Sunny Energy Bites

2017 Kids Recipe Challenge winning recipe: 2nd Place!

This recipe was submitted by Stephen who is in grade 4 and lives in Bancroft. He uses these to fuel up before heading out to play soccer.

A quick little bite for a tasty snack kids will love to make and eat.  By using a nut butter substitute these are a safe school snack. 

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Makes: about 2 dozen

Serving Size: 3 energy balls


  1. This recipe makes about 24 bites.  Store them in an airtight container in the freezer for a quick treat at any time.


Large flake oats

1 cup (250 mL)

Ground flax seeds

1/2 cup (125 mL)

Dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup (125 mL)

Sunflower seed butter or other nut butter substitute

1/2 cup (125 mL)


1/3 cup (75 mL)

Dried cranberries

1/3 cup (75 mL)

Vanilla extract

1 tsp (5 mL)


  1. Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.  Clean all countertops and equipment used for food preparation.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, flax, chocolate chips, sunflower butter, honey, cranberries and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Use a tablespoon (15 mL) top portion oat mixture.With clean hands, roll into balls and place on plate. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks at or below 40ºF (4ºC).

Nutrition Information per 3 balls: 

Calories: 300 kcal

Protein: 7 g

Fat: 16 g

Carbohydrate: 38 g

Fibre: 5 g

Sodium: 5 mg

Calcium: 19 mg

Iron: 1 mg


Last Update – June 25, 2024

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