John & his son Dawson make protein-packed breakfast balls, and you can too!

As part of today's stay-at-home schooling, we're learning how to follow a recipe, and we're getting a healthy snack out of the deal

March 25, 2020
John & Dawson

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A while back, I was looking for something easy and healthy to take into work for a no-fuss breakfast snack, and I came across these protein-packed no-bake breakfast balls.(There are a million versions of this recipe all over the web.)  I often make a double batch so I have a good supply of them in a container in my fridge and I have one almost every morning. 

My son Dawson and I have been at home virtually 24/7 since the governor issued his stay-at-home order and I started doing my morning show from my dining room. After the show every morning, we get into some home schooling, but -- big surprise -- it turns out I don't have anywhere near the skills of the average elementary school teacher, so I look for fun things to do that might have some nontraditional educational value. 

So into the kitchen we go for a real-life lesson in following a recipe and preparing food with nutritious ingredients. And when we're done, we get to nibble on a tasty, healthy snack!

One caution: If you make this recipe, you'll probably want to use sterile gloves. We did wash our hands thoroughly before we started and throughout the whole thing but we didn't think you needed to watch that. You know how to wash your hands, right? Right?

(You can check out the recipe after the video, and let me know how you like 'em at

Protein-packed no-bake breakfast balls

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of cacao chips
  • 1/2 cup of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
  • 1/3 cup of honey

(You can also add a teaspoon of vanilla extract. If the mix seems too mushy add more oats; if it's too dry add a little more peanut butter.)

Mix the ingredients in a bowl, roll into balls (about the size of golf balls,) put them on a tray in the refrigerator overnight, and enjoy. It's so easy a second-grader can do it!