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.
Oatmeal Energy Balls with Peanut Butter
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 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.
How to make energy balls gluten-free?
How to make oatmeal energy balls without peanut butter
Peanut butter can be replaced, with several options.
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.
More energy ball recipes
- Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls
- Whole30 Energy Balls
- Gingerbread Energy Balls
- Salted Caramel Energy Balls
- Brownie Energy Balls
No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Balls
- 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.