I love today.

Healthy: Quick + Easy No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites I howsweeteats.com

It’s Monday, but it’s really Tuesday and even though it feels like Monday and smells like Monday and tastes like Monday, it’s really Tuesday. So perfect.

Let’s do this every week.

Healthy: Quick + Easy No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites I howsweeteats.com

I also made you a snack. A snackity-snack, if you will.

And guess what? I can’t stop eating it. You’re probably expecting me to be like OMG! I’m so obsessed with this! and guess what? I totally am.

OMG. I am so obsessed with this.

Soooo I wanted to make my oatmeal peanut butter snack squares for my husband… and as I started gathering ingredients I realized that I had no flour. Zero. None. No whole wheat, no all-purpose, not a drop. Not a sprinkle. Which meant I had to get creative, but it couldn’t be *too* creative since he just wanted some “normal” food. Sometimes he just wants spaghetti and meatballs.

He rarely gets it. Because I’m always shoving something new in his face, something much too “foodie” for his liking. I decided it was time to be nice.

Healthy: Quick + Easy No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites I howsweeteats.com

Two things were instantly out: first, coconut. Even though he likes the flavor (read: coconut rum), it’s the texture he can’t stand. That was fine… I wasn’t really in the mood for a peanut butter coconut ball. Second – no dates. I actually love dates on their own, but looooooooathe them in granola bar and ball recipes. No people – they do not taste like cookie dough. Or chocolate. Or s’mores topped with peanut butter topped with fudge. No. They taste like freaking dates, because that’s what they are. !!!!! In case you don’t quite get it yet, I looooooooathe them.

Healthy: Quick + Easy No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites I howsweeteats.com

It took a few test runs, but I developed the chewy-but-not-too-sticky consistency that I wanted with the majority of the ingredients I was going to use anyway from the other bars and boom. Instant peanut butter balls. I don’t know if we can call them energy balls but that’s what I say because I think I know everything.  And they are so much better when rolled in crushed almonds or peanuts. I mean, so much. We actually ended up fighting over them… like when I went to grab some before a workout and noticed they were GONE. Like totally missing. He took them to work and I threw a fit.

Now, I just make a big double batch on Sunday (rolled in peanuts for him, almonds for me) and keep them in separate containers labeled “touch my balls and you’re dead.”

Healthy: Quick + Easy No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites I howsweeteats.com


Quick + Easy No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites

Yield: 12-15 bites

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

a pinch of salt

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, melted and slightly cooled

1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon honey

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

1/4 cup ground peanuts or ground almonds, to roll the balls in


Combine oats, almonds, flaxseed, chia seeds, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir.

Melt peanut butter and allow it to cool slightly (I melted mine in the microwave for about 30 seconds, then stirred), then stir in honey and vanilla extract until it's combined. Once peanut butter has cooled a bit, pour it over the oat mixture and mix well with a spoon then bring together with your hands. Once mixture is sticking together, fold in chocolate chips.

Roll dough into golf-ball sized (or slightly smaller) balls, then roll in ground peanuts or ground almonds. These can be eaten at room temp but we really like them stored in the fridge!

Healthy: Quick + Easy No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites I howsweeteats.com

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201 Responses to “Quick + Easy No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites.”

  1. #
    Julie F — September 10, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

    “touch my balls and you’re dead” hahahaha! Love it. I’m making these and labeling them the same way.


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    Annie — September 15, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

    Didn’t have flax or chia seeds – which is not a great start to the recipe, so improvisation was ground almond/sunflower seeds/linseed (came already crushed and together). And that is what I put in the balls, and rolled them in too!

    And added extra choc chip, because it sounded like a good idea!


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    Janae — September 17, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

    I made these and LOVED them (and posted them on my site)!! Thank you so much for this recipe, I know I will make these many, many more times! I love your balls! :)


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    Emily — October 9, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    I’ve made these twice in 2 weeks, and will be making them for the third time in a row in a couple of days. They are sooooo good, and I totally wasn’t expecting my boyfriend to like them (even though they are a hit with your husband). But I was wrong. He loves them and is eating more of them than I am, I’m gonna have to take a cue from you and make some his and hers balls.


  5. #
    Valerie — October 16, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    I’ve made these three times since your post – They are delicious! My 3-yr. old son LOVES to help make them – and eat them… :) We run a home daycare and the kids love them too! I’ve even had a request for them on one’s birthday… Thanks for the recipe! Next, I’m trying your quinoa granola bars. By the way – I just love your writing style, it cracks me up every time. Thank you!


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    emily W. — December 4, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    Holy smokes these are awesome. Delicious, pretty easy, and exactly what I was looking for. Even had all the ingredients already. I ran out of ground peanuts halfway through balling and might just skip that step next time unless I’m taking these to go. Which I am likely to do so I don’t drive through somewhere. Their only downside is that I have to store them in my house and simultaneously try not to inhale them. Thanks!


