We are always looking for snacks that are easy to take anywhere and really satisfy our hunger when doing activities that need fueling (for us that’s hiking, snowshoeing, hockey sledding and skiing!).

Energy balls always do the trick! I have tried many recipes and the kids do like most of them. However this one seems to be the favourite. The kids also love making them. After we put all the ingredients in I make the balls and they roll it in the coconut and put it in the container. You can adjust this recipe to include whatever you have or don’t have in your cupboard. I usually don’t have dried cranberries or raisins so I use whatever dried fruit I have in the house.

This recipe is from Whitewater cooks at home (the blue one) on page 143.


  • 1 cup sunflower seeds toasted
  • 1 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups nut butter (or soy or sesame seed butter if you don’t want nuts)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted coconut (for coating)


  1. Put everything except coconut in a large bowl
  2. Mix together and add more honey if needed to hold it together
  3. Roll scoops of mix into balls and roll them in coconut. The recipe says 1/4 cup scoops. I make them a little smaller and it yields close to 50 balls.
  4. Store in airtight container for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 2 months.


Still energy balls