Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

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These peanut butter oatmeal balls are three ingredients, simple to make and will only take you about ten minutes to make. You will love meal prepping this portable and delicious snack!

What You’ll Need to Make

Seriously, only three ingredients! Peanut butter, oats, and a protein powder of your choosing. I have also added honey on occasion for a little extra flavor but it’s optional.

Choosing a Protein Powder

There are always lots of questions about what type of protein powder is best. Truly, I believe it’s up to you and what you like! Think about flavor and simplicity. In my opinion, the more vitamins and minerals they try to add to a powder, the more gritty the texture and (to me) the worse it tastes. I also find I tolerate collagen or whey protein better than other forms so it depends on what works for you.

For the most versatility out of a protein powder, because let’s face it they’re expensive, get an unflavored one. I personally love this one from Vital’s protein. It’s unflavored and blends really well into coffee, tea, smoothies, oatmeal, or these energy balls.

Subbing Out Peanut Butter

Whether you simply don’t like peanut butter or if allergies are a concern, try any other form of seed or nut butter. This could adjust the taste of course but it can be fun to experiment with whatever you have on hand.

Alternatives to Protein Powder

Want to add more protein but don’t want to use a protein powder? Obviously, this changes this particular recipe but other options could be hemp hearts or adding nuts and seeds into the mix. Scroll down for other energy bite recipes without protein powder.

How to Make

Combine all ingredients into a food processor, blend and take out the blade. Using a spoon or tablespoon, simply take out a portion of the batter and roll it into a ball using the palms of your hands. Place them in a container for the fridge and enjoy.

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Storing and Freezing

These keep in the fridge for seven to ten days. I usually grab two of them and enjoy them on their own on-the-go or along side a yogurt for a more sustaining snack.

Freezing energy bites is simple! Make the balls as you would for the fridge but place them on a cookie sheet with a layer of parchment or wax paper. This prevents them from clumping together. Once frozen, remove from the tray and toss them into a quart or gallon size freezer bag.

Who are Energy Bites for?

Everyone! However, young kids and toddlers would do better without the additional protein powder. Their protein needs are much lower than adults so stick with other recipes below if you’re making them for your kids.

These great recipes for the beginner foodie who wants to start making more of their own food as well. Once you try them, you can experiment with the recipe and add all kinds of things into them such as:

  • Hemp hearts
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax meal
  • Pudding mixes
  • Cocoa powder
  • Different sweeteners
  • Dried fruit

…and so much more! On a personal note, they’re great for breastfeeding mamas who need a one-handed snack to eat. I’m due with my second baby in December and I will definitely keep these stocked in my freezer.

The Benefits

Having a snack on hand that’s quick and easy to make can help carry you in between meals. Snacking is not a bad thing! Ignoring hunger cues tends to lead to binge eating or overeating in the evening. Also, if you are someone who has a hard time meeting protein needs then these could certainly help with that.

What to Serve With Them

Energy balls are a solid snack on their own or can be enjoyed with things like yogurt or fruit. I’ve also enjoyed eating them in the evening with a cup of tea. There’s something about their chewy goodness and the warmth of the tea that goes together so well.

Other Energy Bite Recipes You’ll Love

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Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

A delicious grab-and-go snack that you'll want to meal prep this weekend!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: energy ball, energy bite, peanut butter
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 balls
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Jessi Holden, MS, RDN


  • food processor


  • 1 cup Peanut butter
  • 3 scoops Protein powder
  • 0.75 cup Oats, uncooked
  • 2 tbsp Honey optional


  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth
  • Use a spoon or tablespoon to scoop out each bite and roll into a ball using the palm of your hands.
  • Store in the fridge for 7-10 days or in the freezer up to 3 months


Cooking Notes
  • Nutritional values will differ depending on the protein powder you choose
  • Nutritional value changes if adding honey or alternative sweetner
  • Try these with flavored (chocolate, peanut butter, or vanilla) powders or unflavored protein powder
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Serving: 1ball | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
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