Peanut Butter Balls: Kidz In the Kitchen

Julie, a true Kamloops girl and a Stay-at-home Mom to two little darlings, writes this post.

So around my house I often get great ideas, but the follow through usually requires some tweaking.

Last week the kids asked if they could have a treat. I replied excitedly (meanwhile deluding myself that I am a super stay at home mom) “How about we make cookies?”

This of course was a great idea and then came the follow through….
“Ummmm…. the eggs are expired kids.”

Uh oh! Still in my super mom alter ego I think there has got to be a cookie recipe that doesn’t require eggs! Oh yes Chocolate Coconut Haystacks!!! I get the kids all excited to make them. Then the follow through gets me again…… no coconut.

Yikes! With my visions of grandeur crumbling my 3 year old son says “Remember the peanut butter ones we made that one time?”

My boy saved the day! Not only are these little “cookies” ridiculously easy but they require no baking and pack a serious amount of protein. The ingredients are all pretty thick so the kids arms get tired pretty fast but it makes it easier for them to relinquish their turn to a sibling. This would also be a good recipe for kids who are old enough to want to make something on their own but are not able to safely use an oven.

"Peanut Butter Power Balls"
Ingredients: •	1 cup peanut butter •	1/2 cup non-fat dry milk powder or soy protein powder •	1/2 cup raisins or chocolate chips (This is not optional for me)•	1/4 cup honey •	Graham cracker crumbs (I use dry cereal - crushed up)You can add anything you like at this point, granola, seeds, nuts etc very flexible recipe.  Directions:    Mix all ingredients except the graham cracker crumbs in a large bowl.  
   Shape mixture into 1-inch balls.
   Roll in crumbs (or just add them into the mix and save yourself the trouble) then refrigerate.
Side note: For those of you wondering, yes my children are sitting on the counter. Also sorry that there are no pics of the finished product. I forgot to take a picture and once I remembered they were all gone.