Kids Can Make: Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

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.]

Total Time:
5 min
Prep:
5 min

Yield:
24 truffles
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 3 cups raisin bran cereal
  • 1 cup crispy brown rice cereal
  • 2/3 cup all-natural smooth peanut butter
  • 5 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried bananas or 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder for coating, optional
Directions
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

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Kids Warning: 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.


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