Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls

by Marsha

This is a really easy no-bake cookie recipe with lots of good ingredients. They take just minutes to make and are practically a balanced meal all by themselves! And I’ve got some good variations too.

The proportions below are just approximates. You can vary them a little bit according to what you like, and how the consistency is doing. I use as many all-natural ingredients as possible.

About 2 cups of oats
About 1/2 cup peanut butter
About 1 to 2 Tablespoon of honey, (to taste)

Put the peanut butter and honey into a microwavable bowl and stir it up. You can taste it to see if you want more honey. Then heat in the microwave until the peanut butter is melted. (First heat it for a minute, stir it, then heat it in additional 15 second intervals until melted).

Put the oats into a large mixing bowl. Pour the peanut butter and honey mixture over it and stir well. You can add in more oats if you need to. You should be able to easily form balls with the mixture without it being too gooey or sticky.

Put wax paper on a platter or large baking pan. Roll the cookie balls and put them on the wax paper. When all done, refrigerate until they harden. Then you can transfer them to a container.

Like peanut butter and chocolate? — Just add in chocolate chips. About 1/2 cup should do.

Like peanut butter and jelly? — Just substitute a little bit of your favorite jam for part of the honey. I like to use natural, all-fruit sugarless jam.

More variations — You could also add in dehydrated strawberries or cherries! It’s very good!


  1. I used to make these for boys who didn’t want to eat “GORP” while hiking.The reason why the recipe doesn’t always behave the same is that not all oats behave the same.The reason why you may need more peanut butter and honey than the original recipe is if you use steel cut or rolled “regular” or “old fashioned” oats.If you use “quick” oats that cook in one or two minutes, the recipe will work just fine as written.

    I like to finish them by rolling them in confectioners’ sugar, but they really don’t need it.

  2. My peanut butter balls needed about another heaping 1/4 cup of peanut butter and I used probably 3 1/2 tsp. of honey before it finally stuck together. Hope this helps!

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