Read on for this recipe for an easy 15 minute snack made with ingredients you already have on hand! Crushed pretzels are mixed with peanut butter, honey and dried cranberries for a healthy no-bake energy ball that grown-ups and kids will love.
If I had a dollar for every time my youngest daughter stood at the pantry door or into the fridge and declared that there was NOTHING to eat, I would be a millionaire. My standard response is to ignore her (this is the whole duct tape parenting thing still in effect 12 months after we began) or if I am feeling more generous I’ll step in to gently guide her through seeing that there is in fact a ton of food in the pantry that would make an easy and yummy snack. See we have peanut butter, pretzels, apples, cucumbers etc.
Last weekend though, it just rained and rained and we were house bound for a few days. I knew I’d need to have plenty of healthy snacks on hand for them or they’d be climbing the walls and eating box after box of crackers. So I bought a bag of snap peas and two pints of cherry tomatoes at the farmers’ market on our weekly produce bender. They nibbled on them with delight!
And I made these tasty and healthy energy balls with crushed pretzels and peanut butter. And what do you know? The ingredients were already in my pantry! It is an adaptation of a recipe I originally developed for Parents Magazine.
I used Vermont Peanut Butter Company Mad River Mojo to make these because it is super yummy with this combo. Or check out how to make peanut butter by Texanerin Baking and make your own! It has pumpkin seeds and whey protein in it for added nutrition. It’s like spreadable trail mix! I love this peanut butter you guys so if you haven’t had it before, check it out. But this recipe works just as well with whatever type of peanut butter you like to buy.
Just mix the peanut butter up with some honey and a touch of cinnamon. Then crush pretzels in a bag with a rolling pin. The finer you crush them, the easier it will be to make these into balls. If you crush them to a powder the balls will be less sticky, but you’ll have to squeeze the mix together to get it to hold together (don’t worry, it will.)
They come together in just 15 minutes and kids and adults will love the sweet and salty combination. I also love that they keep the kids full and satisfied between meals from the peanut butter. Keep them in a Tupperware container in the fridge for a week (if they last that long.) They become less crunchy as they sit.
An easy 15 minute snack made with ingredients you already have on hand. Crushed pretzels are mixed with peanut butter, honey and dried cranberries for a healthy no-bake energy ball that grown-ups and kids will love.
- 2 cups bite-sized pretzels (about 3 ounces)
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup dried cranberries or raisins
- Place pretzels in a re-sealable plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin or heavy-bottomed skillet until broken up into small bits no bigger than a corn kernel. Stir peanut butter, honey and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Stir in pretzel pieces and raisins with a wooden spoon until completely combined. Roll into 15 balls, about 1 generous tablespoon each, squeezing as you shape.
The finer you crush the pretzels, the easier it will be to make these into balls. If you crush them to a powder the balls will be less sticky, but you'll have to squeeze the mix together to get it to hold together (don't worry, it will.)