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No bake peanut butter oatmeal balls on a blue bowl.

Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

Easy no cook peanut butter oatmeal balls made with crunchy peanut butter, oats, dark chocolate chips and almonds. This gluten free recipe is great for meal prep and makes 24 peanut butter balls.
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Prep Time : 10 mins
Cook Time : 0 mins
Shaping the balls : 15 minutes
Total Time : 25 mins
Cuisine: : Australian, Western
Course : Desserts, Snacks
Servings : 24 peanut butter balls
Calories : 142 : kcal
Estimated Cost (AUD) : $7.16 or $0.30 per ball

INGREDIENTS

  • 250 grams (8.81 ounces) crunchy peanut butter
  • 80 grams (2.82 ounces) honey or use maple syrup to make it vegan
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 135 grams (4.76 ounces) rolled oats
  • 42 grams (1.48 ounces) slivered almonds
  • 60 grams (2.11 ounces) dark chocolate chips
  • 2 - 4 teaspoons water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Toast the almonds by placing them into a skillet over medium flame. Dry roast the almonds until they turn golden brown and smell fragrant.
    Shake and stir the almonds from time to time to ensure even coloring. As soon as they have turned a light brown color, remove them from the heat and transfer them to a plate and allow them 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.
  •  Add all the ingredients except the water into a large mixing bowl, and use a wooden spoon or spatula to mix until combined.
  • Test the mixture. Take a spoonful of the mixture in your hand and press it into a ball. If you find that the mixture is not holding its shape, mix in a small amount of water. Once you have the consistency right, place the mixture into the fridge for 30 minutes before shaping it into balls.
  • Take a heaped tablespoon of the mixture and shape it into 24 even-sized balls.

Notes

This recipe makes 24 no bake peanut butter balls each weighing about 23 grams (0.81 ounces).
TIPS
  • Dip a metal spoon in boiling water before placing it into the honey because using a hot spoon makes the honey slide off the spoon. 
  • Place the ingredients in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before shaping to chill the mixture for easier handling.
  • To make it easier to roll into balls, 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 it in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Almond butter - can be used instead of peanut butter.
VARIATIONS
Use this recipe as a base and create your own variations by adding in any of the following:
  • 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
After making a variation to the recipe and finding that the mixture is a little dry, add extra peanut butter or 1-2 tablespoons of water.
Nutrition Facts
Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
Serving Size
 
1 x 23 gram ball
Amount per Serving
Calories
142
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Cholesterol
 
1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
65
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
153
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Calcium
 
24
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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