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Rice krispies peanut butter balls | no refined sugar added

Rice krispies peanut butter balls, a healthy back to school snack to fill you up with energy. Why munch on a sugary snack, when you can make these healthy balls with only a few ingredients: yummy rice krispies, finger-licking peanut butter, delicious ripen banana, nutritious oats, and a bit of good-quality cocoa powder. And nothing else, no loads of powdered sugar, no junk. You won’t believe how tasty these balls are!

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Rice krispies peanut butter balls

l don’t know about you, but l can’t possibly go through the day without a snack. I get so hungry in between meals, and just fruit or vegetables to munch on, won’t fill me up. And when l get hungry, there’s always the danger of reaching out for proper junk. We all know the truth behind all these so-called healthy cereal bars that supermarks try to fool as with as being the best thing you can possibly have. Yeah, right!

Check the package and you’ll be shocked how much sugar, syrup and other additives they have. They are anything but healthy. The sad thing is that we tend to believe without doubting, thus feeding ourselves and our kids with calory bombs. We can do so much better!

Rice krispies peanut butter balls

Rice krispies peanut butter balls

While l won’t deny that the rice krispies have their fair share of sugar, they are probably less sugary than other cereals out there. And this is why there really isn’t any need of adding any more refined sugar. Plus, we have the banana that is naturally sweet and does a great job at bringing the ingredients together to shape them into balls.

Same does the peanut butter, the rich, nutritious and delicious spread we can’t have enough of. Careful though what kind of brand you buy, some of them have nasty ingredients added. I always go for the Whole Earth ones, they are the best.

And guess who was trying to steal the balls when mummy was getting her camera ready? My cheeky monkey Amy with her chubby little hands. I always try to take photos while she has her afternoon nap, since l know how mischievious she is, but this time l was busy with her little baby sister, and did not finish on time. She was so cute though, she wanted badly to see what mummy was up to. Were those balls for playing, or what? She did get a few as well, and she loved them. If Amy likes something, it must be really good then!

Rice krispies peanut butter balls

Rice krispies peanut butter balls

The amounts listed below make about 10 balls, depending on what size the have. If you prefer bars, rather than balls, just place the mixture onto a non-stick tray and chill in the fridge for about an hour to firm up a bit.

Oats can be omitted if you only want to use rice krispies, just add half a cup more. You really don’t need a measurement cup here, just a plain tea cup/mug would do. Other than that, just enjoy your snack. Looking for more healthy snacks? What about some no-sugar chocolate oat bars?

I am bringing this recipe to Fiesta Friday #176, this week co-hosts are Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipes and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook.

 

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Rice krispies peanut butter balls | no refined sugar added
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Rice krispies peanut butter balls with no refined sugar added, a healthy snack to fill you up with energy.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: International
Servings: 10 balls
Calories: 42 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rice krispies
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 5 tbsp oats
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Peel the banana, then use a fork to mash it.

  2. Add the peanut butter and mix well until you get a smooth paste.

  3. Add the rice krispies, oats and cocoa powder, mix well, then shape 10 balls.

  4. Refrigerate for one hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Rice krispies peanut butter balls | no refined sugar added
Amount Per Serving
Calories 42 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Potassium 63mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.9%
Vitamin C 3.4%
Calcium 0.2%
Iron 5.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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    Jhuls
    June 18, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I think I’ll be needing these right now! These look amazing! Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday party this week!

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    Cristina
    June 19, 2017 at 11:03 am

    They look so delicious! I love how easy you can make them. I think I might just try them out!

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    Amanda | My Gluten-Free Miami
    June 19, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Oh, no! I’m out of rice krispies 🙁 This sounds so deliciously easy. I know my toddler will want to get in on the cooking action with these!

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      Daniela Anderson
      June 19, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Oh I am sure you will have fun making them with your little one!

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    Noel Lizotte
    June 19, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    What a great idea! I think I have all the ingredients on hand, so will be making these soon! My husband is constantly snacking on things … store bought granola bars aren’t much better than candy bars. This would be a good replacement for him.

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    Pam Wattenbarger
    June 19, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I love simple recipes like this that I can keep on hand for snacks. These sound perfect for my sweet tooth.

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    Uma Srinivas
    June 20, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Easy, and fun balls are very good in summer times. we can make these with our kids. Looks delicious!

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    Veena Azmanov
    June 20, 2017 at 10:29 am

    These are so cute.. Would be a great treat to serve the kids when they come over on play dates. I’m always busy to make things so this would be easy peasy!!

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      Daniela Anderson
      June 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      I’m sure kids will love them, they are super easy to make and very delicious!

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    Jessica (Swanky Recipes)
    June 21, 2017 at 4:53 am

    These rice krispie balls are just what I need for a quick snack during the day! I love that their is no refined sugar added to the ingredients!

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    Adriana Martin
    June 21, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Wow never thought rice krispies could look so good. Lovely idea wish I coudl taste one of this rice krispies peanut butter balls

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    Molly ~ EasycookingwithMolly
    June 21, 2017 at 5:43 am

    These look so delicious and would make a great post exercise snack. I always have energy balls at home and would try this combination too.

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    Valerie Gray (@valmg)
    June 22, 2017 at 3:43 am

    These look like they have great texture. I like how easy they are to make, and I bet they could be made to be gluten-free pretty easily.

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    Jenny
    June 22, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Just wondering if the rice krispies stay crispy? Or does everything go soft and chewy? Thanks

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      Daniela Anderson
      June 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Jenny! Thank you for your message. The rice krispies become soft and chewy from the mashed banana and peanut butter. However, if you have the balls strightaway, they will still be crispy. I prefer them cold from the fridge tough. I hope this helps!

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    Nicole
    July 14, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    These are such a great low sugar snack! Love that PB/banana combo.

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    Ashley Burress
    August 7, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Hi, I’m actually new here and made this recipe recently. Whole family loved it, including my little kiddo. I wanted to know how long these keep in the fridge/freezer? I wanted to make a batch possibly and have them ready as an after school snack for my little one.

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      Daniela Anderson
      August 7, 2017 at 6:30 am

      Hi! Thank you for your comment! I’m glad you liked them, my little one loves them! I would make them the night before and cover them with kitchen foil before refrigerating. They tend to dry out if left too long in the fridge though, so best to have them within 24 hours. I hope this helps!

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    hanna
    August 14, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Umm….this recipe looks great. However, are you aware that rice krispies are NOT gluten free? And that the gluten free version they did make for awhile is no longer available?

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      Daniela Anderson
      August 14, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      Hi Hanna! Thank you for your comment! I was not aware of that, l did check the ingredients list when l was writing the post and did not spot the ingredient that had gluten, l would have not deceived my readers had l known they do have gluten. I’ll amend the post, thank you for letting me know!

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