PBJ balls! This is one of our favorite simple bean recipes for kids, packaged in oats and naturally-sweet dates. Add this one to your list of healthy vegan snacks for kids.
One of the most common questions we receive from parents and caregivers is how to make healthy homemade snacks for plant-based babes.
If your kids are snack monsters like ours, it’s easy to run out of new ideas to try.
These recipes use garbanzo beans, or chickpeas, as a great binder and source of protein for babes. They also have a neutral flavor that lends itself well to slightly sweet ingredients.
Today’s recipe for PBJ Balls also uses beans, but we’ve incorporated white beans instead, which have similar characteristics.
How to Make PBJ Balls
First, you’re going to make oat flour out of whole oats. Place these in a food processor and pulverize just until a flour forms. Don’t over-blend these or the flour will start to become sticky.
With your oat flour still in the food processor, add a can of drained white beans and pitted dates. For older kids, you can add a pinch of salt if you like, but we don’t recommend added salt for children under age 2.
Next, pulse these together until a dough forms that you can work with.
Then, add freeze-dried strawberries and pulse a few more times until incorporated.
Carefully remove your dough from the food processor and roll it into snack balls with your hands.
If your kids are eager to eat them right away, go ahead and serve them some!
Otherwise, these taste even better after they’re stored in the fridge for a little bit to cool and solidify a little more.
Keep them in an airtight storage container in the fridge for 4-5 days, or you can bag them up and freeze them to enjoy at a later date.
Find the printable recipe for PBJ Balls below!
- Food processor
- 1 cup oats
- 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 8 dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries
- In a food processor, pulse oats into a fine powder.
- Add beans, peanut butter and dates to your food processor along with the oat flour you just made. Combine until a dough forms. Optional: add a pinch of salt for older kids.
- Gently pulse in the freeze-dried strawberries until just combined.
- Remove your dough from the food processor and roll it into individual balls.
- Eat! Or store them in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days in the fridge. They also freeze well.
If you’ve been looking for new bean recipes for kids, give these PBJ Balls a try! We love sharing our go-to healthy vegan snacks for kids.
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