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No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls are simple to make with just 3 ingredients and taste just like cookie dough! A mix of peanut butter, honey or maple syrup, and almond flour is all you need to roll up these easy energy bites. The perfect satisfying snack or treat!

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No-Bake 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls are super easy to make and take just 10 minutes to prep. These bites have plenty of good fats and a good amount of protein to keep you full and energized for hours. Made with only 3 ingredients: nut butter, honey or maple syrup, and almond flour. Everything gets combined in one bowl and you never even have to turn on the oven!

Recipe summary

  • Nutritious: These are made with simple, wholesome ingredients and will keep you full and satisfied. They’re a great snack option to make ahead or when you’re on the go.
  • Hassle-free: Peanut butter energy bites are easy to make, require no baking, and take very little hands-on time. Meal prep these in advance and have a nourishing snack when hunger strikes.
  • Super tasty: The combination of peanut butter and honey creates a sweet and nutty flavor that’s quite addicting. You can’t have just one!
Peanut butter balls on a plate with a bite taken out of one.

Ingredients needed

To make healthy peanut butter balls, you need just 3 simple ingredients. You probably already have them in your kitchen! Here’s the list:

  • Nut butter: Use any favorite creamy nut butter as the base for these bites. Peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter are great choices. To make these nut-free, use sunflower seed butter.
  • Sweetener: To make these perfectly sweet and give them a delicious flavor, you can add either honey or maple syrup. Be sure to use maple syrup, if you want to keep them vegan.
  • Almond or coconut flour: Gives these a nice cake-like texture. Almond flour is a thick flour and other flours will not work the same way.
Peanut butter, honey and coconut flour divided into small bowls.

How to make

  1. In a large bowl, add the peanut butter, honey, and almond or coconut flour.
  1. Using a spatula, mix until combined. If the dough is too thick or crumbly, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until it comes to a nice, thick doughy consistency. You can chill the dough for about 20 minutes before next step.
  1. Using your hands, or scooper, form the dough into small-sized balls. Depending on the size of the balls you make, you will have 14-16 balls.
  2. Place the balls onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and store in the fridge for 30 minutes until firm. Serve and enjoy.

Tips and substitutes

  • For a low-carb or low-sugar version, use low-carb sticky sweeteners like monk fruit-sweetened maple syrup.
  • Feel free to change up the flavor and stir in about 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts, raisins, or dried cranberries. You could also roll the balls in unsweetened shredded coconut.
  • If the mixture is too thick, dry, or crumbly add water a tablespoon at a time to thin it out.
  • For a decadent chocolate version, melt some milk chocolate or dark chocolate, then dip each chilled ball in the melted chocolate. Chill again to set.
top view of peanut butter balls lined up on a pan

Frequently asked questions

What are the health benefits of peanut butter balls?

This recipe uses only 3 simple, nourishing ingredients, making these a good source of protein and healthy fats. According to Healthline, peanut butter has many vitamins and minerals and is rich in antioxidants, including p-coumarin and resveratrol. These plant compounds have been associated with various health benefits in animals.

When should I eat energy balls?

You can eat energy balls anytime! We enjoy them before working out for sustained energy. They’re also great post-gym to help replenish your fuel. You can even have a couple of these for a quick portable breakfast.

How many calories are in peanut butter balls?

For this specific recipe, each ball has just over 100 calories, 4 grams of protein, 8 grams of carbs, and 8 grams of fats. More nutrition information can be found in the recipe card, below.

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Storage recommendations

  • To store in the fridge: Peanut butter balls keep for up to 3 weeks stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • In the freezer: You can also store these in the freezer for up to 3 months. If they get too hard, let them sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before eating.
Energy bites on a white plate with a bite taken out of one.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

By: Rena
Servings: 16 balls
Prep: 10 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
top view of peanut butter balls on a round white plate
No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls are simple to make with just 3 ingredients and taste just like cookie dough! A mix of peanut butter, honey or maple syrup, and coconut or almond flour is all you need to roll up these easy energy bites.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Into a large bowl, add the peanut butter, honey, and almond flour.
  • Using a spatula, mix until combined. If the dough is too thick or crumbly add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until it comes to a nice, thick doughy consistency.
  • Place the dough in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.
  • Using your hands, or scooper, form the dough into small-sized balls. Depending on the size of the balls you make, you will have 14-16 balls.
  • If the balls are not firm enough to your liking, place them onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and store in the fridge again for 20 minutes to firm more if needed. Serve and enjoy.

Notes

  • Any nut butter can be used.
  • You can swap half of the flour with vanilla whey protein powder.
  • Store the peanut butter balls in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
  • If you store the balls on your kitchen counter they will get soft.
  • You can freeze the balls for up to 3 months. If they get too hard, let them sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before eating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ballCalories: 159kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 70mgPotassium: 102mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
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