Peanut Butter Snack Balls

peanut butter snack balls

I actually did it. I used the word “balls” in a recipe…*sigh*. I couldn’t avoid it forever. I suppose I could have called them “bites” but come on, let’s be real. They’re balls. Sweet, slightly salty, protein-packed BALLS – and you’ve gotta try them!

I’ve been working on this recipe for months now, but only through very slow trial-and-error. I’d make a batch, decide on a few things that need to be changed, write it down, and try it again a few weeks later when the last batch of balls were eaten up.

You guys, I’ve found the winning combination!

I knew I wanted to keep them naturally sweetened, as I’d be primarily feeding them to my kiddos. Honey combined with Medjool dates add just the right amount of sweetness, as well as the right amount of “hold” to keep it all together.

For a pack of protein, I used peanut butter, cashews, and the star secret ingredient: hemp hearts! This is the brand I always buy. Hemp hearts are an awesome way to sneak protein into your (and your offspring’s) diet. There is 11 grams of protein in just 3 tablespoons!! I will often throw hemp hearts into a stir fry or smoothie for dinner. Super sneaky!

peanut butter snack balls

These snack balls are ideal for taking along on a trip, and they will keep at room temperature for hours without falling apart or turning into mush. Overall, they’re a super healthy snack – if you don’t count the chocolate drizzle. I had to add the chocolate drizzle! Not only does it make them a little prettier, they add the perfect amount of sweetness and the chocolate is enough to get my boys to take notice.

I will warn you, the chocolate can certainly make for a mess with your little ones. That’s what baby wipes are for!

Use your food processor to first crush up the cashews, then pulse in the dates, to make a bit of a “dough”. Add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse until you’ve got a smooth-ish looking dough. Pop the mixture into the fridge for a little bit to firm up, then take it out and roll out your balls, at whatever size you want! I made about 14.

The next time you want to make a quick and easy homemade snack, give these protein-packed snack balls a “roll”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

peanut butter snack balls

 

Peanut Butter Snack Balls

Prep

Inactive

Total

Yield 14-16 snack balls

Naturally sweetened peanut butter snack balls - convenient, delicious and filled with protein!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dry, roasted cashews
  • 5 Medjool dates, pits removed
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter*
  • 1/4 cup liquid honey
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts
  • Optional:ย 1 oz dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Place the cashews in the bowl of a food processor and pulse in intervals until the cashews are broken into very small bits; don't pulse too far that you start making cashew butter! Add the dates and continue pulsing until a thick "dough" has formed.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, and pulse until a smooth-ish dough comes together, about 10-15 times. Place the mixture into the fridge for 10 minutes to set.
  3. Placing the finished balls on a parchment lined baking sheet, roll the mixture into equal sized balls until all the mixture is used.
  4. Optional: Melt 1 oz of chocolate in a small bowl. Use a fork to drizzle the chocolate evenly across the balls. Place in the fridge to set the chocolate.

Snack balls should be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container. They will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, and for 1-2 days at room temperature.

Notes

  1. Try almond butter, or seed butter for a nut-free alternative.

peanut butter snack balls

Need more balls in your life?

Raspberry Coconut Bites

Shop today’s tools

Naturally sweetened peanut butter snack balls - convenient, delicious and filled with protein!
 

26 Comments

  1. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    OMG I need a batch of these stat. All of my favorite things–pb, dates, CHOCOLATE–in one healthy bite/ball/whatever you call it it’s just delicious :). Brilliant, Katherine!

  2. I love these..(excuse me…just need to giggle๐Ÿ˜) peanut butter snack balls!!!
    No seriously now Katherine, this is a great recipe. It makes a wonderful snack, healthy and high in protein. Definitely not going to last 2 weeks in the fridge in my home…more like 2 minutes!
    Pinning this recipe for lunch box treats…love it.

  3. Yum! I love a healthy treat! Perfect for afternoon snacking for sure! XOXO ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. ha ha you make me laugh! these look fab, i’ve been on the search for some healthier protein packed snacks! must try, and that drizzle tho!

  5. I swear, I have a post coming up in a bit where I refer to the whole ‘ball’ scenario, but I call them snack bites, lol ๐Ÿ˜€ Maybe we are related??? Mine are chocolate and coconut, tho. Whatever you call these, they sound fabulous and that drizzle is perfect. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friend! XO

  6. LOL-LOL-LOL!!! Balls! I swear I revert to being a ten year old when I hear certain words, and balls is one of ’em. ๐Ÿ˜‰ As soon as i saw these on Insta, I thought (And commented) amaze-balls because I just couldn’t help myself! I love these balls, Chicka! Honey and Medjool dates are one of the best combos, so im loving that you used it in these bad boys! These look snack-tastic fo’ sho’! Cheers!!

  7. Now these are some balls!!! Full of protein and delicious to boot!! I need a stash of these at my house ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. these sound delicious! sometimes it’s good to let things marinate in your mind for a while, and it definitely sounds like that was the case with this recipe (:

  9. Need more balls like this in my life. I love little energy balls like this, perfect portion size and so satisfying!

  10. Haha! I love these balls ;). Such a great healthy snack option! And they are so easy and quick to make.. I don’t mind the chocolate drizzle at all..Chocolate makes them fitting for a healthy dessert too!!

  11. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    I love making oat and peanut butter balls/bites/whatever – so simple yet delicious. However, my versions have never been on the healthy side. I love you’ve added dates, cashews, and hemp. And you know what “the healthy side” means to me? I can eat more of these bites/balls/whatever:)

  12. THIS Meal definitely delicious and amazing.I loved your recipes and cooking method.Last night I made Chapli Kabab Recipe from the best cooking network like you.Sharing a link with you: ( https://www.sooperchef.pk ).

  13. marcie@flavorthemoments

    These are something we could eat here every single day! Love these and I wish I had a dozen!

Let's talk!