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Coconut Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls (aka Snow Balls)

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One of the greatest pleasures in my life is getting to cook with my kids (thank goodness it's also what I do for a living). Having said that, there are certain recipes that are more appropriate for certain age groups than others. Since I've got two young children, cooking activities that don't require the stove are a huge bonus, especially when I'm trying to get both kids involved in the same task at the same time. There was definitely a mess to clean up when we were finished making these Coconut Peanut Butter Balls, but it was totally worth every minute.

While Chloe was busy licking spoonfuls of peanut butter, pressing her tiny fingers into the coconut on the plate and saying "snow," Kenya was focused on rolling the peanut butter oatmeal mixture into balls. Halfway through he decided to improvise and said, "look Mommy, now they're logs!" I looked down at his creation, then up at him and said "Kenya, you're a genius!" Maybe that was a little too much praise for a kid just having some fun with food, but to a mom always trying to come up with new and exciting recipes for kids to eat, it was an inspired idea.

But the best idea is cooking with your kids. No matter what you make, the experience is always delicious.

Coconut Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls (aka Snow Balls)  (Makes 40-50 Balls depending on the size)

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One of the greatest pleasures in my life is getting to cook with my kids (thank goodness it's also what I do for a living). Having said that, there are certain recipes that are more appropriate for certain age groups than others. Since I've got two...

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, ground in a food processor
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (you can also use almond, cashew or sunflower butter)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened

Preparation

  1. 1. Place the oats in a food processor or blender and pulse until finely ground.
  2. 2. Stir the peanut butter and honey in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  3. 3. Add the ground oats and continue to stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. 4. Using 1 tsp of the mixture at a time (I like to use a mini ice cream scooper or a spoon), roll into balls or logs (Kenya’s idea).
  5. 5. Place the coconut in a separate bowl or plate and roll the balls or logs in the coconut to completely cover.
  6. 6. Serve.
  7. **Freezing: place balls on a sheet tray and freeze for 30 min. Remove, place in a ziploc bag, label and place back in freezer. Can be frozen up to 3 months.
Coconut Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls (aka Snow Balls)

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  4. Alicia

    January 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    These are such a wonderfully delicious, protein packed snack! My daughter is sooo picky, and would probably eat crackers all day if I let her. At least with these I know that pb is giving her some protein. Super easy to make, and lasts a long time in a tupperware!

  5. amy

    January 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I didn’t have any honey in the house, so I used maple syrup. They are delicious. For some reason, my daughter doesn’t want to eat them though. She is so picky. I guess I will have the tough job of eating them all myself.

  6. Louise

    January 4, 2014 at 1:36 am

    I add cashew nuts (or mixed nuts), dried cranberries, a tablespoon of good cocoa powder and sunflower seeds into the mix- delicious and super nutritious! The kids just devour them. The recipe as printed is great as a base.

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  8. twifenmom

    April 29, 2013 at 7:21 am

    I found these were way too sweet with 1/2 cup honey & needed more oats as they were still too runny/sticky. Probably will cut honey to 1/4 cup next time.

    • Dolly

      February 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Great recipe. The reviews below we’re helpful. 1/4 cup of honey worked perfect for us. Recipe is great, it’s just a personal preference. Thanx Catherine. You are doing great work. Love your recipes. God Bless!

  9. tcastelein

    April 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    These are fantastic, but they were too sweet. 1/4 cup honey is perfect.

  10. Heather

    March 19, 2013 at 2:44 am

    I halved the amount of honey, used a mix of almond and peanut butters, and didn’t bother blending the oats (my two year old is terrified of it) and these were still really good. My one year old keeps pointing at the fridge asking for more.

  11. Alicia

    February 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    This is a great treat to satisfy that sweet tooth! My 20 month old daughter loved them, so did my husband. I followed the recipe exactly. It was super quick and easy. I would like to try rolling in some form of chocolate next time to experiment.

  12. martinaaustin

    January 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    My husband and boys love these. I use Adams creamy pb, Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, Clover honey, and Whole Foods Organic Coconut Medium Flakes and it works perfect. I keep them in the fridge, covered and use them as a snack! Delicious and nutritious.

  13. Cammy

    December 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I bet these would taste good half dipped in dark chocolate!

  14. martinaaustin

    December 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    We are going to make these tonight! What I love about your recipes is that I usually never have to make a special trip to the grocery store to purchase the ingredients. I almost always have them in my fridge or pantry. They are just our staples!!!

  15. Sharon

    October 20, 2012 at 7:20 am

    These sound great! Can’t wait to try them!

  16. Sheri

    August 21, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Will steel cut oats work? I have that, but not regular oatmeal. Oh and I have quick oats….will one of those work since its grinded up anyway? Thanks!

