‘Hangry’ No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

My mom would make these for us as kids. They are the perfect snack to keep in the fridge and pull out when the “its five o’clock, I am only just starting dinner and everyone is yelling ‘Mom!! We are starving!!!’ hits.” 

1 C. peanut butter (other nut butters work too)

1 C. dry milk powder – this is really the magic ingredient. It makes everything less sticky.

1/3 C. honey (or less)

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 C. Cocoa powder

1/2 C. puffed rice cereal (my mom would also used crushed Wheaties)

1-2 Tbs water (if mixture is too crumbly

Optional – 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Shape into balls with hands(about 1 rounded teaspoon each). Place on a cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in refrigerator.

These are also great because you can make all kinds of substitutions based on what you have on hand – nuts, sesame seeds, wheat germ, maple syrup, nut butters – anything goes.