These vegan 3-ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls are so easy to make with a few healthy, simple ingredients. They are completely vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened. Plus, they taste absolutely delicious and make the perfect morning snack, post-workout fuel, or midday work treat.
Every time I bring these oatmeal balls to a party or event, they are gone so quickly. Both kids and adults LOVE these convenient treats! The mix-in options are endless too, so you can get creative with adding all your favorite toppings.
If you love easy no-bake recipes like this, you have to check out these healthy banana cinnamon overnight oats or this strawberry blackberry banana smoothie. Both are great options for breakfast! Or, if you're looking for another peanut butter recipe, these peanut butter rice krispie treats are irresistible.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Easy to make - These are no-bake energy balls, which means they're ready to enjoy in less than 10 minutes! They are so easy and simple to make.
- Vegan and gluten-free - This recipe is naturally vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free when you use certified gluten-free oats.
- Healthy ingredients - There are no added sugars, gums, fillers, or artificial flavors in any of the ingredients. They are healthy and plant-based.
- Great energy source - These oatmeal balls are a delicious and powerful energy source with healthy carbs, protein, and fat to fuel your day.
Like the name states, you only need 3 healthy ingredients to make these oatmeal balls. Here are some helpful notes to help you choose the best ingredients:
- Old-Fashioned Oats: Both old-fashioned rolled oats and quick oats work well in this recipe. Use certified gluten-free oats if you want to make sure the oatmeal balls are gluten-free.
- Creamy Peanut Butter: I recommend using all-natural, creamy peanut butter that has a drippy consistency. I love using Crazy Richard's 100% Peanuts!
- Pure Maple Syrup: Make sure to use real pure maple syrup, not the artificial kind made from corn syrup. If you're not vegan, you can replace the maple syrup with honey if you prefer.
These are the only 3 ingredients you need to make the recipe, but feel free to mix in extra chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, or something else you like. Keep reading the blog post for a list of suggestions!
How To Make Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
One of the best things about this recipe is how easy and quick it is to make. You only need 10 minutes and one mixing bowl! Here are step-by-step instructions for making the peanut butter balls:
STEP 1: Add the creamy peanut butter and pure maple syrup to a large mixing bowl. Stir vigorously until the ingredients are well combined into a smooth, creamy mixture.
STEP 2: Pour the old-fashioned oats into the bowl with the peanut butter and maple syrup.
STEP 3: Fold the oats into the mixture with a large spoon or rubber spatula until evenly distributed. The mixture will be quite thick and sticky, this is good.
STEP 4: Use a 1-inch cookie scoop, or use your hands, to scoop the oatmeal mixture into evenly shaped balls. Place them on a separate tray or plate for serving.
TIP: If you have trouble rolling the oatmeal balls together, they could be too dry. You can add additional peanut butter or maple syrup to make them stickier and easier to roll. If the balls are too sticky and greasy, add more oats until they are the perfect texture. You can also mix some chocolate chips into a few of the balls!
- Use a cookie scoop - This ensures you get evenly-sized oatmeal balls. You can roll them in your hands after scooping them to make them perfectly round.
- Add your favorite mix-ins - While these are 3-ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls, they don't have to stay that way! Mix in some nuts, chocolate, or other delicious additions if you want.
- Enjoy them cold - This is a no-bake, no-chill recipe, but I think the balls taste delicious a little bit cold. Keep them in the fridge for 30 minutes to enjoy a colder snack that is especially perfect for summer days!
- Make a double batch - You'll get about 16 oatmeal balls from this recipe, but feel free to double or triple the recipe if you want multiple dozen oatmeal balls to take to a party or share with friends and family.
Easy Flavor Variations & Mix-Ins
These oatmeal balls are absolutely delicious as they are, but here are a few different ways you can make them even more flavorful:
- With Honey - You can replace the maple syrup with honey if you aren't vegan.
- With Chocolate Chips - Mix in ½ cup vegan mini chocolate chips for an extra delicious treat. Semi-sweet, milk or dark chocolate are all good options.
- With Almond Butter- Try using natural, creamy almond butter to make the oatmeal balls without peanut butter. The flavor is still totally delicious!
- With Raisins - Mix in ½ cup raisins for oatmeal raisin flavored peanut butter balls.
- With Chopped Nuts - I love to add ½ cup of chopped walnuts or pecans for an extra crunch in the oat balls.
You have to give these 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies a try sometime, too!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! You can replace the maple syrup with honey if you prefer. They will not be vegan-friendly if you use honey, however.
If the balls are not sticking together, it is probably because they are too dry. Add additional peanut butter or maple syrup to make them more sticky.
Yes! Peanut butter oatmeal balls are a delicious healthy snack. They are made with only three healthy, plant-based ingredients and contain no added sugars. They are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and filled with healthy carbs, protein, fiber, and unsaturated fats.
Quick oats are not the first choice for making oatmeal balls since they are not as coarse and hearty as old-fashioned oats. However, you can still use quick oats with good results. If they are too sticky, add slightly more quick oats.
Storing & Freezing
These vegan oatmeal balls can easily be stored for later so you can enjoy them all week long. Keep leftover peanut butter oatmeal balls in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. You may also keep them in the fridge if you prefer to enjoy them cold.
To freeze the energy balls, place them in an airtight container with parchment paper between each layer so they don't stick together. Keep them in the freezer for 2-3 months, and let them thaw at room temperature before enjoying them again.
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3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls (Vegan)
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats or quick oats
- ¾ cup natural, creamy peanut butter I use Crazy Richard's 100% Peanuts
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
- ½ cup chopped nuts
- ½ cup raisins
- In a large mixing bowl, vigorously stir together the creamy peanut butter and maple syrup until smooth.¾ cup natural, creamy peanut butter, ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- Then, add the oats to the bowl. Use a large spoon or rubber spatula to fold the oats into the mixture until a thick, sticky dough forms.1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- If desired, mix in vegan chocolate chips, chopped nuts, raisins, or other toppings.½ cup vegan chocolate chips, ½ cup chopped nuts, ½ cup raisins
- Use a 1-inch cookie scoop to scoop the oatmeal mixture into evenly sized balls. Roll the balls gently between your hands to make them perfectly round.
- Place the oatmeal balls on a separate tray or plate for serving. Enjoy them immediately, or place them in the fridge to enjoy them cold.
- Store leftover oatmeal balls in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!