Silly me. I actually thought I invented these things. I was looking for a homemade energy food I could eat in the early morning before I got on my bike trainer (this was in the middle of the winter) and peanut butter + honey + soy protein powder sounded quick and tasty. They were easy to shape into pretty tiny balls so I got just enough calories to start my metabolism before I jumped on the bike. Then I googled honey-peanut butter and up popped about 65,000 pages of recipes for these very popular kid treats.
My version features soy protein powder instead of the standard dry milk powder. If you roll them in something like graham cracker crumbs, they’re easier to handle out on the trail. Allergic to peanuts or wheat? Sub out another nut butter (we have a whole article on nut butters for your convenience!) and roll them in unsweetened shredded coconut or even rolled oats. And that makes them great for vegans!
Nut Butter and Honey Balls
1 cup nut butter (I like organic peanut butter)
1 cup honey
1 cup soy protein powder (I actually use Kashi Go Lean drink mix)
Crushed graham crackers to roll them in (about 1/2 cup)
Throw the first three items in your food processor and whirl until it clumps. You can increase the amount of protein powder to make sure they’re not too mushy or sticky. They need to be just moist enough to hold their ball shape without breaking apart. Shape the balls out of tablespoon sized scoops and roll in the dry ingredient of your choice. Refrigerate until you’re ready to hit the trail. This recipe is perfect for experimentation and serious fun with small kids who get a kick out of eating “raw” cookie dough.