Energy Balls Activity

Energy Balls Activity

Target Age: All
Key Learning Goals: Learn to make a quick and healthy snack
Equipment Necessary: Bowls for ingredients, bowls for mixing, tray or plate for finished products, spoons, printed out copies of the recipe
Activity Type: Standalone cooking activity


Recipe

  • 1 cup whole oats
  • ½ cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with a spoon or your hands. Roll batter into small bite size balls and place on a tray or plate.

Directions

1. Have students familiarize themselves with the ingredients by passing around bowls of ingredients. Ask who knows what they are, what they taste like, and how else you can eat them.
2.Highlight any nutritional benefits of the ingredients Oats are a whole grain, they are high in fiber.

  • Sunflower seed butter is nut free, it has protein and healthy fats, it is sticky so it keeps the energy balls stay together.
  • Ground flaxseeds are high in healthy fats and fibre. We have to eat them in this powder form or else our bodies cannot get the nutrients from them
  • Ask students who know how to read a recipe. What are the two sections?
  • The ingredients (tells us what we need and how much) and the directions (tells us what to do)

4. Divide the students into smaller groups and give each group enough ingredients to make one batch. Have the students read the recipe in their small groups. Go over directions with all students to confirm.
5. Have one student from each group pour an ingredient into the mixing bowl. Have students pass spoon and mixing bowl around their group so everyone gets a chance to mix. Split batter among the students in the small groups so that everyone can roll their own energy balls.
6. Have students try out their creations!

*NOTE: follow the same steps for any recipe that does not require special equipment or heat. Examples: fruit skewers with yogurt dip, wraps, fresh rolls. If making a recipe that does require heat (ex-muffins), follow same steps but bring batter to the kitchen to cook then return to class.