no bake oatmeal & peanut butter balls

At the beginning of January, I decided to {mostly} eliminate wheat from my diet (you can read about it here).  This initially posed a huge problem – I love all things wheat and salty.  Pretzels, saltine crackers, more pretzels, pizza, pasta – you name it, I love it (and want to eat it).   

So, I had to get creative with my snacks.  Blue corn chips have helped with the salty/crunchy that I crave, but I’ve been eating a lot of carrots, hummus, tatziki, {homemade} plantain chips, and these delicious little oatmeal & peanut butter balls.  I’ve been making a version of this recipe for years (peanut butter, oatmeal, and honey) but decided to add a few extras into the mix.  This recipe is so easy and quick – but the best part is that it’s healthy and satisfies all types of cravings!  

oatmeal balls

Ingredients (I tend to eyeball of my measurements, but for those that like exacts – here you go)
2 cups Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
3/4 cup Peanut Butter (I prefer smooth)
1/4 cup Honey
1/4 cup Coconut Flakes
1/4 Flax Seed
1 Tbsp Chia Seed
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Optional: chocolate chips, raisins, chopped nuts

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl (you can warm up the PB in the microwave to make it easier to work with).  Mix well with a spoon, and then mix together with your hands.  Put mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to slightly harden and form together.  Remove from refrigerator and use hands to create oatmeal & peanut butter balls.



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  1. Nom!

  2. YUMMO! I am going to try to make these using sunflower seed butter because my son is allergic to peanuts. They look soooo yummy! And fun to eat and to make! xo

  3. Yum! I stopped with the wheat products last year and made a very similar bar – totally hits the spot! I just made another one without the peanut butter, but with dates, almonds, sunflower seeds and vegan protein powder, so good! Perfect natural energy bite:)

  4. LOVE, these would be great to pack in my kids lunches or as an after school treat, although I might eat them all before they get home. 🙂

  5. These sound amazing … except for the cocoanut. Is there a substitute if I leave it out?

    • Jill – you can leave the coconut out and these are still delicious. Try without, and let me know what you think! 🙂

  6. Those sound delicious. I make my morning oatmeal with PB and bananas. This is the logical next step. Thanks for the recipe inspiration!

  7. 1/4 what of flaxseed? cup? thanks!

  8. These are so yummy! Batch one gone, just made batch two. Kids love them. Started a fitness and healthy eating regime; these are perfect for before and after gym workouts. I was looking for a way to use GF oats and pb. Thank you.

    My son and I are on the same mostly GF journey as you. I also like your other snack ideas above. Costco $5 salsa is great with those tortilla chips! Synder’s makes good GF pretzels that are often on sale at WF.

    • I just tried the Snyder’s pretzels & they are really good! I LOVE Glutino pretzels but they are so expensive… have to buy them when they are on sale 🙂 How’s the GF journey going?

  9. I use 100% peanut peanut butter at home, and it tends to be a lot runnier than regular peanut butter. Will that affect this recipe? Has anyone tried it?

  10. Huge hit at the house and office. Thank you!

  11. Just happened to stumble upon your website looking for peanut butter ball recipes! How funny! I love finding running blogs and people with similar interests. I will definitely be visiting regularly. BTW…made the peanut butter oatmeal balls tonight and they were fab! Kids loved them too. 🙂

  12. Beauty_betsot says

    I was searching for healthy recipes and came across with your recipe I know I will like it because ith healthy and yummy. I doubled the ingredients because I know I will love this. So yummy! Thank you

  13. Marshell Neidhart says

    Does anyone know how many calories are in these??

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