One of my favourite things to do with my son, when we are home together, is cooking. I think cooking is a very important skill to have, for obvious reasons, but also because it helps with math skills (when you’re changing quantities in a recipe); with creativity (when youre not using a recipe at all); and with confidence (when what they cook turns out yummy they are so proud of themselves). We cook all kinds of things together, but most often its finger foods that really require us to get our hands dirty. We (read: my son) especially like foods we have to roll into balls. So we end up doing a lot of meatballs, quinoa balls, cake pops and energy bites. Energy bites are the easiest, especially because they are no bakes. The great thing is they can be made with kids of all ages, and there is no waiting time for eating.
No bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls:
1 cup dry oatmeal
3/4 cup peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter)
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
coconuct flakes, nuts, dried fruit optional
Stir all ingredients together. Adjust as necessary. If its too dry add more honey, or nut butter, if its too soft, add more oatmeal or flaxmeal. Chill for 10 minutes in the fridge. Then roll into 1″ balls and eat.
If you get the chance try cooking or baking together. Even if you make something as easy as rice krispie squares, kids love to help and its great learning for them.
I’m so glad that my son has a love of cooking, and that its something I can share with him. Getting messy together is a wonderful way to have fun. And hopefully he’ll develop some heathly eating habits in the process.