These easy, no bake Peanut Butter Jelly Balls are a healthy choice for snacking on the go. You need only four ingredients and fifteen minutes to make these tasty bites!
“Oh, no thanks, I have plenty of healthy snack ideas for my kids“, said No Parent Ever. If your family is like mine you can never, ever have enough snacks around. We’re always running from place to place, grabbing a bite of the closest thing we can put our hands on as we rush out the door.
Years ago I created these No Bake Chocolate Energy Balls because I wanted to fill my kids (and let’s be honest, myself) with a little nutrition when a snack attack hit. They’ve been a staple in our house ever since. But even the tastiest foods can get a little boring if you eat them long enough. I wanted some variety but my kids can be a little hard to please if you know what I’m sayin’. But you know one thing they’ve never turned down? That’s right, peanut butter and jelly.
These little no bake peanut butter jelly balls are just what every snack obsessed kid (or adult) could ever want. They’re a little sweet, and little savory, and every bit as delicious as their favorite sandwich. We love grabbing a few of these on our way to the gym or sports practice. They provide just the right boost of healthy carbohydrates and protein to power you through your workout. Packed with all those oats, seeds, and peanut butter these little bites help keep you from feeling hungry ten minutes later.
About the ingredients:
I use hemp seeds in this recipe because they pack a whole lot of nutrition in their tiny size. I think the slightly nutty flavor and little bit of crunch is the perfect compliment to the rest of the ingredients. Hemp seeds are high in protein, providing 10 grams in just three tablespoons. A serving of hemp seeds also provide other hard to find minerals like Magnesium (45%), Phosphorus (45%), and Manganese (110%) to help provide energy for active lifestyles. I use them in smoothies, mixed into yogurt, and sprinkled over oatmeal. You can purchase them at a great price through Amazon by clicking here.
Yes, these peanut butter jelly balls are healthy, but most of all they’re a delicious snack your whole family will love!
- 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/2 cup hemp hearts (I use Manitoba Harvest brand)
- 2/3 cup peanut butter, or almond butter, or sunbutter for nut free
- 1/2 jelly or jam, your favorite flavor
- Place oats and hemp hearts into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Add peanut butter and jelly to the dry ingredients.
- Mix together using your hands.
- Scoop out about one tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball using your hands.
- Continue with remaining mixture.
- Place balls into an airtight container and refrigerate for best texture.
This recipe is adapted from these PB&J Bites by The Real Food Dietitians.
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