Here we are in our first full week of school (last week was short due to the Holiday). The kids are both doing so well, but our schedule has officially picked up with the addition of after school activities like gymnastics, church class and soccer twice-a-week for both kids.
The kids come home starving as it is, but now that we go straight to another activity I have to keep the house well stocked with healthy snacks. One of their favorites is the snack balls I make in a variety of flavors- they often have some sort of dried fruit, some form of nuts and/or oatmeal.
Since I’ve had oatmeal raisin cookies on my mind, I decided to make a healthier version by creating these no-bake oatmeal raisin snack balls. What I love about them is that there is no added sugar, just naturally sweetened raisins! I know, I know… not exactly like homemade buttery oatmeal raisin cookies, but definitely a figure-friendly alternative.
I always have a bag of California raisins in the pantry- they make a great choice for healthy, on-the-go snacking and you can use them is so many ways. I love adding raisins to oatmeal, muffins, trail mix, granola, quick breads, etc. The whole family loves them and it’s such an affordable dried fruit.
What I also love about raisins is the ingredient list…..raisins! Yep, that’s it. No added sugar or other unnecessary ingredients just all-natural, sun-dried fruit you can feel good about feeding your kids.
California raisins have a great nutritional profile too- they have no cholesterol and offer 9% of your daily fiber and potassium and 6% of your daily iron (per quarter cup serving).
For this recipe, I ground half of the raisins in the food processor for the base of the mixture and added the other half whole into the “dough”. They are not overly sweet, have a nice cinnamon flavor and are definitely satisfying. I love how easy they are to make, great to grab for on-the-go snacking and the kids loved them. Everybody wins!
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.