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4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls


These 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls are a tasty snack and so simple to make. No oven or food processor is needed! Dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Snack time!

I don’t make a lot of peanut butter recipes, mainly because my 12-year-old doesn’t like peanut butter or even the smell of it. So instead I usually use almond butter, as I did in these chewy granola bars. Or I give my kids options for toppings, like with these donut apples.

Peanut Butter Balls

But I recently found myself craving some kind of peanut butter and chocolate ball. And while I have a lot of tasty energy ball recipes on this site (cocoa-coconut bliss balls, coconut cashew bliss balls, pumpkin spice balls), they all require a food processor. I wanted something simpler. Something that even a college student could mix together in their dorm. Knowing that my other son would love this creation, I decided to give it a go.

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Simple Ingredients

Featured in this recipe are 4 simple ingredients:

  • Old Fashioned Oats – for cholesterol improving and gut-nourishing soluble fiber
  • Natural, Unsweetened Peanut Butter – for healthy fat and protein to help fill you up and satisfy your hunger
  • Honey – for natural sweetness (and to help hold the balls together!)
  • Dark Chocolate Chips – for antioxidant-rich flavanols (for additional flavonoids and less sweetness use cocoa nibs for half or all of the chocolate chips!)
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Hälsa Kids

The verdict from my 10-year old son?

“Can you make more?”

I will take that as a win!

So whether you need an after-school snack for your kids or a mid-morning, post-workout snack, these 4-ingredient peanut butter balls fit the bill! All you need is a mixing bowl, a wooden spoon, and a little arm muscle!

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4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls

Maria Adams
These 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls are a breeze to whip up. Perfect as a pick-me-up snack after school or after a workout. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally sweetened with honey.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 balls


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (certified gluten-free if needed)
  • 1/4 cup natural, unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (dairy-free if needed)


  • Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl. Use a wooden spoon to mix together.
  • Use hands to form into 12-15 balls. The mixture will be a little sticky but should hold together well. 
  • Place in a resealable glass container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Freeze for longer storage. Enjoy!


Not a peanut butter fan? Try using another nut or seed butter.
Want to add some additional nutrient boosters? Mix in 1 tablespoon of chia seeds or switch up some or all of the chocolate chips for cacao nibs. 
Keyword afterschool snack, chocolate chips, dairy-free, gluten-free, honey, kid-approved, oats, peanut butter, postworkout snack
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