3 ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls are a quick snack that can be made with pantry ingredients. No chilling needed and they're ready in just 5 minutes. They'll be your new favorite go-to snack!
- Easy 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
- Why You’ll Love This Recipe:
- How To Make 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
- Can you eat raw oats in energy balls?
- Flavor Variations And Add-ins
- Best Way To Store
- Can you freeze oatmeal peanut butter energy balls?
- Can you Use Maple syrup In Peanut Butter Balls?
- What Can I Use Instead Of Oats?
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Easy 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
If you're a snacker or just looking for a quick bite you'll love these peanut butter oatmeal balls. These balls are not only a sweet treat but also a healthy snack. They can be made gluten free and vegan.
The best thing about this easy recipe is they're made using simple ingredients which are pantry staples. They're so easy to whip up and it takes only 5 minutes. If you're a fan of peanut butter like me you'll love this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie or delicious Peanut Butter Cookies.
The best part about making peanut butter balls is you don't need to chill them. They can be eaten as soon as they're made. Great for impatient kids or adults like me!
These chewy peanut butter oatmeal balls are nutritious, kid-friendly and well worth the five minutes it takes to create them. A simple method to satisfy your sweet craving while also providing protein. So let's get started!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe:
- Healthy: With natural sweeteners, healthy fats and protein this is one of the healthy snacks you can make.
- Easy to make: All you need is 5 mins and a few simple ingredients. And it's great for meal prep too.
- No chilling required: They're firm and can be eaten as soon as you make them.
- Perfect snack or sweet treat: It's kid friendly and portable too.
All you need to make no-bake peanut butter balls are:
Peanut Butter: A good quality creamy peanut butter makes all the difference. If you're using an all natural peanut butter, make sure to stir the oil in before using.
Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats: These oats give texture to these energy balls. I don't recommend using only quick oats. But you can use them together in a 1:1 ratio. Use certified gluten-free oats to make it gluten-free.
Honey: I like using honey so the balls don't have to be chilled before eating. Swap pure maple syrup for honey to make them vegan.
Flavorings: This is optional but you can use Vanilla extract or any flavorings you prefer.
How To Make 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
*Scroll below for the full recipe, printable recipe card and ingredient measurements.
Step 1: Add peanut butter, honey, and vanilla, if using, and oats to a large mixing bowl.
Step 2: Stir everything together until a dough forms. The dough will be sticky. You can also mix the dough in a food processor.
Step 3: Using a small or a medium cookie scoop, scoop the oatmeal balls to a plate or a cookie sheet. Roll the balls between your palms to make them perfectly round and smooth.
You can serve them immediately or store them for later.
Can you eat raw oats in energy balls?
Raw oats in energy balls are entirely safe to eat. These peanut butter protein balls are also called energy balls as they provide quick energy needed for the body.
Old fashioned rolled oats are precooked. They make the balls chewy and enjoyable to eat. You can let the oats lie in the bowl with the other ingredients for a few minutes to soften and make them easier to chew before rolling the mixture into balls.
Flavor Variations And Add-ins
Even though these are made using only 3 ingredients, nothing should stop you from experimenting to make them extra delicious! Here are some mix-ins you can try:
Chocolate chip: Mini Chocolate Chips are a great addition. You can also cover these oatmeal balls with a layer of melted chocolate. Yum!
Chopped nuts: If you want it to be more crunchy, add chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans or cashews, or crunchy peanut butter. Shredded coconut will work too for the crunch.
Seeds: You can add hemp seeds, chia seed or flax seeds to give them an extra boost of nutrition.
Cinnamon powder: Adding cinnamon powder gives an extra kick of flavor.
Nut butter: Use almond butter or cashew butter to make these balls.
Best Way To Store
You can store these peanut butter energy bites in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
They will keep for about a week at room temperature. If you want them to last longer and taste fresh, the best way to store them is in the fridge. Store in the fridge for 2 weeks.
They hardly last that long in my house.
Can you freeze oatmeal peanut butter energy balls?
Absolutely! These oatmeal balls are great for freezing. Place them in a baking sheet and freeze. When they're frozen transfer them to a freezer bag. They'll keep in the freezer for 3 months.
Just let it thaw for a few minutes at room temperature before eating.
Can you Use Maple syrup In Peanut Butter Balls?
Of course! To make them vegan the best substitute is pure maple syrup.
Since maple syrup is thinner than honey you need to chill the peanut butter balls so they're firm. Let the balls chill for about 30 minutes. And they should be stored in the fridge for best results.
What Can I Use Instead Of Oats?
Puffed quinoa, puffed buckwheat, and quinoa flakes are just a few examples of cereal options that do not contain gluten or oats.
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls (No Bake)
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1¼ cup old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
- Add peanut butter, honey, and vanilla, if using, and oats to a large bowl.
- Stir everything together until a dough forms. The dough will be sticky.
- Using a small or a medium cookie scoop, scoop the oatmeal balls to a plate or a cookie sheet. Roll the balls between your palms to make them perfectly round and smooth.
- You can serve them immediately or store them for later.
- Use maple syrup instead of honey for a vegan version. If you're using maple syrup, the balls has to be chilled.
- Store the peanut butter oatmeal balls in an airtight container at room temperature for a week and in the fridge for 2 weeks.
- You can freeze them in the freezer for 3 months.
- Add chocolate chips, chopped nuts, hemp seed, chia seeds for crunch.
- Add vanilla extract or cinnamon powder for flavor.