Peanut Butter Granola Balls

peanut butter granola balls

When you’re searching for a healthy snack for a toddler, it’s important to find one that YOU will enjoy yourself. Why? Because there’s a good chance it won’t get eaten. Trust me. When I spied this recipe in one of my Everyday Food magazines during the great Magazine Hoard Organizing Marathon, I was totally intrigued. The recipe was simple and the ingredients were easily found in my pantry & fridge. I always appreciate not having to make a special trip to the market–another great ordeal with an active 2 year old.

little fingers

I quickly whipped up these granola balls while Cooper ate his breakfast this morning and caught myself digging into a few of them. They aren’t overwhelmingly peanut buttery; they have a nice little crunch from the crispy rice cereal & the perfect amount of sweetness. I also love the tang of the dried cranberries and raisins. They’re a nice little snack for Cooper and I to share. He loved picking out the dried fruit and playing with the wrapper while he ate one for his mid-morning snack. I like to think they help improve his motor skills! They’re definitely going in the Toddler/Parent food rotation because after all, I do love my snack time too.

And we’re off!

Gather your ingredients.

ingredient party

Melt peanut butter, butter & agave syrup in a saucepan.

pb butter agave melt

Ahh nice and melty!

MELTED

Toss in the oats, crisped rice cereal & dried fruits. STIR.

MIX!

With a small ice cream scooper, scoop your balls into the cupcake wrappers. (heehee balls)

dropping

Now pop them in the fridge to set! It takes about 15 minutes.

peanut butter granola balls

You can put them in a container! Take a taste of one before you seal the lid.

all packed up

Don’t have a toddler? Make these YOUR after work/school snack!

Peanut Butter Granola Balls

(recipe from Everyday Food)

Makes 22-24

  • 1/3 cup agave syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit (cranberries & raisins)

In a small saucepan over medium, heat agave syrup (or honey), peanut butter & 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 wrappers. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

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  • January 25, 2011

    Speaking of peanuts, I bought a packet of ‘Peanut flour’ at the local Trader Joe’s the other day, because, you know, it’s PEANUT FLOUR. How weird. Any ideas as to what to make with it?

  • January 25, 2011

    I’m so bookmarking this because I’ve got everything, even rice krispies (which I bought for that holiday bark!). Hooray! I’m a toddler at heart.

    • January 25, 2011

      haha!! I KNEW I could lure you in with this one! xoxoxo

  • January 25, 2011

    I wonder if this would work with Sunbutter? I think we’ll give it a try!

    • January 25, 2011

      I don’t see why not!! Lemme know how it tastes!

  • January 25, 2011

    awesome! I just made rice krispie treats last night & was annoyed that the recipe doesn’t use a full box. I find krispies on their own to not be a very hearty breakfast at all, so this is a great use for them – I think I have at least a cup or two left!

    • January 26, 2011

      YES! Really good for that. I forgot that the recipe doesn’t require the whole box! BOO

  • January 25, 2011

    i’m on it. like white on rice. kids are gonna NOM these up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • January 26, 2011

      I knew you would be on it!! You are my best peanut butter friend! <3

  • January 25, 2011

    This looks really yummy. I love finding recipes for kids that use agave. I feel like they get plenty of sugar!

  • January 26, 2011

    This looks super healthy. I love it! Great recipe.

  • January 26, 2011

    I know someone who’d love these. (My fiance loves peanut butter.) I think I’ll surprise him this weekend with this recipe. :)

  • Stephanie
    January 26, 2011

    Just made these and the spatula leftovers were tasty! Any idea on the nutrition content or something to use other than butter?

  • January 26, 2011

    Oh the chubby hands! They SLAY me. These look great Tracy! My kids would gobble them up. They are in a “bar” phase right now where all they want to snack on is Z bars. (I’m in a bar phase right now, but that is another story. :) ) I would much prefer they eat something like this!

  • January 26, 2011

    Little bites like this always make the best snacks for nibbling. And with that peanut butter flavor, well, I’d definitely want to nibble on these. I have a linky party on my blog every Saturday called “Sweets for a Saturday” and I’d like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link this up.

  • Kaitlyn
    January 30, 2011

    mmm, just made these and they smell delish! how did you get yours to stay in cute little balls? I didn’t have cupcake holders so I just put them on a plate to harden and I basically have a plate of crumbles!

    I’d also be interested in the nutritional information if you have it!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • February 2, 2011

    I would totally eat these myself! Going to share with my sister because I think my almost 2 year-old niece might like them.

  • Vanessa
    February 4, 2011

    DUDE! I made these this morning, and HOLY SMOKES! We got snowed in here in Texas (haha-almost three inches) and it was a perfect snack for us after making snow angels. THANKS for sharing!

    • February 4, 2011

      DUDE!!! That’s awesome. I can’t think of a better treat for the snow!

  • Janna
    February 22, 2011

    Have been reading your blog for awhile now and am really enjoying it! I also have a two year old son, but he is terribly picky and impossible to feed. He prefers milk to just about anything, which has caused him to be anemic. I think this recipe will intrigue him enough into at least taking a bite… And it is healthy! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to other “kid-friendly” recipes!

  • April 21, 2011

    LOVE these. turned them into a snack to help with my milk supply while i’m breastfeeding:

    http://fakecrab.blogspot.com/2011/04/lactation-granola-bites.html

  • Meagan
    August 8, 2011

    Made these with sunbutter and they were great….gotta freeze them as they don’t hold together well just being chilled in the fridge, but they taste great right of of the freezer!

  • lauren
    October 15, 2011

    those look so yummy! i’m thinking of starting to use agave as a replacement for table sugar. thanks!

    • October 16, 2011

      Very good idea! After my experience with making more granola bars/squares, table sugar isn’t that necessary!

  • December 20, 2011

    Yummmm! I might be tempted to substitute maple syrup for the agave…

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