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5 Ingredient Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls

by Heather

These no-bake peanut butter cookie dough balls are made with 5 wholesome ingredients and are the perfect snack when you want a sweet treat! Mixed in one bowl and no food processor is needed. I love keeping a stash stored in the freezer so I can grab a bite-sized ball of raw cookie dough when my sweet tooth hits!

5 Ingredient Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls

5 Ingredient Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls

Peanut butter fans will loooooove this treat. Think Reese’s flavors but with better-for-you ingredients. There is no baking needed, and they last a long time (if you don’t eat them all quickly!).

I love taking traditional sweet treats and making them better with more nourishing ingredients. Instead of all-purpose flour, we’re using homemade oat flour for more fiber.

In place of traditional peanut butter that’s loaded with lots of additives and added sugar, we’re using natural peanut butter (look for just peanuts and salt as the ingredients!).

You can still enjoy edible cookie dough, but make it better with better ingredients!

Simple ingredients you'll need for edible peanut butter cookie dough

Simple ingredients you’ll need for edible peanut butter cookie dough

Scroll down to view the recipe card below for the full ingredients list, nutrition facts, and step-by-step instructions.

How to make peanut butter cookie dough bites

How to make peanut butter cookie dough bites

Step 1: To a large bowl add the peanut butter, maple syrup, oat flour, and vanilla extract. Mix until fully combined, and then add the chocolate chips and mix.

Step 2: Using a small cookie scoop, scoop the dough and roll it into rough small balls, then place it onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.

Step 3: Place them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, and then remove. The dough will be less sticky then, and you can roll them into smooth balls if you want uniform-looking delicious snacks.

How to make peanut butter cookie dough bites

Step 4: Add to an airtight container or wrap in plastic wrap to keep it airtight. Keep stored in the freezer or the fridge and enjoy chocolate chip cookie dough balls whenever you want the perfect treat! They pair perfectly with my green cookie dough smoothie!

Watch me make healthy cookie dough balls

The full how to video can be watched below, or on my YouTube channel!

How to store

Once your healthy snacks are ready to be enjoyed, add them to an airtight container to store in the fridge or the freezer. I love storing them in the freezer because they keep their shape best.

The next time you want to enjoy one, remove it from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften a little bit. Your protein energy balls will have the best texture!

Recipe success tips 

The dough will be sticky when handling, so after the initial scoop and freeze, it will be much easier to roll into smooth balls.

If your raw cookie dough batter is still too sticky (peanut butter can vary), add a little more oat flour to help.

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Substitutions, optional variations & dietary adjustments

Below you’ll find a list of substitutions that will work well in this peanut butter balls recipe. 

If you try something different out, please leave a comment below letting us all know how it turned out!

Peanut butter – Cashew butter, almond butter, or any nut/seed butter works well here!

Maple syrup – Honey is a good alternative to maple syrup.

Oat flour – You can make this with quick oats or old-fashioned oats, they’ll just have a bit more chew to them. Almond flour is a good grain-free alternative.

Dark chocolate chips – Try chopping up your favorite chocolate bar in place of chocolate chips. You can also make this chocolate-free by adding chopped peanuts, raisins, or sprinkles in its place.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls Recipe

These no-bake peanut butter cookie dough balls are made with 5 wholesome ingredients and are the perfect snack when you want a sweet treat! Mixed in one bowl and no food processor is needed. I love keeping a stash stored in the freezer so I can grab a bite-sized ball of raw cookie dough when my sweet tooth hits!
Prep Time10 minutes
Chill Time10 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chips, dark chocolate, energy ball, peanut butter
Servings: 16
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Heather

Instructions

  • To a large bowl add the peanut butter, maple syrup, oat flour, and vanilla extract. Mix until fully combined, and then add the chocolate chips and mix.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, scoop the dough and roll it into rough small balls, then place it onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  • Place them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, and then remove. The dough will be less sticky then, and you can roll them into smooth balls if you want uniform-looking delicious snacks.
  • Add to an airtight container or wrap in plastic wrap to keep it airtight. Keep stored in the freezer or the fridge and enjoy chocolate chip cookie dough balls whenever you want the perfect treat! They pair perfectly with my green cookie dough smoothie!
Did you make this recipe?Be sure to tag me @fitmamarealfood or tag #fitmamarealfood!

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls

If you try this peanut butter dough balls recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

Originally published December 2011. Updated February 2024.

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37 comments

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean December 13, 2011 - 7:11 am

these look fantastic!!

