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!
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.
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.
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:
- No bake monster cookie bites are great peanut butter and oatmeal bites as well with the fun of tiny candy coated chocolates.
- Peanut butter maple snack mix is a great mix of cereal, peanuts, raisins and the like. It is like gorp on steroids.
- Fast and easy peanut butter yogurt fruit dip is one of our favorites. It whips up in seconds and is great with apple slices.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups oats*
- 2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Mash the bananas until smooth.
- Stir in honey and peanut butter until combined.
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix together.
- Roll about a Tablespoon at a time into a ball.
- Refrigerate for a couple of hours to firm up.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and eat as you go!
*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.