  7. #
    Pam — January 8, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    These were delicious!! Over just broke and was searching for a no bake peanut butter oatmeal and came across this page. Had all the ingredients minus the chocolate chips, added about a tablespoon of cocoa powder instead and sprinkled a little bit of coconut flakes. Will totally be making these again!!


  8. #
    MT — January 16, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    Amazing! I love these, I am completely obsessed. I agree they are much better after a stint in the fridge. I didn’t have chia seeds and they turned out great without. Didn’t have quite enough ground almonds to finish rolling so I made sure to add a little more on the second go around. Also found some vegan mini chips chocolate chips at Target which were a great in these! Thanks!


  9. #
    Gina — January 16, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    I have been looking online for about a half-hour for a healthy version of peanut butter balls. I have finally found it. Thank you!


  10. #
    Laura — January 21, 2013 @ 1:52 am

    Yep pinning this too! :)


  11. #
    Ally — January 21, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    Just tried these and they are great! Thanks for the recipe.


  12. #
    Sasha — February 6, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    Just made these- SO good and easy!!
    Instead of chia seeds, I ground up pretzels for some extra crunch! I also used pretzel sticks like lollipop sticks, so they’re little granola pops!
    I covered half in ground peanuts and half in shredded coconut- they’re going to be a big hit at work; my roommates have already asked for the recipe!
    Thanks for this great idea, I’m a big fan of your blog :)


  13. #
    Deb Kollar — February 12, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    My 6 year-old made these for her 4H demonstration in front of 20 people. She loves them, everyone did! People said they were addictive. My 15 month loved them too. Can’t go wrong with these easy and healthy treats for a grab and go snack or breakfast option. Awesome recipe. Thanks


  14. #
    Stacy — February 25, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    These look delicious! Can’t wait to try them!



  15. #
    Sara — March 23, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    I have been reading your blog for a while now and just tried these about a month ago – I am need of an intervention! They are SOOOO yummy! Thank you :)
    P.S. My kids thank you too. They also love them.


  16. #
    Emily — April 2, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    About to make these for the second time. They really are quite delicious–even my food-trend-averse husband loved these. I’m going to try them without the honey this time, since they were quite sweet the first time around, and also without the chocolate chips since I’m trying this new vegan thing, and I don’t have any carob chips on hand.


    • Lori — April 11th, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

      Try vegan choc chips — avail. at co-ops, Whole Foods, etc. Also, maple syrup is a delicious substitute for the honey (assuming you’re using natural/unsweetened peanut butter, of course). (-:


  17. #
    Catherine — May 26, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    This makes me smile, i eat this almost everyday, except in a bowl, not a ball. i actually have natural peanut butter, Chai seeds,Milled flax,honey and cinnamon mixed in a tupperware container in my cubbard to eat by the spoonful :) The proportions are a bit different and not sure my concoction would be good enough to print, but i am so very thankful you did the hard work of getting the consistency right and printing it for the rest of us. I might omit the vanilla, simply because i like the ingredients flavor as is. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!


  18. #
    Mehul Teli — May 28, 2013 @ 2:52 am

    This recipe couldn’t get any easier. Deliciously tempting. Can’t wait to make it now.. Just to know, can you add anything else in place of chia seeds??


  19. #
    Jorge Molner — June 15, 2013 @ 11:34 pm

    Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family that’s native to Mexico and Guatemala, and history suggests it was a very important food crop for the Aztecs. It’s remained in regular use in its native countries, but was largely unknown in North America until researcher Wayne Coates began studying chia as an alternative crop for farmers in northern Argentina about 29 years ago.^^*`

    Stop by our new blog site as well http://healthmedicine101.com/index.php


  20. #
    Sarah — June 29, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    That is one amazing looking Peanut Butter Bites. I just ate this for breakfast and it is delicious!! Thanks for the great recipe. I had featured U in the post of Top 7 Healthy Coarse Cereals Breakfast on AllFreshRecipes, Looking forward to ur delich Eats.


  21. #
    Nan — July 27, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    I made these and they turned out so well! I rolled the balls in coconut instead of crushed almonds and they’re delicious!! Thanks for this awesome recipe!


  22. #
    Joliene — August 12, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

    With school starting I wanted to find a healthy afternoon snack for my 7 year old. He gave a thumbs up and kept asking for more. They were so easy to make and taste great. Thank you so much!!!


