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Addictive Peanut Butter Balls

AKA, crack cocaine. Crunchy, sweet, a little salty. Perfection.

These photos are from the second, count it, second batch I made in ONE WEEK. The first, and only other time that I had these little heaven-sent nuggets was in 4th grade at health day in school. Shout out to Whitmore Elementary in Tucson, AZ, circa 1989. I have remembered the addictive flavor and texture for…I guess that makes it about 21 years now. We were all supposed to be running and testing our flexibility but I was the creepy kid at the food station begging the volunteer mom for more. If I had the street smarts back then that I do now I probably would have come back in disguises to really stock up.

Fast forward 21′ish years to a time when I enjoy cooking, or in this case, mixing and can afford my own peanut butter. Agh the glory days. I was a little concerned that it was maybe just nostalgia that made these so addicting to me but a few friends were over this weekend and confirmed that they are yummy. Dang them for eating my stash though. I kid. I kid.

The typical recipe calls for a little more honey than I prefer. I use reduced-fat peanut butter which is a little sweeter anyway. Mom’s this is a great recipe to do with your kids. Let them mix and shape. Non-moms…still totally fun. I made them a little healthier too. They make for a great snack that leaves you feeling full and satisfied for a long time. They can also give you a little boost of energy before a big workout.


1 cup reduced fat peanut butter

1 cup fat-free powdered milk

1/2 cup honey (I use 1/4 cup)


Pour everything into a medium size mixing bowl and stir away until well blended.

Now, take about 2 tbsp (about the size of a ping pong ball) and roll into a ball with your CLEAN hands.

Place on a plate and put in the refrigerator for an hour or so until set.

Put into plastic bags and never share with your friends again.

NOTE: You once these are made into balls you can roll in coconut, nuts, chocolate chips or whatever your heart desires.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 11:10 am

Bridgette - Drake and I are going to try these today! They sound so yummy!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 4:44 pm

Crissie McDowell - Let me know how they turn out! My bro is going to make them too! I wish I was making them right now, or better yet eating them.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 11:22 pm

Missus M - What a strange coincidence. I clicked on your recipe from FoodGawker. I went to Whitmore Elem in Tucson in the 70′s.

Howdy, fellow alum!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 11:41 pm

Memoria - Couldn’t dads and other caretakers make these with the kids or is that only for the moms? hmmm Anyway, these peanut balls look delcious. I bet they would be good dipped in chocolate, too! If you made these twice in one week, I’m convinced!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 8:47 am

Crissie McDowell - Thanks for your comments!

Missus M…what a SMALL world! I loved Whitmore!

Memoria…oh yes! All non-moms meaning men, women, grandparents, kids…the works. It’s such a fun and easy recipe. I hope you enjoy! I am craving right now.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 10:10 am

Hollan - I have made these with the kids as edible play-dough. Mmmmmm, love it!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 3:13 pm

Kira - I just made these. They are GREAT! I used a handmixer and they were very smooth. I am going to feature them on my blog

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 3:16 pm

Crissie McDowell - Oh what a good idea Kira! I never thought of using a mixer. Der. I will do that next time. Which will probably be tonight.

Friday, March 19, 2010 - 8:18 am

Brook - Yummy. I think baby wants these! I miss you – we should get together.

Friday, March 26, 2010 - 2:27 am

Jenna - Found these via foodgawker, and just made them. Very excited to find out what the PB lover in my life thinks.

Friday, March 26, 2010 - 2:45 pm

E - Seeing these is a great blast from the past. I remember “cooking” these in elementary school.
Thanks for the reminder – they looks so yummy.
And I love your photos!

Friday, March 26, 2010 - 3:09 pm

crissie - E – Oh man isn’t it true? I have made, and devoured 3 batches SINCE this post. Eeks. But SOOOO good.

Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 10:19 pm

Jess - Thanks so much for this recipe, my Dad truly loves it. He will get many of these tomorrow.
You know what they say, the way to a man’s heart is threw his stomach, thanks for a little extra help ;)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 2:50 am

Music Instruments - Thanks for the info

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 11:18 am

Patricia - Just made these and they are awesome. Definately will have to make more for my friends at the gym. Thanks

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