3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

These 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls are so simple and wholesome, and so delicious. They’re soft, but have a great chew, and are sweetened with honey without being too sweet. And they also make for a kid-friendly healthy snack!

rolled 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls

These 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls are my child who’s my most particular eater’s current favorite snack. And as a mom and a registered dietitian – no complaints here!

With three simple ingredients, I love how quick these are to whip up, and how well they keep in the fridge. They’re a very practical snack!

And between the healthy fats in the peanut butter, the fiber in the oats, and the quick carbs of the honey, these peanut butter energy balls provide a quick, but stable, energy boost. Perfect for after school or before/ after sports snacks!

If you like peanut butter snacks, be sure to try my peanut butter yogurt dip, too!

Why These 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls are SO Good:

  • Insanely kid-friendly!
  • So simple to make!
  • There’s only 3 ingredients!
  • They’re tasty and wholesome.
  • They store well.

Ingredients Needed

For a full ingredient list with quantities, please check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls ingredients
  • Oats: use old-fashioned oats
  • Peanut Butter: creamy peanut butter is your best bet to get the ideal consistency for rolling into balls
  • Honey: a little goes a long way, and this helps binds the ball and give it an energy bite texture, while also lending the perfect amount of sweetness.

Step-by-Step Directions

For complete instructions, please check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

scooping 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls
  1. Process oats in a food processor for a couple minutes, until they’ve started to break up a bit more.
  2. Add honey and peanut butter and process until there’s an even consistency.
  3. Roll into balls and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • Processing the oats a bit on their own first helps create a better end product, with more consistent-sized oat pieces in the energy balls.
  • I recommend using a cookie scoop to get even, consistent sizes. Then use your hands to smooth and roll the balls.
a small tower of 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls

Substitutions & Variations

  • This is a great base recipe that you can easily add extra ingredients! Try adding chia or flax seeds for a boost of nutrition, cinnamon or vanilla for a little more flavor, or mini chocolate chips for a little fun.
  • These are easily gluten-free as long as you use certified gluten-free oats.
  • You can substitute any nut/ seed butter you prefer.

Storage & Freezing

  • Storage: Keep the peanut butter balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
  • Freezing: Did you know that you can freeze energy balls? Store them in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
a bite taken out of a 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal ball

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rolled 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

These 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls are so simple, wholesome, and so delicious. They make a great healthy snack (kid-friendly!).
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Lindsey


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • Place oats in a food processor and process on high 30-60 seconds, until oats have become coarsely ground.
    1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • Add peanut butter and honey to the oats in the food processor, then process 30-60 seconds until the ingredients are evenly combined.
    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, 2 tablespoons honey
  • Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out the dough, then roll between clean hands and set on a plate or in a container.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until slightly firm and set.
  • Enjoy immediately, or transfer to an airtight storage container/ bag and store in the fridge or freezer.


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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