I don’t know about you, but I can buy a cartload of snacks only to find the pantry empty within 24 hours. And while I’m happy to grab an apple and move on with my life, my guys need something more substantial.
That’s why I came up with these Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls. Not only do Scott and James love these salty-sweet energy bites, but the combination of fiber-full oatmeal and protein-rich peanut butter keeps them satisfied until mealtime.
Spoiler Alert: This Is An Energy Bites Recipe
I didn’t call these “energy bites” because I tried using it at home and it just didn’t stick. James kept calling them cookie bites because they taste like oatmeal cookies. Scott, meanwhile, had about a million dad jokes about those tasty balls.
And so, my Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls were born. They do, however, share several important characteristics with the energy bites you’ve likely seen all over Instagram.
These Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls:
Are a no-bake recipe
Are free of refined sugar
Pack a satisfying serving of fiber, protein, and healthy fats
Are ready to eat in about 30 minutes and completely addictive
Can be made gluten-free….almost
Why almost gluten-free? Because even if you use gluten-free oats, there’s a chance that trace amounts of gluten might remain in your oats. So if you have a severe gluten intolerance, this recipe is one to avoid.
Let’s Make This!
I like to make this recipe when I’m meal prepping or am short on time. These Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls take less than five minutes of active preparation and set after just 30 minutes in the fridge.
1 1/4c Rolled Oats
1 1/2 tbsp hemp seeds
1/2c unsalted, all-natural peanut butter
1/3 c maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1/3c chopped peanuts
1/4c unsweetened shredded coconut
Measuring cups and spoons
A large mixing bowl
A wooden spoon or spatula
How To Make Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Balls
This healthy energy balls recipe couldn’t be easier to make! Just throw all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir with your wooden spoon or spatula until mixed.
Then, mush everything up so all the ingredients are packed together (as in the above photo) and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or overnight. This enables the oats to soak up the liquid ingredients and soften, making them easier to scoop out with your tablespoon and hand roll into snack-sized balls.
Pro tip: If you have one, use a cookie scoop instead of a tablespoon to help create perfectly round bites of goodness.
If you love this recipe but want to make it PB-free, it works just as well with sunflower seed or any other nut butter. Or, if you love the peanut butter flavor and simply want to mix it up, try swapping the chopped peanuts and shredded coconut for equal amounts of any combination of the following ingredients:
Mini Chocolate Chips
How To Eat Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls
We usually enjoy these energy bites by themselves. You’ll often catch me standing next to the fridge eating them straight out of the Tupperware! But they also make a great topping for yogurt bowls and smoothies…or even with a bowl of ice cream.
Storing Your Energy Bites
I store my peanut butter balls in an airtight container in the fridge. They should last about a week that way. But if I’m being honest, we’ve always go through the entire batch within three or four days.
Can Energy Bites Be Frozen?
Absolutely! It’s a good idea to make a double batch and freeze half of what you make so you have healthy snacks prepped and ready to go!
Just place your Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for about two hours until frozen solid. Then transfer to an airtight container, such as a Stasher bag. They’ll keep in the freezer for about 3 months.
When you’re ready to eat, defrost them at room temperature for about 15 minutes and enjoy!
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The Best Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls
These sweet and salty energy bites are guaranteed to satisfy with their nutritious mix of oatmeal and peanut butter and cookie-like flavor. Make a batch now, and enjoy in about 30 minutes!
- Prep Time: 5 Minutes
- Cook Time: 30 Minutes
- Total Time: 35 Minutes
- Yield: 12–16 Balls 1x
- 1 1/4c Rolled Oats
- 1 1/2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2c unsalted, all-natural peanut butter
- 1/3 c maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/3c chopped peanuts
- 1/4c unsweetened shredded coconut
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Push the dough together with a spatula until it becomes a single mass. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or overnight.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop out the dough. Roll single tablespoon-sized scoops between your hands until they form individual balls. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.