Who doesn’t crave something a little (or a lot) chocolatey and peanut-buttery on a given day? So often (like…daily) we have an urge for dessert, but a heaping slice of cake with frosting trickling down the edges isn’t quite what the doctor ordered. On that same note, I think we’d all agree that it’s less than ideal to have to unbutton your jeans after your daily fix.
In thinking of a recipe that could salvage my fierce sweet tooth, while also using real foods and keeping it simple (I have to stay true to my food values!), I came up with some oat-y, chocolate-y, peanut butter-y, banana-y, no-bake balls. They’re not too sweet, not too salty, not too chocolate-y (not like I’d dare argue if they were), and most importantly, I was satisfied and felt like keeping my jeans fully buttoned after eating one!
Some other great aspects of this recipe are: you can always add more chocolate chips or coconut than the recipe calls for, as well as other add-ins (chia seeds, dates, nut pieces, etc.). Additionally, these balls only take 5-10 minutes to make, so you can make them right when the urge strikes! However, if you’re lucky enough to know when to expect the yearning (oh ya know, after lunch, after dinner, as a snack, just because…), just make a batch proactively! I love that this recipe does not call for added sugar; the sweetness comes solely from the banana and chocolate chips.
You want more reasons to make these? Okay, fine!!! The RD2Be in me has to voice this side of the equation: the oats provide fiber, as well as some iron and B vitamins; the peanut butter has protein, vitamin E, and monounsaturated fats (aka, the good stuff); coconut has vitamin C and medium-chain triglycerides (aka MCTs, a type of fat that’s easily metabolized by the body); and the banana provides potassium, vitamin C (who knew?!), and B6. Sounds like a well-rounded and balanced snack, to me!
The instructions are easy: just mix all ingredients together, wet your hands and roll into balls.
If you fancy, you can also make these into bars! A little refrigeration will help them keep their shape.
Peanut Butter Oat Balls
- Rolled oats 1 ¼ cup
- Peanut butter I used smooth, ½ cup
- Chocolate chips ½ cup
- Shredded coconut I used unsweetened, ¼ cup; you can use more if you want a more pronounced coconut flavor
- Salt 1/8 tsp
- Vanilla extract ½ tsp
- Combine all ingredients, and roll with your hands into balls or bars
More Snack Ball Recipes:
- Coconut O Snack Balls
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Balls
- Chocolate Coconut Snack Balls
- Chocolate Coconut Truffles
- 5 Ingredient Bourbon Balls
- No Bake Cookie Dough Balls