When I signed up for motherhood no one ever told me how much food children can eat – especially when they’re growing athletes. Instead of putting money away for their future education, I’m contemplating putting a savings plan in place for the exorbitant grocery bills I’m going to have when my two children are teenagers – I’m sure the cost of food for two teenage boys will far surpass any tuition fees. Even now, my children can empty a box of granola bars in seconds and still be hungry. Especially during the busy hockey season, it always seems to be a challenge to find quick and healthy snacks for them to have before and after their games. But thanks to a few wonderful friends, I now have some healthy options that seem to be much more filling than the boxed grocery store variety. I have shared them for you below. I hope you enjoy them!
Happy Hockey Days!
Back to the Bench Bars (similar to Lara bars) – makes 15 balls
1 c dried cranberries
¼ c packed chopped dates
1 c hot water
1 c raw almonds
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
⅛ tsp salt
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 c unsweetened coconut flakes
- Combine wet ingredients and let sit for 10+ minutes.
- Meanwhile grind the almonds in a food processor until they are finely chopped but not in a paste. This may best be done by processing in smaller batches. Add the cinnamon,cocoa and salt
- Drain the fruit and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Combine all ingredients in the processor. Process until mixed
- Roll into bite sized balls. Roll in coconut.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Power Play Power Balls (our family favourite)
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup peanut butter
⅓ cup ground flax
½ cup honey
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
½ cup chocolate chips
- Mix all ingredients together by hand
- Roll into 1 inch balls and store in fridge for at least 30 min. Enjoy
Enforcer Carrot Cake Energy Balls
1 cup chopped dates
½ cup finely shredded carrots
½ cup ground flax
⅔ cup rolled oats
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
⅛ tsp nutmeg
- Add all ingredients to food processor
- Pulse 5-7 times, then process until thick mixture forms
- Form into 14-16 balls and pop in freezer for 15 min to set.
- Enjoy and store leftovers in freezer.
Attacking Zone Apricot Snack Bites
⅓ cup peanut butter
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp honey
¼ tsp almond extract
2 cups cereal flakes
½ cup finely chopped dried apricots
2 tbsp toasted almonds
½ tsp ginger
- Add first 4 ingredients to saucepan, heat and melt until creamy
- Remove from heat
- Add the remaining ingredients to saucepan and mix well
- Wet hands slightly to form into 1 inch balls. Makes 15
- Place in refrigerator for at least 30 min
Hockey Mom Homemade Hummas
Makes 6 servings or about 1 1/2 cups
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups (250 grams) cooked chickpeas
1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt to taste
2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 ml) water
Dash ground paprika, for serving
1/4 cup (60 ml) well-stirred tahini, see this homemade tahini recipe
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the tahini and lemon juice and process for 1 minute, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then process for 30 seconds more.
- Cut up peppers and carrots into vegetable sticks
- Slice cucumbers into rounds
- Arrange vegetables on a platter and put hummus mixture into serving bowl.
Please note that these are not my own recipes (but my children did enjoy giving the names of these recipes a hockey twist)!