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Oatmeal peanut butter protein balls are the perfect healthy snack, breakfast on-the-go, or tasty addition to school lunches. These little protein bites come together with just a few ingredients and don’t require any baking!

Looking for more protein ball recipes? Try PB & J protein balls, cake batter protein balls, or Snickerdoodle protein balls next.

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These energy bites are all the rage; once you taste this recipe, you’ll know why. You can make a big batch and keep them in the fridge for the week.

I love having them as an on-the-go breakfast, an easy snack, or a quick post-workout snack.

They’re full of healthy complex carbs, protein, fiber, and a little sweetness that may curb some sugar cravings too. All you do is mix the ingredients together in a bowl and roll them into balls.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is its flexibility.

Don’t like the chunkiness of the old fashioned oats? Blend them up to make oat flour instead. Or if you’re allergic to peanut butter, use almond butter instead. The options are endless.

Why You’ll Love These Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls

  • Hits the spot: This delicious snack will satisfy the sweet tooth when the sweet cravings hit; without refined sugars.
  • Healthy fats: The chia seeds and ground flax seeds add a good amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, which promote heart health, brain health (especially in pregnancy), and eye health, among other benefits.
  • Simple ingredients: This recipe is made with just a handful of common pantry ingredients – most of which you probably already have at home!
  • No baking involved: These no bake energy bites just go straight into the fridge. No baking sheet or parchment paper required for this treat!
a bite taken out of the top oatmeal peanut butter protein ball on a serving plate

How to Make Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Here are the basic steps, with images, for these peanut butter oatmeal protein balls. Skip down to the recipe card below for the full printable recipe.

Measure out all of the ingredients. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl.

oats, peanut butter, protein powder, honey, chia seeds, and chocolate chips in a mixing bowl

Mix it all together. Stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until it’s combined and the peanut butter and honey are combined. Keep mixing until it all comes together and use your hands if needed to help. 

oatmeal peanut butter protein ball batter in a bowl with a rubber spatula

Scoop and roll into balls. Use a small to medium cookie scoop to portion out the dough then roll them into balls. Press the mixture together tightly to help them stick together.

Success tip: I like to clean my hands periodically to help the mixture from sticking to them. Having slightly damp hands also helps from sticking and makes them really smooth.

two images of scooping preanut butter protein balls with a cookie scoop and then rolling the batter into balls

That’s it! They’re ready to enjoy. You can keep these oatmeal peanut butter protein balls in the fridge for up to a week.

Recipe Variations

Peanut-free: To make it nut-free, use a seed butter, like sunflower seed butter, or tahini instead of peanut butter. Or opt for a granola butter.

Gluten-free: Use certified gluten-free oats if needed.

Swap chocolate: Use mini white chocolate chips to switch things up.

Add salt: Add a little bit of sea salt for extra flavor and crunch.

Freezing and Storing Tips

Store these peanut butter protein balls in a large airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to a week.

picking an oatmeal peanut butter protein ball off the top of a stack

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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Oatmeal peanut butter protein balls are the perfect healthy snack, breakfast on-the-go, or tasty addition to school lunches. These little protein bites come together with just a few ingredients and don't require any baking!

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Servings: 24 protein balls

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats (Note 1)
  • 1 1/4 cups natural peanut butter (Note 2)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds (flax meal)
  • 3 Tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 scoops (50-60g) vanilla protein powder (Note 3)
  • 3 Tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips optional

Instructions 

  • Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. The mixture will be very thick and may be difficult to come together at first, but keep mixing until it does. I often use my hands to mix the dough at the end to help it come together.
  • Use a small to medium cookie scoop to scoop the no bake protein balls out and roll them until smooth. You may need to press them firmly together to hold their shape. If they seem too crumble, add 1-2 Tablespoons of peanut butter to the mixture to help bring them together.  I found cleaning and wetting my hands periodically helps prevent sticking and makes them smooth.
  • Store them in a large airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to a week.
Last step! If you make this, please leave a review letting us know how it was!

Notes

Note 1. Oats. You can use quick oats for this recipe but it will yield a slightly different texture. Similarly, you could use 3/4 cup of oat flour if you prefer a smoother texture without chunks of oats. I like to make my own oat flour in the blender or food processor.
Note 2. Peanut Butter. I prefer the quality and ingredients in natural peanut butter, but you could use a creamy peanut butter as well. For another nut butter option try cashew butter or almond butter. To make it nut-free, use a seed butter, like sunflower butter or tahini. Or try granola butter. 
Note 3. Protein Powder (affiliate). My favorite protein powder is Be Well By Kelly because of the quality of ingredients and macronutrients. There isn’t any added sugar in the protein! You can use chocolate protein powder for this recipe if you have that on hand.
*Nutrition information is based on the protein powder mentioned above. Nutrition information will vary depending on the brand of each ingredient.

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Nutrition

Serving: 2protein balls | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.7g | Protein: 11.8g | Fat: 15.1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 140.5mg | Fiber: 3.6g | Sugar: 6.8g | Vitamin A: 0.1IU

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

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11 Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    I love these! Taste great and I can change ingredients depending what’s in my pantry! Found sugar free chocolate chips, which I melted (with a bit of coconut oil) and dipped the protein balls in. Feels like a fancy treat, but better for me!! Thank you!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Thanks, Jennifer!!

  2. CC says:

    Can they be frozen?

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Yes, they can! Up to 3 months.

  3. Cheryl says:

    5 stars
    Quick, easy, filling and delicious!! Will be making again!

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      Thanks, Cheryl!! So glad to hear it!

  4. JanNiederkorn says:

    4 stars
    I don’t have a way to get recipe unless it is on phone writtten out 🥲🥲🥲

  5. Debbie says:

    5 stars
    So yummy!

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  7. kelly says:

    Do you have macros on these? They are delicious

    1. Molly Thompson says:

      I don’t right now but I’m working on updating all of my recipes to have macros!