Going back to school is a crazy time for kids and parents, but after-school just got a little easier (and more nutritious) with these easy-to-make energy bites. They are no-bake and delicious, not to mention they provide a good balance of complex carbs, good fats and filling protein. Kids love these tasty treats dunked in a glass of real milk, and that's a combo parents can feel fantastic about.

A lot of parents might not realize that milk is a top food source of key nutrients kids are falling short on. One out of two kids ages 9 and up are not getting enough calcium, vitamin D and potassium – nutrients they need to grow, learn, and play. And, most kids younger than nine are falling short on vitamin D and potassium. These are critical nutrients to help kids grow strong, plus it is super easy to add to your child's diet. Kids ages 9 and up should get 3 servings of milk and milk products each day, kids ages 5-8 should get 2 ½ servings of milk and milk products a day, and kids 2-4 should have 2 servings of milk and milk products a day. The fact is, it's hard for kids to get enough of these nutrients without milk (we're talking real milk).

Help your kids get the essential nutrients they need with this delicious, stay at home or on-the-go recipe. Go out and buy some milk and make the perfect after-school snack today.

Chef Claudette's Energy bites 
Yield: 24 servings

INGREDIENTS

2 cups cashews 
2/3 cup coconut, unsweetened
1 ½ cup dates (Barhi if possible)
2 tablespoons flaxseed, ground 
3 tablespoons Whole Milk 
2 tablespoons strawberry puree
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation Method


1) Add cashews in a food processor and blend until well ground, add flax and coconut
2) Add dates, strawberry puree and milk and mix well, add vanilla
3) Scoop with Tablespoon for even sized bites and roll in ground coconut/ flax mix to ensure they don't stick to themselves

Enjoy with a tall glass of milk.