No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Balls

These no bake peanut butter chocolate chip balls taste just like a Reese’s peanut butter cup but made with all real food. They’re the perfect tasty snack when you’re craving a sweet treat!

This recipe for no bake peanut butter chocolate chip balls was originally posted in March of 2012. It was one of my very first ball recipes and I remember being totally baffled by the fact that I didn’t have to make snack bars in the shape of, well, bars back then.

Um, duh.

These no bake peanut butter chocolate chip balls taste just like a Reese's peanut butter cup but made with all real food. They're the perfect tasty snack when you're craving a sweet treat!

This recipe sparked an obsession with snacks rolled into the shape of balls that still lives on strong (I even have an ode to snack balls on pinterest) and when I sort of rediscovered it a few weeks back while browsing the archives on here, I knew it needed to be next in line for a makeover. The photo skills of 2012 Gina were doing nothing to showcase how delicious these babies are.

The video pretty much tells it all. These are super easy, guys. Outside of the 30 minutes the dough spends setting up in the fridge, hands on time is a quick 5 minutes and you get snacks for the entire week (or half a week depending on how much you go to town on these delicious little bites).

No bake peanut butter chocolate chip balls are a healthy snack that work double duty as a sweet treat!

When I said they taste like a Reese’s peanut butter cup, I’m not even exaggerating. The flavor is spot on. With ingredients like oats, almond flour, flax seed, coconut flakes maple syrup and peanut butter though, you can feel a lot better about popping back a couple of these than the processed candy.

Made with oats, coconut and peanut butter, these no bake peanut butter chocolate chip balls are a tasty way to snack!

I’ve been on a kick lately of having small snack bites like these (raw brownie bites and whole wheat sweet potato banana muffins have also been on rotation) on hand at all times. I don’t really know why it took me so long to embrace this whole meal prep phenomenon thing, but between cooking large amounts of protein on Sundays and making small, healthy snacks for the week, it’s made staying on top of my nutrition goals so much easier.

It was never hard per se, but being able to grab something pre-made as I run out the door to the gym every afternoon rather than adding up macros of 2-3 different things has really just simplified life.

Wholesome, real food ingredients are the secret behind these tasty no bake peanut butter chocolate chip balls. Perfect for snacking or satisfying that sweet tooth!

And when simple comes in the form of no bake peanut butter chocolate chip balls that taste just like one of my all time favorite chocolate candies, I think we can call that a win.

Serves 15     adjust servings

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip No Bake Balls

Prep Time
Preparation 35 mins Cook Time
Total Time 35 mins Total Time

These no bake peanut butter chocolate chip balls taste just like a Reese's peanut butter cup but made with all real food. They're the perfect tasty snack when you're craving a sweet treat!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Add oats to a food processor and pulse a few times until finely chopped.

  2. Add oats and remaining ingredients to a medium bowl and mix together with a spatula until well combined.

  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll the mixture into balls using wet hands. If the dough is too crumbly and not sticking together well, add a few drops of water as needed and remix until it stays together well when rolled.

  5. Place balls in a storage container or bag and keep refrigerated.

 

79 Comments

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      haha, well that’s the first time I’ve ever been accused of showing someone my balls ;)

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      wow, that was quick! So glad you liked them. They’re so easy and the tasty factor for the amount of effort is pretty good :)

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  1. Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf

    Uh OK. When I get done with this “I gave up sweets” nonsense, those no bake balls are on my list of things to make. Holy yum! They look and sound fantastic! I’m with you on pasta. I’ve been on the healthier track for almost a year now and I know a lot of it is due to not eating a ton of carbs like pasta. I’m so scared to eat too much or not have enough of veggies and nutrients to go along with the pasta to justify eating it! :( It’s a struggle, but I’m hoping it will pass soon!

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  2. Jennifer

    I’m oddly so happy to find a “balls” recipe that does not require a food processor! For some reason, that step always intimidates me, especially since I just have a magic bullet. Thanks for the recipe!!

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  3. katie @KatieDid

    I definitely see some green snuck in there! It’s not all peanut butter and chocolate, although wouldnt that be nice. About to check out that workout of death, I need a good one this morning.

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  4. kari @ Running Ricig

    Those look so tasty.

