Friday, February 8, 2013

Peanut Butter Balls

I can not believe I haven't posted on this yet! Peanut Butter Balls are the BEST! Well, my daughter thinks so, anyway. But I bet your kids will, too, if mom and dad don't eat them after their bedtime first!

PBB make a great afternoon snack or they can be just right for a light lunch served with apple or banana slices and maple yogurt dip. And because you make them from scratch, you can control the ingredients and keep these as healthy or decadent as you please.

This recipe has lots of latitude for you to adjust ingredients, so just use your imagination and go for it! I'm posting the original recipe and then my modified version that I typically make, but it could change on any given day.

Original Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1 cup Kashi puffed cereal


Walker Family Version of Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup organic peanut butter (no sugar variety)
1/2 cup raw honey
1 - 1 1/2 cups homemade granola

Using one of the recipes above, combine ingredients and mix well by hand. Roll into 2" balls and cover with toppings.




Toppings:
shredded coconut (raw or toasted)
granola
finely chopped nuts
finely chopped carob chips or chocolate chips
melted chocolate
* Toppings are easily chopped in a small coffee grinder.






Place on a cookie sheet that has been lined with wax paper. Chill in freezer just until hardened. Transfer to an airtight container and store in refrigerator. Monitor closely as these have a way of suddenly disappearing when your back is turned...



Ah, well... much healthier than a lot of things the kids could be eating!

What will you coat your peanut butter balls with?







14 comments:

  1. Oooooooh, those sound so good! I sometimes crave peanut butter on apple slices, so this would be a great alternative!

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  2. Oh these look delicious! I would love you to share them at what i am eating http://www.townsend-house.com/2013/02/what-i-am-eating.html I think this will be a perfect snow day activity for the kids too!

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  3. These look wonderful! My husband loved peanut butter goodies. It was always a joy to cook and bake or make for him. He was always appreciative and that is a blessing.

    FlowerLady Lorraine

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  4. Ooh these look delicious! Especially the chocolate covered ones... nothing beats chocolate and peanut butter. I will have to put this in my "recipes to try" queue!

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  5. These look so delicious! I love peanut butter and have some homemade granola and raw honey, so I'll have to give your recipe a try. Pinning it so I can remember it later :)

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  6. Ok, I am so making these today...with ALL your toppings!
    Have a lovely day, Amy. I've missed you.

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  7. Yum! I love peanut butter and this will make me think I'm eating healthier...thanks!...:)

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  8. Yum, Yum, and YUM! You have totally made me decide to make these today with the kids. Thanks for a fun activity and a delicious treat to make our afternoon yummier. :-)

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  9. My kids would love these. I have to make a batch to send home with them.

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  10. Hi Amy,
    I've missed you at the Barn Hop so I just stopped by to see what you are up to...and you're sharing some pretty luscious treats here! I think I'm just gonna have to try your recipe!

    Have a great weekend! Marie at Rural Living Today

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  11. Oh golly! The possiblities are endless! I bet they would be good with raisins IN the mix.

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  12. Your 'version' looks good. We call these powerballs and have seen lots of recipes.
    I like this one, because we always have granola on hand. My boys pop these in their
    mouths after running track. Yum!

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  13. Thanks for sharing! We make our own peanut butter and will be trying these the next time we make up a batch. Blessings, ~Lisa :)

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  14. I just tried your recipe and my little ones went crazy for them...I'll definitely keep this recipe on hand!

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