Lunchbox Treats – Choc Peanut Protein Balls

These golf-ball sized lunch box snacks are perfect fuel for energetic people and unlike some health foods, they are incredibly delicious.

Make a batch of them this weekend, ready to pop into lunches and child and adult alike will enjoy them. One or two are really quite filling and will keep your energy levels sustained until dinner time.


Makes 20-25


  • ¼ cup sultanas, or dates, or dried apricots
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter if you prefer)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup desiccated or shredded coconut
  • ½ cup ground almonds OR 1 cup cooked  and cold quinoa
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.

Finely chop the dates, or dried apricots if you are using them, to the same size as sultanas. Soak the dried fruit in 1 cup (250ml) boiling water for 20 minutes. Drain.

Place the fruit and remaining ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Blitz for 1 minute until the mixture is thoroughly incorporated and the oats are finely ground.

Use clean wet hands to roll a tablespoon of the mixture into a ball. Place the balls on the baking tray and chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Once chilled, store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to a week.


$4.75 for 25 energy balls

6 thoughts on “Lunchbox Treats – Choc Peanut Protein Balls”

  1. Hi Sandra – I whipped this recipe up this morning (I used saltanas and quinoa), as I have a toddler who is a fussy eater, and with whom I am trying to encourage to eat a variety of foods (or at least sneak them in when I can). I also have a newborn and therefore need as much energy myself as possible at the moment. The balls were met with a ‘yum yum’ (by both of us actually – totally delish) and my toddler ate them with gusto. So a real winner of a recipe in my books! I agree with you, they are filling, but I made a pig of myself anyway! :)

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