Looking for an easy-to-make pantry ingredients snack? This recipe for 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls is about to become your go-to! Made with oats, peanut butter, and maple syrup.
I am a known snacker in my house. Mid-morning, mid-afternoon, after dinner…I tend to get a little bit peckish between meals and I love to have homemade snacking options on hand.
Recently I’ve been getting super into snack “balls” — they are easy to make and even easier to pop in my mouth whenever I get a hankering.
After creating these 3 ingredient peanut butter balls, I was inspired to revamp the recipe a little bit. And that’s how I came up with these 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls!
Featuring oats and maple syrup, they have almost the same consistency and flavor as granola bars. They’re a little bit less chewy, and of course, are perfectly bite-sized!
They’re naturally sweetened with maple syrup and are surprisingly filling thanks to the peanut butter and oats.
It’s a filling and wholesome snack that any peanut butter lover can get behind!
Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:
- The simple pantry ingredients you need to make this tasty snack! Hint: opt for high-quality maple syrup and PB for the best results.
- How to mix the batter and use your hands to create perfectly formed balls.
- Answers to some common questions on how to make 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls.
If you want a filling, savory, and sweet snack to keep on hand, you’re going to love this recipe. You’ll have to have a bit of patience as they chill, but they’re so worth the wait!
How To Make 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.
STEP ONE: Place the peanut butter and maple syrup into a large bowl, then stir until smooth.
STEP TWO: Add the oats and stir again until they are completely covered and the mixture is well-combined.
STEP THREE: Using your hands, form the mixture into golf ball-sized balls, then place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. You should end up with about 15 balls.
STEP FOUR: Allow your 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes so that they set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where they will keep for up to 2 weeks.
Do Oatmeal Balls Have to be Refrigerated?
You’ll have to allow your 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls to chill in the fridge to set for at least 30 minutes.
I also recommend storing them in the fridge to get the most use out of them! That said, they can also be stored at room temperature.
Keep in mind that they may not keep for the full 2 weeks if you keep them on your countertop or in the pantry.
Other 3 Ingredient Recipes:
- 3 Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies
- 3-Ingredient Pie Crust
- 3-Ingredient No Bake Cheesecake
- 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls
- 3-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins
- 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Frosting
- 3-Ingredient Banana Pudding
- 3-Ingredient Stir Fry Sauce
Can You Freeze Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls?
Absolutely! Consider making a double batch and saving half for later.
Once your 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls have firmed up, place them in a freezer-safe bag and store them in your freezer.
They will keep for up to 3 months! Allow them to thaw in the fridge overnight before digging in, or you may hurt your teeth when you bite into a frozen ball!
What’s The Best Way To Cover Peanut Butter Balls?
I like to keep my 3 ingredient peanut butter oatmeal bars sweet and simple. That said, many people like to coat theirs with a layer of chocolate.
To do so, simply melt your chocolate of choice and then dip the balls in one at a time.
Allow any excess chocolate to drip off, then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Don’t forget put them in the fridge to chill before eating.
Can You Eat Raw Oats In Energy Balls?
This recipe is also sometimes referred to as energy balls, as the hearty ingredients can give you a boost if you need it!
You don’t have to worry about pre-cooking the oats before you add them. It’s completely safe to eat the raw oats in this recipe.
If you’re concerned with them being a bit too tough, let the batter sit for a few minutes before forming the balls.
Other Snack Recipes You’ll Love:
- ⅔ cup peanut butter
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 2 cups quick oats
- In a large bowl, stir together the peanut butter and maple syrup until smooth.
- Add the oats and stir until they are all completely coated.
- Use your hands to pack the mixture into golf ball sized balls, then place them onto a parchment lined baking sheet; you will get about 15.
- Allow to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to set.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g
This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.