Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls

I am seriously addicted to these. I found them on Pinterest (where else?) and have made them three times in just over a month. I’m ashamed to say how long they last in my house…and I’m the only one eating them! There are a trillion and five different varieties floating around online, but save yourself the trouble and just make these. Promise.

Since I started “clean eating” (which I try to do, like 99%, 90%, 80% of the time), I try to keep some kind of sweet treat in the house that I won’t feel guilty about indulging in for dessert. Sometimes I make Triple Chocolate Milkshakes and other times, just a piece of fruit will suffice. But these amazing bites of peanut buttery goodness seriously do the trick for the nights you need to make yourself think you’re “cheating” and having something forbidden. They are small enough where you don’t feel like you’re eating a ton and filling your stomach right before bed, but filling at the same time. They have a crunch to them from the nuts and a sweetness from the honey and chocolate chips. They are seriously amazing. As I said above, I am addicted.

So if you want to make these (and why wouldn’t you???) you should probably get to the store and then get your booty in the kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats (I’ve used old-fashion and quick cooking – they both taste great)
  • ¼ cup ground flax meal
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, chopped
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp cinnamon (I like to use more)
  • A pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup plus 2 TBS creamy peanut butter (I like to use all natural)
  • ¼ cup plus 1 TBS honey
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract or almond extract
  • 2 TBS mini-chocolate chips (let’s not kid ourselves…you’ll probably want to add more)
  • ¼ cup ground peanuts to roll the balls in (you could also use almonds)

 *The original recipe calls for chia seeds, which I keep forgetting to buy! They work great without them and I’m sure they’re fantastic if you include them.

To Make:

1. Measure the peanut butter and add it to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds or so, just to soften (if you’re using all natural peanut butter, you can probably skip this step as it will already be very soft and smooth). Let it cool while you move onto step 2.

2. Add oats, flax, almonds, cinnamon and salt to another bowl. Mix to combine.

3. Add the honey and vanilla (or almond) extract to the peanut butter. **Funny story…about two hours before I made these, I dropped a half-filled bottle of vanilla extract on the floor and broke the top. Vanilla everywhere! A pain to clean up, but my kitchen smells pretty. I substituted almond extract due to my vanilla disaster and thought they turned out great.

4. Combine with a spoon and then your hands. You’ll be a mess, but your hands are your best kitchen tool!

5. Add chocolate chips and fold in.

6. Form the dough into balls (I like to make mine smaller than golf balls). “Rolling” them won’t really work; you kind of have to grab a chunk and just smush it together with your hands.

7. Add the peanuts to a mini-food processor and pulse until they are a fine powder. Don’t pulse them too long and make peanut butter!

8. Roll the balls in the peanut powder.

The original website I found these on said they’re fine at room temperature for a few days, but I disagree. They are WAY better if they’re stored in the fridge or better yet, the freezer. The cold helps keep the balls together a little bit better. Otherwise, they’ll be very soft. Personally, I keep them in the freezer to try to keep myself under control. If you have to go the extra mile to defrost them, you’re less likely to eat them all in one sitting, right?

Bon Appetite mamas – this one is a keeper!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls
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Prep Time
20 min

Total Time
20 min

Prep Time
20 min

Total Time
20 min

Ingredients
1 cup oats (I’ve used old-fashion and quick cooking – they both taste great)
¼ cup ground flax meal
¼ cup sliced almonds, chopped
1/8-1/4 tsp cinnamon (I like to use more)
A pinch of salt
¼ cup plus 2 TBS creamy peanut butter (I like to use all natural)
¼ cup plus 1 TBS honey
¼ tsp vanilla extract or almond extract
2 TBS mini-chocolate chips (let’s not kid ourselves…you’ll probably want to add more)
¼ cup ground peanuts to roll the balls in (you could also use almonds)

Instructions
1. Measure the peanut butter and add it to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds or so, just to soften (if you’re using all natural peanut butter, you can probably skip this step as it will already be very soft and smooth). Let it cool while you move onto step 2.
2. Add oats, flax, almonds, cinnamon and salt to another bowl. Mix to combine.
3. Add the honey and vanilla (or almond) extract to the peanut butter. **Funny story…about two hours before I made these, I dropped a half-filled bottle of vanilla extract on the floor and broke the top. Vanilla everywhere! A pain to clean up, but my kitchen smells pretty. I substituted almond extract due to my vanilla disaster and thought they turned out great.
4. Combine with a spoon and then your hands. You’ll be a mess, but your hands are your best kitchen tool!
5. Add chocolate chips and fold in.
6. Form the dough into balls (I like to make mine smaller than golf balls). “Rolling” them won’t really work; you kind of have to grab a chunk and just smush it together with your hands.
7. Add the peanuts to a mini-food processor and pulse until they are a fine powder. Don’t pulse them too long and make peanut butter!
8. Roll the balls in the peanut powder.

Notes
*The original recipe calls for chia seeds, which I keep forgetting to buy! They work great without them and I’m sure they’re fantastic if you include them.

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3 Responses to Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls

  1. Oh, yum! I make a version of this (sun butter instead of peanut butter + chia) and have never thought about rolling them in chopped up nuts. What a great idea!

  2. Wow these look delicious!!

  3. I love these! I have had the chia seed version as well. Now I have the recipe. Thanks Marry Ellen.

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