No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

Hello Friday! It can never come soon enough. Even though I’m working Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, it’s nice to not have to go to class, and since midterms are still somewhat off in the distance, I can procrastinate! Who could ask for anything more? This semester is actually pretty light compared to previous semesters, but maybe it just feels that way because I usually take most of my classes online, and this semester half are actually on campus and half are online. I just hate the commute to school! But this semester I had no choice but to go to campus five days a week, so that leaves me some time in between classes and work to do homework, whereas if I were taking more classes online, I would be home more often, leading to a dangerous combination of television + internet = no homework getting done, ever. Everything has its pros and cons, I suppose.

I wanted to make something to bring into work a few weeks ago, but I only had about an hour of free time before I had to leave, so I decided to find a no-bake recipe somewhere. I discovered these no bake peanut butter oatmeal balls, and I must say, I was quite impressed. They make look a bit dull because of their color, but let me tell you, they’re delicious! They have a great texture due to the use of chewy, raw oats and crunchy, creamy peanut butter. I brought these into work for the people who were staying late to do inventory because I thought they’d be a good energy boost, and believe me, they are, especially because the cocoa powder and peanut butter combination is unbeatable. The best part is that they’re small so you don’t feel sick from gorging yourself on a big dessert, but you can pop them in your mouth whenever you feel like a small treat. If you’re in need of a quick recipe, this is definitely going to be it!

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
Your ingredients.

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
Combine the oats, sugar, and cocoa powder in a large bowl. Mix in the water, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter with your hands.

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
Roll into balls (I got about 25 1-2 inch balls).

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
Roll the balls around in powdered sugar until well coated.

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
Place on a large baking sheet and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
Serve and enjoy!

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
Serves: 25-30 meatballs
  • 2 cups rolled old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 3-4 tablespoons peanut butter (I used crunchy, but creamy is also fine)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, sugar and cocoa. With clean hands, mix in the water, vanilla, butter and peanut butter to form a dough.
  2. Wash your hands, then roll the dough into balls 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Roll the balls in powdered sugar until thickly coated.
  3. Chill on a baking sheet in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.
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16 Responses

  1. Barista says:

    I laughed when I read “Wash your hands” :)

    Been loving your blog, can’t wait to try this one!

  2. Laura says:

    You had me at peanut butter.

    This looks awesome. Been looking for a way to get rid of my leftover oats. Not too big a fan of cooked oatmeal and I bought some oats to bake a batch of oatmeal cookies for someone and wasn’t planning on baking more, so I have a bunch leftover. This looks like the the perfect way to use them.

  3. Kim says:

    You had me at ‘No Bake’. I tried your snickerdoodle blondie recipe a couple of times ( and am still not quite sure if I had it. Not too gifted in the kitchen…..

    Powder sugar coated seems a bit intimidating… would sprinkles of cane sugar be a good substitute?

  4. Susie D. says:

    Yes! I make these all the time. They’re fantastic!

  5. JoVonn says:

    I saw these pop up in my Google Reader this evening and popped ip to see if I had the ingredients to make half a batch. I did and they are good!

  6. kris says:

    WOW these don’t look boring at all. Can’t wait to try em. If you like No-Bake recipes (I’m in love with them), you might want to try this.

    Awesome blog!

  7. ashley says:

    so very excited..mother of two and really looking forward to these yummy treats for my little girls..they can help and that is what is so great..thanks for the recipe!!!

  8. Ellen says:

    I just made these and they are doing their 30 minutes in the fridge. I can’t wait to try them! Do they need to be kept in the fridge too?

  9. Emily says:

    How do you store these? and how long do they stay fresh?

  10. Jessica Fournelle says:

    I did half a batch with applesauce instead of butter and they came out delicious and formed just as good!!! But healthier!!!

  11. Sandra says:

    Can you use leftover cooked oatmeal for this recipie

  12. admin says:

    Kim: The coating works really well and kind of melts away. I brought them into work and nobody was choking on powdered sugar! haha.

  13. admin says:

    Kim: Also, the pan you’re using for the blondies might just be too deep and if they don’t get cooked through, they’ll sink and whatnot.

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