These 4 ingredient Chewy Peanut Butter Balls are the BEST energy booster! Chewy, sweet + filling = everything you need in a snack. If you like peanut butter, then these are definitely for you! They’re the perfect plant based snack, totally vegan, gluten free and soy free.
They take a total of about 10 minutes + require only 4 super simple ingredients! These tasty peanut butter balls are so easy to make and require absolutely no baking at all! You can store them in your fridge or freezer so you have a quick and tasty snack for whenever you get peckish. You’ll be thankful you made them when that 4pm afternoon slump hits.
Peanut butter is life. Fancy some more peanut butter themed treats? You’re in luck! What about trying my No Bake Peanut Butter Oaty Bars or my Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars?
Looking for a delicious and easy snack to satisfy your sweet tooth? Look no further than these peanut butter balls! Made with just a few simple ingredients, including smooth peanut butter, oat flour, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, these tasty treats are sure to become a new favourite in your household. Plus, with the option to use homemade oat flour, they’re also a great way to reduce waste and save money in the kitchen. Whip up a batch today and enjoy a guilt-free indulgence that’s both delicious and nutritious!
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Just look at that texture! I want a bite...
Peanut Butter Ball Ingredients
Smooth Peanut Butter: The star of the show, peanut butter provides a rich and nutty flavour to the balls. Its creamy consistency also helps bind the ingredients together and give the balls a smooth texture.
Vanilla Extract: A classic baking ingredient, vanilla extract enhances the flavour of the peanut butter and adds a sweet, aromatic note to the balls.
Oat Flour: Made by grinding rolled oats in a blender, oat flour adds a nutty and slightly sweet flavour to the balls. It also helps to give the balls a soft and chewy texture, while being a gluten-free alternative to traditional flour.
Maple Syrup: A natural sweetener, maple syrup adds a deep, rich sweetness to the balls. It also helps to bind the ingredients together and give the balls a slightly sticky texture.
What Are The Health Benefits of Peanut Butter Balls?
Here are some potential health benefits associated with some of the ingredients commonly used in peanut butter balls:
Peanut butter: Peanut butter is a good source of protein, healthy fats, fibre, and various vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. Eating peanut butter in moderation may help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.
Oat flour: Oats are a good source of fibre, which can help promote digestion, lower cholesterol levels, and improve blood sugar control. Oat flour is also gluten-free, making it a great alternative to wheat flour for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
Maple syrup: While maple syrup is a sweetener and should be consumed in moderation, it is a natural source of antioxidants and minerals, including zinc and manganese. It may also have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Overall, when made with whole, natural ingredients and consumed in moderation, peanut butter balls can be a healthy snack option that provides energy, nutrients, and satisfaction without compromising on taste.
Chewy Peanut Butter Balls (Vegan and Gluten Free)
- 3/4 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Cup Oat Flour simply grind oats in a blender to a fine flour
- 5 tbsp Maple Syrup
- In a mixing bowl, add the peanut butter, vanilla and maple syrup – whisk together until smooth
- Mix in the oat flour until a thick consistency forms
- Scoop out tablespoons of the mixture and roll into balls with your hands (the balls will be soft so they won't hold their shape too well) and place onto a tray lined with baking paper and place in the freezer for 30 minutes
- When you remove from the freezer, the dough will be easier to shape (so shape into balls again)
Why Are My Peanut Butter Balls Not Sticking Together?
If your peanut butter balls are not sticking together, it could be due to a few reasons:
Not enough binding ingredients: Peanut butter balls typically require some kind of binding ingredient to hold them together, such as maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar. If you didn’t add enough of these ingredients to your recipe, the balls may not stick together properly. Try adding a bit more binding ingredient and mix well until the mixture holds together.
Dry ingredients: If the mixture is too dry, it may not stick together. Try adding a bit more peanut butter or binding ingredient to moisten the mixture.
Mixing issues: If the mixture wasn’t mixed thoroughly enough, the ingredients may not be evenly distributed, causing the balls to fall apart. Make sure to mix the ingredients together until they form a consistent dough.
Temperature: If the mixture is too warm, it may not hold together properly. Try chilling the mixture in the fridge for a bit before shaping into balls.
By adjusting these factors and ensuring that the mixture is well-mixed and has enough binding ingredients, you should be able to get your peanut butter balls to stick together.
Why Are My Peanut Butter Balls Runny?
