Monday, September 6, 2010

Breakfast Butter Balls Recipe

A nurse gave me this recipe. She said it was great for picky eaters. They think they are eating cookies or candy, but it is actually healthy.

Breakfast Butter Balls
1/2 C peanut butter, creamy or crunchy (we prefer creamy)
1/2 C nonfat dry milk powder
1/4 C honey or corn syrup (we prefer honey)
1/2 C flake cereal (I have even used Rice Crispies, but if you used something with more bran it would be even healthier)
1/4 C raisins or other dried fruit - optional (we prefer mini-chocolate chips, I know it's not as healthy, but my kids won't eat raisins in food only by themselves and there is just something about chocolate and peanut butter)

1) In med. bowl, mix peanut butter, dry milk and honey until smooth.

2) Crush cereal by placing in zip-loc bag and crushing with rolling pin.

3) Add raisins (or our personal favorite - chocolate chips) and cereal to mixture above and mix thoroughly.

4) With your hands form into balls the size of a nickle.

5) Roll in powdered sugar if desired. [I have tried it with and without powdered sugar and believe it or not it is less messy with the powdered sugar. It does make it a little sweeter, but there really isn't enough powdered sugar to make it that sweet.]

6) Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks (ours don't last that long) or in the freezer for up to 3 months (ours have never even made it to the freezer and that's with me doubling the recipe).

7) This recipe makes approx. 30 balls and each ball has about 43 calories. (The ones with chocolate probably more.)

Even though the title is Breakfast Butter Balls, I make them and keep them in the fridge for healthy after school snacks. I usually have to double the recipe because my whole family loves it.

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