Cooking with Kids: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Energy Bites

Raise your hands if your kids love helping you out in the kitchen!

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For as long as I can remember, my oldest has always been pushing up the step stool toward the counter and asking to help me measure, pour, and stir whatever it is I am making.

Since I love the extra “help” in the kitchen, I am always looking for kid-friendly recipes that are not only easy for them to make, but healthy as well.

Let me just say that I have the pickiest 5-year-old in the world… I know everyone says that, but Jackson is seriously ridiculous and refuses to eat whatever it is I make for dinner almost every night. That being said, I love finding recipes that “trick” him into eating healthy, which is exactly what these easy and super tasty Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Energy Bites do!


These bites are full of protein-packed peanut butter, nutritious chia seeds, and sweet chocolate chips, which pack a punch in terms of both flavor and health.

After your kids wash their hands VERY WELL (which I always emphasize in our home), let them help you add in the ingredients, mix with their hands, and then roll into balls… not only will they have a yummy snack that you will feel good about, but they will have a yummy snack that they will feel good about, as they had a hand in making it!

Without further ado, here are our Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Energy Bites:

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

  • 1/4 cup Chia seeds

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

  1. Mix oats and coconut in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground.

  2. Pour ground oats and coconut into mixing bowl and add in remaining ingredients. Combine well with hands until wet ingredients are completely coated in dry mixture.

  3. Roll into tablespoon-sized balls and place in refrigerator to set for one hour.

We LOVE this recipe in our home and make them several times a week!

If he’s enjoying/asking for them, they must be really, really good!

If he’s enjoying/asking for them, they must be really, really good!

Enjoy! If you have any preschooler-friendly recipes that you like to make, please share them in the comments.

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