These no bake peanut butter oatmeal balls are packed with protein and make a great afterschool snack. Packed with protein and sweetened with honey, this healthy recipe is easy for the kids to make too.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Balls- A Great Family Snack!
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You should see my kid’s eyes light up when I make these no-bake peanut butter oat balls. If your family is anything like mine, you’ll find a few peanut buttery energy bites missing from the freezer as the bites finish setting!
Luckily, taste testing is built into this recipe. It’s also an easy recipe for cooking with kids!
This isn’t my first go-around with energy balls and snack bites! Check out my fudgy chocolate walnut protein bites recipe, my peanut butter banana and chocolate chip bites for other snack ideas.
What Ingredients Do You Need For Peanut Butter Oat Balls?
- Peanut butter– I use unsweetened creamy, but use your favorite nut butter!
- Honey– This also can be substituted with maple syrup if you choose.
- Oats– This is the binder for your dough
- Almond flour– This ingredient can be substituted with more oats to make this a three-ingredient recipe, or with coconut flour
Love peanut butter? Check out the Ultimate Peanut Butter And Jelly Idea List!
Tips: How To Make Peanut Butter Oat Balls
- Start by measuring and mixing your DRY ingredients together into a big bowl. Mix your oats and flour well together until combined
- Next measure your WET ingredients and add to your dry ingredients. I may have missed the bowl and hit the table, it gets a little sticky if you do.
- TASTE your batter. Is it sweet enough? If not add honey (or another sweetener) a tablespoon at a time until it is.
- LOOK at your batter, is it the right consistency? It should look similar to modeling clay dough and roll easily into 1 inch balls (about the size of a ping pong ball.) It will be slightly sticky.
- FREEZE your batter for an hour or two to help the bites firm up.
Yummy Recipe Variations Ideas For Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites
- Add 1/4 chocolate chips, white chocolate chips or mini colored candy drops to make more of a dessert bite.
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries makes a bite that tastes more like peanut butter and jelly!
- Try a teaspoon of ground flaxseed for a nutritional boost.
- Chop peanuts and add into the bites, or roll on the outside for a crunchy chunky bite!
Common FAQ About This Recipe:
The Peanut Butter and Honey Stick To My Fingers, What Do I Do?
BIG TIP: Spray measuring cups with a little oil before measuring so the honey and peanut butter scoop out of the cup easier. You can also spread a little oil on with your fingers to coat the measuring cup.
You can also spray your mixing spatula before mixing ingredients and it will stir the wet ingredients easier.
BIG TIP 2: Add a little oil to your hands before you start rolling energy bites keeps them from sticking to your fingers.
Is peanut butter and oats healthy?
Peanut butter contains roughly 8 grams of healthy fat and 90-100 calories per tablespoon. It’s a dense dose of healthy fast helps to keep you feeling satisfied without having to eat a lot of it. Oats are high in fiber which helps you feel full longer. The combo makes a great snack.
How Do I Store These Peanut Butter Oat Energy Bites?
You can store energy bites in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container.
You can store energy bites for 2-3 months in the freezer in a freezer bag or other container.
These peanut butter oat balls can be eaten straight from the freezer and are delicious that way for kids, toddlers or adults!
For my silliest snack, check out my poop emoji energy bites which are great for a birthday party or even potty training!
What Do You Serve Peanut Butter Energy Bites With?
Serve Energy Bites For Breakfast- pair 1-3 energy bites with a banana or other raw fruit for a quick breakfast.
Serve Energy Bites As A Snack– Serve peanut butter oat balls all by themselves as a snack, with a glass of milk, or with a few bites of raw fruit or vegetables. We like these with carrots or sliced apples.
Serve Energy Bites As A Dessert-I have added these energy bites to lunchboxes or snack boxes, and they hold up well. You can serve them as is for a dessert!
No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
- 1/4 Cup Oats
- 1/3 Cup Almond Flour
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter
- Cover a cookie sheet in parchment paper.
- Add almond flour and oats to a large bowl. Stir until combined.
- Add peanut butter and honey to bowl. Mix all ingredients well until combined with a spatula until it forms a soft dough.
- Taste and add extra honey if desired to sweeten.
- Roll dough into 1 inch balls, about the size of a ping pong ball and place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.
- Slide cookie sheet into freezer to help dough firm up for 1-2 hours.
- If your dough is extra sticky and won’t roll, try add more oats a tablespoon at a time until it firms up. Some peanut butter is stickier than others.
- Peanut butter energy bites can be stored in the fridge for about a week, or in the freezer for several months.
- You can eat these bites straight from the freezer, no need to defrost.
- Almond flour is used in this recipe, but more oats could easily be substituted if unavailable. Coconut flour is also a great substitute. The dough consistency may change a little.
- Maple syrup can be used to substitute as a sweetener. Babies under the age of one should not consume raw honey.
Did You Make This?
I would love to see it! Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!
Other Easy Snack Recipes You Will Love
Peanut Butter Banana Sushi– also great for lunchboxes and no bake!
Peanut Butter Owls – A cute no-bake snack that makes little kids smile!
Pear Donuts– A fun, easy snack kids can build themselves!
Did you make this recipe? Tell me about your variations and how much you loved them in the comments, I love hearing from you!
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Comments & Reviews
I had to add more oatmeal! They turned out yummy! 😋
Are the oats ground into flour first? I don’t see whole oats in any of the pictures.
Kristy Richardson says
They are whole oats, you can see them a little in the background of the picture with the peanut butter and the honey. You could make them either way though, with whole oats or with oats ground into flour and they would work both ways.
Thank you! I’m making them today and dipping them in vegan chocolate for Easter!
Kristy Richardson says
You’re very welcome, I hope they are delicious for your Easter celebration!
With my family’s busy schedule I’m always looking for grab & go snack recipes. This recipe did not disappoint. They were a huge hit with my family. Love how easy it was to make. Thanks for this, its a keeper!
Kristy Richardson says
So glad your family enjoyed this recipe!