Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls Recipe (2024)

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Posted Aug 10, 2017, Updated Sep 02, 2020

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls! An easy, healthy snack recipe made in 5 minutes with only 8 ingredients! The perfect little energy bite! Gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free and vegan-friendly!

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Snacks: healthy finger foods that a busy mom of four should always have on hand to avoid hanger.

Hanger: the state of grumpiness that is brought on by the feelings of hunger…which usually occurs because a busy mom of four rushing out the doorforgot to pack the snacks.

If you didn’t know, hanger is a real thing. It occurs in both moms and kids alike, and it’s not pretty.Thankfully, the condition is easily cured by eating delicious snacks, like these peanut butter oatmeal energy balls (and these paleo energy balls)!

So today, I have a super fun post for you all! I’ll be sharing the recipe for one of our favorite snacks, (these Peanut Butter Protein Balls), and sharing some fun lunchbox ideas!

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls Recipe

I almost always have healthy treats like these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls on hand in my freezer, ready to grab at a moment’s notice. They are the perfect snack to stave off hanger for three reasons.

  1. They’re made with only 8 good-for-you ingredients.
  2. They come together in 5 minutes {or less}! And
  3. they freeze beautifully! Plus these energy bites are gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free and vegan-friendly!

However, we don’t just eat these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls at snack-time! Sometimes they are part of our lunches as well! Because let’s face it, lunch can be tricky. I mean really, we just ate breakfast, did homeschool, and dinner is on the horizon! So I usually don’t have a lot of time to think about what to feed my little ones in the middle of the day. And I’m definitely not interested in cooking gourmet food at noon. (Can anyone else relate)?!

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So, we often resort to snacky lunches because it’s what my kids love the best! Peanut Butter Protein Balls accompanied by fruit, veggies, cheese and crackers, you name it, if it’s in the fridge, freezer, or pantry…it’s fair game.

As long as my kids get the nutrients they need to make it through until nap time I am a happy camper {and so are they}! I often even make this chocolate hummus as a fun lunchtime treat! Plus, letting them choose what they eat for lunch is a great way to teach responsibility and give them some autonomy! They know they have to pick one fruit and one veggie, and then whatever else their cute little tastebuds are craving that day!

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Ways to make lunch more fun!

Since I’m not very crafty {like at all} I’m always trying to find ways to make themed snacks that are easy and fit with what we are learning that week in homeschool. My kids thought these rainbow fruit kabobs and butterfly snacks were so much fun! Because it’s a proven fact that eating heart-shaped fruit off of a stick is 100x more enjoyable! 😉 Look at those cute little hands!

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I know we can get in a rut of making the same thing every day! But here are a few simple ways to spice up your normal routine!

Fun Shapes!

Pull those cookie cutters out of storage and go wild! I love cutting cheese, fruit and even sandwiches into fun shapes! It’s funny how my kids are much more excited about a PB & J when it’s shaped like a dinosaur! 😉

Use Stickers!

Stickers are a great way to make a normal lunch more fun! I love these stickers I found at Target! They’re cute mid-day reminders to my kids to be kind and don’t follow the crowd!

Write a note or draw a picture!

If you child can read then write her a sweet note telling her how much you love her! Or start a fun tradition like “joke of the day” or “quote of the day!” If you child can’t read then draw them fun pictures! This will take you an extra minute in the mornings but will create memories that will last! Plus it’s a great way to make them feel connected to you while they’re at school!

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls Recipe: Ingredients Substitutions

Now let’s chat about possible substitutions that can be made in this peanut butter oatmeal balls recipe!

  • Old-Fashioned Oats:Quick-cooking oats can be used however I do not recommend steel-cut oats!
  • Almond meal:If you’d prefer not to use almond meal you can simple increase the amount of oats by 1/4 cup! Ground flaxseed is also a good substitution!
  • Honey: For a vegan version use maple syrup or any other liquid sweetener of choice.
  • Almond milk:Any kind of milk (dairy or non-dairy) works great in this recipe!

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

Laura

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls! An easy, healthy snack recipe made in 5 minutes with only 8 ingredients! The perfect little energy bite! Gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free and vegan-friendly!

4.75 from 4 votes

Course Breakfast, Snack

Cuisine American

Servings 18 bites

Calories 133.6

Prep Time5 minutes minutes

Chilling time15 minutes minutes

Total Time20 minutes minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper, set aside.

  • In a large bowl, mix together old fashioned oats, coconut, almond meal and salt. Set aside.

  • In a microwave-safe bowl or in a saucepan over medium heat, melt together the peanut butter and honey until smooth.

  • Remove from heat and add 2 TBS almond milk and vanilla.

  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until completely combined. If necessary, add additional almond milk until the mixture is moist but not sticky, and easy to roll.

  • Scoop out 1 TBS portions of dough, roll them into balls and place on your prepared baking sheet. Continue until all the dough has been used. If you find it is too dry/crumbly add more almond milk ½ TBS at a time.

  • Place balls in the refrigerator or freezer to set.

  • Transfer the bites from the baking sheet to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator or freezer!

  • If you choose to store them in the freezer, you may want to let them sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before eating!

Notes

Substitutions

  • Old-Fashioned Oats:Quick-cooking oats can be used however I do not recommend steel-cut oats!
  • Almond meal:If you'd prefer not to use almond meal you can simple increase the amount of oats by 1/4 cup! Ground flaxseed is also a good substitution!
  • Honey: For a vegan version use maple syrup or any other liquid sweetener of choice.
  • Almond milk:Any kind of milk (dairy or non-dairy) works great in this recipe!

Nutrition

Calories: 133.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.7g | Protein: 4.2g | Fat: 9.4g | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 3.9mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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