One of the greatest pleasures in my life is getting to cook with my kids (thank goodness it's also what I do for a living). Having said that, there are certain recipes that are more appropriate for certain age groups than others. Since I've got two young children, cooking activities that don't require the stove are a huge bonus, especially when I'm trying to get both kids involved in the same task at the same time. There was definitely a mess to clean up when we were finished making these Coconut Peanut Butter Balls, but it was totally worth every minute.
While Chloe was busy licking spoonfuls of peanut butter, pressing her tiny fingers into the coconut on the plate and saying "snow," Kenya was focused on rolling the peanut butter oatmeal mixture into balls. Halfway through he decided to improvise and said, "look Mommy, now they're logs!" I looked down at his creation, then up at him and said "Kenya, you're a genius!" Maybe that was a little too much praise for a kid just having some fun with food, but to a mom always trying to come up with new and exciting recipes for kids to eat, it was an inspired idea.
But the best idea is cooking with your kids. No matter what you make, the experience is always delicious.
Coconut Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls (aka Snow Balls) (Makes 40-50 Balls depending on the size)
- 1 1/4 Cup Old Fashioned Oats, ground in a food processor
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (you can also use almond, cashew, or sunflower butter)
- 1/2 Cup honey
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Flakes, unsweetened
1. Place the oats in a food processor or blender and pulse until finely ground.
2. Stir the peanut butter and honey in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
3. Add the ground oats and continue to stir until thoroughly combined.
4. Using 1 tsp of the mixture at a time (I like to use a mini ice cream scooper or a spoon), roll into balls or logs (Kenya’s idea).
5. Place the coconut in a separate bowl or plate and roll the balls or logs in the coconut to completely cover.
**Freezing: place balls on a sheet tray and freeze for 30 min. Remove, place in a ziploc bag, label and place back in freezer. Can be frozen up to 3 months.