These no-bake peanut butter energy balls are vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free! The texture is soft, chewy, and perfectly nutty. Their sweet and salty flavor is reminiscent of Nutter Butter cookies. Enjoy this bite-sized snack with only 5 ingredients in under 10 minutes!

peanut butter energy balls inside a white ceramic bowl beside a jar of nut butter and chopped peanuts

Another day, another energy ball recipe! I just can’t get enough. I mean, these bite-sized balls are beyond easy to make and tasty every time. How could I not be constantly trying new combinations? So far, this marks energy ball/bliss ball recipe number 10. And, when it comes to this particular combo, one thing’s for sure: If you’re a peanut butter lover, this is for you!

Have you ever tried Nutter Butter cookies? You know, the peanut-shaped cookie sandwiches filled with creamy peanut butter spread? These energy balls taste just like ’em! They are sweet, of course, but also have a subtle saltiness. They’re basically balls of peanut buttery deliciousness.

These peanut butter energy balls are:

  • Vegan, gluten-free, no-bake, and oil-free
  • Sweet & salty, slightly nutty, yet soft and chewy
  • Quick & easy // Ready in 10 minutes with 5 ingredients
  • Naturally sweetened with no sugar added
  • Perfect for pre-workout or post-workout fuel
  • Great for kids, picnics, meal prep, and sharing with friends!
peanut butter energy balls stacked inside a white ceramic bowl with a bite taken out of the center ball

5 ingredient peanut butter balls

This recipe is made with five healthy ingredients: peanuts, dates, oats, peanut butter, and salt.

  • Peanuts: I recommend roasted and unsalted peanuts (we’ll add our own salt instead). Peanuts contain healthy fats and plant-based protein.
  • Dates: Dates provide the sweetness. The inclusion of medjool dates allows this sweet snack to be entirely refined-sugar free.
  • Oats: Rolled oats help to make this a fiber-filled snack. They’re also loaded with nutrients including vitamin B1, magnesium, zinc, and iron.
  • Peanut butter: Natural creamy peanut butter works best. If crunchy is your thing, that’s cool too! You can even use my homemade peanut butter recipe to make your own within just 5 minutes.
  • Salt: A small dash of salt gives us that delightful salty-sweet flavor. I love using pink Himalayan salt.
medjool dates, peanuts, oats, salt, and nut butter on a wooden marble cutting board

How to make peanut butter energy balls

To view the full recipe and step-by-step instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

These peanut butter bliss balls are SO easy! Simply combine the ingredients in a food processor and pulse/grind until a sticky dough is formed. Using clean hands, scoop and roll the dough into evenly formed balls. Enjoy!

nuts, dates, oats, and nut butter inside a food processor

How to make it peanut-free

If you’re in need of a peanut-free or entirely nut-free option, make these substitutions:

Peanut-free option: Replace the peanuts with almonds or cashews, and the peanut butter with almond butter or cashew butter.

Nut-free option: Replace the peanuts with sunflower seeds and the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter. Alternatively, you could try a combination of hemp seeds and chia seeds (I haven’t tested this one though).

peanut butter energy balls stacked inside a white bowl surrounded by a bowl of peanut butter and a bowl of nuts

How to store peanut butter energy bites

If all of your energy bites will be eaten within a couple days, you can leave them in an airtight container (or sealed bag) at room temperature.

For long-term storage, store the balls inside a refrigerator or freezer. They’ll keep fresh for 1 week in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer. If freezing, let them thaw for a few minutes before enjoying.

peanut butter energy balls stacked inside a white bowl

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peanut butter energy balls inside a white ceramic bowl beside a jar of nut butter and chopped peanuts

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

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  • Author: Kaylie Grace
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 15 balls 1x
  • Category: Snack, Dessert
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These peanut butter energy balls are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and no-bake. They are soft & chewy, sweet & salty, yet perfectly nutty. Enjoy this bite-sized snack for post-workout fuel, as a healthy dessert, or pack it inside your meal-prep lunches. They’re made with 5 ingredients, ready in 10 minutes, and freezer-friendly!


  • 1 cup peanuts, roasted and unsalted
  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates, tightly packed (~15 dates)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste // check if your PB is already quite salted)


  1. Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process ingredients until a sticky mixture is formed. The mixture should be pinch-able, so you can roll it into balls. If it’s feeling too dry and crumbly, add 1-2 tbsp water and process again for about 20 seconds.
  3. Roll the dough into 15 balls. Enjoy!


  • Be sure to remove the pits from your medjool dates.
  • The energy balls are best stored in an airtight container. Store at room temperature and enjoy within 3 days. If saving for later, keep stored in the refrigerator or freezer. They keep for 1 week in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer.


  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 165
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 4g

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