Who knew those yummy little things were packed full of healthy ingredients. I did not know at the time that they were good for us, I just knew they were GOOD!!!!!!!!!!
Now don't go mistaking these peanut butter balls for the traditional buckeye. These are not the same thing by far. My kids love when I make this yummy little treat. They have no idea that they are so good for them.
Especially Picky Pants Carson, he thinks they are peanut butter candy cookies as he calls them. If he eats them then it doesn't matter to me what he calls them.
With Carson you gotta hide some of the healthy stuff to get him to eat it. I know by adding chocolate chips that it kind of makes them not so healthy anymore. I don't add them to all of peanut butter balls I usually do half.
My daughter doesn't like the chocolate chips but the boys do, so I try and please everyone. You can also just leave out the chocolate chips and roll the balls into graham cracker crumbs before freezing or just leave them plain (we love them plain).
It's your preference and what your kids or you like. Me, I can eat them any of the above ways. If you are looking for a healthy treat for your kiddos or you want a blast from the past go now and make a batch. You will be glad you did and so will your kids.
Start by adding everything in a big bowl. Mix it all together with hand mixer on low. Form into balls. (I use my small cookie scoop and scoop them up nice and tight) . Then roll them into a ball a bit with my hands.
Cafeteria Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
1 - cup honey
1 1/4 - cups natural creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 - cups dry powdered milk
3 - cups quick or old fashioned oatmeal, uncooked
1 - 2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 - 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
Mix all the ingredients together with a electric mixer. Form into balls (I use a one inch cookie scoop) with hands, and freeze on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper until firm. Remove from freezer and store in a large zip lock bag in the refrigerator.
Cook's Note: 1/2 - cup mini chocolate chips can be added. If using chocolate chips add them with all the ingredients and roll into balls. You can also leave out the wheat germ and flax seed if you don't have any one hand. It wont alter the texture or taste. It was just a perk I added to sneak in some goodness.
Recipe yields: approx. 30 peanut butter balls