Kids Can Make: Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

  • prep time5 min
  • total time 5 min
  • serves 24

These super easy fiber-packed treats are perfect as an after-school or camp-day snack. (Bonus: they don't need to be refrigerated.) For a more grown-up version, roll them in banana flour (made from freeze-dried bananas) or a little cocoa powder. For little and big kids: Let them help measure ingredients and roll the balls.

148 Ratings
Directions for: Kids Can Make: Healthy Peanut Butter Balls


3 cups Raisin Bran cereal

1 cup crispy brown rice cereal

⅔ cup all-natural smooth peanut butter

5 Tbsp pure maple syrup

3 Tbsp dried cherries

½ cup freeze-dried bananas, or 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder for coating, optional


1. Process the raisin bran and brown rice cereals, peanut butter, maple syrup, cherries and 1 tablespoon water in a food processor until the mixture is finely chopped and comes together in a big ball. Roll some into a small ball; if it seems too dry and crumbly, add 1 more tablespoon water.

2. Scoop the mixture into slightly mounded tablespoons, then roll them into smooth balls. (Dampen your hands with a little water to help you roll.)

3. If using the bananas, pulse them in a food processor until finely ground. Pour them into a small bowl. Roll each truffle in the banana dust until coated. If using the cocoa, pour it into a small bowl, then roll each truffle in it until coated.

4. Store the balls at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Tips and Substitutions

Note to parents: Never leave a child unattended in the kitchen. These recipes are appropriate for children of various ages, 4 to 10. When a recipe calls for cooking on the stove or using a paring knife, an adult should do those activities and let the child assist, if age appropriate.

Source and Credits

Copyright 2015 Television Food Network, G.P. All rights reserved.

Courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

See more: Snack, Fruit, Healthy, Kid-Friendly, Nuts, Chocolate

More Recipes You'll Love