How To Make Peanut Butter Balls

Great recipe for the kids to help with!

Peanut butter balls were a staple in our school lunchrooms. Word got around fast on the day the lunch ladies were making them and we all looked forward to the single serving we got on our trays come noon meal. Single serving for everyone but my brother.

My brother, who never once passed up a chance to be unusually cruel to me, managed to singlehandedly wrap every one of the hair netted lunch ladies around his little finger. While we all surfaced with our single peanut butter ball, Bill waltzed to his table with at least three. Alright, so maybe he wasn’t always unusually cruel. He did let me be a backup singer when he was singing Buddy Holly, but that wasn’t my point here.

This is a great snack for children and grown ups alike. They are kept in ziploc bags in the freezer and when we manage to have any (they are eaten so fast!), I often see my husband or son coming back from the freezer with a handful at a time. Full of all sorts of goodness, its one snack that will not only tide your family over until you can finish up supper, but one you can feel good about letting them have.

Ingredients are simple as can be. quick oats, peanut butter, powdered milk, and honey.
Note about honey: If you have children under the age of two, substitute corn syrup as raw honey poses health risks.
I can go into why but don’t I go off on enough tangents as it is?

Measure oats into dishpan.
I make a LOT of these at a time so I need a dishpan.
Feel free to half this recipe!

Measure out milk.

Stir to blend.

Pour in honey.

Add peanut butter

Pull out ye olde hand mixer and have a go at it

until it looks like this!

Form it into balls with your hands, compressing the balls tightly so they stick together well. Freeze peanut butter balls on waxed paper lined cookie sheets until hardened, then place in ziploc bag and return to freezer. They are ready to eat anytime!


Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut butter balls were a staple in our school lunchrooms. Now you can make them at home with this quick, easy and delicious recipe!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanutbutter
Servings: 4
Calories: 135kcal


  • 2 C honey or corn syrup
  • 3 C creamy peanut butter
  • 5 C dry milk powder
  • 6 C quick oats


  • Mix all together with hand mixer. Form into balls with hands and freeze on waxed paper lined cookie sheets until hardened. Store in freezer in ziploc bags. (Makes about 100)


Calories: 135kcal
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If my brother shows up, only let him have one. ~grins~

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