    • catherine

      August 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Steel cut oats take longer to cook and tend to get rubbery in baked goods so I wouldn’t try those. Quick oats may work, but those cook so quickly and are a smaller cut that they might get mushy. Choosing between the two I would go with the quick oats and not grind them too fine.

      • Sheri

        August 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

        I opted to just go buy the regular oatmeal. I want the true experiance so I decided to not experiment with what I have. THANK YOU!

  17. Lori

    August 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Awesome recipe! Loving it like you would not believe. No oven or stove action. Sold!

  18. isaacsonnomads

    July 28, 2012 at 8:48 am

    This has become our new favorite snack food. We use almond butter and mix a bit of coconut flour in with the oat flour. My littles love them and I love that they are getting protein during snack. They’ve got dairy allergies, so it has been a challenge finding snack-friendly protein. Thanks for the great recipe!

  19. Jana

    July 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I tried this recipe and it didnt even come close to the amount of balls you say it should (using 1 tsp.). Im wondering if Im reading the recipe wrong. hould I be measuring 1 1/4 cups of already ground oats or mesure the oats and then grind them up. I did the later and Im wondering if thats where I went wrong. They still tasted great!

    • catherine

      July 16, 2012 at 11:34 am

      Measure the oats and then grind them! How many did you get out of the recipe? Make sure you’re using a 1 teaspoon measure and not 1 tablespoon. :)

  20. Nicole

    April 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    These were wonderful! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I added a little wheat germ as well and my boys loved them!

  21. tonia

    March 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    made these with the kids just now, they had a blast making them. didn’t have any coconut so we used ground flax meal and also used natural organic almond butter. another great hit from weelicious :))) cannot wait for your cookbook

  22. Brandi

    February 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I have a 6 yr old and love making nutritious lunches and snacks for her. I just made these and they are AMAZING. And so simple. I used organic natural peanut butter and agave nectar instead of the honey. I didn’t have unsweetened (and didn’t want to use sweetened) coconut, so I ground up more oats, added some ground flax seed and coated them in that. Amazing!

  23. Danielle

    January 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Perfect for school snack during “snow” week. Thanks!

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  25. Robin

    December 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    We made these for the first time today. “Snow” balls were the perfect treat/activity for our first day of advent. Thanks Catherine!

  26. Bobbi

    November 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    could i substitute the honey for agave nectar? if so how much of the nectar would i need to use?

    • Brandi

      February 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      I did and it was perfection. Same measurement as honey

  27. sarah

    October 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    can you use quick oats for these by chance?

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  29. Sonomom2

    August 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I just made them and used half of the ground oats the recipe calls for and for the other half I put in flax seed meal. In addition to the coconut I also threw some dark chocolate chips in the food processor so my kids could roll them in either one…although the chocolate seems to be winning! (because it’s ground so fine, they’re really not getting much chocolate when all is said and done)

  30. Jessica

    August 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Ok, this might seem like a silly question, but once you freeze them, how do you serve them? Do you just take them straight from the freezer and pop them in your mouth OR do you let them defrost a bit before serving? LOVE THIS RECIPE!

  31. Nicki

    May 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I made these today for the first time. My kids enjoyed rolling them in coconut. They were AMAZING! And the entire first batch is gone in the first day because we could not stop eating them :) I may try less honey next time because I think they would be plenty sweet without 1/2 a cup but wondering if I would need to add more PB to replace it. Also I used sunbutter and GF oats in ours and the consistency was perfect.

  32. Carlene

    May 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Super good! Great idea for little helpers. Thank you:)

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  34. samia

    March 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    OMG so easy yet so delicious!!!! Thank you!

  35. Tamara

    March 31, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Is the peanut butter pretty thick when mixed with the other ingredients? I spread it thinly on tortillas, bread, etc now because I’m always a little wary of the choking warnings I’ve heard.

    • catherine

      March 31, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      Thats interesting, I have never heard of that. The peanut butter should be smooth and will thicken with the mixture.

  36. Stacey

    March 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Just made these with two of my daughters for them to take to school tomorrow for class snack. Came together so fast, the kids had fun rolling the balls, and they loved the ones they taste-tested.

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  38. Erin

    December 6, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I have made these ever since I was little, but using milk powder instead of ground oats. Now I make them for my daughter and use the oats to give her a fiber boost. I only use half the amount of honey and we think they are plenty sweet enough. :) I also mix the coconut right in, in addition to putting some on the outside. YUM!!!

    As others have said, they are delicious with a little cocoa powder too.

  39. janaye

    October 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I just found weelicious, and I am hooked! I tried these today, Amazing! I rolled mine in cocoa powder instead and they were great!

  40. Lisa

    October 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    These were delicious! Awesome recipe!

