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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls

These 3 ingredient peanut butter balls are loaded with healthy fats. Cover them with chocolate for extra flavor or eat them without any coating at all. This easy healthy snack will keep you going all day. You’ll love the fact that they also help satisfy your sweet craving.

plate of peanut butter balls

Basic 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls Recipe

I started out making 3-ingredient peanut butter balls, also known as peanut butter energy bites. But then I had some chocolate chips leftover from another recipe. 

Of course, I decided to melt the chocolate and dip some of the peanut butter balls into it. However, you don’t have to do that if you prefer your peanut butter straight-up. Either way, they’re a great grab and go snack.

I’m a big peanut butter junkie, and I love chocolate. So I enjoy them either way. It’s still an easy healthy snack that’s fun to eat.

And it’s such an easy recipe. I love easy recipes!

Here are the ingredients and step by step instructions to make these yummy treats:

Ingredients

These peanut butter balls (or peanut butter bites) are super easy to make. All you need are a few simple ingredients.

Here is what you’ll need:

jar of peanut butter
honey and coconut flour

For exact measurements and the full recipe, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

And if you want them covered in chocolate, you’ll need some melted chocolate chips.

If you prefer, you can use raw oats or almond flour instead of coconut flour. I prefer the taste of the coconut flour, but that is completely up to you.

For peanut butter oat balls, you have a choice of leaving the raw oats intact or grinding them in a food processor. I prefer grinding them to keep the consistency smooth.

You can also use a different sweetener if you prefer. I’ve used agave nectar and maple syrup. Both deliver delicious results, but they do taste a tad different.

Are you making these for someone with a peanut allergy? You can use cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, or almond butter instead of peanut butter.

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I swap out a lot of basic ingredients. I hope you do the same. Then it becomes your recipe.

How to Make Peanut Butter Bites

Place some parchment paper over a flat baking sheet. I like to either cut it down to size or fold it to make it fit.

peanut butter, coconut flour, and honey in a mixing bowl

Put the peanut butter, coconut flour, and honey in a mixing bowl.

mixed ingredients for peanut butter balls

Stir until all of the ingredients are smooth and well mixed.

You can use a food processor if you prefer. I’ve found that it’s just as easy to stir the ingredients by hand. And you have less to clean up.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for about an hour. Doing this makes the mixture less sticky and much easier to handle.

bowl of peanut butter ball mixture and one peanut butter ball on a baking sheet

After an hour, remove the bowl of peanut butter mixture from the refrigerator.

Scoop out a small amount and form it into a ball. Place it on the parchment covered cookie sheet. 

pan of peanut butter balls

Repeat the last step until all of the peanut butter mixture is in little balls. You can make them any size you like. But I prefer smaller ones, about the size of a “shooter” marble.

Put the cookie sheet filled with peanut butter balls in the refrigerator and leave them for at least 2 hours. This helps them firm up.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

If you want to cover them in chocolate, go ahead and melt the chocolate chips in a small bowl.

dipping peanut butter ball in melted chocolate

Either drizzle the chocolate over the peanut butter balls or dip the balls into the chocolate.

plate of chocolate covered peanut butter balls

With the chocolate coating, the peanut butter balls will need to go back in the fridge until the chocolate sets—about another 10-15 minutes.

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

I enjoy all kinds of peanut butter, from these peanut butter cookies that melt in your mouth to these peanut butter marshmallow bars.

I think my peanut butter cookies are the best cookies I make. And the peanut butter marshmallow bars are a yummy treat for anyone who enjoys the flavor of peanut butter.

But when I want something quick and easy for energy, I like to have some of these super simple peanut butter energy bites.

Questions and Answers About Peanut Butter Bites

You may have some questions about this well-rounded snack that provides protein, energy, and the satisfaction of sweetness. Here are some things you might ask:

Can You Freeze Peanut Butter Balls?

Yes, you absolutely can freeze these peanut butter balls. Put them in an air-tight container or freezer-safe bag and put them in the freezer.

