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5-Ingredient Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

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Made with just 5 ingredients, these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls are an easy, filling snack or breakfast on the go. Keep a few in the fridge so that hangry feeling never strikes again.

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Easy No Bake Oatmeal Balls

When it comes to a quick, healthy snack on the go these peanut butter oatmeal balls are my go-to. They are a spin-off of my favorite peanut butter oatmeal bars, with the only ingredient variation being maple syrup instead of honey (though you could still opt for honey here as well.) Sometimes oat balls just seem more fitting than bars and the serving size is just perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.

These oatmeal balls are kind of like little peanut butter energy bites, which have earned them a regular spot in my fridge. As I mentioned above, one is the perfect size for an afternoon pick-me-up, but two or three make a quick breakfast on the go too. Since they’re filled with protein, they’re great for taking on hikes and road trips or any other time you might find yourself wishing you had a snack on hand.

With just 5 ingredients and no baking required, there’s really no excuse to not give these peanut butter oatmeal balls a try!

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What You’ll Need

There are just 5 ingredients in these easy peanut butter oatmeal balls.

  • Oats – The best type of oats for these oatmeal balls are rolled oats. As neither instant or steel-cut oats will not give the appropriate texture.
  • Peanut butter – Any brand or type of peanut butter will work, smooth or crunchy, natural peanut butter or conventional.
  • Maple syrup – Like in my crunchy maple granola, the complex flavor of maple syrup compliments the nutty flavor of the oats really well.
  • Vanilla – Like in most baked goods, a splash of vanilla adds a nice flavor.
  • Salt – Salt balances the sweetness of the other ingredients.

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How to Make Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

Making these oat energy balls is quick and easy, with just 5 minutes or so of prep.

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  • Warm the peanut butter and maple syrup. Heat the peanut butter and maple syrup, stirring constantly when the edges start to bubble, until smooth and creamy.
  • Combine the ingredients. Remove the peanut butter from the heat. Add in the salt and vanilla. Pour over oats in a mixing bowl. Fold until evenly coated.
  • Form the balls. Use a cookie scoop to form balls from the mixture, placing them 1″ apart on a parchment-lined pan.
  • Cool. Allow the balls to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate to firm up.
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Tips

Here are a few tips that will make these oatmeal balls even easier.

  • Can I make these in the microwave? Absolutely. If you don’t want to use the stove, you can warm the peanut butter and maple syrup in the microwave in 20-second bursts, stirring in between, until smooth.
  • Be careful not to burn the peanut butter. Stir the mixture constantly to ensure that the peanut butter and maple syrup do not burn on the stovetop.

Serving Suggestions

These peanut butter oatmeal balls can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a snack on the go. Sometimes I’ll even enjoy one in the evening if I’m craving something sweet.

The thing I love about these is that they’re truly a grab-and-go snack, so I’ll often just grab one from the fridge as I go about my day. If I’m heading out on a road trip, a hike, or even just know I’ll be out and about for several hours, I’ll grab one or two to take with me just in case.

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How to Store

Peanut butter oatmeal balls should be stored in the fridge as they are made with maple syrup which should always be refrigerated. They will last for a week or two in the fridge. If you swap it for a shelf-stable sweetener, storing it in the fridge helps it keep its shape.

Peanut butter oat balls can be frozen for longer storage. Once they’ve firmed up in the fridge, transfer to a freezer-safe container. They’ll last for a few months. You can either thaw them in the fridge or enjoy them frozen.

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Close-up of two peanut butter oatmeal balls on a white plate

5-Ingredient Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

Made with just 5 ingredients, these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls are an easy, filling snack or breakfast on the go. Keep a few in the fridge so that hangry feeling never strikes again.
5 from 1 rating
prep: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
total: 40 minutes
servings: 12 balls

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Measure oats into a medium size mixing bowl.
  • Heat peanut butter and maple syrup in a small saucepan. Stir to combine. Once the edges start to bubble stir constantly until the texture is smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds.
  • Remove from flame, add vanilla and salt, mix completely.
  • Pour peanut butter maple syrup mixture over oats. Fold oats into the mixture until evenly coated.
  • Using a medium or large sized cookie scoop, scoop oat mixture and shape into ball, placing them about 1" apart on the parchment paper lined pan.
  • Cool completely then refrigerate to firm up.
  • Store in an airtight container, refrigerate for firmer bars or store at room temp for softer bars.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 6gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 127mgFiber: 3gSugar: 13g

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