Energy-Filled Snacks for Exhausted or Pregnant Moms

I remember stumbling into the kitchen at 2am, staring into my vacant refrigerator and wanting to cry with hunger.  Whether you’ve been able to breastfeed or not, caring for baby in those early weeks is incredibly physically demanding—and requires a bit of chocolate now and then. 

 “Quick Energy Pick-ups” are the perfect solution for a starving momma.  The recipe has been tweaked a bit from its original form, but it’s still pretty marvelous, easy to make, and long-lasting.   It’ll take you about ten minutes to prepare, won’t require baking, and can easily accommodate vegans if you use graham crackers.    Since these keep well in the fridge, you might want to double the recipe and munch on them for as long as they’ll last.

No-Bake Quick Energy Pick-Ups

  • 2/3 Cup flaked coconut
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar (you can substitute ½ C. honey for this and then add some wheat germ to thicken up the dough)
  • 1 Cup peanut butter (or almond butter, or sunflower seed butter if you’re trying to avoid peanuts)
  • 1 Cup chocolate chips or raisins
  • ½ Cup nonfat dry milk or crushed graham crackers
  • 3 Tablespoons water

 Mix all ingredients except coconut in a medium bowl.

 Roll dough into balls and then roll in coconut mixture to coat.

 Refrigerate until you pop them into your mouth at 2am!  


  1. That sounds so yummy. I still need some easy snack recipes, and I haven’t nursed in 1 1/2 years.

  2. Yummy! These sound great for both myself as a nursing momma, as well as my 2 toddlers. Although, I’ll have to find a way to make them dairy-free, which shouldn’t be too hard.

  3. Cathy:

    I know what you mean! I’m constantly on the hunt for healthy, easy-to-prepare snacks so I’m glad this will help.


    All you have to do is substitute crushed graham crackers for the dried milk and you’re set! Enjoy!

  4. These are great. I’ve had Robecca’s – they are gluten-free without the graham crackers, which is perfect for me. I wonder if there’s a way to make them both gluten-free and dairy-free? Maybe sub rice flour? Does the dry milk mostly act to hold it together?

  5. Gina:
    I’m not an expert on food science, but I think the dried milk or graham cracker crumbs do absorb the liquid and bind the ingredients together. Maybe people could experiment with rice flour or even soy protein and let me know how it works. Thanks for the ideas!

  6. These sound yummy. I know a very tired pregnant momma who’s going to get some of these.=) I’m trying to think of an alternative to coconut to roll them in because I’m not a fan of coconut. Ideas?

  7. Those sound great. I’m going to have to try them. They’d make a great playgoup snack too.

  8. These aren’t particularly creative suggestions Eileen, but I’m thinking that you could roll them in crushed nuts, sugar, or graham cracker crumbs. Any other ideas?

  9. I have made these a lot ever since Joy gave me the recipe. I don’t put any coconut, chocolate chips, or anything like that in them. (So what I’m saying, Eileen, is that you don’t really need to roll them in anything if you don’t want to!) I do like the milk powder as I feel it adds some vitamins and protein. I think Green and Clean Mom posted a recipe for some type of peanut butter ball that had chocolate soy powder or something in them. That would satisfy both vegans and gluten-free people like Gina!

    P.S. Here is Green and Clean Mom’s recipe. She uses soy protein powder (chocolate flavored) and crushed granola.

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