Make a batch of these no-bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls to have on hand for hungry kiddos during the week—or to feed yourself a naturally sweet snack whenever you need a moment of happiness for yourself!
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls
Before anyone says something, I do realize that most toddlers do not need more energy! They usually have plenty all on their own. The thing that these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls offer is a balanced snack or an option for a healthier dessert. Because having easy, homemade options for snack time and treats is a definite win in my book!
My little one has gotten into the habit of asking for a snack most nights before bedtime. Many nights, it’s clearly a stalling tactic and she’s not really hungry for anything other than more time to play or read. Other nights, she didn’t quite eat enough for dinner and she needs a little more nourishment in her body before heading off to bed. I’m never quite sure which of the two it is until I actually give her the snack (she won’t eat it if she’s not hungry!), but I try to keep some wholesome options—like these energy bites—on hand.
How to Make Peanut Butter Energy Balls Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at how to make this easy energy ball recipe:
- Gather peanut butter, honey, chia seeds, raisins, oats, honey, and vanilla. (You can skip the chia seeds if you don’t have any!).
- Grind the oats if you’d like a smoother final texture. The recipe works both ways, but grinding the oats makes the balls taste more like cookie dough. Add to a bowl with the chia seeds.
- Cut the raisins in half, if large, to make the balls easier to bite into for the little eaters.
- Warm the peanut butter and honey and stir into the rest of the ingredients. Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon as much as you can, then use your hands to mix the dough together.
- Use a tablespoon-size measuring spoon to portion and roll into balls.
- Eat and/or store in the fridge in an airtight container.
Easy Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
You don’t need any fancy ingredients or to use any complicated methods to make these energy bites. You simply warm the wet ingredients and stir them into the dry. The batter is easy enough to roll without needing to chill in the fridge so you can make the whole recipe in under 10 minutes. They also store well in the fridge so you can have them on hand during the week whenever you need a quick bite or snack option.
Oatmeal Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
With my kids, these bites are “cookies” since they basically taste like cookie dough. The interior is soft and sweet and easy to chew. There is honey in the mix, so they taste like a total treat…and pair really well with any kind of milk that you prefer. I like to grind the oats up so that they overall have a more consistent, finer texture. It’s one extra step, but it’s really worth it!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Wanting a chocolate version? Simply use mini chocolate chips in place of the raisins! That will definitely taste like cookie dough and I expect will make the kids really happy. (And probably the grown ups too!)
Nut-Free Oatmeal Balls without Peanut Butter
If you can’t do peanut butter in your house or you need a nut-free snack to send to preschool or school, try these energy bites with Sunbutter instead of peanut butter. They should work just fine and taste similar.
I have to admit that I make these as much for my kids as s I do for myself. They are the perfect pre- (or post-) workout snack since they are easy to eat and easy to digest. I store each batch in a quart-size mason jar in the fridge and cut them up for younger eaters to ensure that they are easy to chew. If they feel too firm, simply let sit at room temperature for a bit before storing.
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These no-bake bites taste like a cross between oatmeal raisin and peanut butter cookie dough. I use natural creamy peanut butter and it works really well.
- 1/3 cup creamy unsweetened peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup rolled oats ground into a coarse flour in a blender or food processor (or quick oats)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/4 cup raisins, cut in half (optional, but recommended for overall texture)
- Place the peanut butter and honey in a heat-proof container (such as a glass measuring cup) and warm for 15-30 seconds in the microwave. Add to a medium bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon as much as you can, then use your hands to mix the dough together.
- Use a tablespoon-size measuring spoon to portion and roll into balls. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Let sit at room temperature to soften slightly if needed for your toddler.
If you happen to not have chia seeds on hand, you can simply skip them.
Use Sunbutter instead of peanut butter if needed.
Try snipped dried cherries, cranberries, or apricots instead of the raisins.
Use mini chocolate chips instead of raisins.