These easy peanut butter energy Balls are healthy snacks, that are gluten free and made in 30 minutes or less!

Peanut Butter Energy Balls on a plate

This simple peanut butter energy balls recipe has been on our snack list all year long. It’s perfect when you’re running between trips to the gym, school, sports practice, and games, or any time of day when you need to squeeze in a healthy snack.

I can whip up these no bake peanut butter energy bites in no time. They are so easy to store in the refrigerator or the freezer so the kids and I can always grab as a quick snack when we’re on the go.

Keeping our energy up is important and I’ve tried a bunch of different snacks, but these super easy energy balls are everyone’s favorite.

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Peanut Butter Energy Balls ingredients

Packed with peanut butter, peanuts, oats, and a little honey and chocolate for sweetness, these are my favorite no bake energy bites! You can make a batch in less than 30 minutes, and there are tons of ways to change up the recipe for different flavor combinations.

I make a big batch of energy bites at the beginning of the week and keep them in the refrigerator for a quick and easy after school snack, after work-out pick-me-up, or a grab-and-go snack before practice.

What is a Protein Ball Made Of

  • Peanut butter – You can also use almond butter, cashew butter, or any kind of nut butter you prefer.
  • Honey – Use raw honey to get the most health benefits from your honey.
  • Old Fashions Oats – You can sub out with quick oats if you prefer.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips – Use dark chocolate chips for lower sugar and fat!
  • Peanuts – You can also any different nut you enjoy!

You can modify this any way you wish. Try adding chia seeds, flax seeds, shredded coconut, dried cranberries, raisins, or anything else to your taste!

Peanut Butter Energy Balls ingredients in a bowl

How to Make Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Step 1 – Mix peanut/almond butter and honey – Add peanut or almond butter and honey to a large mixing bowl and stir together.

Step 2 – Add mix-ins – Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine.

Step 3 – Chill – Place in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to chill.

Step 4 – Make into balls – Remove from refrigerator form mixture into 1-inch balls. If you don’t have a cookie scoop you can just use a spoon.

Peanut Butter Energy Balls on a sheet pan
Are Energy Balls Good For You?

There are so many good things in these energy balls. Peanut butter is an excellent source of vitamins and protein. Regularly eating peanut butter will help to prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes!

Want to up your iron? Use almond butter instead! Almond butter has twice the iron, three times the vitamin E, and seven times the calcium of peanut butter! However, peanut butter does contain a bit more protein. You can also find lots of sugar free peanut or almond butter options.

The oats in these energy bits give you lots of heart healthy benefits. It lowers blood sugar, gives you lots of fiber, and helps give you that full feeling without overeating!

The honey in this energy bite recipe also benefits you. Honey has lots of healing properties, especially raw honey. It’s great for your brain, helps with digestion, and is also an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent.

Even the chocolate chips help your health! Your mental health, that is. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, contains serotonin which gives you that uplifting boost so many of us need.holding Peanut Butter Energy Balls

How Many Calories Does a Peanut Butter Protein Ball Have?

These energy balls have approximately 110 calories per ball. The calorie amount will vary as you modify the recipe, so if you are counting calories you may want to be mindful of any variations you make.

When Should You Eat Energy Ball?

Energy Balls will help you any time of day you need a quick pick up!

If you eat them before your physical activity, like a workout or sports practice, it will help give you the energy you need to power through and give a peak performance.

After your physical activity, your muscles are primed for soaking up all the health benefits you will get from eating this protein packed energy balls. The vitamins and nutrients in these energy balls will help to repair and refresh your body.

They are also great to get your through that mid-afternoon slump where many people start to feel their energy wane. A quick snack on these energy bites and you can breeze through the rest of your afternoon!

Can You Freeze Peanut Butter Energy Balls?

Yes! Just store them in an airtight container and you can keep them in your freezer for up to 6 months. You may find it easier to put some wax paper between them to keep them from freezing together.

When you’re ready to use them, just pop them in the fridge to let them thaw.

a black plate of stacked Peanut Butter Energy Balls

How to Store

You can store these in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.

They will last in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks, again in an airtight storage container.

Because you can store them so easily in the fridge or the freezer, they are a great treat to make ahead of time, so they are ready when you need them!

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Servings: 10 balls
Prep Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 25 mins

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

These easy peanut butter energy balls are packed full of protein and a few delicious chocolate chips to help keep your kid’s energy up when they play sports.
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup Crushed Peanuts

Instructions

  • Add peanut butter and honey to a bowl and stir together.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine.
  • Place in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to chill.
  • Remove from refrigerator form mixture into 1 inch balls.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1ball, Calories: 110kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 36mg, Potassium: 26mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Iron: 0.9mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
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