Apple Oat Raisin Energy Balls
After 18 years as a School Nurse, I am fairly new to the Head Start program where I recently took a job as a home based lead health specialist. In my travels visiting with families and children, I have noticed good nutrition and healthy meals take a backseat with busy families. Parents often feed their children processed foods that are high in saturated fat and full of preservatives. Fast-food establishments and convenience stores are popping up on every street conner, and are tempting with he dollar menu . We have a misconception that eating healthy is expensive but it really isn’t when you buy in season foods and watch the weekly adds. Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other illnesses are on the rise. I have read articles stating today's children will have shorter average life spans than their parents ,and if they do live longer, they will be in poorer health. I have had a passion for nutrition for many years and want to promote children’s health by blogging healthy recipes using whole foods, five and less ingredients, process free , and most of all easy for parents to prep.
2 Apples. I used honey crisp.
1-2 Tablespoon Maple Syrup.
1 1/2 old fashion oats.
1/2 cup peanut or almond butter.
1/2 up Raisins.
Cook apples in the maple Syrup until soft. I used my dutch oven.
Add peanut butter, raisins, and apples to a food processor and pulse.
In a medium bowl combine apple mixture and oats.
Form into balls and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
I make these on the weekends and it makes a great snack during the work or school week.