These 3-ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls are a delicious snack that is ready in under 10 minutes. This easy recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
If you're looking for an easy healthy snack, look no further than these no-bake oatmeal energy bites. They're full of fiber, plant-based protein, and healthy fats, and are a great meal prep snack for when a sweet craving strikes.
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- Old fashioned oats - the base of these peanut butter energy balls.
- Creamy peanut butter - choose a natural peanut butter with simple ingredients of just peanuts and salt. It should have any added sugar or oils. full of plant based protein and healthy fats,
- Pure maple syrup - to lightly sweeten the oatmeal energy balls.
How to Make Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls
Step 1. Pulse the old fashioned oats in the bowl of a food processor until you have a rough textured flour.
Step 2. Add in the peanut butter and maple syrup. Pulse until combined.
Step 3. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop out the dough before rolling them into a more uniform ball with your hands. Place them in an airtight container or stasher bag and store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Make It Your Way: Substitutions & Variations
Please remember that recipes are just a starting point.
How can you make these 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls using what you already have? Here are some ideas...
- Gluten-free? - make sure to use certified gluten-free oats if necessary.
- No old fashioned oats? - you can quick oats or oat flour for a smoother texture more similar to cookie dough.
- No creamy peanut butter? - use crunchy peanut butter for more texture.
- No peanut butter? - use a different nut butter such as almond butter or cashew butter.
- Nut-free? - use seed butter such as sunflower butter or granola butter as a safe option for school lunches.
- No maple syrup? - use another liquid sweetener such as raw honey instead.
- Add-ins - protein powder, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, mini chocolate chips, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, etc.
How to Store
These no-bake peanut butter balls can be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.
You can freeze them if you want to make a large batch. To do so, place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This keeps them from freezing into one large mass. Once frozen, transfer the balls to a freezer-safe bag or airtight container for up to 3 months. Let thaw before enjoying.
Substituting quick oats or oat flour? There's no need to dirty up a food processor. Just mix all the ingredients together in a medium bowl until combined. Then scoop and roll into balls.
Use runny or well-stirred peanut butter. If it's too dry it can affect the texture. If your run into this problem, you may need to add a little extra sweetener to get a more cohesive consistency.
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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup well stirred creamy peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- Pulse the old fashioned oats in the bowl of a food processor until you have a rough textured flour.
- Add in the peanut butter and maple syrup. Pulse until combined.
- Use a small cookie scoop to scoop out the dough before rolling them into a more uniform ball with your hands. Place them in an airtight container or stasher bag and store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.