Northeast Ohio Parent Recipe Picks

Northeast Ohio Parent Recipe Picks

Northeast Ohio Bloggers share their favorite tried-and-true recipes. Here’s May’s pick from Melissa Koski Carney, Northeast Ohio Parent blogger of  “I Crashed the Web , who shares her Chocolate Energy Bites (with no tree nuts!).

“My son is at a nut-free school, so we’re always looking for fun and easy tree-nut-free snack ideas,” Koski Carney says. “These are easy to make and a fun treat. To make them extra kid-friendly, feel free to roll in sprinkles or add mini M&Ms for a sweet treat.”

Photos courtesy of Melissa Koski Carney

“NOTE: These contain coconut, a common allergen, so check with your friends before sharing.

Makes 20-24 balls.

Here’s what you need: 

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup flaxseed

1/4 cup cocoa powder

12 ounces pitted Medjool dates (if dates are dry, you may need to soak in water for 15 minutes before making the recipe)

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Here’s what you do:

Place oatmeal and coconut in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground.

Add flaxseed, cocoa powder, dates and sunflower seeds.

Pulse to combine until the mixture comes together into a very sticky dough.

Roll into small balls, and store at room temperature.

If they won’t be eaten in a few days, feel free to keep in freezer or fridge to last longer. 


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