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Raising Fit Kids: Healthy Nurtition, Exercise, and Weight

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Apple Oat Balls

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Apple Oat Balls

By Avery McNew, age 8, Michigan

“We were inspired to make these by one of our equestrian ‘neigh’bors,” says Avery’s mom, Carrie. “My daughter asked her what we could bring her horses for a reward after competing in the horse show, and she told us to ball up some raw oats, apples, and carrots with a dash of brown sugar, and the horses would be thrilled! We rushed home, and our Apple Oat Balls were born when my 2-year-old tried one and exclaimed ‘Yum!’” The family loves to pair these with yogurt. Peanut butter was added to the recipe to make the balls hold together tightly, but you can make it without it.

  • 6   cups
    old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1  
    carrot, peeled and shredded – about 1/2 cup (optional)
  • 1/2   cup
    pecans, toasted and chopped (optional)
  • 2   tablespoons
  • 2   tablespoons
    packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4   teaspoon
    ground cinnamon
  • 2  
    organic apples, peeled
  • 1/2 to 3/4   cup
    creamy peanut butter
  • 3   tablespoons
  • 2   tablespoons
    dried cranberries
    Juice of 1 lemon
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, carrot, pecans, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Cut the apples in half and remove the cores. Chop the apples into very small pieces and place in a small bowl. Add the lemon juice and toss to coat the apples. Add the apples to the oats and stir to combine.
  3. Add 3/4 cup water and stir to wet the ingredients. Add 1/2 cup peanut butter and stir to thoroughly combine.
  4. Using damp hands, form the mixture into 1-inch balls. If the mixture isn’t sticky enough to form balls, add additional peanut butter. Press 2 raisins and 1 dried cranberry into each ball to create a face. Store Apple Oat Balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Information Provided by Edamam

Nutritional Information

Makes: 30 (1-inch) balls
  • Calories102
  • Fat3.3 g
    • Saturated fat0.6 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • Sodium2.1 mg
  • Carbohydrates15.9 g
  • Sugars3.9 g
  • Protein3.3 g
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.


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