Energy Bites for Busy Spring Days

April 03, 2009

By Lindsay Muscato, HSC Writer/Communications Specialist

This post is part of our Friday-morning series on the fun, healthy snacks that kids love. Check out other recipe posts here.

When the days grow longer and kids start heading off to softball, soccer, or the playground after school, healthy snacks ease the hunger pangs between lunch and dinner. This easy recipe can be made in advance and reduces the temptation for expensive snack bars and other sugary pick-me-ups.

Energy Bites

1/2 cup raisins
1 and 3/4 cup dried figs
1 cup organic dried apricots
1 cup chopped pitted dates
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup dried unsweetened coconut or cocoa powder (optional)

Put the raisins in a bowl. Cover with boiling water and soak until plump, about 10 minutes. Pluck the raisins out of the water and transfer to a food processor. Add the figs, apricots and dates and process until finely chopped, about one minute. (If you don't have a processor, you can finely mince the fruit instead.) Remove to a bowl and stir in the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and cinnamon. If the mixture is too dry, add up to 2 tablespoons of the raisin-soaking liquid to moisten. Roll into 1-inch balls with wet hands (to prevent sticking). Roll in the coconut or cocoa powder (if using). Makes 24 bites. (Note: If sensitive to sulfites (such as those found in wine) look for sulfite-free dried fruits.)

From Fresh Choices by Rochelle Davis, HSC founding executive director