peppermint Energy Bites for a few years now and they are always a hit. And the best part is that you probably have most of, if not all, the ingredients to make these in your pantry or kitchen already!


These Energy Bites are perfect for a Christmas party, after dinner snack plate, or even to pack up in a school or work lunchbox! They taste delicious, and have a fun hint of Christmassy peppermint in every bite. Whenever I have them, I am always transported back to my childhood, thinking about eating candy canes and hanging them on our Christmas tree (did you do that in your home?). Read on for the full recipe, some tips on making these WITH your little ones, and a special Learning Tower giveaway announcement!


CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT ENERGY BITES (makes approximately 10 bites)


+ 2/3 cup raw almonds, 3-4 candy canes, 1/2 cup quick oats, 6-7 pitted medjool dates, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 3/4 tsp vanilla extract,

1/8 tsp peppermint extract, 1 tbsp coconut oil and 2 tbsp mini dark chocolate chips (use @enjoylifefoods chocolate chips to keep this recipe vegan/dairy free)




+ Before you start: Wash your hands! And your little one’s hands too. This particular recipe requires a lot of rolling of mixture in your hands, so be sure to get your little one’s hands clean and ready to roll (literally!) before starting.

+ Crush candy canes and chop almonds ahead of time (See Kid Tip! Above). Place candy cane bits off to the side for later.
+ With your chopped almonds already in the food processor, add quick oats and then dates. Pulse a few times until these are well-incorporated.
+ Next, add in the following: cocoa powder, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and coconut oil. Blend these ingredients for a couple of minutes until everything is well-combined. 


+ Lastly, add in your mini chocolate chips. Pulse a couple of times but not too much. You want the chocolate to be incorporated, but not pulverized. A few quick pulses should do the trick!
+ Once the mixture is ready to go, take some in your hand and start shaping into a ball. Please note: The mixture will be very crumbly at first, and therefore will be messy. This is definitely a job for the adults (not the little ones). But, don’t stop that from getting them involved in this process in their own way. I let my daughter (3 years old) roll some of the mixture in her own hands and talked with her about identifying the ingredients in the mix. She still felt like she was a part of this rolling process, even though she didn’t actually roll any of the final balls.
+ Next, roll your finished balls into the candy cane bits. You may need to push some of the pieces into the balls to achieve this.
+ Place completed balls onto a plate. Then allow the finished bites to set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up. Yum!


This quick and festive treat is sure to be a winner with your friends and little ones! And, in the spirit of Christmas, I have partnered up with Little Partners to give away one Limited Edition Learning Tower to one of my followers. Head on over to my feed, @lunchesandlittles to find out more and enter today. Giveaway ends 12/14 at 9:00 p.m. (CST) Good luck!





Lunches + Littles focuses on quick, healthy and fun meal options for little ones. One of the goals of Lunches + Littles is to share practical tips and tricks on how to make meals fun, all the while keeping things simple. A lover of colorful p lates, and an advocate for getting kids in the kitchen, Lunches + Littles is also a great resource for parents of picky eaters, parents looking for heal thy family and toddler recipes and those mamas (dads too!) who are short on time. A mantra of sorts: Mak ing meals fun doesn’t have to be hard! With 3 little ones (4 years old and under) it can’t be! Follow @lunchesandlittles for al l of the above… And more! 



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