Peanut Butter Balls

Iowa State University Extension Spend Smart Eat Smart
(makes 50 balls).
Try this homemade version of the Peanut Butter Cup. You won't believe what the secret ingredient is!

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  1. Mash the great northern beans with a fork in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Add the honey and vanilla. Stir.
  3. Add peanut butter. Stir until blended.
  4. Stir in the oatmeal.
  5. Wash hands. Use a tablespoon to scoop up some of the peanut butter mixture. Shape the mixture into balls (makes 50 balls).
  6. Store leftover balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


This recipe is not for children under age 1 because it contains honey and peanut butter. You can store peanut butter balls in the freezer. Lay them out on a cookie sheet and freeze. Then store in a freezer bag. Thaw for 5 minutes before serving.


  • 1 can (15 ounces) great northern beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats


can opener, measuring cups, measuring spoons, Large mixing spoon, large mixing bowl, baking sheet, container to store leftovers