No-Bake Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Balls

No Bake Energy Balls

These no-bake peanut butter balls are the perfect recipe for kids of any age who are getting started with cooking. Because they’re no-bake, no need to worry about a hot stove. Add to that, all the ingredients can be sampled safely while you’re preparing them (as in, no worries about raw flour and eggs), and as an added bonus, the recipe is so flexible that exact measurement doesn’t really matter.

You know, for those kiddos out there wanting to double the chocolate chips.

Makes about 20 balls

You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of rolled oats (also known as large flake oats)
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup liquid honey
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • ¼ tsp salt

Prep and Cook

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

    Scoop a heaping tablespoon of batter out and roll into a ball.

    Store balls in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.



  1. Pamela on October 21, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Can you substitute almond butter?

    • Heather Dixon on October 22, 2018 at 8:55 am

      I would imagine you could as long as it’s similar consistency. But let me double check for you! 🙂

  2. Dara on October 22, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Hi Pamela,
    You most certainly could substitute almond butter. Any nut/seed butter would work. You could also use WOW butter or sunflower butter if you wanted to keep them school lunch box friendly.

  3. Dionne on October 28, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Ohhh…I love that you added the comment about the WOW butter! I’m going to try that…surely my kids are going to be getting tired of WOW butter sandwiches soon!

  4. Sabrina on April 26, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Hi – does the honey have to be liquid? I only have the unpasteurized, solid kind of honey and would prefer to use that. Thanks!

    • Heather Dixon on April 26, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      Hi Sabrina! I’ll check into this and find out for you ASAP!

    • Heather Dixon on April 26, 2019 at 3:08 pm

      Here’s what we found out! The creators of the recipe said this: “It should work – I would heat the honey up so it melts first, because it acts as the ‘glue’. It would need to be able to stirred in.”

      Hope this helps!

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