No bake peanut butter balls -- but with sunbutter

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By gvmom on Wed, 01-31-07, 03:51

When I was a kid I used to make no bake peanut butter balls. They were made of peanut butter, powdered milk and honey. It was super easy, and very tastey. For the life of me though, I can't find one recipe that has just those three ingredients, or is consistent with amounts -- especially with the honey. I'd like to make them with Sunbutter, but want to get the right measurements before using it given how much it costs. Does anyone have a recipe -- or even know what recipe I'm referring to?

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By lalow on Thu, 02-01-07, 02:20

i goggled a recipe. made them with no nut peabutter. they were great but i think sunbutter would be even better. the no nut peabutter people might even have a recipe on their site.

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By gvmom on Thu, 02-01-07, 17:57

I couldn't find the recipe -- at least the one that I was thinking of. Which one did you use? Can you post it?

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By notnutty on Thu, 02-01-07, 18:18

I think this is what you are looking for:

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup honey
2 cups powdered milk

mix and roll in powdered sugar (optional)

I have not made these with sunbutter...let us know if you like them.

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By gvmom on Thu, 02-01-07, 19:43

That is probably it. Since it has just the 3 ingredients. I kept finding various recipes with a couple other things added like cornflakes and graham cracker crumbs -- and the honey amount was never the same. It was driving me crazy. I'll try that one though. Thanks.

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By gvmom on Thu, 02-01-07, 21:38

I made them. I used the honey crunch sunbutter. I think if I had used just regular sunbutter -- creamy, it would have been exactly like the peanut butter balls, and not quite as honey-ish as mine turned out. But still, even with the crunch and extra honey, that is absolutely it! It is almost scarily them.

The real reason though that I wanted to duplicate the recipe was for making a nut safe peanut butter cup. The filling for Reeses tastes like these balls -- now all I have to do is get the chocolate the right consistency, and I'm good to go!!!!!!

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By AuntAmanda on Sun, 02-04-07, 08:46

What could one sub for the powdered milk (nephew has milk allergy)? Why is the milk in there? Taste? Texture?

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By gvmom on Sun, 02-04-07, 15:55

Well last night I tempered some milk chocolate and dipped these into it. OMG!!! They taste so good. I'm sure that if I use the creamy sunbutter I would be good to go for a near duplicate of Reeses.

AuntAmanda -- I don't know why the powdered milk is in there. There are a few things I know about cooking, but that isn't one of them. I was also going to see if I could find a powdered alternative -- like rice, soy or potato. We don't have milk allergies, but we deal with issues of lactose intolerance and eczema, so I'd also like to use something other than the powdered milk.

Anyone else have any experience with powdered milk alternatives? I know that when I was surfing the net looking for other places to buy Sunbutter, I did find different powdered stuff too. Some was at allergygrocer and some was at amazon.

Any advice?

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By ajas_folks on Tue, 02-06-07, 02:35

No advice on the powdered milk.

However, the following is a recipe that I totally loved as a kid & teenager. Have not eaten them since then. (My mom says they were a PIA to make. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] ) I'd be interested in attempting them if I had some extra time right now. Wanna volunteer to be the kitchen tester??!

BUT -- Straight from the 1970's, here it is:

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CHOCOLATE DIPPED PEANUT BUTTER "COOKIES"

Filling:
2 cups crunchy peanut butter
3 cups Wheaties
1 stick margarine
1 box powdered sugar (1 lb)

Coating:
1 6 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 "Large" (then-41 cent) Hershey bar
1/3 bar cooking paraffin

Mix 1st 4 ingredients well & press/roll into balls 1" balls. Set aside on waxed paper.

In double boiler or over very low heat, melt the 3 coating ingredients.

Dip balls into chocolate mixture using 2 forks or toothpicks. [Hence PIA.]

Cool on waxed paper.

Can be stored in refrigerator or freezer for several months.
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Random notes -- I recall more like 1 1/2" & I would use ice cream or melon baller now for ease. This recipe would have been made by my mom with Crunchy Skippy -- before they changed formula & added so much sugar as is in it now. So, in subbing Sunbutter, might be best to use unsweetened smooth & go from there, adding their fine chopped sunflower seeds for desired crunch (or not)?

OH. These will only keep in freezer for months if you do NOT have teenaged daughter &/OR she has sleeves of GS Thin Mints to gorge on instead. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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By ajas_folks on Tue, 02-06-07, 02:37

And forgive me if the Wheaties make this a NO GO. I have no idea what the ingredients are in Wheaties or if they are even safe for PA, EA, MA . . .

Have I EVER even bought Wheaties my entire adult life??

Nope.

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