Mama blogger: Cathy Goodwin and her favourite No Bake Energy Bites recipe!

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What is the #1 mom product you can’t live without?
Having shared custody and an active son, I would have to say my Planner is my #1 Mom product I can’t live without. It keeps me in check to when we have appointments, parties, and any changes in our schedule.

Where are the best kid friendly restaurants, that also have good options for yourself and your partner?
Our favorite restaurants to go to are East Side Marios and Boston Pizza. Their kids’ menus have so many options and their Adult menu is just as plentiful.

What is your ultimate kid friendly recipe?
One of my favorite go to recipes is No Bake Energy Bites. Our mornings are often hectic and my son is not a big breakfast eater. These bites are easy to make ahead of time and my son loves them. He can grab a few to eat while getting ready in the morning and not go to school on an empty stomach.

What is one of your favourite family memories / share a family story?
Each summer, I try to take at least one week of holidays and spend it with my son at my parents’ home. They live in a small town and it gets us out of the city for some quiet, low key fun. Last summer we visited Clovermead Adventure Farm. They have these pedal go carts and my son, my brother and my Mom had a race. It was a blast and everyone wants to do it again this summer.

What is the tastiest, quickest breakfast options for moms on-the-go?
I am a huge fan of smoothies. I throw whatever fruit I have on hand into the blender with some protein powder and some ice and I am ready to go.

What are your favourite skin-care products?
I have dry skin, so I always need to have some sort of moisturizer on my face. My current favorite is Olay Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin. For the rest of my body, I have been using Vaseline Intensive Care since I can remember.

If you could take your kids on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
My son is a HUGE Lego fan, so a visit to Legoland is something we’ve both been dreaming about. As well, before he gets too old to really enjoy it, I want to somehow get us to Disney as well.

No Bake Energy Bites recipe

by MOMables (Makes 18-20 balls)

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INGREDIENTS
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes
½ cup ground flax seed
½ cup mini chocolate chips
½ cup raisins
½ cup peanut butter (or other nut/non-nut butter)*
one third cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS
In a medium bowl, mix the oats, coconut flakes, flax seed, mini chocolate chips, and raisins.
In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
Pour the peanut butter mix into the oat mix, until thoroughly incorporated. Let it chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll it into balls. Store in an airtight container, and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

NOTES
* The peanut or non-nut butter you use will make a difference in how well these stick together. If they are not holding together well, add 1 to 2 tablespoons more peanut butter. My creamy peanut butter holds these just fine with ½ cup.
*you can use quick oats for this recipe, however, you might need to adjust the quantity since the mixture might be a tad sticky. If so, add more oats.

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