~ PB&J just got less messy (and totally portable)! Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy Balls – a simple, fast, wholesome, no-bake energy bite that tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Perfect for kids (and adults, too)! (Originally published as Peanut Butter and Jelly No-Bake Snack Bites) ~
This Recipe Is: • Ready in 30 Minutes or Less • Freezable • Make Ahead • Vegetarian • Gluten Free •
We have some really exciting news. Like … we apologize now if our cheers and squeals hurt your ears.
No, really … we’re just sooo excited! (“And we just can’t hide it!” … Uh-huh … are you singing “I’m So Excited” in your head? ‘Cause we are!)
So … what’s the big news?
Well, we’re SO thrilled to share with you that we were invited to do a guest post (our very first ever!) for a food blogger that we both really, really admire! It’s seriously an honor!
Julia, from A Cedar Spoon, contacted us a few months ago and asked us if we’d be interested in writing a guest post while she spends some time with her gorgeous newborn son, Andrew. (And, of course, that’s got us just all excited, too – we’re so happy for Julia as she welcomes her second little guy into her wonderful family!)
At first we were a tiny bit nervous. (Julia’s blog is totally gorgeous and her recipes are delish … we’ve even featured her in our hot dips roundup!) But we got over that nervousness quick-quick and went right to work!
It didn’t take too long for us to decide that the recipe we created for Julia just had to be an Energy Ball recipe. (We call ’em “Snack Bites.”) In our little corner of the world, we’re amazed at how many times our friends tell us about how these powerful little energy balls have saved their day.
It seems that people love these gems of health and deliciousness for all sorts of reasons. They’re after-school, pre-soccer-game, post-workout, hectic-afternoon, and quick-on-the-way-to-work snacks. (Ummm … so, really anytime snacks.)
Since Julia already had a toddler at home, we knew the recipe needed to be something that he would love, too. And then it came to us …
Peanut Butter and Jelly!!!
Yes! Yes! That would be what we would share with Julia!
The quintessential childhood favorite, all rolled up in a neat-to-eat little bite. PB&J – but for even easier snacking!
We remember the days when our kiddos were teeny. When it came time for running errands (or running to playgroup) there was literally a 3.2837289-minute window once everyone was changed and dressed … to get out of the house. Otherwise, it was time for someone’s nap, or it was someone’s snack time, or maybe your energy was just zapped (well, actually that energy problem was kinda the norm …).
Introducing the perfect Peanut Butter and Jelly snack. (In bite-sized energy ball form!)
And it’s here to save the day!
Creamy all-natural peanut butter, pure-fruit strawberry jelly, dried cranberries, flax, and just a hint of cinnamon combine to make the most wonderfully kid-friendly snack – you can feel good about giving these to your family!
Make ’em, freeze ’em, pull ’em out when you need ’em.
By the time you get to the grocery store and someone is starving (happens every time!), these beauties will be thawed – and you can just reach right in your bag and pull out the perfect snack to stop an energy-crash-tantrum in its tracks! These energy bites will fuel you (or your little dudes) right back up!
Perfect for both salty and sweet cravings, too!
Just full of really good-for-you, wholesome ingredients that will keep you totally full and happy until you can get home! Lifesaver!
And while we’re talking PB&J … let’s be totally up front and honest … how many of you still enjoy a good, old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich from time to time? We’re not ashamed! Gretchen still eats one for lunch almost every day! Love ’em! If you’re with us on this one, definitely also check out our Strawberry-Peanut Butter Quesadillas!
Be sure to pop over to check out Julia’s blog, A Cedar Spoon. You’re gonna love our newest energy ball flavor … and Julia’s fabulous, inspiring website, too!
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1/2 cup natural, creamy peanut butter
- 6 tablespoons 100% pure fruit strawberry jelly or jam
- 1/3 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup cherry-flavored dried cranberries (see note)
- In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except dried cranberries. Mix thoroughly.
- Add cranberries to mixture and stir again, just until combined.
- Using your hands, press firmly to form one-inch balls.
- Place in air-tight container and refrigerate until serving.
Cranberries: We've tested these Energy Balls with dried cranberries, cherry-flavored cranberries, and strawberries. All of those dried fruits work, but we felt the cherry-flavored cranberries offered great flavor while also being relatively cost-effective and easy to find at the store.
Storing: If your peanut butter is one of the natural brands that needs to be refrigerated, then so do your Snack Bites. Actually, regardless of the peanut butter you use, these will keep much better in the refrigerator. They can even be frozen (so you may want to make a triple batch). When frozen, these Snack Bites will be thawed in about 20 minutes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 18 servings Serving Size: 2 energy balls
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only, and may vary depending on your choice of ingredients or preparation. No guarantees are made regarding allergies or dietary needs. Always consult a physician or dietician for specific advice and questions.