This recipe is an updated twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and is the perfect snack to keep your kids full. Sunbutter is made with sunflower seeds and is a great substitute for children who have tree nut allergies. It can also provide even more fiber, magnesium and vitamin E than many other traditional nut butters! We adapted this recipe from the Minimalist Baker’s PB & J energy bites.
This recipe takes just 30 minutes to make and is an awesome way to get kids involved with making their lunches. Instead of packing a granola bar in their lunchbox, which can have a surprising amount of sugar, make these sunbutter protein bites for a quick grab-n-go lunch!
Here’s how we made it:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the quinoa on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 30 minutes. Shake the pan every 10 minutes to make sure they are cooking evenly. While they are cooking, chop up the dried fruit. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add in the quinoa crispies. If it’s too dry, you can add more sunbutter or maple syrup. If it’s too wet, add some more oats or flaxseed meal. Let it chill in the fridge for about 5 minutes. Scoop out about 1 tablespoon and roll it into a ball. (We used our hands- this is the fun part!) Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge.
Bring a little sunshine to your kid’s day by packing them in their bento box! We paired ours with blueberries and grapes for a refreshing side, carrots and celery for a healthy crunch, and cheese and crackers to finish off this well-balanced lunch.