Recipe: Power Balls (Two Versions)

These power balls make a great little snack or treat. There are two versions…

1. The Chocolate/Peanut Version (pictured):

I recently bought my first bar of unsweetened chocolate (100% cacao)…and to steal vocabulary from my 5-year-old, it tasted disgusting! However, in some magical way the combination of ingredients in this recipe below make the cacao taste like “regular” chocolate. I have to thank a 100 Days of Real Food reader for introducing me to a version of this recipe. I would have never thought to put these items together and now we can’t stop eating them!

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Chocolate Peanut-Butter Power Balls Recipe
  • ¾ cup tree nuts (I used pecans)
  • ¾ cup dried pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (an all natural PB is recommended - the only ingredient necessary is crushed peanuts)
  • 3 tablespoons 100% cacao (unsweetened chocolate bar – Ghiradelli makes one that I found at 2 different grocery stores in the baking section)

  1. Combine all ingredients into a food processor and blend.
  2. Form into balls (makes about 10 - 12 depending on size) and serve immediately or keep refrigerated.
  3. For a slightly different variation without peanut butter check out the chocolate torte recipe.


2. The Peanut/Honey Version:

This recipe is from a friend of a friend and you can get creative with adding extras.


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Peanut Honey Power Balls
  • 1 cup peanut butter (an all natural PB is recommended - the only ingredient necessary is crushed peanuts)
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 cups rolled oats (oatmeal)
  • 1 cup of nuts or dried fruit (or whatever your heart desires)
  • Crushed nuts, granola cereal or unsweetened coconut
  1. Mix the first four ingredients together thoroughly.
  2. Form them into balls (makes about 10 - 12 depending on size) then roll them in the crushed nuts, granola cereal, or unsweetened coconut.
  3. Serve or refrigerate.


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  • Comments

    1. Britni |

      Is there something else besides the peanut butter you could use to hold them together? My son has a nut allergy and I don’t like using the soy butter either.

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi Britni. How about sunbutter (sunflower seed)?

    2. lilly monson |

      How long do these last? Should they be refrigerated? We are looking to substitute store bought granola bars with other more nutritious treats but want something with a good pantry/backpacking shelf life. Thanks

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hello Lilly. Yes, I would keep them in the fridge for up to a week.

    3. Lindsay |

      Tried the honey peanut butter balls today and they are FANTASTIC….my mom and kids couldn’t eat enough of them. Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes- they have completely changed my way of eating.

    4. Lisa |

      Has anyone made these with seeds to make a nut free version for preschool?

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