Energy bites are a great make-ahead snack to curb hunger between meals, after school or on busy, on-the-go days. The flavor combinations are endless and they pack easily for stashing in your bag or lunchbox for sudden hunger strikes.

Raise your hand if you have kids who always want a snack, even when dinner will be ready in 10 minutes. Or if your busy schedule has you going from school to activities before heading home for dinner and you need a little something to hold kids over? I know the feeling. Lately, I’ve been keeping a batch of energy bites on hand to keep myself and my kids from “hangry” situations.

Energy bites are similar to granola bars but in a smaller, bite-sized form. Usually made with a combination of oats, nuts or nut butter, dried fruit, and similar ingredients, these homemade snacks are perfect for taking on the go this summer. Whether you’re heading out for a day at the park, beach or pool, hitting the road, or jet-setting off on vacation, energy bites are the perfect way to keep hunger at bay.

My girls love to help mix these up and get a little messy by rolling them up into balls. If you have a nut allergy, opt for soy or sun butter in place of nut butter or replace nuts with seeds.

Here are 20 kid-friendly energy bite recipes to keep handy at home for lunchboxes, quick snacks or an on-the-go breakfast:

No-Bake Granola Bites from Healthy Family Project

4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls from Create Kids Club

Dark Chocolate Cherry No-Bake Bites from Mom to Mom Nutrition

Strawberry Almond Oatmeal Bites from Aggie’s Kitchen

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites from A Cedar Spoon

No-Bake Granola Bites from Chocolate Slopes

Cranberry Chocolate Walnut Energy Balls from Family Food on the Table

Peanut Butter, Pretzel, Chocolate Chip Energy Bites from Healthy Delicious

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Energy Balls from Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Apple Oat No-Bake Bites from My Kids Lick the Bowl

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites from Domesticate Me

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites from Recipe Runner

Lemon Energy Bites from The Lean Green Bean

Dark Chocolate & Blueberry Energy Bites from The Creative Bite

Raw Vegan Brownie Bites from Happy Healthy Motivated

Key Lime Pie Energy Bites from Peas & Crayons

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter Energy Bites from Joyful Healthy Eats

Strawberry Cheesecake Swirl Energy Balls from The Healthy Maven

No-Bake Granola Bites from Gluten Free Vegan Pantry