peanut butter oatmeal energy balls

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: about 12 balls 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American


These no-bake bites taste like a cross between oatmeal raisin and peanut butter cookie dough. I use natural creamy peanut butter (like the kind from Smuckers) and it works really well.


  • 1/3 cup creamy unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 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)


  1. 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.
  2. Add to a medium bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon as much as you can, then use your hands to mix the dough together. 
  4. Use a tablespoon-size measuring spoon to portion and roll into balls. 
  5. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. 


To store, place 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.

To make these nut-free, use Sunbutter instead of peanut butter.

Grind the oats in a blender or food processor. This will make the final texture smoother and more like cookie dough.

Use quick oats instead of ground up rolled oats if desired.

Cut the raisins in half if they are very large so they are easier for the kids to bite into and chew.

Warm the peanut butter and honey so they are easy to stir into the other ingredients.

Use a tablespoon measuring spoon or a small spoon to portion out the dough.

Cut up if needed to serve to younger kids.

Try snipped dried cherries, cranberries, or apricots instead of the raisins.

Use mini chocolate chips instead of raisins.

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