Chocolate Peanut Butter Oats Balls Recipe • Kath Eats

This chocolate peanut butter oats balls recipe is easy to whip together in 5 minutes with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Naturally sweet and gluten-free, you’ll love them for an easy snack!

Who doesn’t crave something a little (or a lot) chocolatey and peanut-buttery on a given day?

I love to make snack bars and bites at home and need to do it more! They often taste better than store-bought versions, and you can mix and match as many ingredients as you have on hand.

Plus it’s a great activity to do with kids around – if they’ll concentrate on the recipe with all those chocolate chips within reach 🙂

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oats Balls Recipe

The Best Snack Ball Recipe Ingredients

My favorite ingredients are:

  • Oats
  • Flax seeds or chia seeds
  • Peanut butter or almond butter
  • Vanilla extract (for a whiff of vanilla-y flavor)
  • Mini chocolate chips (easier to mix in!)
  • Natural sweeteners from maple syrup or honey

You can really use any nut butter you like – almond butter, vanilla flavored nut or seed butters, cashew butter, and more!

Make it gluten free by using gluten-free oats, and use sunflower butter to make it nut free.

A little cocoa powder and dark chocolate turns them into a natural dessert! Or roll in some colorful rainbow sprinkles.

Finally, add a little protein powder to boost that protein up just a bit. Just a little or they make come out too dry. You can balance out powder with a little additional sweetener.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oats Balls

These no-bake balls are kind of like a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie meets banana bread.

They’re not too sweet, not too salty, not too chocolate-y, and most importantly, they are delicious and satisfying for a snack.

You can always add more chocolate chips or coconut than the recipe calls for, as well as other add-ins (chia seeds, dates, nuts, etc.).

Additionally, these balls only take 5-10 minutes to make, so you can make them right when the urge strikes!

This recipe does not call for added sugar; the sweetness comes solely from the banana and chocolate chips.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oats Balls ingredients

Nutrition Facts

The oats provide fiber, as well as some iron and B vitamins; the peanut butter has protein, vitamin E, and monounsaturated fats (aka, the good stuff).

Coconut has vitamin C and medium-chain triglycerides (aka MCTs, a type of fat that’s easily metabolized by the body).

And the banana provides potassium, vitamin C, and B6. Sounds like a well-rounded and balanced snack, to me!

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How To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Oats Balls

The instructions are easy: just mix all ingredients together, wet your hands and roll into balls. You can also pulse the oats through a food processor too, if you want to make the texture a little smoother.

Step 1: Mash banana.

Use the back of a fork to mash until it’s shiny and smooth.

Step 2: Add ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix.

Super easy! Add oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, coconut, banana, salt, vanilla and mix.

I like to remove my wedding rings and mix with my hands. It’s the best way to fully incorporate the ingredients. But you can use a spatula too – just mix until everything is wet and combined.

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Step 3: Roll into balls.

I like a golf ball sized ball (two bites!) but you can go a little smaller and make them into one-bite size too.

If you fancy, you can also make these into bars! A little refrigeration will help them keep their shape. Pretty them into a small baking sheet and cut into rectangles.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oats Balls Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Balls

These no-bake chocolate chip peanut butter balls are a perfect post-lunch treat or mid-day snack when you’re craving something chocolatey or peanut buttery. Most importantly, they’re made with real food ingredients that provide satisfying nutrition.

Keyword banana, chia seeds, chocolate chips, coconut, oats

Ingredients

  • Rolled oats 1 ¼ cups
  • Peanut butter I used smooth, ½ cup
  • Chocolate chips ½ cup
  • Shredded coconut I used unsweetened, ¼ cup; you can use more if you want a more pronounced coconut flavor
  • Banana
  • Salt 1/8 tsp
  • Vanilla extract ½ tsp

Instructions

  • Mash banana in a bowl with a fork until shiny and smooth.

  • Add oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, coconut, banana, salt, vanilla and mix until everything is wet and combined.
  • Using wet hands, roll into a dozen balls.

  • Store in the refrigerator.

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