PB&J Balls


One of my favorite lunches growing up was a PB&J sandwich on white Wonderbread. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly? And Wonderbread—that was just great stuff before anyone realized bread shouldn’t be glow-in-the-dark white.

I’m getting sidetracked. What I meant to say was that these taste like the filling of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, that point where the sweetness of the jelly meets the smooth salty peanut butter. Since I hardly ever buy loaves of gluten-free bread, that’s not a taste I get to experience much; now I can have it whenever in a tasty raw snack.


You can mix in chopped peanuts at the final mixing step for a crunchier texture. For a different “jelly” flavor, use dried raspberries or dried strawberries in place of the raisins.

PB&J Balls

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Ingredients(Makes about 18 balls):

  • 1 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tablespoons chia seeds(optional but recommended)



  1. Place the dates and raisins into a food processor and blend until they come together and form a dough ball.
  2. Add in the peanut butter and chia seeds and continue blending until everything has mixed together.
  3. Move the ingredients to a bowl and work them with your hands until it forms one big dough ball.
  4. Break off pieces by the ounce and roll into balls between your palms. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to a week.


I loved these even more after a day when the chia seeds had taken out some of the moisture and made them nice and chewy. It reminded me of a PB&J Larabar, so you could definitely shape these into bar form and have your own homemade ones.

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17 Responses to PB&J Balls
  1. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    January 4, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Hahaha BALLS

  2. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    January 4, 2012 | 10:18 am

    I love new ball recipes! I have a version of balls (I HATE writing that word) in my fridge at all times for quick snacks. I’ll definitely be trying these out 🙂

  3. Paige @ Running Around Normal
    January 4, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    Yet another reason for me to run out and buy dates! That’s it, they’re going on this weekend’s grocery list!

  4. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    January 4, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    I love PB & J and would love these balls. I’ve made plenty of date/raisin/PB balls in my day but never have used chia. Fun!

  5. Amber K
    January 4, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    I never would have thought to add chia seeds to bars or balls. What a great idea! I’m always trying to figure out how to make them extra chewy.

  6. Erin @ Big Girl Feats
    January 4, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    I’m doing a “no sugar detox” for the next few weeks so I’m trying not to eat much added sugar…but fruit is totally acceptable. So these are totally acceptable. Saa-weeetttt!

  7. Hillary {Nutrition Nut on the Run}
    January 5, 2012 | 1:15 am

    these look great, evan… & i have all the ingredients in my pantry to make them 🙂

  8. Hannah
    January 5, 2012 | 5:18 am

    Ooh, I can’t believe that in all my raw truffle/ball experiments, I’ve never once added chia seeds! Silly me. These look wonderful; hopefully I can find dried berries sometime 🙂

  9. Laura
    January 5, 2012 | 6:38 am

    I’m sure this will be an affirmative, but have you tried making one of Elana Amsterdam’s (paleo) gluten free breads? It strikes me that being almond flour based they would be right up your street- and quick to make, albeit on the costly side:


    • Wannabe Chef
      January 5, 2012 | 11:08 am

      I’ve never tried any of her recipes but I hear they’re great.

  10. Jess @ Sugar High
    January 5, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    These would make a great post-workout snack, I love that you added chia seeds.

  11. Gena
    January 7, 2012 | 8:43 am

    I love this, in part because you used raisins, and they’re so much more student budget-friendly than dates are. Great recipe, Evan!! The chia seeds are a nice addition, too.

  12. Katie
    January 8, 2012 | 12:08 pm

    I love that I already have all the ingredients for these in my pantry. Can’t wait to make them!

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