Peanut Butter Oat Balls

Obviously, the holidays bring treats, and I’ve mentioned before that we’ve been very strict with L about sugar.  She’s old enough now to notice if other people are having something, and insists on having dessert as well.

One of the ways we’ve dealt with this is by having an alternative “treat” for her… and so far she’s been happy with that.  We made peanut-butter-oat balls yesterday in order to prepare for the sweet treats that are coming. They are no-bake, so they’re super fast and easy.

PB-Oat Balls (printable recipe)

  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (or almond, etc) at room temperature
  • 1/2 c. rolled or quick oats
  • 2-3 Tbsp agave nectar or honey
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • chocolate chips, optional


Mix all ingredients together and roll into balls.  You could also add coconut or skip the sweetener.  I store them in the refrigerator or freezer.

This is our last weekend at home… we fly out to see family on Tuesday.  I’m hoping to get one more long run in tomorrow before we go.

Is anyone else traveling for the holidays?

21 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Oat Balls

  1. We sometimes travel back to Indiana (where my hubby’s from) for Christmas, but this year we are staying put. And I’m thankful for that – although I love my in-laws dearly, I’m excited to relax at home for the holiday.

    Looking forward to reading your recipes – and CONGRATS on the For Two Fitness posting!

  2. Those PB balls sound awesome. And I like the idea of a recipe page…will have to check it out.

    Safe travels..maybe you’ll get that cold weather?!

  3. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog! I need to get my kids off sugar again. I have an insatiable sweet tooth myself, but most of the year we don’t have temptation in the house. Right now, alas, is different.

    And girl, you are fast! Just read your “About” section and then the Races section. Seems you’ve overcome your worries about 5Ks. :^)

    • I’m the same way–if it’s in the house, I have no will power! You are speedy, too! Looks like you’re well on your way to getting that BQ… I’d love to do that by 40 as well. Looking forward to following along!

  4. Those PB Balls look awesome! We fortunately don’t have to fly for the holidays….just drive quite a bit. Benefits I guess of being in New England….everything is in driving distance!

    • That is nice… we’re hoping to end up back in the northeast in another year or two, and then family will all be in driving distance as well.

  5. These look so good!! I love anything like this and make something similar with ground nuts, oatmeal, and maple syrup – but usually I add chocolate chips! Can’t wait to check out the recipe page!

  6. We are staying local for the holidays, hosting Xmas Eve at our house. I am looking forward to it! Hope you travel safe! ps I want to try those peanut butter oat balls. Yummmz!

  7. Wanted to let you know I made your PB balls. I used coconut instead of raisins (just because that’s what we had in the house), no sweetener, and a little dash of salt.
    Then I added some sugar and calories (whoops) by drizzling a little melted dark chocolate on them. They are DELICIOUS.
    Good not-SO-horrible sweet snack for me and my sweet tooth!

    • I’m so glad you tried them and liked them! I love the combo of pb and chocolate, I could eat it every day. 🙂 I just made a mock luna bar this week that I found online with pb and choc, and it was a hit… I’ll try to share the link soon!

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