My kids eat lunch at school at the time they used to eat breakfast over the summer. My son eats lunch before the fast food places switch from breakfast to lunch! Add that to 6:30pm soccer practices and you can see why healthy snacks for kids are a big deal in my family. I don’t feed my son dinner before practice like some of my friends do because he is prone to cramps if he eats anything substantial less than two hours before practice starts.
He likes to eat fruit and my strawberry cheesecake protein popsicles but sometimes he likes to have something on the go so I came up with these Peanut Butter Banana Nut Cereal Snack Balls for a healthy afternoon snack!
They are super easy to make and can be made into bars if you don’t want to get your hands dirty.
I instilled a healthy love for peanut butter and banana sandwiches (or in my daughter’s case–soy butter and banana sandwiches due to her peanut allergy) in both my kids. It’s delicious and nutritious and I think it makes even protein packed sprouted bread taste good! The yummy combo of peanut butter and banana inspired this snack recipe, for sure.A good balance of carbs, proteins, and healthy fats make a perfect after school snack! Click To Tweet
Easy and healthy after school snack recipe: PB and Banana Nut Balls
3 cups Banana Nut Cheerios
1/2 cup peanut butter/soy butter/almond butter
1/2 cup raw honey (I use a local gallberry honey to help with our seasonal allergies. It's delicious)
1/2 cup raw oats (optional)
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
- In a medium microwaveable mixing bowl combine honey and nut butter.
- Microwave for approximately 30 seconds and stir until mixed and creamy.
- Add the oats, walnuts, and cheerios.
- Line an 8x8 baking dish with wax paper or parchment paper.
- Press into dish if you want to make bars instead of balls and refrigerate for an hour.
- Or form into balls and refrigerate for an hour.
Cheerios are the perfect addition to this pre-sports practice snack, providing carbohydrates for energy. If you aren’t a fan of Banana Nut this recipe would taste delicious with any of the other flavors available! I can’t wait to try it with the multi-grain or multi-grain peanut butter Cheerios to cut down on the sweetness for some pre-workout snack bites for mom.
Cheerios aren’t just for toddlers! They make a healthy after school snack for bigger kids too.
Check out our other Cheerio Snack Ball recipes.