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


  • 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


  • 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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