These super easy to make peanut butter bliss balls are not only a super delicious snack, they take 10 minutes to make and just happen to be healthy too. Almost like eating peanut butter fudge but this is a snack that will fuel you when you need it.
If you love a simple healthy snack, you’ll love these apricot bliss balls too.
Why you’ll love it
While you won’t find a lot of healthy desserts on this blog, I just had to post these peanut butter bliss balls.
- Super peanut buttery and so yummy
- Just 5 ingredients
- Very easy to make
- No bake
- Gluten-free, dairy free, vegan and refined sugar free
- Full of healthy fats and fiber
While I’m the first to admit I’ll crave a slice of cake or a chocolate candy and not normally a healthy snack, I promise you, I definitely crave these. Peanut butter balls are great when you need a little healthy fuel that’s also just really yum.
Ingredients you’ll need
With just 5 basic ingredients, and ones that keep well in the pantry, it’s easy to make up a batch of these peanut butter bliss balls any time.
Detailed quantities and instructions in the recipe card below.
- Natural smooth peanut butter: Be sure to use natural peanut butter. It has a runnier consistency than a brand like the more processed varieties (like Bega, Skippy etc) and less unnecessary ingredients. The oil separates in natural peanut butter so make sure to give it a good mix up first.
- Quick oats: I like to use quick oats as they break down quicker in the food processor but feel free to use rolled oats if you want a chunkier, chewier texture.
- Almond meal / almond flour: Almond meal (as it’s known where I am) or almond flour, is very finely ground almonds and nothing else.
- Medjool dates: Dates add sweetness and are full of fibre.
- Maple syrup: This is optional. If you like your peanut butter balls less sweet, leave out the maple syrup but even adding the syrup only adds a subtle sweetness.
Want to make chocolate peanut butter balls? You could also coat these in chocolate or just drizzle some melted chocolate over the top for a little extra indulgence.
How to make peanut butter balls
All you need is a food processor and this incredibly simple recipe comes together in minutes.
Detailed instructions in the recipe card below.
- Prepare the dates: Cut into the dates and squeeze out the stone. Discard the stones and roughly chop the dates.
- Blend everything: Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor (photo 1) or blender. Process until the dates are very finely chopped and the mixture is easy to press together (photo 2).
- Roll into balls: Roll roughly tablespoons of the mixture into small balls. You can leave them as is or roll them in some more almond meal (photo 3). You could even coat or drizzle them with chocolate.
- Chocolate peanut butter balls: It’s easy to add chocolate to these peanut butter bliss balls by just coating or drizzling them in melted chocolate. If you use a dark chocolate, you’re still keeping them healthy, as dark chocolate is lower in sugar and has antioxidant properties.
- Other nut butters: This will work with other nut butters too. Try almond, cashew or pistachio.
- Coconut: You can use fine desiccated coconut or shredded coconut in place of the oats.
- Maple syrup sub: You can swap the maple syrup for honey, agave syrup or rice malt syrup too.
- Hazelnut: Swap the peanut butter for Nutella and the almond meal for hazelnut meal for a more decadent version.
- Vanilla: Add a little vanilla extract if you like.
Keep your peanut butter balls stored in an airtight container in a cool place. In the fridge or pantry are both fine. You can also freeze them for up to 2 months.
If you try this peanut butter bliss balls recipe, please take a moment to leave a rating and comment below. I love hearing from you, and it helps other readers too!
More peanut butter recipes you’ll love
- No Bake Caramel Peanut Butter Slice
- Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Muffins
- Caramel Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies
- Caramel Peanut Fudge
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- ⅔ cup natural smooth peanut butter (notes)
- ¼ cup quick oats
- ½ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup medjool dates, stones removed
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
For best results, always weigh ingredients where a weight is provided
- food processor or blender
- Blitz all together in a food processor for about a minute to finely chop the oats and dates.
- Roll into balls and roll in more almond meal if desired.
- Can be eaten straight away or stored for a week in a cool place or the fridge.
- Make sure to use a natural peanut butter – not a more processed type like Bega or Skippy. It’s not only healthier but it has a different consistency. If you do use a regular version, you may need to add a little liquid to the mixture to loosen it a little.
- If you leave the maple syrup out, you may need to add a little water or milk to lighten the mixture.
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