PB&J Snack Balls

8 snack balls
10 min

My toddlers love these PB&J snack balls. They actually call them PB&J meatballs, but I thought that snack balls sounded more appealing personally!

They’re great as a fun playdate snack or a treat to make at grandma’s.

I typically serve them along with pretzel sticks and a cold glass of milk. My kids love to stick a pretzel stick into the snack ball and eat it like a cake pop.

This recipe for PB&J snack balls is simple enough that the kiddos can help. They especially have lots of fun rolling them in the toasted coconut flakes. I think that’s truly the trick to getting kids to try new foods – get them involved in the making process!

As an added bonus, these PB&J snack balls are free from refined sugar. They sure do give them an energy boast after running around in the backyard, but they don’t get that same sugar high that they get from white sugar. The kind that leaves them tantruming when the sugar high inevitably crashes.

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Recipe details

  • 8  snack balls
  • Prep time: 7 Minutes Cook time: 3 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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  • ¾ cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • ½ cup dry roasted, lightly salted peanuts
  • 8 whole medjool dates, pitted
  • ⅓ cup shredded dried coconut
  • 1 pinch fine sea salt


Preheat oven to 300°f. Toast coconut for 2-3 minutes until fragrant and lightly golden brown.
Place freeze-dried strawberries in food processor. Whirr until pulverized into a fine pinkish-red dust. Be careful before opening the processor to check consistency as the dust will puff out if it has not had enough time to settle.
Add peanuts to food processor. Process until finely chopped.
Transfer peanut and strawberry mixture to a medium bowl
Add pitted dates to food processor and pulverize until the dates turn into a sticky, thick dough and only a few formed pieces are left. If using very hard dried dates, soak them in warm water for 5 minutes before processing.
Stir a pinch of salt into the strawberry peanut mixture, then add it into the food processor. Process until combined. Roll dough into 1-inch ball shapes.
Roll balls into toasted coconut until coated.
Better than Zest | Alex
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