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Cranberry Oatmeal Balls

Kid friendly
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Prep time: 15 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes
Makes: 16 balls
Nutrition Facts: View label


  • 1 cup oats (quick-cooking or old fashioned rolled)
  • ⅓ cup chopped almonds or other nuts or seeds
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • 3 Tablespoons honey (see Notes)
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries or other dried fruit


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients until well mixed.
  3. Form about 2 Tablespoons of mixture into a ball and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture to make 16 balls.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.


  • Honey is not recommended for children under 1 year old.
  • To avoid sticky fingers, keep the oatmeal balls cool until ready to eat.
  • Use sunflower seed butter or other nut butters instead of peanut butter.


These taste like a gourmet trail mix and there are so many ways you could make them, different nuts, different dried fruits, even add a bit of coconut.  Plus they take minutes to make!  

Kids hands get sticky when making this, so we used plastic gloves to avoid the food sticking to their hands! The recipe was a hit, and so easy to make.

You can also spritz your hands with non-stick spray before rolling to avoid getting any sticky mess on your hands. Another option is too dampen your hands with water before rolling; keep a bowl of water next to you.

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