These energy balls are super easy to make, and they only use a few ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen. The perfect breakfast or snack that you can grab on the go!
I’m convinced that “energy balls” is the wrong term for these. I think they should really be called “edible cookie dough.” They are so good for you, but they taste just like a cookie.
Not only do they taste good, but they are the perfect snack. They’re even great for breakfast or a dessert when you want a healthier option to satisfy that sweet tooth.
I always looked forward to the days my mom would make these growing up. They didn’t last long to say the least.
Add-ins For Energy Balls
Coconut – coconut adds great texture and flavor in an energy ball. Especially when you pair it with chocolate!
M & M’s – These would be a great alternative to chocolate chips. Especially with the crunch they have!
Nuts/seeds – Any nuts or seeds would be yummy to help enhance the flavors of the honey and to add a but of saltiness to this recipe!
Dried Craisins – Dried craisins would add a nice touch of tartness and chewiness to this recipe. They would go so well paired with white chocolate chips as well.
Rolled Oats – Rolled oats add great texture to the energy balls. They are also a healthy carbohydrate that is full of fiber. Sometimes it is even good to grind up the rolled oats a bit so the balls are a little smoother and easy to roll.
Honey – Honey adds great sweetness and also helps with all the ingredients sticking together.
Peanut Butter – Peanut butter helps give the energy balls some smoothness to them. I think creamy peanut butter is the best option, although chunky is all I had and that worked great too!
Salt – A pinch of salt goes a long way. Salt enhances the flavors that are already there and help balance out the sweetness.
Chocolate Chips – I mean do I have to explain anything on chocolate chips? They are the perfect addition and add great crunch.
Chia Seeds – Chia seeds are an optional add in, but are a good source of nutrition. If you want to learn more about chia seeds a great recipe you can make with them, check out our chia seed pudding recipes.
Tools You May Need
Medium to large sized bowl
How to Make Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls Step-by-Step
Start by pulsating the rolled oats in a blender until slightly finer. This will help them be a little smoother.
Second, add all the ingredients into a medium to large sized bowl. Give it a good stir until everything is fully combined.
Let the “batter” chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This will make forming them much easier.
Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop out some of the “batter” and form into balls by rolling between your hands.
Let them set for another 30 minutes at least.
Homemade energy balls FAQ’s:
Are energy balls good for you?
Energy balls are a great snack that are full of healthy fiber, protein, fats.
Do energy balls need to go in the fridge?
You may definitely eat energy balls at room temperature, although, they are easier to eat when chilled as they will be firmer.
Should you eat protein balls before or after a workout?
Protein balls can very well serve as a form of a pre-workout because of their simple carbohydrates. Honey, which is in energy balls, is also great to consume before a workout because it will keep the glycogen in your muscles fueled which will prevent fatigue.
- 1 1/3 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Start by pulsating the rolled oats in a food processor or blender. This will help the batter be smoother.
- Combine the oats, along with all of the other ingredients into a medium sized bowl.
- Stir until just combined.
- Let the batter chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This will help to form the balls easier and too much won't get onto your hands.
- Once the batter has set, using a spoon, scoop some dough a little less than a golf ball sized amount. Form into a ball by rubbing it between your palms.
- Place onto a plate and let chill in the fridge for another 30 minutes at least or until set.
- Enjoy for breakfast, dessert, or a snack!