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Kris | iheartwellness.com December 13, 2011 - 7:37 am

Oh goodness dollface…these look amazing!! I swear I Come to your blog and drool first thing in the morning!!!

YUM!

xxoo

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Get Healthy with Heather December 14, 2011 - 1:02 pm

Haha, I do the same at yours!

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Lindsay @ runningthwindycity December 13, 2011 - 7:39 am

Those look so good and luckily I have all of the ingredients at hand. Seems like I may have a backing project tonight 🙂

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Get Healthy with Heather December 14, 2011 - 1:03 pm

Yay, let me know how you like them Lindsay!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 13, 2011 - 7:40 am

oh my heavens, heather, these look SO GOOD! peanut butter + chocolate combo is my all-time favorite, so these will definitely be making an appearance in my kitchen in the next week. thanks for the awesome recipe! 🙂

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Get Healthy with Heather December 14, 2011 - 1:03 pm

I loooove the combo too 🙂

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Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 13, 2011 - 8:20 am

You had me at chocolate and peanut butter!

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Erica December 13, 2011 - 9:14 am

Someone made something similar for my cookie exchange and they were a HUGE hit!

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Get Healthy with Heather December 14, 2011 - 1:04 pm

I can imagine!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 13, 2011 - 9:17 am

Love it! Making these for sure 😀

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Lindsey December 13, 2011 - 9:51 am

Those sound so good! I made cookie dough balls very similar to this but might have to go and buy more chocolate to make these, after all peanut butter is my favorite 🙂

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Get Healthy with Heather December 14, 2011 - 1:05 pm

I think you just might have to!

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Lindsay @ biking before bed December 13, 2011 - 9:56 am

You had me at peanut butter + Chocolate + Healthy:)

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janetha December 13, 2011 - 2:46 pm

they look tasty!

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Kristen @ swanky dietitian December 13, 2011 - 3:15 pm

Oh wow, these look incredible!!
Chocolate and peanut butter is the best combination!!!

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Get Healthy with Heather December 14, 2011 - 1:05 pm

Seriously, can any other combo beat it?! Don’t think so 🙂

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Felicia (Natural+Balanced) December 13, 2011 - 4:32 pm

these look awesome!!

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Isabelle December 13, 2011 - 5:24 pm

Great, these would go so quickly if I made them 🙂

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Andrea@WellnessNotes December 13, 2011 - 6:14 pm

I want one! 🙂 I can’t handle peanut butter very well, so I won’t bake with it, but I really love the peanut butter/chocolate combo. I just have to make sure I keep it to one bite…

Happy Holidays!

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Get Healthy with Heather December 14, 2011 - 1:06 pm

I bet they would be tasty with almond butter or even sunflower seed butter if you can handle those. I may just have to experiment for ya 🙂

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 13, 2011 - 7:45 pm

5 ingredients…i’m sold..totally making these!

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Get Healthy with Heather December 14, 2011 - 1:06 pm

You just can’t beat 5 ingredients.

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Casey @ Insatiably Healthy December 13, 2011 - 8:16 pm

Wow, I bet these are even better from the freezer too!

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Get Healthy with Heather December 14, 2011 - 1:07 pm

I bet so! Gotta try that!

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Alexia @ NamasteYoga December 14, 2011 - 12:44 am

these look amazing! i just made some peanut butter, raisins and hemo balls but yours look much nicer and i wished i would have read this post a bit earlier. thanks for sharing!

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Ana December 14, 2011 - 6:50 am

Those looks really yummy. My mouth waters while I’m looking to those cookies.

Thanks
Ana
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Alaina December 17, 2011 - 7:08 am

I have found what I’m making for my in-laws! These look great! 🙂

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monifah December 18, 2011 - 11:10 am

Lt’s try those, i normally make PB cups by melting coconut oil, mixing raw cacao in and a bit of maple or vanilla stevia, fill mini muffin cups with a little bit of the mixture, pop in freezer for 10 min, put some almon butter on top of each and cover in the rest o the chocolate, pop in the freezer again et voila.. Almond butter cups, keep very well in both freezer and fridge. But tomorrow i’ll try yours for a change, with almond flour in stead of oats!!

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Kathleen December 24, 2011 - 9:07 am

Chocolate covered peanut butter?! BEST COMBINATION EVER!!! Those look incredible! 😀

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Get Healthy with Heather December 24, 2011 - 2:26 pm

Seriously, best combo ever! Can’t be beat.

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Ali Mc January 25, 2012 - 2:39 pm

This is amazing. I just found it off pintrest and it’s great! I can’t wait to make it 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!!!!

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