*This post contains affiliate links, marked with ($). If you click our link and decide to buy that product or even go on to buy something else we haven’t recommended, Amazon will pay us a small commission for it at no additional cost to you.When we moved to Indonesia just before Bignificent was born, I really thought I knew how to cook reasonably well. I had no idea how completely dependent I was on prepackaged mixes and foods until they were no longer there! As she grew, I really wanted to feed her nutritiously, but the baby food options were extremely limited and so expensive! I began to make my own baby foods. The fruits and veggies were pretty easy to figure out, but I grew up thinking rice cereal was a necessity for babies. (I know better now.) They did have some rice cereals for babies in Indonesia, but all of them had massive amounts of added sugar which I knew wasn’t necessary or good for her. How do you make rice cereal from scratch??
Enter Ruth Yaron’s book, Super Baby Food($). I started reading this book because my friend said it taught you how to make rice cereal, but it swiftly became my bible of cooking. From this book, I learned about nutrition and how to cook just about everything from scratch. This book was the beginning of our diet’s drastic changes.
When Bignificent was older, one of our favorite snack recipes was the Honey Milk Balls from this book. She used to call them Meatball Cookies. I was so sad that I couldn’t have them anymore when I stopped eating dairy while nursing Littlenificent. After seeing many different versions in other children’s recipe books and on vegan websites, we’ve come up with this variation that we all love. Bignificent and Middlenificent can almost make them all by themselves now. Big mans the blender with the small blender cup from our Korean Magic Bullet and grinds all the seeds and the oats while Middle measures out the peanut butter. I do the honey, and then we mix. This makes a great edible play dough too! Our last two batches never even made it to ball form.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- Optional: 1/3 cup raisins or other dried fruit or chocolate chips
Grind the first five ingredients in the blender – we do one at a time but a powerful blender could probably handle it all at once. Measure the coconut, peanut butter, and honey into a bowl. Add the ground seeds and oats and mix, either with a spoon or your hands. Add the raisins or other optional ingredients if desired. Form into balls or play with it. Or do both. You can even use cookie cutters with it.
This recipe is very forgiving and has endless variations. Some of the ones we’ve tried include adding 1/4 cup cocoa or carob powder and changing out the peanut butter for other nut butters. We really like the combination of almond butter with dried blueberries and/or cranberries. When we’re having gluten-free friends over, I leave out the oats since mine aren’t certified GF and add an extra 1/4 cup of flax seeds. If it’s still too sticky, I add more desiccated coconut. I’d love to hear some of the variations you come up with!