Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Balls

These peanut butter chocolate oat bars are so simple to make and are gluten-free and dairy-free!

I put these balls together in 5 minutes. I started off with a mission to make a super healthy protein-packed snack, but then I just had a hankering to add chocolate. So there’s chocolate. You can leave it out if you want, but really, why would you do that? The coconut is subtle, but I still wouldn’t recommend these for people who don’t like coconut.

This is probably the easiest recipe I’ll ever post. You just dump everything in a bowl, stir, and form into balls. So simple! And perfect for a late night chocolate or sweets craving.

Gluten-free and Dairy-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Balls |

These aren’t exactly diet food as I’m sure they’re not low in calories, but they consist of healthy, wholesome ingredients. Except the chocolate chips – but you could always use dark chocolate, which is definitely healthier than semi-sweet!

And look! I got a macro lens so that I can take close up pictures. You know how I feel about texture shots. I’m always too afraid to make some kinds of recipes, like cakes and muffins, without seeing what the inside looks like. I need to know if it’s truly moist or not! ;)

Dairy-free and Gluten-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Balls |

They’re also gluten-free, if you use gluten-free oats, and dairy-free, if you use dairy-free chocolate. I don’t have any dietary restrictions but I do love making healthier recipes that almost everyone can enjoy, despite what they can or can’t eat.

I wish I had tried a different sweetener other than honey to give you a vegan option, but I imagine agave would work. If you don’t want to use that, just make sure to use a liquid sweetener that has a consistency similar to honey.

I haven’t really made many of these protein ball or bite recipes before but now that I’ve made these, I can’t wait to try some others! Do you have any favorites? Links are welcome in the comments!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Balls

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Balls
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  • Yield: 30 1" balls


  • 1 cup (88 grams) rolled oats (non contaminated oats for a gluten-free version)
  • 1 cup (75 grams) coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup (28 grams) Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup (192 grams) natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup (80 grams) honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup (43-85 grams) mini chocolate chips (use dairy-free chocolate chips for a dairy-free version)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Squeeze the mixture into balls. It'll be very crumbly but you should be able to manage. If it's not working, put the mixture in the microwave on half power for 10 - 15 seconds and see if that helps.
  3. Store in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

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226 comments on “Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Balls” — Add one!

  • Laura says
    November 2, 2017 @ 7:34 pm

    How do you keep it from sticking to your fingers when making balls? Every time I tried to let go of a ball, it stuck to me and came apart.

    • Erin replies to Laura
      November 3, 2017 @ 7:10 am

      Did you try out Step 2? (Put the mixture in the microwave on half power for 10 – 15 seconds and see if that helps)

    • krista lucas replies to Laura
      April 17, 2019 @ 7:30 am

      Try wetting ur hands a little .. not soaking wet just a few drops and rub together then form a few balls repeat.

  • Justine says
    March 30, 2017 @ 8:17 pm

    Quick question! For these, what kind of coconut do you use? Brand? unsweetened vs. sweetened? Thank you!

    • Erin replies to Justine
      March 30, 2017 @ 8:18 pm

      I live in Germany so the brand isn’t relevant. But I used unsweetened! I can recommend Bob’s Red Mill. :)

  • Jenny says
    February 11, 2016 @ 2:32 am

    Could you spread the mixture in 9×13 and cut into squares after refrigerating for an hour?

    • Erin replies to Jenny
      February 11, 2016 @ 9:03 am

      That won’t work because the mixture is too crumbly. You have to press them into balls to get them to hold together. They’d fall apart if you pressed the mixture into a pan. Sorry about that!

      • J R replies to Erin
        November 18, 2017 @ 7:40 pm

        I dont know if it would work for these but I used mini muffin tins for the ones I made and pressed them all together.

        • Erin replies to J R
          November 20, 2017 @ 6:51 pm

          Thanks for the tip! :)

  • Michele G says
    March 8, 2015 @ 7:29 pm

    Yum!! These taste MOUNDS bars!I used dark cocoa powder and they are delicious! next time I am going to add chopped almonds!

    • Erin replies to Michele G
      March 8, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

      Chopped almonds sounds like it’d be a great addition! I’m so happy you liked them. Thanks for the feedback. :)

  • Peach
    September 21, 2014 @ 5:56 am

    This was awesome!! I love it

    • Erin replies to Peach
      September 21, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

      So happy that you liked them! Thanks for the feedback. :)

  • Sweet Foodie says
    March 13, 2013 @ 3:43 am

    I have to try these! I'm going to add them to my Pinterest board to make sure I remember to bake them. I love how you used cocoa powder to add chocolatey flavor so you could use fewer choco chips. Just found your website and I'm a big fan already!

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