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Miss K’s Chunky Monkey Oatmeal Balls

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Chunky monkey oatmeal balls are full of peanut butter, oatmeal, banana and honey. They are the perfect snack for kids and grown ups alike.  Plus they are are a great new way to use some of those ripe bananas!

three peanut butter banana chocolate chip and oatmeal snack balls on a plate with a coloring sheet and crayons

       This recipe serves many purposes.  It is a great snack that is perfect for lunch boxes, afternoon pick me ups, a homework incentive or an after workout boost.  They are easy to make as well as a great way to use up ripe bananas.  They are beloved by children and adults alike. Plus they store well.  Whip up a batch for your refrigerator today!

     A week or two back, one of MiMi’s cousins asked for some suggestions of things to do with ripe bananas. Her family was getting tired of banana bread and like a lot of us she had a revolving bunch of overripe bananas.

     After giving her some links to the seemingly hundreds of banana recipes I have here on the blog, it got a fun discussion going on my Facebook page.  So I thought it would be fun to put the question out to your readers to see what your had to say.

   It has been fun getting some new recipe ideas from everyone in the group and the banana question was no different.

    While I do like to keep some bananas in the freezer for smoothies and “nice cream,” sometimes you just want to make something now. So I couldn’t wait to try the recipe our friend Sharadan shared in the group.

4 chunky monkey oatmeal balls on a glass plate.

    She and her daughter, Miss K, like to make these fun chunky monkey oatmeal balls together. She even shared a picture of Miss K mashing the bananas for a batch. It is a great recipe to let the little ones help on.

    The only change I made to the recipe was replacing a bit of the oatmeal with flax. Mostly I made the change due to having a large bag of flax in the freezer right now, so I’m putting it in everything! You can certainly use all oatmeal if you’d rather.

plate with three chunky monkey oatmeal balls on top of coloring sheet with crayons.

    Either way, these delicious little balls are a super fun snack. They are full of good stuff and really portable.

    I threw a few in my lunch for work and we were all snacking on them when we got home. It’s hard after a long day at work to come home hungry and know you still have to start dinner. So these helped fill the void!

    So now I’m curious. What are your favorite ways to use ripe bananas?

More fun after school or work snack ideas:

Yield: 24 Energy Balls

Chunky Monkey Oatmeal Balls

plate with three chunky monkey oatmeal balls on top of coloring sheet with crayons.

These delicious energy balls are full of peanut butter, oatmeal, banana and honey! They are the perfect snack for kids and grown ups alike. Plus they are are a great new way to use some of those ripe bananas!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups oats*
  • 2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mash the bananas until smooth.
  2. Stir in honey and peanut butter until combined.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together.
  4. Roll about a Tablespoon at a time into a ball.
  5. Refrigerate for a couple of hours to firm up.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and eat as you go!

Notes

*I used 1 3/4 cups oats and about 1/3 cup ground flax

Either quick oats or old fashioned oatmeal will work.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 energy ball

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These delicious little balls are full of peanut butter, oatmeal, banana and honey! They are the perfect snack for kids and grown ups alike.  Plus they are are a great new way to use some of those ripe bananas!

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Helen

Monday 17th of August 2020

Yum! I will try this for my kids. Healthy snack for kids.

Carlee

Saturday 29th of August 2020

They are going to love them!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Friday 11th of August 2017

Man, these look good! And they remind me of a treat my sister used to make. Over ripe Bananas? I stick to the standard bread and muffins. I've tried some "crazy" recipes before and never found any that were really up our alley.

Carlee

Saturday 12th of August 2017

I make a lot of muffins and cakes, but it nice to have a little healthier option too! We always have a few in the freezer for smoothies too.

Jan

Sunday 6th of August 2017

These are so easy, yummy, and fun to eat! I like you can control the ingredients! THanks for sharing at #Celebrate365

Carlee

Monday 7th of August 2017

Perfect for snacking! Thanks, Jan!

Miz Helen

Friday 4th of August 2017

Congratulations! Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week and thanks so much for sharing it with us,we have pinned your post to our Features Board. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen

Carlee

Monday 7th of August 2017

Thank you so much, Miz Helen! It is always fun to fill up my red plate with you!

Amy

Thursday 3rd of August 2017

Congratulations on the feature on Wonderful Wednesday link party!

Carlee

Friday 4th of August 2017

Thank you so much, Amy!