Peanut Butter Powerhouse Snacks

What could possibly be better than peanut butter? Portable peanut butter. This post goes out to my boss, whose reverent tones regarding peanut butter match my own. Plus, he got me out of a jam this week, pun intended. Peanut Butter Powerhouse Snacks are small protein-packed pick-me-ups, perfect for whiny kids at the park, picky eaters, and exhausted colleagues.

Mise en place

Mise en place

Peanut Butter Powerhouse Snacks Recipe

This recipe can make as much or as little as you’d like, all proportions are relative and approximate.

1 cup or more cereal, pulverized in a food processor or mashed thoroughly in a plastic bag with a rolling pin (plain cereals work best for this, try corn flakes, bran flakes, corn chex, whole wheat chex, all-bran, rolled oats, etc.)
1 to 2  Tablespoons chocolate flavored whey protein powder (optional, from Trader Joe’s)
1 cup high-quality peanut butter, crunchy or smooth
1 to 2 Tablespoons of honey, or enough to make it stick
dash of molasses, optional (I love molasses, and natural peanut butter doesn’t contain any, so I like to add a few drops back in)

Other add-ins: coconut, marshmallows (minced, a suggestion from the Jr. Practical Cooks), raisins (minced), chocolate chips

1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine pulverized cereal and protein powder (if using) until well mixed.

Cereal in the food processor: Chex and Trader Joe's High-Fiber cereal

Cereal in the food processor: Chex and Trader Joe's High-Fiber cereal

Pulverized Cereal

Pulverized Cereal

2. Stir in peanut butter, honey, and molasses, mixing until combined. Add other mix-ins if using.

Add the wet to the dry.

Add the wet to the dry.

Mix thoroughly to combine.

Mix thoroughly to combine.

3. Scoop out jawbreaker-sized amounts and roll into balls. If too crumbly, add more honey. Put in fridge to firm up.

Roll into balls.

Roll into balls.

Great for peanut butter fans of all ages. And they aren’t noisy to eat, making them ideal conference call food.

Peanut Butter Powerhouse Snacks

Peanut Butter Powerhouse Snacks

Coming up tomorrow, another round of Tool Talk with 3 more of my favorite kitchen toys.

Have a favorite peanut butter recipe (or a favorite cereal recipe)? Send it in to practicalcook at gmail dot com

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