4 Ingredient, No-Bake, Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls

oatmeal peanut butter protein balls finecooks

These power balls only take five minutes to make, have four ingredients, no refined sugar and contain protein, fiber and iron.

In great contrast to my previous post about store-bought, gluten free snack cakes, these little guys are a considerable better snack choice, not to mention breakfast item, for conscious eaters.

There are quite a few (okay, hundreds) of peanut-butter ball type recipes, but they all seem to add quite a bit of sweet temptation (such as coconut and chocolate – which you will see in some of my future posts).

“Mother is the necessity of invention” and I was looking for something I could grab on the run to go with my coffee on a busy morning.

I love peanut butter and oats so it seemed like a perfect fit.

The ingredients are simply dried oats, all-natural peanut butter (nothing but peanuts) and a little flax seed and honey.

The nutritional breakdown (per my non-official online recipe nutrition calculator) puts these at about 157 calories per 1 1/4″ ball. Additionally, there are 11 grams of carbs, 9 grams of fat and almost 5 grams of protein. The best part is they contain none of the usual power-bar grab-and-go “no-no’s” that includes isolates and long words you can’t pronounce.

I was going to replace the peanut butter with almond butter, but the all-natural peanut butter had a better trade-off for me in terms of calories/fat/flavor as opposed to almond butter.

“You must do what you feel is right.”

*Tip – make sure the peanut butter (such as Laura Scudder’s All-Natural Creamy) is at room temperature and well-stirred. (Much easier to mix together if the peanut butter is creamy.)

4 Ingredient, No-Bake, Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls

One dozen 1 1/4


oatmeal peanut butter protein balls finecooks
  • 1 cup Certified Gluten Free Dry Oats
  • 3/4 cup All-Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup milled flax seed
  • 2 Tbsp honey


  • Mix everything together in a bowl.
  • Roll into 1 1/4" balls.
  • Eat right away and/or chill the rest.
Prep Time: 05 - 7 Minutes
1 Comment and 1 Reply
    • J L
    • 03.18.2014

    Did you use old fashioned rolled oats or quick cooking oats? These look delicious!!


    • I used Bob’s Red Mill Certified Gluten Free Whole Grain Oats. (so old fashioned!) Enjoy. :-)

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