Friday, April 22, 2011

Peanut Butter-Granola Balls

When you need a quick snack for the kids or are just craving something sweet, these granola balls are perfect.  Made with honey and natural peanut butter, they're a better alternative than Krispie squares made with marshmallows.  I love how sweet they are and the peanut butter taste isn't overwhelming.

They come together quickly as the ingredients are heated on the stove, then blended, scooped onto a baking sheet, and cooled in the fridge for 15min.  These would be perfect on a hot summer day when you don't feel like putting the stove on.  This recipe doubles nicely as well.

from Everyday Food Magazine, April 2007

1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup crisp rice cereal (I use Nature's Path Rice Puffs)
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup dried fruit (I've used raisins or dried apricots sliced into small pieces)

In a small saucepan over medium, heat honey, peanut butter, and butter. Stir until loosened and smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cereal, oats, and dried fruit.
Drop mixture by the tablespoon into mini paper cupcake or candy liners (I scoop them by Tablespoonful onto a baking sheet lined with Silpat). Place on a rimmed baking sheet, and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.

Printable Recipe

Happily submitted to Frugal Fridays over at Life As Mom and Family Friendly Fridays over at Mommie Cooks!


from the book "Little Verses, A Big Golden Book"
by Miriam Clark Potter
pictures by Mary Blair
1953, Golden Press Inc.


  1. These look great Sarah! I'm positive my boys would absolutely love them! I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

  2. I love granola and peanut butter...I know I would love this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. mmm love that PB and granola combo!
    -mini baker xo

  4. I love your blog!! Great recipes:) Please visit my blog, YOU have an award! I am starting a new linky party called "Fit and Fabulous Fridays". Please "like" my facebook page for updates on the start date. You have some great things to share:)
    Happy cooking~

  5. Yum!! I would love for you to share this recipe on my new "Fit and Fabulous Fridays" linky party. It is up and running all day for entries. Have an awesome day!

  6. This totally sounds like something my children would LOVE! And the mom too!

  7. Granola Balls!!! My grandkids would LOVE these. Hopefully, I'll get to introduce them to the concept when they come to visit in July!

    Thanks for sharing, Sarah. Hope all is well with you and yours.

    P.S. Have you ever seen the Green Gourmet Giraffe blog hosted by Johanna? I think you would really enjoy a visit.

  8. Dear Sarah, I have been thinking of you. Life can get so busy sometimes.... but I am missing your cheerful posts. Hope you are back on the blogoshere soon! Much love, and take care!

  9. Looks yummy! As a former New Englander I miss the seafood too. But I just might have to make some chowder when this heat goes away.

  10. Hi Sarah! So fun to meet another Nova Scotian ex-patriot in blogland! I have been living down south for 11 years and I still miss Nova Scotia. I will always miss it. I grew up in Dartmouth, just minutes from Lake Banook.

    Those PB granola bites look totally delicious! (BTW, I use a Canon Rebel T1i, it's a fantastic camera!)

  11. These look delicious! I'll have to try them out when I want something sweet to snack on! Thank you so much for stoppin by the site, and thanks for the compliments you're makin me blush!

  12. Yum! I'm always on the lookout for new recipes like this to make here at home. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Yum, thanks for sharing!! I love the little book photos!
    Rene @ BargainHoot

  14. I have been thinking of you. Life can get so busy sometimes.... but I am missing your cheerful posts.

  15. You are so sweet :) Life just caught up with me and my mornings got busy - which is when I would normally blog. I am on Facebook as Eat Well Paola where I try to convince my rural community that you can eat well for less - even though we live in the country. I'll be back - I miss this blog and everyone who reads it :)

  16. Hi Sarah, I see you are not currently blogging. I don't know how a busy mom could ever find the time to blog! Don't worry--there are a gazillion food bloggers, only one mom for your children. Glad to see you're giving them these yummy peanut butter-granola balls instead of Rice Krispie squares! All the best, Jean

  17. Great idea, kids will love the combination of flavors, going to be a nice surprise after school, thanks.


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