These Sugar-Free and Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls are a delicious healthy sweet treat that will be ready in 15 minutes. They are a perfect mix of Sweet and Salty, Soft and Crunchy, and do not need to be refrigerated!
Why we love this recipe
These Peanut Butter Oat Balls make great Healthy Energy Balls for Kids
and Toddlers that can easily be packed in the lunchbox. Or you know... in your adult bags!
Made with No Refined Sugar, Gluten-Free, Vegan just like my Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies and my No Bake Peanut Butter Balls, these peanut butter balls make perfect workout snacks or healthy treats to have on the go.
And bonus point: they don't need to be refrigerated, are made without a food processor and are energy balls without dates (aka no soaking time!).
One of the thing I like the most about these energy snacks: they are Bliss Balls made with No Dates - so they do not need a long soaking time or require the use of a food processor!
They are simply made with pantry essential ingredients most of us often already have in their kitchen.
To make these Peanut Butter Bliss Balls, I used (scroll to recipe card for all quantities):
- Peanut Butter: preferably an all-natural one with no added sugar or salt.
- Maple Syrup: you can also use Agave Syrup or Honey (if you don't need these to be vegan)
- Rolled Oats: use certified Gluten-Free Oats if required
- Shredded Coconut: optional, but oh so delicious!
- Chia Seeds: I used Black Chia Seeds but you can use White Chia as well.
- Cacao Powder: Unsweetened, preferably non processed.
- Salt: simple table salt.
You can use Smooth or Crunchy Peanut Butter - it is up to you. I personally love the crunch bits of peanuts bring to peanut butter so I used Crunchy one, but the recipe will work perfectly with smooth peanut butter too.
If you like these Peanut Butter Balls, you will love
my Gluten-Free, Vegan and Sugar-Free No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies!
Ingredient Addition Ideas
There are many other ingredients you can add to these Sugar-Free Energy Balls to make them your own. Nuts, Dried Fruits or even chocolate, the possibilities are infinite!
Here are a few ideas:
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Cacao Nibs
- Dried Apricots
- Raisins / Sultanas
- Dried Figs
- Dried Cranberries
- Goji Berries
- Acai Powder
- Thinly Chopped Nuts
- Spices like Cinnamon Powder, Ginger Powder or Nutmeg
More Healthy Energy Balls Recipes:
- Nut Free Choc Mint Bliss Balls - by The Cooking Collective
- Chocolate Orange Almond Bliss Balls - by Goodie Goodie Lunchbox
- Healthy Berry Bites - from Eight Forest Lane
- Keto Lemon Bliss Balls - from Mad Creations Hub
How to make No Bake Peanut Butter Balls
Many bliss balls recipes are made with dates that are soaked in water then need to be blended. If you have made these ones before, you may wonder "Can I make Energy Balls without Food Processor"?. The answer is simply YES!
It is probably one of my favourite thing about these gluten free energy balls: they are made in one bowl only - and not the one from your food processor. Quicker cleaning time is always a win in my books!
No Food Processor, No Soaking Time and ready in 15 minutes. So good!
- Pour the Peanut Butter in a Large Bowl. If the peanut butter seems a bit hard, place it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften.
- Stir in the Maple Syrup to obtain a thick paste.
- With a Wooden Spoon (or stiff spatula), incorporate your Oats, Coconut, Chia Seeds, Cacao Powder and Salt. Stir until combined.
- Pick up small chunks of dough and roll them between your palms to create balls. Press them gently between your hands to make sure they stick together well.
- Transfer them into an air-tight container and keep at room temperature for up to a week.
These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls do not require to be refrigerated - another great bonus! They should be kept in an air-tight container in a cool spot like your pantry and will last for up to a week. If you find them to be a bit sticky, place some Baking Paper to separate the balls.
If it is really hot in your kitchen, you can store these balls in the fridge, although they are unlikely to melt. In the fridge, they will tend to harden and get drier so only store them in the fridge if really needed.
I do not recommend freezer these Energy Balls. They are rather delicate and will fall apart when you try to thaw them. Because they will last for a long time, they can easily be made ahead and will last for a week. No need to freeze them!
More Healthy Treat Recipes
- Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
- Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins
- Vegan Banana Bread (Gluten-Free + Sugar-Free)
- Almond Tahini Cookies (Vegan)
- Avocado Chocolate Mousse
- Oven Baked Banana Chips
- Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins
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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
- 1/2 cup (125gr) Peanut Butter - Smooth or Chuncky
- 1/4 cup (60ml) Maple Syrup - or more if needed
- 1 cup (100gr) Rolled Oats - Gluten-Free Certified if required
- 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1/4 cup (20gr) Desiccated Coconut
- 1 1/2 tbsp (10gr) Unsweetened Cacao Powder
- 1 pinch Salt
I highly recommend using the measurements in grams & ml (instead of cups & spoons) for more accuracy and better results.
- Pour the Peanut Butter in a Large Bowl and stir it to loosen it (see note 1). Stir in the Maple Syrup to obtain a thick paste.
- Add the Dry Ingredients: Rolled Oats, Desiccated Coconut, Chia Seeds, Cacao Powder and Salt. Using a wooden spoon, stiff spatula or a simple spoon, stir in all the ingredients until combined.
- Pick up small chunks of dough and roll them between your palms to form balls, gently pressing the dough together to compress it. (see note 2).
- Place in an air-tight container (see note 3) and store at room temperature for up to a week.
- If the Peanut Butter seems hard and stiff, you can place it in the microwave for a few seconds to loosen it. It will make the stirring process much easier if the peanut butter if liquid.
- The dough will seem to not want to stick together at the start but will come together as you press it between your hands. If they seem to fall apart anyway, add a little bit more of the liquid ingredients (Peanut Butter and/or Maple Syrup) and stir again.
- The balls should not stick together but you can always use baking paper to separate them if needed.