If granola bars are one of your go-to snacks, chances are it’s partly because they’re so portable (toss in bag, rip open, eat.) But they can also be high in sugar and contain additives and artificial flavors; not to mention the price tag.
That’s why these peanut butter banana oat balls might just be your new favorite snack for quenching a sweet craving. You can make them yourself with just a handful of ingredients, all of which are pantry staples (and dirt cheap). These snacks are so easy to make that even kids can help whip them up—and gobble them up. (After all, research shows many kids are more willing to try food if they help prepare it.)
These healthy protein bites are quite a bit healthier than the average snack bar. First, the banana adds fiber, potassium, and all-natural sweetness. The protein comes from whole food sources: peanut butter and egg (not whey or soy powders). Using a sugar substitute (look for natural sweeteners like stevia) cuts the sugar content to make these peanut butter bites a bit healthier for people with diabetes or who follow low-sugar diets.
Oh, and one more tip: Skip the reduced fat peanut butter. You may feel inclined to grab that jar that boasts having “25% less fat!”, but remember that nuts are a healthy, monounsaturated fat; there’s no need to reduce it. Plus, when brands cut fat from nut butters, they often replace it with sugar and additives to keep the flavor creamy and tasty.