These Chocolate Peanut Butter Puff Balls are a tasty, healthy treat that kids will love to eat – and help make! These balls are packed with fiber from whole grains like puffed corn, puffed rice and puffed kamut. The grains are smothered in a yummy chocolate peanut butter mixture.
These balls may look sinful, but in fact, they are dairy-free, rich in fiber, healthy whole grain nutrients and even peanut butter. You are really just adding a bit of chocolate to what would be peanut butter and puffed breakfast cereal.
Whole Grain Goodness. I used unsweetened, 100% pure puffed corn, rice and kamut cereal. Bought at Whole Foods. This cereal has absolutely nothing added to it – just the whole grains – puffed. You can use these puffy grains or your own faves like millet, wheat, amaranth, rice and more.
If your kids are allergic to peanut butter – try this recipe with almond butter or even sunflower seed butter instead.
No Sugar Added. I add in a bit of sugar to these treats – but without the sugar they are delicious too. There is still a slight sweetness from the chocolate and natural sweetness from the grains.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Puff Balls
makes about 12 balls
5-6 cups puffed whole grain cereal (no sugar added, no salt added – all natural)
Peanut Butter Chocolate Mixture
1/3 cup granulated sugar – I used a raw, less processed sugar
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter – salted, creamy
1 tsp veg oil
1. Have your kids measure out the puffed grain cereal – and place in a large mixing bowl.
2. Line two baking sheets with wax paper. Set aside.
3. In a medium sized bowl, blend together the peanut butter and sugar. Heat in the microwave for a few seconds to soften peanut butter if you are not using a fresh room temp jar. Add the peanut butter mixture to the cereal and roughly fold together – the kids can do this part.
4. In a double broiler over the stove – have an adult slowly melt the chocolate chips with the oil. When the chocolate is melted, turn off heat.
5. Next, add the peanut butter cereal mixture to the still hot/melted chocolate bowl. Fold well until all the peanut butter and chocolate combines and saturates the cereal.
6. Drop the cereal into rough-shaped balls on your wax paper. They will be wet at this point so hands will get messy. (kids can do this part)
7. Place the baking sheets in the freezer for about 20 minutes – this will harden the treats and firm them into balls. Enjoy straight from the freezer or fridge. I like to store in the freezer.
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