Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Peanut Butter Energy Balls are deliciously fudgy bites packed full of peanut butter flavor. They’re easy to throw together with only a few ingredients.

These make great take and go snacks, a quick breakfast bite, or a scrumptiously healthy treat! Be sure to check out No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bar, 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies for a few some more peanut buttery goodness.

A glass bowl full of peanut butter energy balls

Yummy – AND Healthy!

These Peanut Butter Balls are packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats, which makes them an incredible snack! Beat afternoon hunger with these chewy morsels. 

Are they healthy? These are considered healthy because they have multiple sources of protein as well as a good source of fiber with the oats. They’re also pretty filling so they can limit your intake of other sugary treats.

  • Keto: Oats are not keto friendly so these balls are not considered keto. You could omit them but that would significantly alter the texture of them.
  • Energy: They aren’t necessarily packed full of caffeine, but the protein can give you a different type of energy that is more long lasting.
  • Protein powder: Use either a vanilla or chocolate protein powder. Also protein powder has the tendency to soak up some of the moisture in these balls. So you may need to add some extra liquid to be able to roll the balls effectively(so that they stick together).

Bag of flax and chia seeds

The Ingredients

Peanut butter:

  • Natural peanut butter is a great option for this, because there are other things to thicken the dough so you don’t need all the preservatives from typical peanut butter. 
  • Crunchy peanut butter is a good option for more texture.
  • Creamy peanut butter is also a good option for these protein balls as it keeps them together.
  • Other nut butters? You can use either other nut butters such as almond and cashew butter, or you can use sunflower seed butter if you want to be completely nut free. Again switching up the type of nut butter might mess with the texture of the protein balls, so beware and be ready to add more oats if it’s too thin of a texture and nothing is sticking together.

Oats:

  • You should use old fashioned or rolled oats because they will give the best texture. Quick oats or steel cut oats are not good options.

Ingredients for peanut butter energy balls in a mixing bowl

How to Make Peanut Butter Energy Balls

COMBINE. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, oats, flax seed, honey (or agave), vanilla, salt, and mini chocolate chips. Using a spatula, mix the ingredients until combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

CHILL & ROLL. Refrigerate for 25 minutes. Using a standard size cookie scoop, portion the mixture into even balls. Roll with your hands to smooth, sticking a few extra mini chocolate chips on as you go.

Enjoy immediately or place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Holding them together:

  • You need to keep them in the fridge until they are solid and set. You can also just store the protein balls in the fridge to make sure they stay together, and they do taste better cold.
  • If your protein balls are falling apart, add a bit more honey or peanut butter to help them stick together better.

Peanut butter energy bites

Variations + Storing Tips

Additions / Variations

  • Sweet things to add
    • Chocolate: use either cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder to give them a chocolate peanut butter taste
    • Cinnamon and raisins
    • Almond joy balls: chocolate protein powder and shredded coconut
    • Dried fruit: craisins or raisins 
    • Coconut: use sweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • Healthy additions
    • Use dates
    • Chia seeds: chia seeds are full of important nutrients and antioxidants
    • Ground flaxseed
  • Rice krispies: for more of a texture change you can add rice krispies to give it a solid crunch texture

Storing / freezing? Store them in the fridge for about a week, in an airtight tupperware container, or in the freezer for about 2 months in an airtight container.

  • Make ahead? You can make these ahead of time and keep them refrigerated until you’re ready to eat them. Sometimes they taste better after they’ve been sitting for a while, the flavors get to meld better.

Peanut butter energy balls stacked in a bowl

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Peanut Butter Energy Balls Recipe

Peanut Butter Energy Balls are deliciously fudgy bites packed full of peanut butter flavor. They're easy to throw together with only a few ingredients.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Candy & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 mins
chill time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 232kcal
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Ingredients

  • 2/3 c creamy peanut butter
  • 1 c old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 c flax seed meal - or a chia flax combo
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey - or agave
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 c mini chocolate chips - plus extra for rolling

Instructions

  • In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, oats, flax seed, honey (or agave), vanilla, salt, and mini chocolate chips. Using a spatula, mix the ingredients until combined
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 25 minutes.
  • Using a standard size cookie scoop, portion the mixture into even balls. Roll with your hands to smooth, sticking a few extra mini chocolate chips on as you go
  • Enjoy immediately or place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days

Nutrition

Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg