3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

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.

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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.

Closeup of the no bake energy ball.

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.

Overhead shot of the 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls in a glass jar with peanuts on the side.

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.  1/4 cup of oatmeal and 1/4 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!


Close up of the peanut butter bites.

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…

  1. Put the oatmeal, peanut butter, and honey in a food processor and mix until smooth.
  2. Divide into 12 balls and form uniform balls with your hands.
  3. Put the balls on a cookie sheet and put them in the fridge until they firm up.
  4. Transfer to an airtight container to store.


Pro Tips:

  • 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.

Hand holding 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls.

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

Julie Wunder
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.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 balls
Calories 121 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • 2/3 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.


Other fun additions to these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls are chocolate chips or protein powder!


Calories: 121kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 67mgPotassium: 113mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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By | 2020-09-28T07:09:35-04:00 September 28th, 2020|All Vegetarian, Breakfast, Food, Fun, Lunch, Rhett, Snacks & Appetizers|29 Comments


  1. Leslie September 29, 2020 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Perfect in so many ways! Easy to make, flavorful, healthy. This is by far the perfect snack!

  2. Deborah Brooks September 28, 2020 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love oatmeal and peanut butter together! How easy and I bet delish

  3. Running Detox | Running in a Skirt October 8, 2014 at 8:27 am - Reply

    […] thank you to everyone who wrote nice notes about my sweet Reina yesterday.  She is still limping, so it is not looking good but I know your prayers will help.  I’ll […]

  4. Shelley Marcy October 8, 2014 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Hey Julie, it’s Shelley from Friends for Life. One of my own dogs had this same knee injury and indeed have surgery to repair the damage. We also were told that 50% of the time, they will blow out the other knee. One thing that will help this from happening, is to keep her weight at a healthy level so there isn’t additional stress on the knees. I want you to know that the veterinarian we used for her surgery is excellent. You know how many critters we have at the Forever Farm, so knowing which vets to use for different medical issues is imperative. This came in very handy when I we needed a good surgeon for our Corky. I won’t name names here on your blog, but if you want to contact me directly, you are welcome to connect through my email [email protected] and we can talk about it. We are blessed in this area with some absolutely great veterinarians, but knowing which vets to use for speciality procedures/surgeries is vitally important when the time comes that your critter needs some help.

    Praying for you as you make these decisions…


  5. Jessie October 7, 2014 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Poor Reina!! I can’t even imagine having to go through another surgery if it comes down to it. Dogs are part of the family, ya know. My heart breaks for all of you. Fingers crossed and many prayers that it ends up just being a strain!

  6. Tara @ Running 'N' Reading October 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Julie, these look AMAZING! I can’t wait to try them out…maybe this weekend. I’m so sad to hear about Reina; I’ll be sending healing thoughts your way. 🙂

  7. Nan October 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Hi Julie,
    I am so sorry to hear about Reina’s knee injury and I thought I might share my dog’s story with you.

    When she was 8 years old, Ruby (60 lb mixed breed) slipped on a small patch of ice in our back yard and began limping. She, too, was eventually diagnosed with a cruciate ligament rupture (CLR). At that time, and where we were living, her only surgical option was to do a suture technique — a heavy duty suture is literally sewn in to form a new ligament (not a medically accurate description, but that’s what it looked like). The veterinarian who performed the surgery let me observe the procedure, because he felt that owners who had seen what was involved with the surgery were always more successful during the recovery phase.

    The recovery period is very important to the long-term success of the surgery, and the larger the dog the more essential it is — the dog can not be allowed to put weight on her leg for about two weeks, followed by another six to eight weeks of minimal, supervised exercise. (We bought her a “belly belt,” a support strap to help hold her up during the first days of recovery.) Ruby recovered quite well with a lot of care. I also took her to a physiotherapist, who provided some very good suggestions and week-by-week exercises.

    We were told, though, that many dogs require surgery on their other knee within a year of their initial surgery — there is some degenerative joint diseases that seem to be involved. Sure enough, the next year, Ruby began limping on her other leg. The second time, a different type of surgery was available to us (we had moved to a new city), called TPLO which uses plates and screws to hold the knee together. It is supposed to be more stable and therefore better. The recovery process is about the same.

