For a healthy no-bake recipe that’s great for the lunchbox or as an afternoon snack, why not try Montessori Carob Snack Balls. Having the kids prepare their own snacks can help them learn practical life skills in a fun and pleasant way.
Throughout the process, it is important that your child still feels independent as you are there only as a supervisor. You can start with helping them read the full recipe and highlight any areas that they may need help with. Especially if they don’t read yet, you might like to try simplifying the recipe by drawing each step so they can cross them out as they go. Kids enjoy a personalised recipe.
You should also note how long the recipe will take them and prepare all the utensils they will need.
Have the child begin the recipe and observe how they go. Don’t hover unless there is a safety issue, and approach only when asked. You are there to empower and encourage them as they go along with mixing and mashing the tasty creation. Once they are all finished you should take note of anything they struggled with and store any recipes they particularly enjoyed for next time!
Time: 10 minutes | Refrigerate: 30 minutes | Makes: 15-20 balls
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2/3 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup protein powder (unflavoured and unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup carob chips
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
Measure all the listed ingredients into small bowls.
Grab a large mixing bowl and stir all ingredients together until completely mixed.
Cover the bowl and let it chill in the refrigerator for about half an hour.
Take a tablespoon amount of the mixture and roll in your hands, into a ball.
Spread extra coconut flakes on a cutting board or plate and roll half the balls in the flakes.
Dust the other half of the balls with extra roasted carob powder.
Store the snack balls in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Note: if your child has any allergies or dietary requirements, swap ingredients such as peanut butter for sunflower seed butter, for example.