Monday, March 29, 2010

Peanut Butter Balls

I watched Jamie Oliver's show last weekend, and it has me thinking. I want to help our boys make some healthier snacking choices. Things they can pack in their lunchboxes. We homeschool our boys so I feed them lunch at home, obviously. Our evenings are becoming busier though as the weather grows warmer with play and baseball practices and church activities. So I know I'll be trying to pack 2 or 3 suppers for them on the fly and I'll be trying to avoidi picking up hot dogs and chips at the local convenience store. That's our goal this Spring. To pack healthy and nutritious dinners on the busy nights. They like to have a "treat" for desert after their dinners. Here's a healthy alternative to typical cookie and brownie snack desserts that they can help make and pack in their lunchboxes.

Peanut Butter Balls

peanut butter balls

Here's the line up:

1/2 Cup all natural peanut butter
2 Tablespoons raisins
2 Tablespoons honey
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
Sesame Seeds

peanut butter balls

1.) Mix the first 4 ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
2.) Form into balls. I find this step is made easier with the use of a small cookie dough scoop.
3.) Roll in sesame seeds to coat.

peanut butter balls

4.) Store in a covered container in the refridgerator. This will keep them firm and fresh.

Your children can be very creative with their inventive suggestions. Try asking them what dried fruit they would like to include. Cranberries, blueberries, apricots, dates? They'll come up with suggestions for ingredients to coat them in as well. As you see in the picture 1/2 were rolled sesame seeds like the original recipe called for and 1/2 were rolled in finely chopped peanuts per Seth's request. Sawyer wants to try granola next time.

In our home these have a definate 5 spoon rating!



  1. Yum. Those look delicious and healthy too! Thanks!

  2. These look awesome!! Quick and healthy, using ingredients on hand, and no utensils required - recipes don't get better than that! Thank you for posting this one; I can't wait to try it out!

  3. I do love peanut butter..

    Thanks for sharing.


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