    Both surgeries worked very well, but around the time Ruby turned 12 years old, she developed arthritis in both her knees — I can’t really say that one knee was worse than the other, so am not sure of the effect of the different surgeries. She was on nsaids and pain meds for the remainder of her life, which helped most of the time. We also tried acupuncture (limited success) and laser therapy (more successful) for her. We lost her last year (at the age of 16) to kidney disease and miss her terribly.

    Some recommendations based on our experience if you need or decide to proceed with the surgery:
    — keep her weight down, extra weight adds strain to the joints
    — after she recovers from the surgery, consider an aquatic therapy program for her, I’m pretty sure that there is a clinic in Asheville that offers it. It will help strengthen her joints and might prevent problems with her other knee too. There wasn’t anything available at the time we needed it for Ruby, but I’d certainly look into it again. I hope this information will be a bit helpful.

    Good luck to you and Reina.

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you for letting me know about your experience with the same injury on Ruby. It sounds like Ruby was a very sweet dog.
      It’s good to know that it may happen to the other leg so we can plan ahead.
      I really appreciate all of your tips too!

  8. Tamela October 7, 2014 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I am praying for your furbaby! She seems so sweet 🙂
    The protein bars look oh so good. May I suggest including nutrition info on the recipes? I can plug them in to My Fitness Pal to get that info but I’m not sure everyone uses that app. Thx!

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Tamela, That is a good idea. I will look into doing that.

  9. Jaime October 7, 2014 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Poor Reina!! I hope she’s feeling better SO soon. I hate when our pets feel bad.

    I’m definitely pinning this. I often need protein options that aren’t bars (some bars can wreak havoc on my stomach.)

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2014 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Thanks Jaime! AND happy birthday!!!!! I really appreciate the pin 🙂

  10. Lisa B October 7, 2014 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Thoughts and prayers to your precious Reina! Our pets add so much joy to our lives! I hope she is on the mend quickly.

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m a disaster in the kitchen so the fact that no cooking is involved is definitely a plus!

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2014 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Haha! I totally understand. I have my moments too.

  11. Margaret McGinnis October 7, 2014 at 10:12 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I am so sorry to hear about Reina’s injury.I am praying she will heal quick and will not need the surgery. Your Peanut Butter Bites look yummy! Can’t wait to try them!

  12. Debbie Sprouse October 7, 2014 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Hi Julie, I’m new to your blog and am loving it! I enjoy the recipes, fashion tips, running adventures, etc. I’m going to make up a batch of brownies and peanut butter bites this weekend! I’m very new to running and appreciate your blog.
    I wish you the best with Reina. I’ve been through it with my dog. She had the surgery and was just fine afterwards. You and Reina will be in my prayers.

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2014 at 11:39 am - Reply

      Hi Debbie! Welcome! Best of luck with your new hobby.
      My dogs seem to always have something wrong with them! I’m glad your pup is fine now too.

  13. Herman Briceno October 7, 2014 at 8:33 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Sorry to hear about your furry buddy , sending prayers your way

  14. Norma Clayton October 7, 2014 at 8:07 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I am so sorry about Reina’s injury. Our fur-babies are very special and we hurt when they do. Prayers for you both and healing thoughts for her. Can’t wait to try the protein bites!

  15. Madeline St Onge October 7, 2014 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I hope she heals up quickly and doesn’t need surgery Julie Prayers for you both

  16. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie October 7, 2014 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Poor Reina! Praying she gets better soon. Nothing makes me sadder then seeing an animal in pain.

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2014 at 7:25 am - Reply

      me too 🙁 It’s terrible. She is walking around on 3 legs!

  17. Blane Sherer October 7, 2014 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear about Reina.
    I feel your pain.

  18. Susanna @Zealous Mom October 7, 2014 at 5:49 am - Reply

    Oh no! Poor Reina. It’s so hard to see animals hurt because they can’t tell us what’s going on. Also, these peanut butter protein balls look delicious. I have pinned!

    • JulieWunder October 7, 2014 at 7:26 am - Reply

      I agree Susanna. You just have to guess. And thank you for the pin!

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