Oatmeal Energy Balls

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Simple seven-ingredient Oatmeal Energy Balls are filled with oats, coconut, and chunks of chocolate. These delicious pop-able bites taste like healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!

These energy balls are quick and easy to make and store really nicely (freezer friendly, even!). They make a great on-the-go snack or afternoon pick-me-up treat. Try one of our variations on this recipe next — these Chocolate Energy Bites and No Bake Energy Bites are delicious!

Image showing a bowl of Oatmeal Energy Balls.

Oatmeal Energy Balls

We inhale chewy granola bars and energy bites and really any type of granola-like substance at my home. While there are a few versions of energy balls on this website, this is a totally unique version. It’s aimed at being ridiculously easy to make and totally flavorful.

And since these Coconut Oatmeal Cookies are my absolute favorite cookie, I thought, why not try to channel those flavors in a more nutritious way. Enter: Oatmeal Energy Balls with coconut and plenty of chocolate rippled throughout. No, they aren’t piping hot cookies loaded with dark brown sugar, but wow — these are delicious!

Process shots: Combine coconut and oats in food processor; pulse to create a flour; add remaining ingredients; pulse and the roll into balls.

Oatmeal Energy Ball Ingredients

While these energy balls contain fairly standard ingredients (no stops to specialty health stores required!), I have a few notes about specific ingredients worth mentioning.

  • Coconut. We like to use unsweetened shredded coconut so these Oatmeal Energy Balls aren’t too sweet. If you’d like to make them more of a treat (less of a nutritious snack), you can use sweetened coconut instead.
  • Peanut butter. Peanut butter varies quite a bit from jar to jar. You’ll see this especially if you use natural peanut butter that requires stirring– versus a conventional peanut butter with a few additives. I use Skippy® creamy peanut butter in these balls (not sponsored). It’s salted, a little sweetened, and it uses roasted peanuts (which adds loads of flavor without any additional effort on your part).
  • Salt. Depending on the peanut butter used, you may want to adjust how much salt you add. If you’re using peanut butter with no salt added, you may want to add a touch more salt to the mixture. On the flip side, if you’re using salty peanut butter or are sensitive to salt, cut back on the salt.
  • Chocolate chips. We love having the bigger chunks of chocolate throughout these energy balls. However, you can use mini chocolate chips if you’d rather have a more even chocolate dispersion (fewer larger chunks of chocolate). We prefer dark chocolate to keep these Oatmeal Energy Balls more nutritious (dark chocolate has antioxidants and other healthful properties), but any type of chocolate works. For a sweeter treat, use milk chocolate!

View of a plate filled with Oatmeal Energy Balls.

Oatmeal Energy Ball Tips

  • Allow time for the oats to absorb the liquid. At first, these energy balls may seem too moist. After they sit for a bit, though, they firm up as the oats absorb the honey and peanut butter.
  • Since individual ingredients can vary quite a bit (especially peanut butter), you may need to add a bit more oats or a bit more peanut butter to the mixture. If the mixture is too wet and sticky (and not rolling nicely into a ball), add a touch more oats and re-pulse everything. If the mixture is too dry (and crumbling), add a bit more peanut butter and/or honey and pulse the mixture again.
  • Play around with this recipe! I wanted to keep this recipe simple (yet tasty!) so I rely on readily accessible pantry staples. That said, it’s an easy recipe to springboard lots of variations. Some ideas: add in flaxseed, chia seeds, protein powder, hemp hearts, etc. Replace some of the oats with some of these dry ingredients if desired.
  • Toast the coconut: Again, I wanted these to be simple, so toasting the coconut is certainly not required. If you’re feeling a little extra, or potentially have some toasted coconut leftover after making this divine coconut cream pie, throw that in the mix. By the way, here’s how to toast coconut.

Tools

These Oatmeal Energy Balls are so simple to make, especially with the right tools! Here’s what I use to make these:

  • Large food processor: I use a 12-cup food processor. It breaks the ingredients down in seconds! Here’s the exact food processor I use.
  • A cookie scoop: With a good cookie scoop, the dough can just be scooped and placed on a plate instead of requiring the effort of rolling individual balls. Alternatively, a 1-tablespoon measuring spoon works nicely here! (The above links are affiliate links)

View of a bowl of Oatmeal Energy Balls.

STORAGE

Storage

We typically enjoy a few of these Oatmeal Energy Balls right as we make them. Then we’ll store some in the fridge to eat throughout the week and typically freeze the rest (if there are leftovers, that is!).

To freeze: Space the energy balls on a lined plate or tray in the freezer. Once firm (about 1-2 hours), transfer to an airtight bag or freezer container. They’ll last up to 6 months in the freezer.

To thaw: Simply pull one out and let it stand for about 15-30 minutes. You could also pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. (When Oatmeal Energy Balls are completely frozen they are very hard to eat, but don’t feel like you need to completely thaw them before eating — we enjoy them still a bit frozen– they’re delicious that way!)

A bowl of Oatmeal Energy Bites, one with a bite taken out of it.

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Oatmeal Energy Balls

5 from 1 vote
Simple seven-ingredient Oatmeal Energy Balls have oats, coconut, and chunks of chocolate! These delicious pop-able bites taste like healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!
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Oatmeal Energy Balls

5 from 1 vote
Simple seven-ingredient Oatmeal Energy Balls have oats, coconut, and chunks of chocolate! These delicious pop-able bites taste like healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Oatmeal Energy Balls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 40 energy balls
Calories 182kcal
Cost $5.12

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (199g) old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups (116g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup (168g) creamy peanut butter (we love Skippy in these!)
  • 1/2 cup (152g) honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt Note 1
  • 3/4 cup (121g) dark chocolate chips Note 2

Instructions

  • OATS AND COCONUT: Add the oats and coconut to a large (12-cup) food processor fitted with the blade. Pulse for 30 seconds to a minute or until fairly ground up.
  • ADD REMAINING INGREDIENTS: Add in the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, salt, and chocolate chips. Pulse mixture again until ingredients are finely chopped and well incorporated. If the mixture is too dry and crumbly, add a touch more peanut butter and/or honey. If it is too wet, add a bit more oats and re-pulse.
  • ROLL: Use a 1-tablespoon measuring spoon or cookie scoop to portion out the balls and then tightly roll into balls. Once rolled, place in the fridge to firm up and then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or freeze (see next step).
  • FREEZE: To freeze, space the energy balls on a lined plate or tray in the freezer. Once firm (about 1-2 hours), transfer to an airtight bag or freezer container. They'll last up to 6 months in the freezer. To thaw: Simply pull one out and let it stand for about 15-30 minutes. You could also pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. When these bites are completely frozen, they are very hard to eat, but don't feel like you need to completely thaw them before eating -- we enjoy them still a bit frozen. They're delicious that way!

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Depending on the peanut butter used you may want to adjust how much salt you use. If you're using peanut butter with no salt added, you may want to add a touch more salt to the mixture. On the flip side if you're using salted peanut butter or are sensitive to salt, cut back on it.
Note 2: We love having the bigger chunks of chocolate throughout these energy balls. You can use miniature chocolate chips, though, if you'd rather have a more even chocolate dispersion (fewer large chunks of chocolate). We prefer dark chocolate to keep these bites more nutritious (dark chocolate has antioxidants and other healthful properties), but any type of chocolate works. For a sweeter treat, use milk chocolate.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.

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