A special thank you goes out to Produce for Kids for sponsoring and inspiring this Banana and Coconut Protein Balls Recipe. Opinions expressed are those of my own.
Looking for a YUMMY snack that both parents and kiddos can enjoy?
Well I made a batch of Protein Balls with all kinds of delicious ingredients, and today I am sharing how I did it!
Now before I give you all of the recipe details, I first wanted to share a wonderful initiative being set forth by Produce for Kids, Feeding America, and an awesome group of companies.
Beginning on January 8 and running through February 17, 2018, the Power Your Lunchbox Promise® will be accepting pledges equaling a $1 (10 meals) to help families in need through Feeding America. Classrooms can pledge too and access lesson plans and activities for a healthy classroom.
Brands and products participating in the Power Your Lunchbox Promise® include:
- Avocados from Mexico
- Bee Sweet Citrus
- Crispy Green (R) Freeze Dried Fruit
- Pero Family Farms – Snipped Green Beans
Organic Snipped Green Beans
Mini Sweet Pepper Rings
- Earthbound Farm(R) Organic Baby Kale
- Wish Farms – Strawberries
This worthwhile program was created to empower families with ideas, tips, recipes and more that help them pack nutritious and delicious lunches.
All Produce for Kids recipes are approved by our registered dietitian, Katie of Mom to Mom Nutrition. Visit poweryourlunchbox.com to learn more and keep reading on for my Protein Balls recipe!
Banana and Coconut Protein Balls
1 package of Crispy Green Crispy Fruit Bananas Crushed
1/2 cup of Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup of Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
3/4 cup of Sweetened Shredded Coconut (1/2 for mix, 1/4 for garnish)
Suggested tools for the recipe:
2 Tsp Cookie Scoop
Mini Cupcake Baking Cups
Air tight container
To get started with the Banana and Coconut Protein Balls, first crush up the dried bananas in a nut grinder.
Then it is time to start mixing the ingredients.
Measure out a 1/2 of Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, 1/2 Cup of Sweetened Coconut, and 1/2 Cup of Creamy Peanut Butter.
Then, add in the Crispy Green Bananas crushed.
Completely combine the mixture and set out mini cupcake baking cups.
Take a 2 tsp scoop of mixture and roll into a ball, place this into a baking cup.
Continue doing this until the mixture is gone.
Once finished, sprinkle the left over coconut over the top of each Banana and Coconut Protein Ball and transfer these to an air tight container.
This recipe makes 10-11 Servings (I suggest 2 pieces each). I had to create 2 layers, so I used parchment paper to separate them. Finally, store these in the fridge to harden the mix and until ready to eat.
Tip: These should be eaten by individuals who have proper chewing and swallow function. Bites should be taken from each ball since it contains peanut butter and may stick to the roof of your mouth.
I placed these in my kiddos lunches with an enclosed ice pack and they stayed firm until it was time to eat.
My daughter assisted me in creating this protein and fiber packed snack, and we had a lot fun putting it together.
All 3 of my kiddos enjoyed finding Banana and Coconut Protein Balls in their lunch, and Mom, Dad, and Grandma have been eating them as well.
I can’t wait to substitute in the other varieties of Crispy Green like Apple, Mango, and Pear into this recipe.
However, I will have to go buy a few more packs since the kids like eating them straight out of the bag.
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Looking for more recipes like this one, be sure to visit Power Your Lunchbox to take
the promise and to see healthy eating information. You can also find more details on Twitter at twitter.com/produceforkids and Instagram at instagram.com/produceforkids.
I hope your family enjoys our Banana and Coconut Protein Balls and find great inspiration from this wonderful Produce for Kids initiative.
Carlee @ FLL