3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls are the perfect no bake energy bite that can be made in 10 minutes and eaten on the go. Made with honey OR maple syrup/ agave nectar to make them vegan friendly.
With the twins running around, I love a recipe that can be thrown together in minutes especially if it's a fast and easy snack my crazy toddlers will eat! This ridiculously easy no bake energy bite recipe falls into BOTH of those categories making a recipe anyone will love.
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
So what's so fabulous about these 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls? First, off they can be made in less than ten minutes, and did I mention they use only three ingredients! This recipe gives you the option to make these gluten-free and even vegan.
The Oatmeal Balls have a rich tasty peanut butter flavor with lots of texture but without the fuss of actually having to turn on the oven. You've got to love a good, healthy no bake snack like this.
Perfect for Meal Preps and Make Ahead Snacks
These 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls are great to make head or use for your meal prep. They are wonderful as a quick snack, part of a healthy lunch, or even an afterschool snack for kids. They are even toddler approved... Hunter and Jackson both gobbled them up.
These no bake bites are simple, approachable, and a total crowd pleaser. I love that you get the feeling of eating a tasty baked treat without actually having to turn on the oven.
Ingredients in This Recipe
- Peanut Butter: Use a nice and creamy one for this! Natural peanut butter that is drippy also works well.
- Rolled Oats: Old fashioned oats work best for this recipe. Rolled oats will give you the best chewy texture.
- Honey: Honey sweetens these bites just a touch. Depending on how sweet your peanut butter is you can add more or less to taste. Read below for the vegan substitution.
Peanut Butter PROTEIN Balls?
If you are looking for a version of these with more of a protein punch these can easily turn into Peanut Butter Protein Balls! Just substitute your favorite vanilla or peanut butter protein powder for part of the oatmeal. ¼ cup of oatmeal and ¼ cup of protein powder would work great!
You can hardly taste the protein powder and if getting more protein is important to you, this is a great way to do it! It's way better than packaged protein snacks too.
Other variations to try...
- Make the 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls gluten-free by substituting gluten-free oatmeal.
- To make this recipe vegan substitute the honey or maple syrup or agave nectar.
- Make these No Bake Bites nut-free by substituting sunflower butter!
- You can also swap out Almond Butter or Cashew Butter if those taste better to you or fit into your diet better.
- Chia seeds add some extra protein and Omega-3s naturally.
- Add flaxseed for more healthy fats and protein.
- For a more indulgent treat add some chocolate chips!
How to Make 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
These bites could not be simpler to make! Just grab your favorite food processor or high-speed blender and get mixing! Here's what you do...
- Put the oatmeal, peanut butter, and honey in a food processor and mix until smooth.
- Divide into 12 balls and form uniform balls with your hands.
- Put the balls on a cookie sheet and put them in the fridge until they firm up.
- Transfer to an airtight container to store.
- These bites store in the fridge well!
- To make the balls even divide the mixture into 12 portions first and then make the balls.
- Serve as a side with your lunch or as a healthy snack on the go.
Can you freeze oatmeal energy balls?
These energy balls are freezer friendly! You can store extras in a sealed freezer-friendly container. You could even double the recipe to have more for later.
To enjoy the energy bites from the freezer, thaw overnight in the fridge.
Are energy balls good for you?
YES! These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls have lots of protein, good carbs, and healthy fats for a well-rounded snack. Eaten in moderation they are great on the go snack.
Can you eat raw oats in energy balls?
You might be wondering about the raw oats in these energy balls? Raw oats are fine to eat raw. When combined with the other ingredients like the peanut butter and honey they soften with the moisture from those things. They provide substance and a wonderful chewy texture to the recipe!
How to make oatmeal energy balls without peanut butter...
Even though peanut butter is one of just three ingredients in this recipe you can easily substitute sunflower butter to make them nut-free! Almond butter or cashew butter also works.
How to make energy ball gluten-free?
You can easily make these 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls gluten-free by adding certified gluten-free rolled oats.
This humble little recipe might be super easy but I know you are going to LOVE these 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls. Give them a try and let me know what you think.
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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
- 1 ½ cups old fashioned oatmeal
- ⅔ cup peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons honey
- Put the oatmeal, peanut butter, and honey in a food processor and mix until smooth. You'll want to leave the oats broken but still a little visible.
- Divide the dough into 12 peices. Use your hands to form into balls.
- Put the balls on a cookie sheet and put them in the fridge to harden.
- Transfer and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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