This is the best no-bake 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls recipe; it’s so easy to make in 5 minutes, healthy, and gluten-free. The perfect meal prep breakfast, snack, and dessert!
My favorite healthy no-bake peanut butter snack
This might be my favorite snack recipe on my blog! Not kidding. I love these nut-free protein bars and oat flour pumpkin muffins, but when I am in a “peanut butter mood,” these are my go-to! My favorite thing about them is that you don’t have to bake them; mix all the ingredients together, and your snack is ready in under 5 minutes.
These peanut butter oatmeal balls are easy to make because they only call for three simple ingredients: rolled oats, creamy peanut butter, and honey. The peanut butter binds them together, the honey adds a little natural sweetness, and the oats are full of fiber and a dash of protein!
You can customize them by using maple syrup instead of honey, so they are vegan. This protein mug cake is another incredible vegan snack.
These peanut butter energy balls make for the perfect meal prep breakfast, snack, and dessert. We make them on Sundays and enjoy them all week long. They keep wonderfully for weeks in the refrigerator and freezer.
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- Quick & Easy: this recipe takes 5 minutes to make.
- 3 Ingredients: you only need rolled oats, honey, and peanut butter.
- Meal Prep: make these ahead of time and store them for up to 7 days.
- Versatile: they are a great breakfast, snack, and dessert.
- Healthy: only simple and wholesome ingredients.
- Vegan Option: make them vegan by using maple syrup.
- Gluten-Free: we love gluten-free oatmeal snacks.
- Great Fuel: these peanut butter oatmeal energy balls are so good.
- Try this 6-ingredient peanut butter granola next!
Ingredients in healthy peanut butter energy balls
You will love how easy these peanut butter oatmeal balls are to make – they only require three basic and wholesome ingredients: honey, peanut butter, and rolled oats. You certainly have all the ingredients at home already!
- Rolled Oats: I recommend old-fashioned rolled oats for the best results! You can use quick oats if needed, but don’t use steel-cut.
- Peanut Butter: Grab your favorite salted and creamy peanut butter to bind these 3 ingredient energy oatmeal balls together! Make sure it is really smooth because the dry stuff will not work. Check out my photos above for reference.
- Honey: These energy oatmeal balls are perfectly sweet without refined sugars. If you are vegan, you can use maple syrup.
How to make 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls
These no-bake 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls come together in 5 minutes in one mixing bowl! Add all the ingredients to the bowl, mix, and then roll out 10 to 15 golf-sized balls. They’re simply perfect for sharing with the family, meal prep as a snack, or to bring to a party!
Begin by mixing all ingredients together.
Then, using your hands or a cookie scooper, form 10 – 15 balls. Tip: You may need to wet your hands a little if the dough is super sticky.
You can immediately enjoy your three ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls or store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 7 – 10 days or freeze them for up to 3 months.
Make them vegan:
To make these three-ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls vegan, use maple syrup instead of honey. Since maple syrup is “looser” than honey, you need to let the oat mixture chill in the fridge for 15 – 25 minutes before rolling the balls out.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use quick oats?
Old-fashioned rolled oats are best for these energy balls; however, if you do not have them on hand, you can certainly use quick oats. The texture will be softer. Do not use steel-cut oats!
Are they gluten-free?
Yes, these 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls are gluten-free if you use certified gluten-free rolled oats. Just look for the label at the grocery store!
Can I use maple syrup instead of honey?
This is a common question. I highly recommend using honey since it is naturally stickier than maple syrup and helps bind these energy balls together. If you use maple syrup, you need to let the “dough” chill in the fridge for 15 – 25 minutes before rolling out the energy balls.
What is the best type of peanut butter to use?
Creamy peanut butter is best! Stay away from dry and oily ones that will not bind the oats together to form energy balls.
Can I freeze peanut butter oatmeal balls?
Yes, you can freeze these 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls for up to 3 months. Add them to a freezer-safe sealed bag or container and store them in the freezer. When ready to enjoy, let them sit at room temperature for 15 – 20 minutes or place them in the refrigerator for 1 – 2 hours.
How to store peanut butter energy balls:
For best results, store leftovers for meal prep breakfast, snack, and dessert in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
If you loved this recipe, try these next!
- Healthy Peanut Butter Granola
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
- Healthy Peanut Butter Truffles
- Oatmeal Blueberry Banana Muffins
- Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
- Baked Oats without Banana
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Banana Muffins
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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
- In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together.
- Using your hands or a cookie scooper, form 10 – 15 balls. Tip: you may need to wet your hands a little if the dough is super sticky.
- Enjoy immediately and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 7 – 10 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
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