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Do your kids go to a fabulous school? Mine certainly do! I appreciate my kids’ teachers and principals so much. I try to volunteer on field trips and help out in other ways, but I’m always looking for any way to assist their school, no matter how small. One way that I do this is by collecting Box Tops for Education. Box Tops are available on a plethora of items that we have in our pantry. My kids and I keep an eagle’s eye out for them on any box before it goes in the recycle bin. Dad is a common culprit who forgets to check for Box Tops sometimes, and the kids definitely let him know if he tosses a box that he shouldn’t have!
It may seem like something so small couldn’t make a big difference, but when everyone works together as a school family to collect and turn in Box Tops, it can be significant. I always like receiving the emails from the PTO at the end of the year that tell what items they were able to purchase with the collected Box Tops.
Today I’m using one of these Box Tops items, the 24 count value pack of Nature Valley™ Crunchy Oats ‘n Honey Granola Bars, to create these tasty Oats and Honey Energy Bites. I like this recipe because I can customize it any way that I want for myself or my family. Like dried cranberries? Add them in! Want to skip the chocolate chips? Do it! You can make this recipe your own with a few easy ingredient changes.
Oats and Honey Energy Bites Ingredients:
- (4) individual packs of Nature Valley™ Crunchy Oats ‘n Honey Granola Bars
- (1/4) cup chocolate chips
- (1/2) cup almond butter
- (1/3) cup honey
- Optional: Unsweetened coconut flakes – Okay, so this is not an optional ingredient for me, but I’m married to someone who thinks coconut should be banished, so I include it as an optional ingredient. However, if you are a coconut lover, too, then you will definitely want to include the unsweetened coconut flakes!
Place the Granola Bars in a plastic zip top bag. Crush them. I use the flat end of a meat mallet for things like this.
Place the crushed bars and the rest of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl. The best way to mix it all together is with clean hands. It will be sticky!
Place a piece of non-stick paper (like wax paper or parchment paper) onto a plate or cookie sheet. If desired, empty 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes into a small bowl. Roll the oats mixture into 1 inch sized balls. Place the bites into the coconut flakes and roll them around. Place the bites onto the non-stick paper and then into the freezer. Freeze for 1 hour.
Remove and enjoy. Place them in a covered dish in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.