    Is it weird that I see the picture of the bowl of tipped over oats and it makes me uncomfortable because all I can think about is cleaning it up? Something is wrong with me.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      haha, I think that way when I see people’s pics that have things dripping down the side of them. Oats are a lot easier to clean up that drinks and chocolate running down onto the plate/placemat/table!

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  5. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    “No bake snack balls that taste just like a Reese’s peanut butter cup.” <— REALLY???!!! Ok I am all about these. I have soooo many versions of PB balls and PB cookie dough balls. Would have never thought that the coconut helps with the Reeses taste or that it doesn't overpower the rest…but I trust you and wanna try!

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Do you have almonds? Almond flour is just ground up almonds. I wouldn’t use regular flour since they’re no bake, I’d just grind up any kind of raw nut you have (cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans). Or, just use more oats and forget the nuts all together.

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      1. Jessica

        I was just going to ask this – awesome. I have lots of nuts in my freezer! I must say that I admire your balls (teehee) – seriously – you have some great ball recipes! I loved the no-bake chocolate chip cookie dough balls.

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          1. Jessica

            Just made these a few minutes ago – inhaled 3 of them – they’re delicious. And all for me, since my husband hates coconut!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      She is the best. We both laugh so friggin hard when she cracks jokes b/c it’s so out of character. Hysterical.

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  6. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Yummy :D Some of my favorite peanut butter ball type things are ones made with coconut. It’s just so delicious. I need some of these in my life, it’s been too long since I made anything like them! Also, your wrap looks so good. I think the sprouts are calling to me – I haven’t had any in way too long too!

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      The sprouts were a total impulse buy, I hadn’t had them in forever. They make sandwiches fun :)

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  7. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    I seriously die for your ball recipes. You should consolidate them and put them all on one page so its easy for me to find them. I know your whole purpose of blogging is to make my life easier right? :)
    Can I sub oat flour for the almond flour? Balls are my hands down fave thing to have on hand (pun intended) for a quick snack. Love all the variations.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      haha..a ball page, love it. If you go to the recipe tab (the second one, the first will be deleted once I get everything onto recipage) you can actually search for the word “balls” and it will pull up all of them in one place :)

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I don’t think the coconut was key if you want to try them even sooner ;) Just add a bit more oats or flax.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      If you have almonds, just grind those up. Almond flour is just that. I wouldn’t use regular flour since they’re no bake, might taste funky. Try grinding up whatever nuts you have on had or use oat flour (ground up oats) instead.

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  8. MassachusEATS

    Omg, your breakfast picture is making me wish it was 7am already. And that is incredibly hard to do since I am SO NOT a morning person!!
    And I am all over anything that tastes even remotely like a Reese’s, so you *know* I’ll be trying those balls asap ;)

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  9. Leslie

    I am also curious about substituting almond flour…Does whole wheat pastry flour work instead? Or oat flour? I can’t wait to try these. They look delicious!

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      i would use oat flour, not pastry flour since they’re no bake. See my comments to others though..almond flour is easy to make yourself, just ground up almonds!

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  16. Gabi

    I just made those and had to refrain myself from eating them all for breakfast. They are FANTASTIC! So many tempting balls recipes on your blog, I want to try them all! Thanks for this one, I have a feeling I’ll make them frequently.

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  18. Em

    Thank you for such an awesome recipe!!! I made these this afternoon and they have already been eaten with requests to make more:) I rolled them into 1tsp. size balls and my kids were eating them by the handfuls. Even my “can’t stand to eat anything healthy” husband put down his fig newtons and had 2!!!!!:) They were exceptional!! Thanks again!

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  20. Bgirl

    Is it ok if I don’t use almond flour and regular flower instead? And is it ok if I don’t use coconut shavings? I really think these r amazing!!! (my friend makes them :) )

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  21. Kristi

    I just have to say thank you. I make this recipe ALL the time. I call them Power Ball Cookies and my young kids eat them up. They are my husband’s favorite cookie. I bring them to work as a healthy dessert alternative. THEY ARE AWESOME!! Thanks for the great recipe!!

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  24. Courtney

    I made these the other day and they are FANTASTIC!!!!! I absolutely LOVE them. Will definitely keep this recipe on hand to make over and over again :) Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      If they’re having trouble holding shape just use a touch more maple syrup and/or peanut butter until they come together more easily. Wet hands also help while rolling them.

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