  41. Julie

    October 19, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Brilliant. We love them!

  42. Lori

    October 16, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    These are fantastic!!! Made them this morning and I can’t keep my kids (or myself) out of them!

  43. Jennifer

    October 10, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Yum. Thanks so much. I added a little less honey and replaced with a little jelly.

  44. Ashley

    September 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Did you use namebrand peanut butter (like Jif) or all natural? I’d rather use the natural but ours is not as solid (almost runny) as the Jif we have and I worry that they may not set up right

    • catherine

      September 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      I used organic peanut butter :) – Jif has a different consistency than organic

  45. Karen

    September 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I just made these and they were super yummy! I substituted 1/2 of the oats for quinoa flakes and I added a tablespoon of cocoa powder.

  46. MA

    September 26, 2010 at 12:03 am

    These are fantastic! I did with and without the topping. I just stuck them in the fridge to keep them solid. My little girl loves PB and honey sandwiches so this was a sure thing. Seriously these go fast!

  47. Casey

    September 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    So delicious! I made these today with my 4 1/2 year old and 2 year old, they had so much fun rolling the balls and putting them into the coconut. What a great way to pack in the protein.

  48. Stephanie

    September 17, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I haven’t made these yet, but have made something similar in the past and coated it with wheat germ. Crushed up cereal is also a great idea. Yum! Catherine, you are unbelievably inspriational, as always!

  49. KD

    September 16, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    ok just made them with cocoa powder on the outside and they are FANTASTIC! what a fabulous treat! I may freeze them and allow myself a couple each night =)

  50. JD

    September 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I just made these and didn’t have any coconut so just put some left over graham crackers in food processor and rolled the pb balls in it…delish!

  51. KD

    September 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    i’m not a big coconut fan, i was going to try them with cocoa powder on the outside instead. making them this afternoon but i can taste them already! mmm…

  52. Courtney

    September 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I made these tonight and they were delicious! I did not have coconut flakes so I put about 3/4 cup of trader joes honey o’s in the processor and rolled the balls in the cereal dust. My daughter kept running back for more, that’s always a great sign. ; )

  53. Sarah

    September 14, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Yum! Any ideas for a topper other than coconut?

  54. Aliya

    September 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    These look delicious. I’d like to try them – and will try to roll them in something else besides coconut (just personal preference). I’m going to try possibly pecan Meal or something of the like. :) Thanks for the ideas! And the log idea IS genius.

  55. Heather

    September 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    At what age can babies have honey? I have a 13 month old and thought it was too early. I might make some for Mommy and Daddy, though..they sound SO good.

    • catherine

      September 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm

      It is safe to give babies honey after 1 year

  56. naureen

    September 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    OK thanks! Will try these tonite!

  57. DW

    September 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I made these, but I didn’t have coconut, so I put some KIX in a food processor, to coat the balls with, so they wouldn’t be so sticky. Question – Do these eventually set up, or so they stay squishy? Mine are pretty squishy lol!

    • catherine

      September 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm

      We had the same problem too – so we added more oats to the recipe and changed it to 1 1/4 oats :)

  58. Brandie

    September 14, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I love that this recipe is raw! Always trying to incorporate more raw foods in my family`s diet.

  59. Page

    September 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I know this is a silly question but is your food processor really loud? Whenever I use it with the kids in the kitchen I have to warn them first to cover their ears. I hate using it.

    • catherine

      September 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm

      Yes, I have to tell them that I will be turning it on and it is loud so they are prepared :)

  60. Kay

    September 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I think this would great with sesame seeds also. My kids are not to keen on coconut.:-)

  61. Amanda

    September 14, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Sounds great! Sweetened coconut flakes or unsweetened?

  62. Stephanie

    September 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I make almost the same thing but add a few mini chocolate chips.

  63. naureen

    September 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Can you eat the oatmeal raw without cooking it? I didn’t know …

    • catherine

      September 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm

      Yes you can :)

      • Tiffani

        June 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

        Grinding the oats turns them into healthy, homemade oat flour :)

  64. Emily @ Random Recycling

    September 14, 2010 at 10:19 am

    As a coconut lover, I’m excited to test this recipe. I may not want to share :)

  65. Jessica

    September 14, 2010 at 9:58 am

    WOW – this is amazing, just watched your Granola Balls and Breakfast Quesidilla videos, so good. Very excited to incorporate some of your fabulous ideas into our everyday. With a 6 year old and 2 year old, I’m sure to find some yummy and healthy recipes that I know they’ll love!

  66. Jess

    September 14, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Just found your site – YAAAY!!! Fantastic simple ideas – just what I need. Thanks so much. I have a weekly menu plan using lots of your recipes! Cant wait to try them, and to give them to my toddler. Cant wait for the Kale chips!