If your peanut butter balls are coming out runny, it could be due to a few reasons:
Not enough binding ingredients: If the recipe calls for binding ingredients like maple syrup or honey, it’s important to use the correct amount. If you use too little, the mixture may be too runny. Try adding more binding ingredients until the mixture thickens up and can hold its shape.
Not enough dry ingredients: If the mixture is too wet, it may be because there are not enough dry ingredients, such as oat flour or protein powder. Try adding more dry ingredients to help thicken up the mixture.
Over-mixing: If you over-mix the ingredients, the mixture may become too runny. Make sure to mix the ingredients just enough to combine them and form a dough.
Warm temperature: If the peanut butter or other ingredients are too warm, they may cause the mixture to become runny. Try chilling the mixture in the fridge for a while before forming into balls.
By addressing these factors, you should be able to correct a runny peanut butter ball mixture and achieve a consistency that is easier to shape into balls.
Should Peanut Butter Balls Be Kept in the Fridge?
Worried about how to store peanut butter balls? You needn’t be! Yes, peanut butter balls should be stored in the fridge to keep them fresh and safe to eat. Because they contain ingredients like peanut butter and maple syrup that can spoil if left at room temperature for too long, refrigeration helps to slow down the growth of bacteria and extend the shelf life of the balls.
To store your peanut butter balls, place them in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 weeks. You can also freeze them for longer storage, which will typically keep them fresh for up to 3-4 months.
Keep in mind that the texture of the balls may change slightly after being refrigerated, as they may become slightly firmer. However, they should still be delicious and safe to eat as long as they are stored properly.
Is It Okay to Freeze Peanut Butter Balls?
Yes, it is generally okay to freeze peanut butter balls. Peanut butter balls can be made with a variety of ingredients such as peanut butter, oats, honey, chocolate, and more. Once the peanut butter balls have been formed, they can be placed in an airtight container or freezer bag and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Before freezing peanut butter balls, make sure they are completely cooled and hardened. It is also important to separate the balls with layers of parchment paper or plastic wrap to prevent them from sticking together. When you’re ready to eat them, simply remove the desired number of peanut butter balls from the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before enjoying.
Can Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls Be Frozen?
Gone a little adventurous and added chocolate (or vegan chocolate) to your peanut butter balls? Don’t worry! Yes, chocolate covered peanut butter balls can be frozen. Once the peanut butter balls have been dipped in chocolate and the chocolate has hardened, they can be stored in an airtight container or freezer bag and frozen for up to 3 months.
When freezing chocolate covered peanut butter balls, it’s important to ensure that they are completely cooled and hardened before storing them in the freezer. You can separate the peanut butter balls with layers of parchment paper or plastic wrap to prevent them from sticking together.
When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen chocolate covered peanut butter balls, simply remove the desired number of balls from the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before eating. This will allow the peanut butter filling to soften up a bit.
Why Are My Peanut Butter Balls Soft?
There are a few reasons why your peanut butter balls may be soft instead of firm:
- Ratio of wet to dry ingredients: If the ratio of wet to dry ingredients is off, your peanut butter balls may be too soft. For example, if you added too much honey or other liquid sweetener, it can make the mixture too wet and cause the balls to be soft.
- Type of peanut butter: The type of peanut butter you use can also affect the texture of the peanut butter balls. Natural peanut butter can be softer than commercial brands because it doesn’t contain stabiliSers or added sugars.
- Temperature: If the temperature in your kitchen is warm, the peanut butter balls may become soft. Peanut butter can become soft at room temperature, so if it’s particularly warm in your kitchen, it may cause the balls to soften.
To firm up your peanut butter balls, try adding more dry ingredients such as oats, coconut flour, or protein powder to absorb excess moisture. You can also try chilling the mixture in the fridge for a few minutes before rolling into balls, and then chill the balls in the fridge or freezer for a bit before serving.
These beanut butter balls are definitely NOT gluten free if they have oat flour very serious recommendation for coeliacs
If you look at the ingredients I have written to use gluten free oats if needed.
Oats are naturally gluten free. They are contaminated in processing. Pay extra for them to keep oats separate, and it is gluten free. One of the few flours I can use being gluten free.
How many servings is this?
These look delicious! Do they keep long?
Can u use regular flour
I wouldn’t recommend using regular flour for these no x
Yum! I can’t wait to try this. Such a quick and simple fix!
Would the recipe work with almond flour?
Do you know how many calories each ball have?
No sorry, I prefer not to promote focusing on calories!
Do my chance know how much iron is in these?
Great recipe! Delicious and love that they only have a few ingredients. Thankyou.