Joanna Gaines’ Kid-Approved Snack Has Only 10 Ingredients

Joanna Gaines popularized farmhouse style on Fixer Upper but her talents go beyond interior design. The 42-year-old is a cookbook author and restauranteur. Before launching a TV network with her husband, Chip Gaines, she posted recipes on her Magnolia blog. Among the many recipes she’s shared is a kid-approved snack that’s simple to make.

Joanna Gaines at the Build Studios in New York City
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In January 2016 Magnolia blog post, Gaines shared her recipe for what she calls “power balls.” They’re made of 10 simple ingredients and a few are pantry staples. The best part? She and Chip’s five kids — Drake, Ella, Duke, Emmie Kay, and Crew — love them. 

“I love a good snack that is fast and easy to make, but isn’t completely made up of high fructose corn syrup,” Gaines said. “I’ve been making these power balls for the kids and they love them and think they actually taste like cookie dough!”

“To make these things even better, they’re high in fiber and protein, which keeps my kids full until dinnertime and gives them an extra boost,” she added before saying they’re adult-approved too.

“Don’t let me fool you, I love these just as much, if not more than they do,” she said. “With a busy schedule, these are great to have on hand during the day when I need a pick me up.”

How to make Joanna Gaines’ recipe for Power Balls

As Gaines mentioned in her blog post, this snack is quick and easy to make. All of the dry ingredients and wet ingredients are mixed together in separate bowls.

The wet ingredients are then combined with the dry ingredients to form a dough. If the mixture’s “too gooey,” Gaines suggests putting it in the fridge for 20 – 25 minutes to firm up. Then form 1-inch balls using a tablespoon to scoop the dough. Keep them in the fridge until they’re ready to be eaten. 

“That’s the best thing about this recipe, you can’t mess it up,” Gaines added. Play around with the ingredients. Make substitutions or add chopped nuts and sunflower seeds. 

Ingredients for Joanna Gaines’ Power Balls:

  1. 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  2. 1/4 cup flax seed
  3. 2 tsp. chia seeds
  4. 2/3 cup toasted coconut
  5. a sprinkle of cinnamon
  6. 1/3 cup organic peanut butter
  7. 1/2 cup organic almond butter
  8. 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
  9. 1/4 cup honey
  10. 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Joanna Gaines is now hosting her own cooking show on discovery+

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Get more of Gaines’ recipes on her latest venture, a discovery+cooking show. She’s the star of Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines. While some criticize Gaines’s lack of cooking skills, others like to see the designer in the kitchen doing something she loves to do.

Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines premiered in January 2021. It will eventually become part of the Magnolia Network, which is set to launch in January 2022.

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