These healthy no bake peanut butter oatmeal balls are a perfect grab and go snack. Easy to make and made without a food processor. Healthy and loaded with old fashioned rolled oats, peanut butter and almonds these delicious energy bites are hard to put down.
About This Recipe
- It takes less than 10 minutes preparation to whip up a batch of these no bake oatmeal energy balls. Great for when you want a snack in a hurry.
- It’s cheaper and healthier than anything you could buy, and you know exactly what is in them.
- These are a great meal prep idea because they can be made and stored in the fridge for one week or frozen for up to three months.
Peanut butter – helps to bind all the ingredients together. We used crunchy peanut butter, because we like the texture. If you don’t like crunchy peanut butter, smooth peanut butter can used.
Dark chocolate chips – we added dark mini chocolate chips because dark chocolate is a semi sweet chocolate. If you prefer to use white or milk chocolate do so, but remember it also increases the sweetness.
Rolled oats or old fashioned oats where used in this recipe but you could also use quick cooking oats or steel cut oats.
For gluten free make sure to use oats that are certified gluten free (i.e. not packaged in a factory that produces other wheat products).
Slivered almonds – these add extra protein, texture, flavour and crunch to the peanut butter balls.
Honey – adds a natural sweetness without making them overly sweet. For vegan energy balls replace the honey with maple syrup or agave.
Vanilla bean paste – gives a nice subtle soft flavour that goes well with the other ingredients.
Step 1 – First toast the almonds by placing into a skillet and heat over a medium flame.
Dry roast the almonds until they just turn golden brown and smell fragrant. Shake and stir the almonds from time to time to ensure even colouring.
As soon as they have turned a light brown remove from the heat. Transfer to a plate and allow to cool completely.
Don’t let the almonds cool in the hot pan because, they will continue to cook and can burn.
When the almonds have cooled, chop them into small pieces.
Step 2 – Add all the ingredients except the water into a mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon or spatula to mix until combined.
Step 3 – Test the mixture. Take a spoonful of the mixture and press it into a ball. If you find that it is a little dry and not holding shape mix in the water. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes before shaping into balls.
Step 4 – Take a heaped tablespoon of the mixture and shape into 24 even sized balls.
How Do You Store Energy Balls?
These peanut butter energy balls can be stored in the fridge for up two weeks.
- Dip a metal spoon in boiling water every time you use it to scoop out the honey, it will just slide off the spoon.
- Don’t forget to place the ingredients in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before shaping. It’s just so much easier to shape the balls when the mixture has been chilled.
- For easier shaping lightly oil your hands before rolling the mixture into balls.
- Once shaped, chill the balls in a single layer on a baking tray for about 30 minutes. Then store in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Almond butter – can be used instead of peanut butter
Variations On The Recipe
Use this no bake peanut butter oat meal balls recipe as a base and create your own variations:
• White chocolate chips
• Shredded coconut
• Chopped dried fruit like cranberries, apricots or raisins
• Other nuts like walnuts, pecans, pistachios
• Seeds like sesame seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds or flax seed
• Cocoa powder
• Protein powder
• Replace the honey with maple syrup or agave to make it vegan
If after making a variation to the recipe and find the mixture little dry, add a little more peanut butter or 1-2 tablespoons of water.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you eat raw oats in energy balls?
Yes, oats can be eaten raw especially when combined with other ingredients. If eaten on their own they are dry but will soften when combined with other moist ingredients.
Do energy balls have to be refrigerated?
Yes, they are best stored in the fridge where they will stay firm and hold their shape.
Can you freeze energy bites?
Yes, you can! For storing in the freezer, arrange the balls in a single layer on a tray and freeze until hard. Once frozen transfer to a freezer bag or container. Keep in the freezer for up to three months.
Other Recipes To Make Using Peanuts
- Peanut butter cookies with salted peanuts
- Indonesian garlic peanuts
- Easy fried ikan bilis peanuts recipe – this is our family recipe and one you should try, It’s so good.
- Crock pot chocolate peanut clusters – by simplyhappyfoodie.com
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Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
- 250 grams crunchy peanut butter
- 80 grams honey or use maple syrup to make it vegan
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
- 135 grams rolled oats
- 42 grams slivered almonds
- 60 grams dark chocolate chips
- 2 – 4 teaspoons water
- Place almonds in a skillet and heat over a medium flame. Dry roast the almonds until they just turn golden brown and fragrant. Shake and stir the almonds from time to time to ensure even colouring. As soon as they have turned a light brown remove from the heat. Transfer to a plate and allow to cool completely. Don’t let the almonds cool in the hot pan because, they will continue to cook and can burn.
- When the almonds have cooled, chop them into small pieces.
- Place the peanut butter, honey (or maple syrup), vanilla, chopped almonds, and chocolate into a large bowl and mix well. Note: if the peanut butter has a layer of oil drain this off before weighing and adding to the bowl. The mixture should just hold together when pressed into a ball. If not, mix in a little water until you get the correct consistency.
- Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for 30 minutes, this will allow the mixture to firm up, making it easier to shape into balls.
- Divide the mixture into 24 even portions and press together and shape into balls.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- White chocolate chips
- Shredded coconut
- Chopped dried fruit like cranberries, apricots or raisins
- Other nuts like walnuts, pecans, pistachios
- Seeds like sesame seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds or flax seed
- Cocoa powder
- Protein powder
- Replace the honey with maple syrup or agave to make it vegan