Posted by: thehungryrunner | April 13, 2008

Recipe: Totally Addictive Peanut Butter Energy Balls

I resuscitate this gem of a recipe from my teenage athlete years from time to time, and have yet to grow tired of it.  It’s tasty, simple, and healthy; is extremely portable (read:  non-perishable, compact, doesn’t melt), and is a great fuel for sports, workouts or long outings as a little definitely goes a long way.  Best of all, you can tweak it almost endlessly.  While the base recipe calls for dried fruit, I have mixed, matched, switched and substituted ingredients ranging from carob powder, shredded carrot, cinnamon, roasted sunflower seeds and soy protein powder (the Spiru-Tein flavors from Nature’s Plus are particularly good)…to dark chocolate chips (hey, it’s now good for you), granola, oats, flax seeds, maple syrup (in place of the honey), almond or cashew butter (instead of the peanut butter), and wheat germ.  I have also rolled the balls in cocoa powder (“healthy peanut butter truffles”?), sesame seeds, graham cracker crumbs and shredded coconut, with every variation a delicious success.  No doubt you can come up with your own variations as well!

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

  • 1 cup NATURAL crunchy peanut butter (stay away from the stuff with hydrogenated oils, sugar, etc.)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup honey (to taste)
  • Approximately 1-2 cups nonfat instant dry milk (start with a small amount and add until you get the desired dough-like consistency)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, chopped dates, chopped apricots, dried cherries are all great examples)

In a bowl, combine the peanut butter and honey and blend well.  Add the nonfat dry milk powder in small increments, until a stiff dough consistency is achieved.  The best way to add the dried fruit is to mix it with you hands, to ensure it’s distributed evenly.  Form the dough into small balls, about 3/4″ to 1″ in diameter.  Place on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes to harden.  Transfer to an airtight container.  Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.



  1. Sounds delicious

  2. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  3. Thank you, Sandra! I’m glad you found my blog and are enjoying it. 🙂 -Evamarie

  4. these are also great rolled in unsweetened coconut flakes:)

    • Oh, I’ll bet they are, Nichole! Thank you for the tip, I’ll have to try this.

  5. That sounds great with coconut flakes.

  6. How many balls does this recipe make?

    • To tell you the truth, I have never had the same outcome twice in terms of numbers. It varies based on how much nonfat dry milk you end up needing to add, which itself depends on the texture of the peanut butter you’re using, and also how large the balls are. Sorry — I wish I had more concise information for you!

  7. I found this recipe when searching for something similar to peanut butter balls my mom made when I was a kid. These are close, and really taste great. I rolled the balls in wheat germ as a final step.

    I ate these during my 36 hour labor with my first baby! And now that I’m nursing and need extra healthy calories, they’re my go-to snack, especially at night when I just want a quick bite of something that will keep me from getting hungry again till morning!

    Thanks for posting!!

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