This 3-Ingredient, No-Bake Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Ball Recipe is simple to make and will take you back to your childhood with the first bite!

No-bake peanut butter balls


No-Bake Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls


Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

Nothing fancy but they sure bring back some memories. With only 3 ingredients, they’re simple and a healthy treat for my kids in their lunch boxes or as an afternoon snack!

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

How To Make Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

These easy Peanut Butter Balls are a breeze to make!

Step 1: In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, honey and dry milk and mix together.

Step 2: Form into balls, roll in toppings and chill.

That’s it!

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

Make up a batch rolled in different toppings – corn flakes, powdered sugar, coconut, pecans – whatever your heart desires! Here’s a little secret between you and me – substitute powdered sugar for the powdered milk. OH. MY. GOODNESS! That’s all I’ll say!

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

Enjoy these Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter balls the next time you’re looking for a good for you treat! They’re gonna take you back!

How to Store Peanut Butter Balls

These tasty treats don’t last long around my house, but I keep them stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Need to store them longer? You can freeze them too! 

Frequently Asked Questions About Peanut Butter Balls

1. Can you use raw oats in peanut butter balls?

Yes! Eating raw oats won’t hurt you – they’re a common ingredient in ‘energy balls’. They are just as tasty as roasted oats but provide a different, chewier texture.

2. Are peanut butter balls healthy?

Peanut butter contains all the healthy fiber and nutrients from peanuts, and can also help as a snack for controlling hunger.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

No-Bake Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

This 3-Ingredient, No-Bake Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Ball recipe are simple to make and will take you back to your childhood with the first bite!
4.77 from 17 votes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 -18 balls
Prep Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes


  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 2 Cups Dry Powdered Milk
  • Various toppings to roll in – cornflakes powdered sugar, nuts, etc…


  • Mix the peanut butter, honey and dry milk together in a bowl.
    1 Cup Peanut Butter, 1 Cup Honey, 2 Cups Dry Powdered Milk
  • Just a scoop of your choice and form into a ball.
  • Roll in toppings
    Various toppings to roll in – cornflakes
  • Chill for 20 minutes


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Kasey Schwartz

For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.


  1. 5 stars
    My mom also used to make these but she always added a tblsp of wheat germ to all she m,ade — An extra energy boost!! Excellent smack — wonder how many calories in each? Carbs?

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      We will have to try it with wheat germ! We updated the recipe card to add the nutrition information. What toppings do you like to use? We’d love to know!

  2. Christine says:

    I have been looking for this recipe for years. I am 51 years old and I remember when my siblings and I were very young, mom would teach us how to cook and bake. These were one of the simplest recipes we would do. And we all loved them. There is 8 of us kids. Very seldom did we all love what we were making. Thank you. Now my grandbabies can help me in the kitchen whith this one and they can all coat them how ever they want. Just like mom use to do. 🥲♥️

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      We’re so glad you found it! We hope it brings as much joy as the original. ❤️

  3. Can you freeze these peanut butter balls ?

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      Yes! You can freeze these for up to 3 months.

  4. 5 stars
    They served them in our school in Western Maryland 70 years ago, but our cook called them Mr Universe’s peanut butter ball recipes, she had gotten the recipe from an article about the then MR UNIVERSE he ate them for energy and strength

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      Thank you, Shirley!

  5. 5 stars
    Always had these for after-schoo snack when I was a latchkey kid in the 1980’s! We always smashed one M&M candy on the top.. Super excited to make them for my kiddos!

  6. 5 stars
    After 35 years of searching for my favorite recipe of my childhood thanks to my 2nd grade teacher Miss Callahan, I finally found the exact ingredients! I knew it was powdered milk and honey, and we were able to roll in whatever topping (I chose coconut) and thank God here it is! No powdered sugar ( makes too sweet unless possibly dusted) but the key ingredients I remembered were powdered milk and honey! I’m ecstatic!! Thank you SO MUCH!!

  7. 5 stars
    I remember these from my childhood! They were so fun to make and eat!

  8. Sharon Nelson , WV says:

    Good memories and great recipe. Thanks for sharing! J

  9. Frances Swift says:

    I’m a 72 year old grandmother and great mother. When I was in elementary school we had
    the peanut butter balls made out of dry milk. Made these for my children back in the day. Lost the recipe and now found you. Thank You! Thank You Kasey! Will be making some for Christmas.

  10. Would it be possible to substitute the honey for real maple syrup?

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Kendra! Maple syrup would make the flavor a bit more caramel like. It would likely be delicious! Tweak away! This recipe is so easy to tweak on a small scale: 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 2 tablespoons dried milk. We are trying subbing almond flour for the milk tonight.

  11. 5 stars
    These were popular at my preschool over 40 years ago in Northern California. The teachers would make these and it was heaven at first bite. I had looked these up some time back and knew it was PB, honey and powdered milk, but I wasn’t sure on the ratios. Thanks so much for sharing. I’ll be making these soon and reliving the glory years, haha 🙂

    I come from the puritan school of thought when it comes to PB balls: Only PB, honey and milk powder; rolled into balls and chilled. Nothing else! 🙂 However, you’ve gotten me curious on the whole powdered sugar thing. I wonder how 1 cup each of PB, honey, powdered milk, and powdered sugar would work? It seems that they would be tongue-numbingly sweet. I would love a little description on the flavor, texture, and sweetness level on your 2 cup powdered sugar variant, and also if you think my suggested variant on your variant would work?

    Thanks again!

  12. Peggy Whiteman says:

    Hi Kasey,
    Thank you, thank you. I’ve been looking for this recipe for some time. I had it once but lost it. I ,also, went to a school where we had good old fashioned home cooked meals. And the Peanut Balls were always a highlight for dessert. I am so glad that I kept looking. Thank you, again.

  13. Stephanie says:

    This is crazy… I am from WV and have wondered for years how these were made. I typed in peanut butter balls and didn’t come up with anything, so I typed in school lunch peanut butter balls and here I am. I knew I was on the right path when the first sentence mentions WV! Thank you 🤯🥰

    1. YAY! I’m so glad this helped!!

    2. 5 stars
      I have been trying to remember this for years! I had a kid’s book in Elementary that had this recipe in it. I used to make these all the time as a kid. I remembered tonight, out of nowhere, they had powdered milk in them. I finally found it!! Thank you!!!!

  14. I made peanut butter balls omg my granddaughter loves them I rolled them in 1 minute oats I love them as well & it dont take long to make thank you

  15. Carol Barclay says:

    My daughter called up, asking for my recipe for peanut butter balls. I saw your recipe and said “This is the one!”. I grew up in rural Vermont and out school cook knew how to make great meals featuring the ingredients supplied to schools by the state. We had a lot more crushed cornflakes, blended into the other ingredients. They sure bring back fond memories. I loved Mrs. Hershberger’s flaky biscuits with shredded cheddar cheese, slathered with butter.

  16. How are these stored? Should they be refrigerated or can they be stored at room temp? Is there an alternative ingredient to dry milk?

  17. These recipes look yummy!
    Could I substitute something else for the dry milk in

    1. You can use powdered coffee creamer.

      1. Paula Renee says:

        Where at in WV? We had these delicious peanut butter balls at Sardis Elementary School when I was younger. Beautiful memories…TY

      2. Kasey Schwartz says:

        I’m from Huntington originally. 🙂

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