Toddler Friendly - Chocolate Walnut Energy Balls
You may be thinking why on Earth would I want to give my energetic toddler more energy? But these energy balls are about giving them the right kind of energy. My son, Peter, isn’t a big eater but these treats are chocolatley yet nutrient dense and not too sweet.
These sweet protein-packed balls are sure to entice even the pickiest of eaters. They contain just a few simple and all natural ingredients that toddlers and adults alike will love.
Almond butter is a protein-packed food that adds a naturally sweet and nutty flavor. Almonds have been studied and proven to be a healthful snack food (R). They contain loads of healthy fats and fiber too! They’re a great source of energy for the most energetic of toddlers. Look for a nut butter that is all natural. The ideal ingredient list for your almond butter should be just almonds. Be sure to avoid added sugars and preservatives.
All natural raw cacao powder is a great way to get the taste of chocolate without the added sugar. Made from the dried and fermented seed of the fruit of the cocoa tree, it is a powerful antioxidant and has been linked to numerous health benefits (R). These benefits can be compromised when cacao is heated, which is why we keep these balls no-bake (R).
Like other honey, this New Zealand honey is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. It has been studied for its positive effect on digestion. Manuka honey has been shown to reduce inflammation in the digestive system (R). If you’re feeding a little one under the age of 1, swap the honey for maple syrup.
Walnuts have been studied extensively for their benefits to human health. They have been proven to be powerful antioxidants with high anti-inflammatory activity. They promote healthy digestion, heart health, and brain function and have also been indicated in disease and cancer prevention (R). They add the perfect crunch to our toddler energy balls. You can also use any other crushed nut or seed here, or even unsweetened shredded coconut.
1 cup almond butter
2 Tbsp unsweetened raw cacao
1 Tbsp Manuka honey (or maple syrup for under 1 years old)
1/4 cup crushed walnuts (or nut of choice)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a bowl, combine almond butter, raw cacao, and Manuka honey. Transfer to refrigerator for 20 minutes.
Place crushed walnuts in a shallow bowl.
Scoop about 1 tablespoon of dough into your hand and roll into a ball. Roll in crushed walnuts then place on prepared sheet pan. Repeat to make 12 balls.
Transfer sheet pan to refrigerator until firm.