They should be good for at least a couple of months. It’s also good to have a freezer bag or two filled with these treats to bring to new neighbors or someone who needs a quick pick-me-up.

chocolate covered peanut butter balls

Can You Make a Double Batch?

If you want more peanut butter bites than this recipe makes, by all means, make a double batch.

This is one that you can simply double each of the ingredients with success. Make sure you use a large bowl if you double the recipe.

Are Peanut Butter Balls Healthy?

For most people, peanut butter balls are healthy. They’re packed with protein and lots of the good kind of fats.

plate of plain peanut butter balls

Can You Store Peanut Butter Bites at Room Temperature?

You can, but they’ll soften up quite a bit. I highly recommend refrigerating them to keep them firm.

Can You Make Sugar Free Peanut Butter Bites?

Yes, you can make them sugar-free. Simply substitute sugar-free maple syrup or your favorite artificial sweetener for the honey. Keep in mind that the consistency and calorie count will be different.

I’ve used pure maple syrup in the past, and I found that I needed to add a little bit more coconut flour to get the consistency I want. I’m pretty sure the same would apply to sugar-free syrup.

plate of plain peanut butter balls and plate of chocolate covered peanut butter balls

See this recipe shared at Full Plate Thursday.

More Delicious Peanut Butter Recipes

It’s no secret that I love peanut butter. In fact, I’ve been teased that peanut butter is my “love language.” There might be a little truth to that.

Here are more peanut butter recipes that we enjoy:

bowls of peanut butter chocolate moose munch

Chocolate Peanut Butter Moose Munch – This is one of those treats that everyone will love snacking on. Make a big batch to bring to a party. But make sure you keep some at home for yourself and your family.

plate of peanut butter oatmeal bars

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars – These no-bake cookies are absolutely fabulous! I love the fact that you can have them for dessert, an afternoon snack, or even breakfast when you’re in a hurry.

Reece’s Peanut Butter Fudge – For a colorful and absolutely delicious fudge treat, make this delightful Reece’s peanut butter fudge from Back to My Southern Roots.

Fudge bar serving on a plate
Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

Peanut Butter Fudge Bars – Yes, this is another dessert with a combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

When you’re asked to bring a dessert to any get-together, this is a great way to show show off your ability to make the perfect dessert. And it is so yummy! 

Cocoa Krispie treats with peanut butter chips are a great dessert or snack for the family.

Peanut Butter Cocoa Krispie Treats – I absolutely love the crunch and combination of flavors in these delicious little cookie bars. They make the taste buds very happy!

plate of peanut butter balls

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls

Yield: 12 peanut butter balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This easy peanut butter ball recipe only has 3 ingredients, but it packs a powerful energy punch.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare a flat cookie sheet by placing parchment paper over it.
  2. Combine the coconut flour, peanut butter, and maple syrup (or honey or agave nectar) in a medium bowl.
  3. Stir the ingredients until they are well mixed with a smooth consistency.
  4. Cover bowl and place in the refrigerator for an hour to make the mixture easy to work with.
  5. Remove from the refrigerator. Scoop out some of the peanut butter mixture and form into balls. You can use a cookie scoop or spoon.
  6. Place the peanut butter balls on the prepared cookie sheet.
  7. After all of the mixture has been formed into balls, place the cookie sheet with peanut butter in the refrigerator for another couple of hours.
  8. They are ready to enjoy.
  9. See the notes below for how to coat your peanut butter balls with chocolate.

Notes

  1. For chocolate coated peanut butter bites, melt the chocolate chips.
  2. Either drizzle the chocolate over the peanut butter balls or dip them in the chocolate and place them back on the baking sheet.
  3. Put them in the refrigerator for another 10-15 minutes or until the chocolate has set.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 345Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 0mgSodium 112mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 3gSugar 37gProtein 7g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Stacy

Thursday 24th of November 2022

These look great. Cant wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.

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