Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls


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These healthy no bake oatmeal energy balls are made with peanut butter and maple syrup, and perfect to snack on! Packed with protein and made without refined sugar, these easy energy balls take 5 minutes and completely vegan and gluten-free.

No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Balls Recipe

Oatmeal Energy Balls with Peanut Butter

It’s no secret that I love my healthy snack recipes. Some of my favorites include cookie dough protein bars, almond flour chocolate mug cake, and lemon blueberry muffins.

With the heat in full swing, I’ve taken a break from my oven and gone full throttle into my no bake snack recipes!

Energy balls are a quick and easy snack to make, and perfect to enjoy between meals to keep hunger at bay! There are millions of ways to make energy balls and a plethora of flavor combinations to use.

Today, we’ll be peeling back the layers and going back to basics with the classic oatmeal energy ball recipe, made with oats, peanut butter and held together with pure maple syrup. 

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls Ingredients

  • Oatmeal- Rolled oats work best, to ensure the energy balls are chewy and filling. You can use quick oats, but increase the amount by 2 tablespoons. 
  • Peanut Butter- Smooth, runny and drippy peanut butter works the best. If your peanut butter is a little too firm, microwave it for several seconds to mix in easier to the batter. 
  • Maple Syrup- Pure maple syrup adds sweetness and helps bind the energy balls together. You can substitute maple syrup with brown rice syrup, agave nectar, or if not strictly vegan, honey
  • Ground Flaxseed- This adds healthy fats and protein, and a slightly nutty flavor. 
  • Peanut Butter chips– Add peanut butter chips to give it a more pronounced peanut butter flavor. You can also use chocolate chips too. 

How to make easy oatmeal energy balls with peanut butter

How to make peanut butter oatmeal energy balls

Step 1- In a large mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well. 

Step 2- In a microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, combine your peanut butter with maple syrup and heat until warm. Whisk together until fully combined.

Step 3- Combine your wet and dry mixture together. Allow cooling slightly, before folding in your peanut butter chips. 

Step 4- Cover the energy ball mixture and refrigerate for 15 minutes. 

Step 5- Remove from the refrigerator. Lightly wet your hands, and form 12-16 balls. 

Can you eat dry oatmeal in oatmeal energy balls

Rolled oats are perfectly fine to eat raw, especially when combined with other ingredients. Allowing the mixture to sit before forming into balls, they will soften and be easier to eat. Besides, the uncooked (Dry) oats provide an even chewier texture. 

Healthy No Bake Energy Balls Recipe with peanut butter

How to make energy balls gluten-free?

Easily make these energy balls gluten-free, by using certified gluten-free rolled oats. You can also use quinoa flakes, but like the quick oats, add an extra tablespoon. 

How to make oatmeal energy balls without peanut butter

Peanut butter can be replaced, with several options. 

Smooth almond butter, sunflower seed butter or tahini can all be used. Just be sure it is smooth, drippy and more liquid than firm. 

Can you freeze oatmeal energy balls

Energy balls are freezer friendly and leftover balls can be stored in the freezer. Be sure the energy balls are in a sealed container.

To enjoy energy balls from the freezer, allow thawing overnight in the fridge or at room temperature. 

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No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Balls

5 from 144 votes
These healthy no bake oatmeal energy balls are made with peanut butter and maple syrup, and perfect to snack on! Packed with protein and made without refined sugar, these easy energy balls take 5 minutes and completely vegan and gluten-free.
Servings: 20 Balls
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins



  • In a large mixing bowl, add your rolled oats and ground flaxseed and mix well.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, combine your peanut butter with your maple syrup. Heat until warm and melted. Whisk together.
  • Combine your wet and dry ingredients and mix well. Fold through your chocolate chips (or peanut butter chips). Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes, to firm up.
  • Remove from the fridge and form 20 balls.


No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Balls should be stored in the fridge, for optimum freshness. They will keep well for up to 4 weeks. 
Energy balls are freezer friendly and can keep well in the freezer for up to 6 months. 


Serving: 1BallCalories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 4gFat: 6gFiber: 4gVitamin A: 150IUVitamin C: 2.5mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.4mgNET CARBS: 7g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Healthy No Bake Energy Balls recipe with peanut butter, maple syrup and oatmeal!

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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. I couldn’t find sugar free choco chips or peanut chips immediately, so i melted some 90% dark chocolate and added in the mix. It’s perfect! Thank you 🙂

  2. Forgot to mention I used honey instead of the syrup listed because I couldn’t find any sugar free versions. Works well anyway 😀

  3. 5 stars
    Just made this! The last batch of energy balls I made from a different recipe, called for coconut oil and came out way too oily. I love that this recipe doesn’t include oil and has extra protein from the flax seed which you can’t taste at all. These, however, came out perfectly!

    I didn’t have smooth PB, only crunchy, and it still came out well! I added some cacao powder and raisins as well. Love the texture and taste, and especially love that it’s vegan, and quick, easy, and cheap to make. It’s delicious and nutritious! I’d definitely make this again. Thank you for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    These were really good! I find they taste even better after being refrigerated overnight. I’ve been trying to find a healthy, low sugar, on the go breakfast for busy mornings since by doctor recently told me my blood sugar is creeping up. I take these with me on work days and they keep me full all morning so I don’t snack! They also satisfy my sweet tooth.

    I used sugar free maple syrup and sugar free chocolate chips, along with all natural (only peanuts) creamy peanut butter. They came out great, quick and easy to make and I feel good about eating them. Thank you!!!!

  5. I stand corrected….once they got cold…in the fridge…they were delicious…and…(didn’t fall apart) My bad…I couldn’t wait to taste them…so I rushed it…I will definitely make them again… :))

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve made this multiple times. They’re a great delicious snacks that my husband and I enjoy as peanut butter lovers. I will say that while with honey and Brown rice syrup these are awesome, maple syrup felt too soft and overly sweet to us.

  7. Hi I haven’t yet made these but was just wondering if anyone, instead of using ground flaxseed, has anyone used chia seed ground or not?

  8. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe – had misplaced but went on a mission to find them – took hours but I succeeded. Dairy Free home due to a dairy allergy for one of the young ins – grateful that they loved making and eating – a lunch box find – 👏👏👏. Mine were quite dry did I let the peanut butter and maple syrup get to warm or possibly over mix – will make again for sure. Can you freeze them – hmmmmm