My coworkers are the best taste testers. When I’m experimenting with new recipes, they are the brave ones who often try them out and give me feedback before I post them on here.
So far, this is the feedback I’ve gotten about these tasty bites:
Such a good treat 🙂
Making these Peanut Butter Oat Energy Bites is super simple, fun (and messy!), and they are easy to take and eat on the go. You can enjoy these as part of breakfast, a snack or even dessert!
Most oat energy bites have coconut in them, and I know a lot of people aren’t the biggest fans of coconut, so I thought I would do some tinkering to make this recipe coconut-free.
The subtle saltiness from the peanut butter, sweetness from the maple syrup, nuttiness from the flax seed and crunch from the cacao nibs make these treats fun to eat.
I made this video to show you exactly how to make them!
Because you really need to get in there and get your hands sticky and messy, if you have kids (or just want to feel like one!), this is a recipe you’ll want to try.
For the full list of ingredients (and more mouthwatering pics), see below.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Balls
These delicious peanut butter oat balls make a great snack or part of your breakfast! I use cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips to keep the sugar content down, but you could also use mini chocolate chips if you'd like!
- 2 cups rolled oats gluten-free
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 2/3 cup honey You can use 1/2 cup for a lower sugar count!
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs or mini dark chocolate chips
- Pinch fine grain sea salt
Set the peanut butter and maple syrup out at room temperature for about 15 minutes to warm up and for the PB to soften. If the peanut butter is too hard, you can also soften it by gently heating it in a small pot on the stove top with the honey.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir with your hands to combine. It will be messy (but fun!).
To help the mixture "set," put the dough in the fridge about an hour, so it is easier to work with. It'll seem too wet, but don't worry, that will make it easier to work with once it's had time to come together. It's easiest to start making the bites using a cookie scooper, but you can also shape them into balls using your hands and then gently roll them. Store them in a glass container in your fridge or freezer.
I use raw cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips because they add a nice crunch and don't have all the sugar from chocolate chips.