Stir together a few simple pantry staples to make the yummiest no-bake snack or dessert. These Graham Cracker Peanut Butter Balls are bite-size bliss with a distinctly s’mores vibe. Yum.

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Graham Cracker Peanut Butter Balls

You know how as a parent, there are weeks when it seems like you can only eat with one hand? Me too. This recipe is helpful because you can pop one into your mouth to satisfy hunger or a craving, easy peasy. Plus, you can make them in about 5-minutes without any special equipment, which makes them even better in my book!

I like to make these as an after school snack option for myself and the kids, or for a healthy dessert option. My toddler often helps me stir the batter together and roll up the balls too.

And these are what I make when I wind up with graham crackers no one wants to eat or lingering graham cracker crumbs.

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Ingredients You Need

To make this snack recipe, you need to have the following ingredients ready to go.

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  • Rolled oats: I use regular rolled oats here, which are sometimes called “old-fashioned” oats at the store. You can also use instant oats if that’s what you have.
  • Peanut butter: I usually use unsweetened creamy peanut butter here, though you could use sunflower seed butter if you prefer to make them nut-free.
  • Honey: Honey is helpful as its stickiness helps the balls hold together well.
  • Graham cracker crumbs: You can use a box of pre-made graham cracker crumbs or you can grind up full graham crackers in a food processor.
  • Chocolate chips, and/or dried fruit, optional: We like these with chocolate chips, but dried fruit work too. You can also leave them plain.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at how to make this recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the full information with amounts and timing.

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  1. Add the ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Stir together well.
  3. Add the chocolate chips or dried fruit, if desired.
  4. Roll into balls.

TIP: You can coat in additional graham cracker crumbs if desired.

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Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes, these are best if they’ve chilled for at least 30 minutes (which helps the oats to soften), but you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Are these the same as Graham Balls?

They have a sort of similar flavor, but they have different ingredients. (Graham Balls usually are made with sweetened condensed milk.)

How can I make these nut-free?

You can swap sunflower seed butter in for the peanut butter if you’d like.

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Best Tips for Success

  • Use smooth, natural-style peanut butter at room temperature.
  • Use honey at room temperature.
  • Use mini chocolate chips or chop up regular sized ones for the best distribution of chocolate flavor.
  • Let chill for 30 minutes before eating so the oats can soften a bit.
  • Roll balls in additional graham cracker crumbs if you like.
  • Gluten-free: Use GF graham cracker crumbs if desired.
  • Nut-free: Use sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter.

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Graham Crackers Peanut Butter Balls

These should chill for 30 minutes before serving to allow the oats to soften up a bit. (You can eat them immediately, they’ll just be a little chewy.)
4.97 from 30 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Snack
Calories 159kcal
Servings 10 (Makes about 20)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter ( or sunflower seed butter; at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (chopped up, mini chocolate chips, or dried fruit; optional)
  • 2 tablespoons additional graham cracker crumbs (optional)

Instructions

  • Add the ingredients to a medium bowl. Stir.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips or dried fruit, if using and stir together. (The mixture is thick!)
  • Using a tablespoon measuring spoon and your hands, shape mixture into balls. 
  • Roll in additional graham cracker crumbs if desired. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving (this allows the oats to soften.)

Notes

  • Use smooth, natural-style peanut butter at room temperature.
  • Use honey at room temperature.
  • Use mini chocolate chips or chop up regular sized ones for the best distribution of chocolate flavor.
  • Let chill for 30 minutes before eating so the oats can soften a bit.
  • Roll balls in additional graham cracker crumbs if you like.
  • Gluten-free: Use GF graham cracker crumbs if desired.
  • Nut-free: Use sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter.

Nutrition

Serving: 2balls, Calories: 159kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 88mg, Potassium: 126mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was first published February 2021.

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  1. 5 stars
    These are honestly my family’s favorite on the go breakfast/snack. I make a batch Sunday evenings for the week and they never make it to Friday! I usually halve the graham cracker and add in some flaxseed.

  2. All these are missing is some mini marshmallows and you have some awesome s’mores balls to take camping and hiking

  3. 5 stars
    These are so yummy! I didn’t want them so sweet so I made with 1tbsp honey and dash cold water and it worked great 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    These are great! I made a double batch for the family and used 1/2 graham cracker crumbs & 1/2 ground flaxseed in the mix for a little fiber boost. My 2 year old loves them and says “more cookie ball!”

  5. 5 stars
    These are so tasty and so easy to make with kids! My daughter and I absolutely love these, we will definitely make them again!! Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    Made these with my toddler the other night but without chocolate chips because I didnt have any.
    SOOO good! Seriously!

  7. 5 stars
    These were delicious and so fun to make with my almost 2 year old son. He loves helping in the kitchen!

  8. Question, if I’m using gf old fashioned oats, should I blast them a little in the food processor or anything like that? Or just use as is?
    Thanks

  9. Can you add flax or chia or anything else to make them more protein filled/healthier? If so how much? Also can almond butter be used?

    1. You could add 2 tbsp chia seeds (I’m not sure I’d use flax) if you want. Almond butter can work, but some types are very runny—you want whatever you use to be close to the consistency of peanut butter and you’d use the same amount.

    1. Maple syrup is less sticky so they might not hold together exactly the same. I might reduce the amount of maple syrup a little and increase the peanut butter so the overall wet amount is the same but you have more stickiness from the peanut butter if that makes sense.

  10. I am loving your blog! I am about to start sending my daughter’s lunches to daycare and all of your posts have been so helpful! 🙂