Delicious Peanut Butter Energy Balls made with creamy peanut butter, whole grain oats, and the perfect amount of chocolate chips.

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If you need more healthy snack ideas then you are going to love this recipe! These Peanut Butter Energy Balls are the perfect blend of creamy nut butter, whole grain oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, and of course a few chocolate chips.

These healthy little bites come together quickly and store incredibly well in the fridge or freezer. I promise you’ll love these!

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No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Energy Ball Ingredients

Creamy Peanut Butter: I like to grab a creamy peanut butter with no added oils or flavorings.

Maple Syrup: to sweeten the bites a bit we’re adding maple syrup. You could sub this for honey if you prefer.

Vanilla Extract: this adds a little delicious vanilla flavor to each bite.

Old-Fashioned Oats: whole grain old-fashioned oats give these peanut butter energy balls the best texture and flavor. If you need to keep this recipe gluten free then be sure to choose certified gluten free old-fashioned oats.

Chia Seeds: this healthy little seeds at some extra healthy fat, fiber, and protein.

Chocolate Chips: dark chocolate chips add some good crunch as well as the perfect chocolate flavor to pair with the peanut butter. If you need to keep this recipe completely dairy free then be sure to use dairy free chocolate chips. 

Sea Salt: a little sea salt in each bite pairs perfectly with the chocolate and peanut butter. Plus, you can sprinkle on a little flaky sea salt right before serving!

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How to Make Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Step One: In a large mixing bowl combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla.

Step Two: Add the oats, chocolate chips, chia seeds, and salt and mix until well combined and it resembles cookie dough.

Step Three: Place the “dough” in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to chill.

Step Four: Once the mix has chilled, take it out of the fridge and use a tablespoon measure or cookie scoop to scoop the dough and then form it into small balls by rolling them in between your hands. 

Step Five: Enjoy! Store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.

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Can I Add Protein Powder?

Yes! You can one scoop of plain or vanilla protein to these energy balls. If you prefer, you could add a scoop of chocolate protein if you want the balls to have more of a chocolate flavor.

Can I Add Other Mix-Ins?

Yes! You could add a tablespoon of ground flax seed, pumpkin seeds, or dried fruit if you like.

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My Favorite Tips and Tricks

  • Be sure to grab old-fashioned rolled oats for this recipe and not quick oats. Using quick oats will change the texture and the balls won’t hold up.
  • You can leave out the chocolate chips if you like for chocolate free energy bites. You can also use mini chocolate chips if you prefer.
  • Feel free to switch up the nut butter if you like! Almond butter or cashew butter will both work in this recipe.

How to Store

Store these energy balls in the fridge for up to one week or keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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I hope you give these Peanut Butter Energy Balls a try! They are so easy to make and delicious! If you do give this recipe a try, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @allthehealthythings on INSTAGRAM. Your reviews and ratings help support All the Healthy Things and make it possible for me to continue to create the recipes you trust and love.

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Peanut Butter Energy Balls

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • flaky sea salt, for garnish

Method

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla.
  2. Add the oats, chocolate chips, chia seeds, and salt and mix until well combined and it resembles cookie dough.
  3. Place the “dough” in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to chill.
  4. Once the mix has chilled, take it out of the fridge and use a tablespoon measure or cookie scoop to scoop the dough and then form it into small balls by rolling them in between your hands.
  5. Enjoy! Store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.

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30 Comments

  1. These are so yummy! They have come in really handy between meals when I need a quick and easy pick me up. My husband is a full time student and he takes them when he’s on campus all day. My first time making something like this and can’t wait to try the other similar recipes on the site.

    1. Ashlea Carver says:

      I’m so happy y’all loved them, Camille!

  2. I’ve made these multiple times now while on maternity leave. They are the absolute best for when I need a quick pick me up in the middle of the day or even if I just need to grab something to fuel me quick in the morning. So, so delicious! They’ve definitely become a staple in our house.

    1. Natalie Perkins (ATHT) says:

      I’m so glad you loved this one, Crystal! Thanks for leaving a review!

  3. These are so delicious & I make them all the time! They satisfy my sweet tooth & when I have these in the fridge I’ll reach for them over cookies or other chocolatey sweets. These were also perfect for post-partum; easy to grab & eat quickly. I have found Costco pb works best-the creamier the better! I’ve made these for friends & family and everyone likes them.

    1. Natalie Perkins (ATHT) says:

      I’m so glad you loved these, Kelsey! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

  4. Made a tiny batch a few weeks ago and fell in love. They are now part of my weekly food prep and help so much with mid-morning and early afternoon fatigue and stop me from grabbing the junk food!

  5. These are delicious!! Made these for an easy, filling but healthy snack while breastfeeding and they’re perfect. Mine were a little dry so will add more PB next time (I ran out otherwise would’ve added more this batch). Also just a note that in the notes, it mentions coconut but don’t see that in the recipe but I did add a little dried coconut and it was great!!