Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

This is the quickest and easiest peanut butter balls recipe I've found.

Here's the dilemma I find myself in regularly: It's mid-afternoon, I'm having a cup of tea, I'm in the mood for just a little something sweet - and there are no cookies in the house. What to do?

The answer: mix up a batch of these easy snacks! This recipe takes no time at all, and makes a healthy and satisfying treat.

peanut butter balls recipe

Beware, though: these can be addictive. (I have eaten four of them while I've been typing up this page!)

Children love these too - and since these balls are sweetened with honey, you'll feel good about serving them to your kids.

The great thing about a no bake cookie recipe is that children can make the cookies all by themselves! With a bit of guidance, even little children can use this peanut butter balls recipe and make their own snack. They will feel so proud of themselves!

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • dry milk powder
    • honey
    • rolled oats
    • crisp rice cereal

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • peanut butter

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a mixing bowl
    • a mixing spoon
    • measuring cups
    • a plastic or paper bag
    • a plate or tray

    The recipe

    1/2 cup/125 mL dry milk

    1/4 cup/60 mL smooth peanut butter

    1/4 cup/60 mL honey

    1/4 cup/60 mL rolled oats

    1/4 cup/60 mL crisp rice cereal

    Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
    Using your clean hands, shape the dough into 1 inch/2 cm balls.

    Put another 1/2 cup/125 mL crisp rice cereal into a bag.
    Use your hands to crush the bag (and the cereal).
    Or place the bag on a table and pound it with the flat end of a sturdy plastic cup.
    (Kids love doing this!)

    Place the balls, a few at a time, in the bag. Shake gently until the balls are covered with cereal.

    Eat immediately, or store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

    (I just had another one. That makes five!)


    • Use quick oats instead of old fashioned rolled oats.

    • Use crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth.

    • Use almond butter or another nut butter in place of the peanut butter.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Instead of rolling the balls in crushed rice cereal, how about rolling them in unsweetened flaked coconut? Or graham cracker crumbs? Or ground walnuts?

    • Try adding raisins or another dried fruit to the balls.


    • Your hands are going to get messy and sticky! Make sure that you have all of your ingredients and utensils assembled before you begin, and have a cloth handy for wiping the dough from your hands.

    • I use organic, natural peanut butter, made of nothing but peanuts. Many peanut butters are full of salt and sugar - neither of which you need or want in this recipe. Natural peanut butter needs to be stored in the fridge (since it doesn't contain preservatives).

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