Peanut Butter Oat Balls

This hearty, healthy peanut butter oat balls recipe is gluten free and vegan, but tastes like dessert. They make a fast, satisfying healthy snack and are kid-friendly too.

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Who else loves a good energy ball? No-bake, healthy and yummy, they are such a fabulous, easy snack. Besides these peanut butter oatmeal balls we also love these Cookie Dough Protein Balls and these Maple Pecan Energy Balls. Check out all of our Snack Recipes for inspiration.

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IN THIS POST: Everything you need to make Peanut Butter Oat Balls

Ingredients for this recipe

These oatmeal energy balls are made with ingredients I usually have in my pantry.

  • oats – use either quick oats or old fashioned oats
  • almond flour
  • ground flax
  • shredded coconut – I use unsweetened
  • coconut oil
  • peanut butter – a fresh jar of natural peanut butter is always best for energy balls so they hold together
  • maple syrup
  • chocolate chips – or use chunks or mini chocolate chips
  • vanilla extract

Healthy shopping tip! Look for items like organic flaxseed meal, oats, almond flour, maple syrup, and other healthy pantry staples at Costco, Amazon, or bulk stores. They usually have a decent selection of these types of goods at an excellent price.

Comparison shop at your market prices and see if it is a good deal for you.

peanut butter oat balls on a plate.

How to make Peanut Butter Oat Balls

First thing is to turn your oats into a coarse flour in a blender or food processor.

Did you know you can make flour so easily? It’s so useful for a good gluten-free flour if that is something you need – just be sure to use certified gluten free oats.

gluten free oats in a blender about to be processed into flour

Second, add the oat flour to a bowl along with the almond flour, ground flax seeds, coconut, and sea salt. Stir it all together and set aside.

Next, combine the peanut butter with the coconut oil and the maple syrup and melt it together over low heat.

There is no honey in these chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal balls so they are vegan friendly too.

liquid ingredients for healthy energy bites in a small saucepan

Next, pour the smooth peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir it all together. Using your hands or a small cookie scoop, roll the mixture into balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or dish

Finally, freeze for half an hour to set and store them in the fridge.

hand holding a healthy treat with a bite out of it

FAQ’S, Tips, + Substitutions

  • Are energy balls actually healthy? When using whole food ingredients including healthy fats, and natural sweeteners energy balls are definitely a healthy snacking alternative.
  • How long do energy balls last in the fridge? When properly stored in an airtight container these will keep for up to 2 weeks.
  • TIP! For a different flavor, you can switch up the nut butter – use almond butter or cashew butter. Or go nut-free and use tahini or sunflower seed butter.
  • Substitute the chocolate chips for raisins for a classic oatmeal cookie taste.
  • Experiment with different mix-ins like dried cranberries, chia seed, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, or protein powder.
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More healthy energy ball recipes

**This recipe was originally posted on January 23, 2015, and updated on July 24, 2020, and again on June 9, 2022, with recipe notes, writing, and new photos.**

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Healthy Peanut Butter Oat Balls – Vegan + Gluten Free

Sharon Rhodes
This hearty, healthy peanut butter oat balls recipe is gluten free and vegan, but tastes like dessert. They make a fast, satisfying healthy snack and are kid-friendly too.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 111 kcal



  • In a blender, pulse the oats until they turn into a coarse flour.
  • Transfer the oat flour into a medium mixing bowl and add in the almond flour, flax, shredded coconut, and sea salt. Stir it well to combine.
  • In a small saucepan, melt together the coconut oil, peanut butter, and maple syrup over medium-low heat. Once it is smooth, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir well. Fold in the chocolate chips
  • Roll into tablespoon-sized balls and freeze for about an hour.
  • Store, covered in the fridge or freezer.



  • How long do energy balls last in the fridge? When properly stored in an airtight container these will keep for up to 2 weeks.
  • TIP! For a different flavor, you can switch up the nut butter – use almond butter or cashew butter. Or go nut-free and use tahini or sunflower seed butter.
  • Substitute the chocolate chips for raisins for a classic oatmeal cookie taste.
  • Experiment with different mix-ins like dried cranberries, chia seed, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, or protein powder.


Calories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 58mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 12IUCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
Keyword no bake energy balls, peanut butter oat balls
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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made many energy balls over time and those are my all time favorite! I’ve made a few tweaks based on your other energy ball recipes… I used 1.25 cups of quick oats, subbed hemp hearts for the flax and used only 2 tbsp of dairy free mini chocolate chips. Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    These PB oat energy balls are full of healthy ingredients that will give me just the boost I need in the afternoon. Looking forward to trying them.

  3. 5 stars
    So delicious! Peanut butter and oats my two favourite things. Love the idea of melting the coconut oil and peanut butter never did that before. Worked beautifully. Thanks!

  4. I pretty much always have some form of homemade energy ball/bar in my fridge – they’re seriously the perfect snack. These look perfect they’ve got all my favourite ingredients in them!

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