  23. #
    Dave — August 29, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    Is eating the raw oats ok? Should they not be soaked in water first?http://www.highonhealth.org/why-its-very-important-to-soak-oats-before-you-eat-them/


    • Allison — October 10th, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

      Very interesting!! Thanks


  24. #
    Mariah — September 11, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    I just have to say, thank you so very much. I was scrolling through your recipe index and saw this picture – of course I clicked it. :) I was happily reading about your experimentation with these balls, when I began to wonder what “specialty” ingredients you would use. I was so pleased to see that you use common, simple ingredients to make these. I don’t usually have chia or flaxseeds on hand, but overall, it’s a simple recipe that almost anyone could make. I really appreciate that. These are the kind of recipes I am trying to provide on my blog. So many healthy bloggers use ingredients that are expensive and hard to find, so thank you.
    These look so amazing, and I am so excited to try them! :)

    May God bless you exceedingly & abundantly now and forevermore.


  25. #
    Bobbie — September 28, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    I loved these! I took them on a 4 day camping trip and they were perfect. Everyone loved them. Thanks for the recipe.


  26. #
    Rita — October 4, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    Sounds really good so I calculated the calories. 207 per ball figuring 15 balls per batch. Do you have a similar recipe with less calories?


  27. #
    Robin — January 15, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

    These are DELICIOUS! I made peanut butter balls a few months ago with a different recipe, and they were OK. We like your recipe a lot better, though. It’s a bit healthier, and a lot tastier!


  28. #
    Bev — January 21, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

    Love these, Both hubby and I!! Can’t wait for my college kids to try next time they are home!!


  29. #
    Allison Rae — January 26, 2014 @ 6:01 pm

    Trying to find your “breakfast cookie “recipe with cherries, choc chips, please. Can seem to find, thank u!


  30. #
    vanina — January 30, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

    These look so yummy! I want to make them! Do you know how long they last? Should I put them in the fridge? Thanks!


  31. #
    Kevalyn — February 5, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

    OMG these are so delicious!! My picky 13 year old loved them so much I didn’t want to tell her the were actually healthy. ;)


  32. #
    Tina — February 14, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

    These are absolutely the best, most fabulous things in the world! I LOVE THEM!!! These brought me to your blog and I have been salivating and enjoying yummy things ever since! Thank you!!!


  33. #
    Billy — March 2, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

    These are awesome!! Great texture, not dry. I added 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Baking Cocoa. I did not roll them in any nuts afterward.
    Total Calories:
    1260PB+325Honey+380Oats+140FlaxSeed+180Almonds+30Cocoa=2315 Calories
    Divided by 14 balls = 165 Calories a piece.
    I need to break out the Protein, Fat, Carbs…


  34. #
    Jayzee — March 13, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

    I just bought loads of instant oatmeal. Would there be a difference in texture, etc…?


  35. #
    Jayzee — March 13, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

    I just bought instant oatmeal in bulk. Would thete really be much of a difference, like in texture, etc…?


  36. #
    Robbie — March 19, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

    I found these last week while looking for a no bake alternative to my standard pb &choc chip cookies. Love love love and these are now my new standard. Yum!


  37. #
    Hayley — May 8, 2014 @ 12:43 am

    Great recipe! I’m so glad I found it! I made them with some tweaks and gave you a shout out!


  38. #
    Quincey — May 16, 2014 @ 4:05 am

    What can I use instead of flaxseed and chia seed? I don’t have them on hand. And this is the only recipe requires a big amount of flaxseed. So no reason for me to buy it.


  39. #
    Sweetrach — June 4, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    Oh my…these are wonderful! I saw these on Pinterest and decided to try them. Thanks so much for sharing…simply amazing!


  40. #
    Mary L. — June 30, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

    OMG – these are so awesome and so easy! Must print. Must make often.


  41. #
    Carla — September 2, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

    Just made the recipe.. I love these!! I hope the fiancé gets a few, but I can’t guarantee it.


  42. #
    Ella — October 14, 2014 @ 5:20 am

    I made these and added 25g of chocolate protein shake. (Made from whey) so ideal for vegetarian visitors. Awesome protein power balls!!!


  43. #
    Jd — December 21, 2014 @ 10:10 pm

    not much of a cook (except grill), however recently started trying random recipes. This is the 2nd one I tried off Yummly, it was delicious. Definitely let them sit in fridge for a few hours. Thanks!


  44. #
    Shelbey — January 28, 2015 @ 8:49 am

    “OMG. I am so obsessed with this.”
    True story. I just discovered your blog, which I seriously enjoy*, and these peanut butter treats, which my boyfriend and I cannot stop eating. We’re trying to snack smarter and love that these have flaxseed and chia seeds in them!

    *I’m not even really into food blogs because I have weird dietary restrictions but your writing is so great.


  45. #
    Kari — February 4, 2015 @ 1:17 pm

    I am busy mom of two sweet kiddos under the age of four, and I LOVE your recipes. Your blog has been a source of constant laugh out louds, and delicious tastes. Thanks for sharing your personality and talents with the world!


  46. #
    Jenny B — September 6, 2015 @ 8:23 pm

    These look AMAZING! Love the last line by the way! ;)

    I wonder if there is a flaxseed substitute…?



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