Made with only 3 ingredients, these peanut butter oatmeal balls are the perfect start to your morning. These energy bites are packed with nutrients and can be whipped up in 5 minutes!
If you are looking for a quick & easy on-the-go breakfast, look no further than these 3-ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls. They are so easy to make it should be illegal.
These no-bake peanut butter energy bites are packed with healthy carbs, fats, and protein, making them a well-rounded snack and perfect for a grab-and-go situation. I love making these and keeping them on hand for when I get a little hungry!
- Oatmeal- For this recipe, you're going to want to use old-fashioned or rolled oats. They are sturdy and give the best texture for these oat balls. You could also use quick oats, just know that the texture might be a little different. I would avoid using steel-cut oats.
- Peanut butter- I used regular creamy peanut butter for this recipe (think like Jif or Skippy). I didn't test with natural peanut butter, but if you want to use natural I would make sure to use one without a lot of oil and make sure the oil is fully mixed in before using. Natural peanut butter typically has a dryer texture than creamy, so this might affect the texture of your oatmeal peanut butter balls.
- Honey- Honey is used as our sweetener and binding agent for this recipe, but we don't need a lot!
Step by Step Instructions
In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the peanut butter for about 30 seconds, or until it reaches a runny consistency. This is to make it easier to mix.
In a large bowl, mix the oats, peanut butter, and honey until fully combined.
Use a tbsp-sized measuring spoon to scoop the oatmeal mixture and roll it into a ball in the palm of your hand. Place on a parchment paper-lined plate and place in the fridge until they firm up.
Frequently Asked Questions
No! This recipe is no-bake, so there is no baking involved. I do like to chill the balls in the fridge after rolling them.
Yes! The combination of peanut butter and honey will soften the oats just enough so that it doesn't feel like you're eating just raw oatmeal. Plus the oats give a little texture to these peanut butter energy bites.
Absolutely! If you want to make these protein peanut butter oatmeal bites, I would remove ¼ cup of oatmeal and add in ¼ of vanilla, peanut butter, or even chocolate protein powder.
Here are some fun ideas to change up these peanut butter oatmeal balls:
- Use almond butter, cashew butter, or another nut butter you love. If you are nut-free use sunflower butter!
- Use gluten-free oats to make this recipe gluten-free. You can also swap the honey for maple syrup to make this vegan.
- Add chia seeds for an extra boost in nutrients and fiber.
- Add mini chocolate chips, cinnamon, or shredded coconut for a little extra flavor.
Storing & Freezing
These energy bites are stored best in the fridge in an airtight container. They stay fresh for up to a week in the fridge or a month in the freezer.
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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup honey
- In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the peanut butter for about 30 seconds, or until it reaches a runny consistency. This is to make it easier to mix.
- In a large bowl, mix the oats, peanut butter, and honey until fully combined.
- Use a tbsp-sized measuring spoon to scoop the oatmeal mixture and roll it into a ball in the palm of your hand. Place on a parchment paper-lined plate and place in the fridge/freezer until they firm up.
- You can use any nut butter you would like for this recipe.
- Add in ideas: chia seeds, mini chocolate chips, cinnamon, or shredded coconut.
- Storing: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.
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