No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
These No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls are easy, healthy, and quick snacks to fix your sweet cravings and bring fiber and proteins to your day.
Plus, these no-bake oatmeal balls take under 20 minutes to make and are allergy-friendly, vegan, and dairy-free.
If you often make lunchboxes for your kids to bring to school, you know the importance of healthy snacks. These no-bake oatmeal balls are the best.
They are packed with a blend of healthy fats, proteins, and fiber from plant-based ingredients that kids love.
Plus, they are very versatile, and you can create a range of flavors and textures by changing just a few ingredients.
So let me share how to make this easy healthy snack.
How To Make No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
It’s so easy to whip up a batch of these healthy snacks. You don’t even need a food processor, or fancy kitchen tools, just a bowl and a few ingredients.
Here’s the list of basic ingredients you need to make these no-bake peanut butter balls:
- Natural Peanut Butter – You need peanut butter with no added sugar, no added oil, or salt.
- Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats or quick oats. If you don’t want to add ground flaxseeds in the next step, then use quick oats. It has a thinner texture and it holds into balls without the the flaxseeds.
- Ground Flaxseeds, ground chia seeds, or oat flour.
- Maple Syrup or any liquid sweetener you love, like agave syrup, coconut nectar, or sugar-free syrup such as monk fruit syrup.
- Mix-In – You can add any seeds, nuts, shredded coconut, or dried fruits.
- Sea Salt – If peanut butter is unsalted.
In a mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients: oats, salt, and flax meal. Stir to combine evenly.
Next, stir in the maple syrup and fresh drippy natural peanut butter. If your peanut butter is too firm, microwave it with the maple syrup in a separate glass bowl for 30 seconds.
Stir until smooth then incorporate with oat.
Finally, fold in the mix-in – I use dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds.
Stir and press to coat all dry ingredients nicely with the wet ingredients. The dough shouldn’t be too wet. It should be dense, thick, and sticky.
Refrigerate the mixture for 20 minutes before rolling it into balls. This is optional, but it makes it easier to form balls.
Rolling Into Balls
Before you roll the oatmeal mixture, prepare a plate covered with parchment paper. Or a sealed container that fits all the batter for storing in the fridge for later.
Also, rub your hands with some coconut oil because the batter is sticky.
Scoop some mixture using an ice cream scoop and release it into your hand. Roll into a ball and place on a plate covered with parchment paper
Repeat until no more oatmeal mixture is left. You should form about 20 no-bake oatmeal balls, depending on their size.
These no-bake oatmeal balls store very well in the fridge – for about one week in a sealed glass container.
You can freeze this healthy snack and simply thaw a ball at room temperature for 3 hours before eating or overnight in the fridge.
These no-bake oatmeal peanut butter balls are great after or before a cardio workout to give quick energy to your muscles.
Or, you can use them as in a kid’s lunchbox. If your school has a nut-free policy, look at my allergy swap options below.
This recipe is easy to adapt to any dietary requirement:
- Gluten-Free – Pick a gluten-free oat brand.
- Nut-Free – Peanut butter can be replaced with sunflower seed butter, tahini, or pumpkin seed butter. Keep in mind that tahini can be a bit bitter.
- Sugar-Free – Replace the maple syrup with sugar-free maple syrup made from Monk fruit. It adds fiber to the recipe, so it dries out the mixture quickly. As a result, you may need a bit more syrup to combine the ingredients. Also, skip the dried fruits and use nuts, seeds, or sugar-free chocolate chips.
You can create a range of different no-bake oat balls with this recipe.
You can change the nut butter – use peanut butter, cashew, or almond butter.
Next, change the mix-ins. Below are my favorite combinations:
- Dark chocolate chips, shredded coconut – this tastes like almond joy.
- Dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds.
- Dried banana chips pieces and chopped almonds.
- Pecans and white chocolate chips.
Frequently Asked questions
Below are my answers to your most common questions about this oatmeal balls.
Can I Use Almond Butter?
You can swap peanut butter with the same amount of fresh drippy almond butter. However, almond butter is often tougher and dryer.
In order to thin out the nut butter, stir almond butter and maple syrup together in a separate glass bowl.
Then microwave for 30-45 seconds, stir to combine and add to the dry ingredients.
Are Oatmeal Balls Healthy?
No-bake oatmeal balls are packed with nutrients: mostly fiber, proteins, and healthy fats from ground flaxseeds, oats, and peanut butter.
It means that their high fiber and protein content keeps you full very quickly, and they are perfect for fixing a sweet craving or refueling energy after a workout.
Plus, they are naturally refined-sugar-free and small, so you can control servings.
More Healthy Oat Recipes
Oats are the cereal of the future since they are better for the planet and high in fiber and proteins to keep your energy levels stable throughout the day.
Here are some more oat recipes for you:
No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
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- 2 ½ cups Old-Fashioned Oats
- 3 tablespoons Flaxseed Meal
- ½ cup Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Peanut Butter
- ¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
Mix ins – 1/2 cup of any of the below
- 2 tablespoons Pumpkin Seeds or any seeds
- 2 tablespoons Dried Cranberries or any dried fruits
- 2 tablespoons Chocolate Chips or coconut flakes
- 2 tablespoons Almonds chopped or any nuts
- In a large bowl, add oats, ground flaxseeds, and sea salt. Stir to combine.
- Stir in peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and stir very well to bring all the ingredients together into a sticky dough.
- Fold in any mix-in you love – I used dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. Stir to incorporate. The batter should be thick, sticky, and easy to shape into balls. If too dry, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of water.
- Refrigerate the batter for 10 minutes. It makes it easier to roll.
- Slightly oil your hands with coconut oil, scoop out a tablespoon of dough, and roll into a ball.
- Place the oatmeal balls on a plate covered with parchment paper and repeat the rolling process until no more batter is left.
- Place the peanut butter oatmeal balls in the fridge to firm up.
- Store for up to 1 week in a sealed container in the fridge or freeze for later and thaw 1 hour at room temperature before serving.
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Ingredients:Flaxseed MealMaple SyrupOatsPeanut ButterVanilla
Preparation:Under 20 MinutesUnder 30 Minutes
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