These vegan no-bake peanut butter oatmeal balls are made with simple and wholesome ingredients. All you need are 4 simple ingredients and you have a delicious vegan and gluten-free energy bites.
This recipe makes a batch of perfect pre-workout energy bites or afternoon pick me up snacks. Peanut butter makes everything better. Right?
A few of my favorite peanut butter treats you need to try:
- Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars (V, GF)
- Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
I love making these energy ball recipes because they are so quick, easy and they travel well so they are great to have as a grab-and-go option when you don’t have a lot of time to make a healthy snack.
These Peanut Butter Energy Bites are made with all staple pantry ingredients so there’s a good chance you already have everything you need for this recipe on hand too!
- Peanut Butter
- Rolled Oats
- Maple Syrup or Honey
- Chocolate Chips
There’s hardly any clean up involved with this recipe since you’re just mixing everything in one bowl and there’s no fuss with the stove so it really couldn’t be any easier.
These oatmeal energy balls also freeze really well so feel free to make a larger batch and save them.
How to Make These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
Since these are no-bake balls all you will need to do is mix the following ingredients, roll them into balls and let them chill for a couple of hours. It’s that simple!
Ingredients for These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
1. Rolled Oats (I used the Gluten-Free kind)
Make sure to use rolled oats for this recipe (rolled oats are pre-cooked). Consuming uncooked oats can cause indigestion and bloating.
2. Peanut Butter
Using nut butters add a source of healthy fats and protein.
If you are allergic to peanuts, you can substitute for cashew or almond butter.
Additionally, if you need to go nut-free you could use sun butter here instead.
3. Chocolate Chips
You can use whatever kind of chocolate chips you enjoy here, but if you want added health benefits, use dark chocolate that contains a high amount of pure cacao. Read more on this here.
4. Maple Syrup or Honey
Honey is a great natural sweetener and one of my favorite ingredients to use in recipes in place of refined sugars.
For a vegan option, use maple syrup.
5. Nut milk (optional)
You may need a small amount here (~ 2-3 tablespoons) if the peanut butter oatmeal dough is too crumbly.
Note: the texture could vary depending on the brand of nut butter you choose to you here.
Additional Superfood Add-Ins
Feel free to add some extras in there if you’re feelin’ frisky.
Chia seeds, hemp seeds, and ground flax seeds can easily be added and boost the nutrient content that much more.
It’s okay to taste test along the way because there aren’t any raw ingredients so you can easily adjust this recipe to add whatever makes your taste buds dance.
Health Benefits of Oatmeal
Carbs have been getting a bad reputation lately with the whole keto diet trend.
However, oats are a great source of complex carbohydrates and studies have shown that they can actually help fight inflammation among many other health benefits.
They are also a great source of fiber, which helps with weight loss (keeps you fuller longer) and can help lower cholesterol too!
The key is everything in moderation. Too many carbs can be problematic, but when consumed in moderation, they provide great health benefits.
The fiber content in oatmeal is helpful in controlling blood sugar levels as well.
Fiber slows down digestion, which means the carbs are able to deliver a more steady source of glucose to your cells and prevent blood sugar levels from spiking too high.
Why I Love These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites
Aside from being quick, easy, and basically mess-free, I love how easy it is to customize these peanut butter oatmeal balls so that the whole family can enjoy them.
You can try taking half of the batch and mixing it with other fun ingredients to make it more kid-friendly, or spread it out in a pan instead of rolling them into balls and then cut them into squares.
There are a lot of possibilities with a basic, simple recipe like this so it’s a good recipe to have in your arsenal!
How to Store Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Once you’ve chilled your oatmeal balls simply put them in a storage bag or airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Or you can freeze them for up to 2 months. So feel free to batch up for some meal prep.
What’s your favorite kind of no-bake energy bite? Leave a comment below!
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- In a large mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, ground flax seeds and/or chia seeds if using any.
- Add peanut butter* and maple syrup to the bowl. Stir or work it with your hand until well combined. Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of nut milk if too try or crumbly.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Cover and let it chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Line a cookie sheet, baking dish or large plate with parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop, spoon, or your hands, form the dough into balls (If using hands, wet your hands to prevent sticking).
- Freeze for 20 minutes then transfer the peanut butter balls in an air-tight storage bag or container.
- Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for 2 months.
- *Use smooth and preferably drizzly peanut butter. If the peanut butter has been refrigerated or very thick, mix it with maple syrup/honey and microwave it for 15 - 20 secs or until smooth.
- ** The ground flax seeds and chia seeds both absorb liquid. If the dough gets too dry or crumbly, add additional 2 -3 tablespoons of nut milk.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 167Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 5g
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.