Once you have the ingredients, this snack can be made almost as quick as unwrapping a pack of candy (well, maybe just a tad more work) and costs less than most single servings of candy bars. Plus, it is healthier and will provide more protein and nutrition than candy.
I am referring to a classic recipe: Peanut Butter Balls. Below is our family’s favorite, easiest version of this recipe.
Family of 5 – $2.50
Serving – $.50
*prices are approximate and will vary by where one lives and other factors.
½ cup PB – $1.00
½ cup honey – $.60
½ cup carob (price per lb) – $.62
¼ cup coconut – $.25
½ Cup Peanut Butter – You may substitute Almond, Cashew, or other Nut Butter for Peanut Butter, however they are usually more expensive. Purchase nut butter from a bulk section of a store or purchase a no-sugar added kind like Adams Peanut Butter, where you find peanut butter.
½ Cup Honey – Find local Honey if possible as it can help with local pollen and flower allergies, and usually has more flavor options than the standard clover honey.
½ Cup Carob Powder – You may use Coco Powder if you are tentative about using Carob. Carob Powder is usually found in a bulk section of a store, but may also be in the baking isle of a health food store.
¼ Cup Shredded Coconut – Purchase unsweetened shredded coconut. This can usually be found in a bulk section of a store, but may be found in the baking isle.
1 medium mixing bowl
1 large spoon / wooden spoon
1 ½ cup measure
1 ¼ cup measure
wax paper (optional)
- Measure the ½ cup Peanut (or other Nut) Butter, the ½ cup Honey, and the ½ cup Carob (or Coco) Powder into the bowl.
- Stir together until smooth and creamy looking. It will start to form a big ball.
- Place a piece of wax paper onto plate about the size of the plate.
- Scoop out a tablespoon of the mixture, roll into a ball, place onto wax paper on plate.
- Roll out the rest of the mixture into balls.
- Put the Shredded Coconut into a pile in an empty spot on the plate.
- Roll the balls through the Coconut.
- Place finished balls in the fridge for 1 hour or longer.
Have fun, be healthy, and learn to make good food choices!
Do you like what you see here? This is a peek into the soon to be released beginning home economics curriculum for children, titled:
A Simple Life’s Guide To Home Ec: Beginning Cooking – Simple, Healthy, Cheap!
For ages 6+ with Parent / Teacher Supervision.
Goals, pictures of some instructional steps, and variations for the recipes will also be included in the curriculum.
Leave a note if the curriculum sounds interesting to you, you have a better suggestion for the title of the book, or a link to your favorite healthy snack recipe.