These No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Balls are a nutrient packed snack that will help keep you and your kids taste buds and stomach satisfied!
Granola bars, step aside! There is a new snack in town, these No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Balls! They make for a great addition to breakfast or even dessert! This recipe calls for a bunch of pantry staples and is a great way to use up odds in ends including cereals, nuts, dried fruit and nut/seed butters. You can use just about whatever you have in your pantry.
Ingredients You Need for these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
Cereal (anything you got!)
Nuts: almonds, cashews, pistachios, peanuts, walnuts, pecans etc.
Dried fruit: raisins, craisins, dates, prunes, apricots, apples, pineapple, blueberries etc.
Nut and/or seed butter ( you can even add in a couple different ones!)
Chia or hemp seeds (if you have them!)
They only take 10 minutes to prepare and no baking is required! I have been making a batch just about every week for snacks or dessert. My hubby and kids are also big fans! My son loves to help me dump everything into the bowl and then often starts eating the mixture before we have a chance to shape them into balls. Truth be told this mixture is great as is, pressed into bars, or shaped into balls like you see it here.
Ways Your Kids Can Help Make these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
Measure out ingredients
Use their creativity to help pick out which nuts/dried fruit/nut butter/cereal to use in the recipe
Pour, mix, mash ingredients together
Scoop and shape into balls/circle
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup cereal ( e.g. Cherrios or Corn Flakes)
1/3 cup nuts
1/3 cup dried fruit
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons chia and/or hemp seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup natural nut or seed butter
1/4 cup honey
In a large bowl add oats, cereal, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate chips and cinnamon. Mix together.
In a small bowl add peanut butter and honey. If needed, heat for 30 seconds to make it easier to mix.
Add peanut butter and honey mixture to dry mixture and mix to combine.
Using a small cookie scoop or spoon, mash mixture together to break cereal and nuts into smaller pieces. ( I find that this makes it easier to form mixture into balls) Then using the scoop or spoon portion out ~ 1/8 cup the granola mixture and form into a ball. To prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands try spraying a small amount of cooking spray and rubbing over your hands (you may need to repeat every few balls). Place formed balls on a cookie sheet or plate.
Place cookie sheet in freezer for 10 minutes to allow granola bites to harden. Store granola bites in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the refrigerator.
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