These cocoa peanut butter energy balls are a new favourite grab-and-go snack. They are  just sweet enough to feel like a treat, but pack a nutritional punch.

Why spend $3 per ball when you can make a batch for less than this in 15 minutes? 

These balls are about as simple as it gets to pull together. Four core ingredients. No baking. No food processor. Wham, bam, thank you Mama!


  • 1 cup Oats
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter (no sugar, no salt)
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 3 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract (optional)


  • Scoop the peanut butter in a medium bowl. Be sure to get some of the oil as you do! Lick the spoon 🙂 
  • Add the cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla (optional) then mix well.
  • Add the oats. Mix well again, until everything holds together.
  • Scoop about 1 generous Tbsp per ball. Massage into a ball, then place into a storage container.
  • Store in fridge (1 week) or freezer.


  • For a smoother texture, blend the oats first (though slightly higher glycemic index).
  • If they aren’t sweet enough for your taste, add a bit more maple syrup.
  • Try it with pumpkin or sunflower seed butter for a nut-free school snack! 


Nutritional data should only be viewed as rough estimates. % Daily Values vary with age, weight, and other factors.


Photo and recipe (adapted) from Fit Foodie Finds . Our supernanny, Paula, and I teamed up to tweak it for our family. 

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