These Healthy Peanut Butter Energy Balls are an easy high protein snack that are grain free, gluten free and naturally sweetened. A great snack for kids and toddlers as well as adults.
When I was a kid, my mom and I used to make these easy peanut butter balls we called honey bears. It was a simple recipe of peanut butter, honey and powdered milk. I absolutely loved those treats, but it has been years and years since I thought about honey bears. Now that I am a mom myself I am always looking for new and creative snacks for my toddler.
A High Calcium Snack
I have mentioned before on instagram that my son refuses to drink milk. I am always looking for ways to get more calcium into his diet. So when I remembered “honey bears”, I knew I had to give it a try. See, unlike most of the other peanut butter energy ball recipe on the internet, these have a secret ingredient – dry powdered milk.
Do you have powdered milk in your pantry? It used to be a staple in our house growing up – I didn’t know there was a difference between powdered milk and regular milk. It makes a great ingredient to these peanut butter energy balls because it binds the peanut butter and honey – so you don’t need to use any other ingredients. It also adds protein and calcium, and since I was looking for high calcium recipes, I was excited about that.
I made a few adaptations to this recipe from the original. First, I decreased the honey and increased the peanut butter – more peanut butter flavor, not as sweet. I also added just a dash of salt and vanilla extract to really bump up the flavor.
No bake energy bites
These Peanut Butter Honey Energy Balls are essentially healthy no bake cookies. At least, I tell my toddler they are cookies and he doesn’t seem to mind.
Peanut Butter Protein Balls for post workout snack
I also love to grab these Peanut Butter Energy Bites before or after a workout for some easy protein. They are also a great sweet treat that is pretty healthy.
You can mix in lots of things to these Peanut Butter Honey Energy Balls. Here are some suggestions:
- ground Flax Seed
- shredded coconut
- mini chocolate chips
- rolled oats
The possibilities are endless! I would recommend reducing the powdered milk by 1/4 cup and adding 1/4 cup of whatever mix in you are using to keep the texture similar.
If you like these, be sure to try my Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Muffins!
- 3/4 cup natural peanut butter*
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3/4 cup nonfat powdered milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Mix together honey, peanut butter and vanilla extract.
- Add the powdered milk and salt, stir until combined.
- Roll into balls about 1 tablespoon in size. Store in the refrigerator.