activity 5 minute nut butter balls

Five-Minute No-cook Nut Butter Balls

Roll up a speedy, delicious and protein-packed treat. Crush, mix and mash your favorite everyday ingredients into something new to build your preschooler’s science learning too!


Be sure to wash hands with warm, soapy water before forming the mixture into small balls. Feel free to adjust this recipe to your child’s dietary needs-- these are yummy when gluten, sugar and dairy free!

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  1. ½ cup of your favorite no-mix or non-separating nut butter, such as the sugar-free peanut butter or almond butter found here on Amazon. Smooth or chunky-- your choice-- this recipe will make about 12 2-inch balls.
  2. 1 Tablespoon jelly, preserves or jam, any flavor you prefer. We like to use this strawberry jelly.  
  3. 1/2 cup powdered milk. Use your choice of milk such as powdered whole cow’s milkpowdered goat milk, unsweetened organic powdered soy milk or organic powdered rice milk.
  4. 1 cup of flaked cereal such as branflakes or gluten- and sugar-free corn flakes like these 
  5. 1/3 cup crushed branflakes or cornflake crumbs - About 1/2 cup flakes will become 1/3 cup when crushed.
  6. Flexible, nonstick spatula found here is best for mixing. 
  7. Ziplock bag like this
  8. Mixing bowl with high sides like this one, about 8 cups in size 
  9. Plate - for rolling balls in crushed flakes
  1. Skilly Spark: We have cereal for breakfast, don’t we? And you like jelly on your toast. We like to put peanut butter and jelly together in sandwiches. Ask your child - What do you think we can create with cornflakes and peanut butter mixed together? What kind of shapes do you think we can make? How do you think they will change when they’re mixed together?
  2. Have your little one help you measure out all the ingredients. This is great practice for developing basic math skills.
  3. Put the ½ cup cornflakes into a ziploc bag and zip it shut. Then, let your preschooler use their hands and fists to smash the flakes into small pieces, the smaller the better. Crush it!
  4. Mix the peanut butter and jelly together in a bowl. Your preschooler can help you do this, too.
  5. Stir in the powdered milk and 1 cup cereal. Mix these together well. This will become a rough dough that will be a little stiff, so you might have to help your preschooler with this part. You can also mash up the cornflakes, as you like.
  6. Take about a tablespoon size piece of the mixture. Then mash it tightly and roll it into small balls, about 2 inches wide.
  7. Roll each ball in crushed flakes. Snack on the spot or store them in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  8. Enjoy cleaning up together!
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