Fix Me A Snack

A blog created by a mom who got sick of feeding her kids crackers and ice cream

I have to be honest and tell you that really the only reason this blog is still up and running is because I refer to it rather often. If Fix Me A Snack disappeared I’d be pretty pissed over all the recipes I’d lose. If I was smart, I’d print some of the important ones out. But I haven’t gotten around to it.

After doing this for more than a few years, it’s pretty clear that I’m not going to be the next Food Network Star. I’m proficent in the kitchen, but there’s nothing terribly ground-breaking going on here. So why do I blog? The only reason I can see is that it makes me a better cook. It keeps me wondering about healthy snacks and healthy food in general for my family. Other than that I don’t get much out of it. I’m kind of down on social media these days. I have no blogging friends. Comments on my posts are minimal (wah). I don’t make any money and don’t have the will to improve my SEO or the compulsion to share intimate details of my life along with millions of photos.

But it’s a recipe like this that will keep the blog alive. I will be referring to this one for years to come just like I did with its predecessor, Almond Butter Balls. My kids love it. The inspiration for the recipe comes, in part, from Food Doodles’ No Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies. It’s kind of like the two recipes were combined.

Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup crispy rice cereal

Place the dates and peanuts in the bowl of a food processor and pulse for about 60 seconds. Add the honey, vanilla, peanut butter, and salt. Pulse for another 20-30 seconds. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl. Add the cereal and mix well. Take about one tablespoon of the mixture at a time and roll it into a ball. Serve or store in the freezer in an airtight container.

Yield: 22 balls
Prep-time: 15 minutes


  1. Valerie
    3:19 pm on February 22nd, 2013

    I am glad the blog is up! I am a fan. i have not been making homemade snacks as much since I started working more and have had to go gluten free (anti-inflammatory diet). But this recipe looks awesome and I am totally going to try it out!

  2. Kelly
    3:32 pm on February 22nd, 2013

    For the record, I love your blog, and refer to it regularly. Particularly the yogurt list, but also the almond balls you’re riffing on here. I’ll try the peanut version; I’m sure my kiddo will love them.

  3. I love you Kelly and Valerie!

  4. I refer to it (and my own defunct blog) regularly too! Post when the spirit hits you and don’t feel bad about it. In the meantime, I’m glad that the blog is still up because I’m not the best about printing out recipes and also sometimes come here for fresh snack ideas. The PB Balls sound fantastic. Can’t wait to try them!

  5. Coogan
    4:40 pm on February 22nd, 2013

    Don’t give up! If only because my own kid today asked if she could have a lollipop as a snack (it was 7:15 a.m.). I need some inspiration.

  6. Liz
    8:46 pm on February 22nd, 2013

    Please don’t get down on the blog – I love it! I refer to it often and as you mentioned I’m too lazy to have printed out my favorite recipes (although I pretty much have the daily bread one memorized). Love the inspiration as well as the few details you do share…like the chickens. Definitely check in on your blog on a regular basis, even if I don’t leave comments.

  7. Rhonda F.
    9:40 pm on February 22nd, 2013

    I love your blog, too. We use a lot of your recipes in our house and I’ve referred some friends here as well. I don’t remember how I first found you, but I’ve been reading for quite a while. I think you have more readers than you imagine, but most of us aren’t into commenting.

  8. Your blog was one of the first I started reading – my boy loved homemade ketchup, salad muffins, and crackers from your site, and after reading yours and a few others, I was inspired to start my own. So do what you do, on your terms and ill be happy to keep getting some great recipes.

  9. Andrea
    1:10 pm on February 23rd, 2013

    I read your blog all the time! I’ll try to comment more, promise!

  10. Tina
    2:55 pm on February 23rd, 2013

    I love your blog too! Looks like I’m not the only one who looks at it all the time but doesn’t comment. Sorry about that–usually I look at the blog on my tablet when I’m in the kitchen and it’s too hard to type on that little thing. I would panic if this site went away! Your blog is one of the few I consistently refer to. Thanks!

  11. I’ll have to complain more often. ;) I love hearing from all of you.

  12. Hello! Don’t forget, you made the top 5 best blogs of 2012 on Table Talk. Well, if that isn’t memorable enough, I’ll add my voice to those who have posted comments before me. Love your blog. I have to say, while I have only been at this blogging business for about 5 months, I am already seeing the writing on the wall and feel your social media pain. There are, however, people who are keeping tabs on you. Carry on!

  13. I hear you. The site I work on is due for an overhaul — aesthetically and technically — but finding the motivation to tackle that has proven difficult. I write for myself, my friends, and the people I know read it. There’s a respectable audience beyond that (though I rarely glance at the traffic stats) and I figure if they enjoy reading too, lovely. It’s a genuine thrill when someone tells me the blog was helpful in some way, and that’s plenty rewarding. I actually find myself tuning out of blogs that have become too gushingly beloved, so I can contentedly keep that off the goals list. You have a solid audience, you contribute something of value on your own terms, and you do it when you enjoy it — and that’s good. I’m happy to wait patiently and tune in when you do post.

  14. Darienne, You are so good. Thank you. This blog needs an overhaul as well. I feel your pain.

  15. DebZ
    5:47 pm on February 24th, 2013

    love reading how you use this blog for yourself. i, for one, would miss FMAS if it went away (and I don’t even have kids). Love you!

  16. This recipe sounds like culinary genius, and I cannot wait to try it.

    Don’t sweat the overhaul too much. Your current design is clean and content is king (so you rock).

  17. JenG
    8:43 pm on February 25th, 2013

    I love your blog for the very reasons you feel inadequate–you’re a real person, not a sugar-coated version! Like you, I’m trying to wean my kids off of packaged, processed snacks. All the recipes I’ve tried have been yummy and down-to-earth. You inspire me to keep trying, even though it’s an uphill battle! I promise to comment more, so you don’t have to complain. :)

  18. kitterlee
    4:37 pm on February 26th, 2013

    Just had to say that I love your blog. The premise of it… the recipes… your writing. It’s been a helpful, enjoyable resource to me!

  19. Thanks Jen! I’m glad my “real person” mystique appeals to you. I’ll try to keep up the good work. ;)

  20. Thanks so much adrienne!

  21. Faye
    10:52 am on March 1st, 2013

    Your peanut butter balls recipe is worth a try!

  22. So, it’s comments you’re after! :-) Well then, here you go: I love your blog–please keep writing! In fact, I recently recommended your blog on the Facebook page Simsbury Moms Unite, so now you have to keep it up. By the way, any baby chicks this year??

  23. I like the idea of being you. People love to hear about you, your story, what’s going on for you, especially the bad. I guess misery loves company. jeep

  24. Litia
    5:35 am on July 9th, 2013

    Thank you for recipe!

  25. Deb Weyrich-Cody
    10:15 pm on January 12th, 2014

    Hi there! Just came across your site tonight while searching for whole wheat pizza dough recipes and had a little time between risings for a second look… Too bad you’ve not posted for a while, I’ve been enjoying your posts: )
    But tell me, have you ever considered using rolled oats instead of “Crispiez Rice” cereal in the peanut butter balls? I know, they’d lose some of their charm, but just a thought; )

  26. Leigh Anna
    2:20 pm on February 1st, 2014

    Please don’t stop blogging! I’ve got your site on Pinterest, and I see others pinning it regularly. If your site helps even a fraction of those pinners get their kids off of processed snacks, you will be doing them an enormous service of incalculable value. The kids (and moms) of the world need your site!

  27. excellent recipe,like with your site.thanks so much!