Peanut Butter Balls

"A healthy, tasty, easy snack for kids. This recipe is from the Kinder Krunchies cookbook; I have made a few changes for variety. These travel well and are filling enough to keep your little one going (without whining) until lunch or supper time. Enjoy!"
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Ready In:
36-48 balls


  • 12 cup peanut butter (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 12 tablespoons powdered milk
  • 2 tablespoons raisins (or dried cranberries, or dried apple, or for a treat, mini chocolate chips)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 14 cup coconut (i have made them without the coconut)
  • 2 cups sesame seeds, approximately


  • Mix all ingredients except the sesame seeds together in a bowl.
  • Form into small balls.
  • Roll in the sesame seeds.
  • Store in the fridge.

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  1. Five stars for fun!!! My 5-year-old daughter had such a great time making these with me, and she loved eating them. My two tips: 1) butter your hands before you start making the balls of dough, 'cause this stuff is sticky. 2)If you're having trouble finding a large amount of sesame seeds, look in the bulk section of a natural foods store. Thanks for sharing this fun recipe.
  2. Mom started making these when she got on a health kick in the '70's, and my little brother & I couldn't get enough. I now use low-fat peanut butter (better consistency) and fat-free powdered milk. Even my husband loves them.
  3. Darn yummy. I used almond butter (allergic to peanut butter), dried cherries, sunflower seeds and no coconut. Easy to make and delicious.
  4. This was yummy! However, I found that it was easier to add everything(including the white sesame seeds) together and mix well and then, shape it into balls. I used Nido powdered milk, raisins, coconut, peanut butter(crunchy variety), plain honey and white sesame seeds. I thought it appropriate that I mention I used "white" sesame seeds, because I strongly dislike the black variety. I did apply some margarine(softened) on my palms before shaping the mixture into balls to avoid it from sticking to my palms. I got 18 even-sized peanut butter balls out of this. My dad would love to have this after dinner tonight. I found this to be a tasty treat myself. We generally have sesame seed based sweets, for instance, such as Barazek and Masriyeh, during winter months. So, this winter, I'll be making plenty of this for the family and for my friends'. Thank you very much for an easy and good treat.


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