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Pinterest WIN or FAIL Series

I LOVE Pinterest. It’s my go to for inspiration when it comes to DIY/home decor, cooking, cleaning and organization, beauty, health and wellness, and so much more! Since I love Pinterest so much, I thought it would be fun if I regularly featured a “Pinterest WIN or FAIL” post on here! I will find something that inspires me, recreate it (or attempt to anyway) and you can decide if it was a win or fail! Ready for my first “Win or Fail”?!

This week I wanted to feature some recipes that I found on Pinterest while I was doing my weekly meal plan. I’ve been trying to get better about feeding my kiddos healthier snacks ( I was starting to feel guilty about the 5lb box of goldfish in the pantry) so when I saw these recipes for Peanut Butter Energy Bites and Banana Oat Energy Bites I definitely wanted to try them out. Both recipes are quick and easy to make and I had all of the ingredients on hand so I didn’t need to make any special errands to the grocery store which I appreciate.

I thought I would test out the Peanut Butter Energy Bites first because they used less ingredients and seemed a little easier to make. I loved the fact that they took less than 10 minutes to make and that they were ready to eat right away. I considered this recipe a win the moment my kids finished their first one and asked for seconds! That being said, I tried one and I think next time I make them I will use a different peanut butter. While this one was convenient because it already has the ground flaxseed in it, I found it to be very dry and thick, so you couldn’t eat one of the bites without a glass of milk or water to wash it down. I think using a creamier peanut butter would work better for this recipe. If you are wanting to make them slightly healthier you can always substitute the milk chocolate chips for dark chocolate chips.

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Since both energy bites were easy to make and had very similar ingredients, I decided to make both of them on the same day so that we could test them out side by side. These were just as easy to make as the peanut butter ones except these needed to be refrigerated so we didn’t get to eat them right away. After they had been refrigerated, I gave myself and each of the kiddos one and it was a group consensus that we did NOT like these. The banana had a slimy texture which in turn gave the oats a mushy texture. A few days later I gave the kids another one to see if their opinion would change but the verdict came back the same so I went ahead and tossed the remaining energy bites.

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All in all I thought these recipes were fun to test out. I loved that I was able to get the kids involved in cooking and that they got to learn about making healthier choices. I would definitely recommend the Peanut Butter Energy Bites because they were a quick and easy on-the-go snack. Let me know if you try either one of these recipes out and if your kiddos liked them! I’ll have another Pinterest WIN or FAIL next week so make sure to follow my blog so you don’t miss it!

xo

~Samantha

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