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a stack of peanut butter energy balls

Crunchy Peanut Butter Energy Balls

  • Author: Jenna Barnard
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20-22 balls


These peanut butter energy bites are made with filling complex carbs, healthy fats, and natural sweeteners. They’re the perfect afternoon snack to satisfy your sweet tooth!


Peanut Butter Energy Balls

  • 1 cup (100g) old fashioned rolled oats*
  • 1 cup (180g) pitted Medjool dates (roughly 1012 dates)
  • 1/4 cup (75g) pure maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • 3/4 cup (200g) natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt (only add if using unsalted nut butter)
  • 2 tbsp plant-based milk (any milk will work)
  • 1 cup organic gluten free puffed brown rice cereal*

Chocolate and Toppings (optional)

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (vegan if needed)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts


  1. Add the oats, dates, maple syrup, peanut butter, vanilla, salt, and milk to a food processor and blend into a really thick paste.
  2. Next, add the puffed rice cereal and work it into the peanut butter mixture with your hands. You can either do this inside the food processor container with the blade removed, or transfer the dough to a bowl and work it in there.
  3. Once well distributed, roll the dough into 2 tablespoon sized balls. Place onto a large plate or pan lined with parchment paper if you plan to add the chocolate. Otherwise, just place them into whichever container you plan to store them in. You should end up with about 20-22 energy balls total.
  4. For the chocolate, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a heat safe container in the microwave. Heat in 30 second intervals, mixing between each time, until smooth (it should only take 60 seconds total).
  5. You can either drizzle the chocolate on top or dunk half of each ball in the chocolate. Top with chopped peanuts if desired.
  6. Let the balls chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to set. Then transfer to a storage container and enjoy!
  7. Store the energy balls in the refrigerator where they will keep for up to 10 days.


OATS – You can also use quick oats, but I recommend old fashioned rolled oats for more texture and chew.

CEREAL – If you can’t find this type of cereal, you can also just use more oats. Just know that the cereal is the source of the crunchy texture, so swapping for oats will give you a more chewy energy ball (but still just as delicious).

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes


  • Serving Size: 2 balls
  • Calories: 130
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Protein: 3.6g

Keywords: energy bites, energy balls, peanut butter energy balls

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