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Crunchy Cereal Breakfast Balls

Crunchy Cereal Breakfast Balls

Go ahead and grab one for breakfast and one for a midday snack. Indulge in vanilla-caramel-pecan crunch without crushing your calorie count for the day with these healthy-ish breakfast balls.MORE+LESS-

Updated April 9, 2020


cup honey, maple syrup or light corn syrup


cup maple sugar or regular sugar

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  • 1

    In a large saucepan, combine corn syrup, sugar and light margarine together. Heat over medium high heat and bring to a boil.

  • 2

    Allow mixture to boil for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously.

  • 3

    Remove caramel from the heat, then stir in vanilla, baking soda and salt.

  • 4

    In a large bowl, combine Rice Chex™, pecans and coconut flakes. Drizzle caramel mixture over the cereal mixture and toss to coat.

  • 5

    Allow the mixture to cool for 3-5 minutes. Press it into 8-10 3-inch balls. Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container until ready to serve.

Expert Tips

  • If the cereal mixture won’t hold its shape, let it sit in the refrigerator for a few minutes to cool.
  • Change up these breakfast balls by adding dried cranberries or raisins, or by swapping the pecans for walnuts or almonds.

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Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

In my humble opinion, chocolate and peanut butter is a duo that has no equal, and the smooth sweet and salty combo is what makes both peanut butter balls and peanut butter cups so deliciously successful. While I sincerely love those two treats to no end, I have recently fallen in love with these particular Peanut Butter Balls which use crisped rice cereal to add a delicate crunch to the center. They’re the same classic flavor duo, but with a lot more texture to enjoy. And you know what else makes them super easy to love? They take just five ingredients and a microwave to make.

You could use your stovetop, but you certainly don’t need to. You just start by melting together some butter and peanut butter, so it’s easy to work with and then stirring in the crisped rice cereal and then the powdered sugar. It helps to work in that order, because the powdered sugar will seize things up a bit if it goes in first.

Roll the mixture into little bite-sized balls, chill them until they’re firm enough to hold together…

… and then dip them in melted chocolate.

A little sprinkle of cereal on the top sweetens the deal, but all that’s left to do is wait for the chocolate to set back up.

They’re a perfectly gift-able treat, but they’re simple enough that you can whip up a batch just to have a sweet something for yourself any time the mood strikes. The rice cereal takes no effort to add, but it certainly adds something special to these… they’re not quite your typical peanut butter ball, but that doesn’t mean they’re not super easy to make!

33 Energy Bites for On-the-Go Snacking

Whether it’s first thing in the morning or midafternoon, we all need an energy boost at some point during the day. Coffee is one solution a sugary energy drink, another. But when you need something with more sustenance, we recommend reaching for energy bites.

These balls are loaded with nutrients to keep you focused and going strong no matter what life throws at you. Even better, they’re simple to make: Most require combining a few ingredients in a food processor, then rolling right up. Just stash them in the fridge and take a few with you for when your tank nears “empty.”

1. Cranberry Orange Energy Bites

Cranberry and orange are like peanut butter and chocolate—wonderful alone and even better together. Add some protein powder and almonds for staying power, plus dates to bind everything, and you’ve got a healthy, portable treat that’s super tasty.

2. No-Bake Apricot Energy Bites

These sugar-free bites combine dried apricots, almonds, walnuts, raisins, and flaxseeds to form a perfectly sweet and crunchy treat. Blend the ingredients together in a food processor and roll in coconut, and you’re in heaven. Plus they’re vegan, Paleo, and gluten- and dairy-free, so pretty much everyone can enjoy them.

3. Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls

When you want healthy muffins without the hassle of baking, make these! The tasty duo of lemon and blueberry unites with a base of cashews, almonds, and dates that adds a sweet, buttery flavor. Throw in a little vanilla extract, and you have the taste of muffins in about 10 minutes.

4. Strawberry Shortcake Energy Bites

Who said dessert can’t be healthy? These no-bake bites are perfect for when you’re craving something fruity and delicious. Strawberries sweeten the recipe just enough so that you don’t need added sugar, and the vanilla extract gives it an extra kick. The recipe calls for freeze-dried strawberries, but you can easily substitute the real ones instead—just be sure to refrigerate the bites to keep them fresh.

5. Orange Zest Bliss Balls

Raw, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, these energy balls are as pretty as they are tasty. Unless you have the herb Damiana on hand (we’d never heard of it), feel free to leave it out—the bites may have less libido-enhancing effects, but they’re just as delicious without it. Orange zest and cinnamon add some zing to the typical bite recipe. Roll in shredded coconut for a sweet coating that also makes them look fancy.

6. Lemon Vanilla Energy Balls

This recipe is for all the lemon lovers out there. The tasty combination of vanilla and lemon strikes a balance between sweet and tart, and the nuts and protein powder will keep you full and energized. If you wish, add maca powder, which may further boost your energy (though it’s definitely not vital to the recipe).

7. Apple Almond Energy Bites

Only 10 minutes to make, this recipe is super simple and includes a sprinkle of hemp hearts for a boost of protein. And who can resist the combo of apple and nut butter? Process everything together, roll into balls, and let them set in the fridge—if you can wait that long.

8. Vanilla Plum Energy Bites

The word “prune” probably triggers thoughts of your grandmother and fart jokes. But grandma was on to something: Dried plums help increase satiety, which in turn may help control diabetes and heart disease. Plus these bites are truly delicious and naturally sweetened.

9. Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites

For a healthier alternative to the tasty muffin, try these easy-to-make bites. Combine your favorite protein powder (ideally vanilla-flavored) with oats, poppy seeds, and lemon zest. Water and lemon juice bind it all together and add an extra kick of flavor. They’re just as delicious as the muffins, without all the crumbly mess.

10. Homemade Aussie Bites

With quinoa and sunflower, flaxseeds, and chia seeds, this recipe may read like bird food. However, when you add the oats, maple syrup, and fruit, you’ve got something far tastier and heartier. This one requires a little cooking (making quinoa and baking the bites), but it’s certainly not time-consuming.

11. Chocolate Goji Berry Protein Bliss Balls

Sure, we all love acai berries, but goji berries pack a ton of antioxidants too. This recipe marries them with other super-healthy ingredients, including chia and pumpkin seeds for some healthy fats, and dates and raw cacao to sweeten things up.

12. Pumpkin Cinnamon Raisin Balls

Zero oil and butter make these bites a healthier version of the beloved sweet bread. Raisins, walnuts, and pumpkin puree combine to create a gooey, delicious base. Coconut flour replaces traditional white flour, making these tasty bites gluten-free.

These bars are almost entering scone territory, and they're delicious for breakfast with some butter and jam.

Step aside kale smoothies—there's a new breakfast in town.

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