These No Bake Monster Cookie Oatmeal Energy Balls will feel like a special treat, but are actually a healthy after school snack!
My kids come home from school starving and these No Bake Monster Cookie Energy Balls are just what they need to help curb their hunger until dinner.
Oatmeal Energy Balls are perfect when it is too late for a big snack because dinner is right around the corner. The M&M’s add just enough chocolate and color to make them fun and they will think they are getting a special treat! (looking for something similar? Check out my Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars here – they are great if you want to leave out the M&M’s)
They are almost like having a cookie, but the oatmeal and peanut butter offer some healthy options and will help keep those hungry bellies full. It drives me crazy when my kids come home and raid the pantry. They are grabbing one thing after another. Then, when it is time for dinner, no one is hungry.
What’s even better about these Monster Cookie Oatmeal Energy Balls is that they are NO BAKE and they are super easy to make! Mixing them together takes virtually minutes and then you just need to wait for them to harden in the refrigerator, which takes about an hour.
Love the idea of these balls, but looking for something chocolate free? Take a look at the Protein Balls, from my friend over at Texan Erin
Personally, I love to keep them in the freezer (they are cold and take longer to eat). Tip: keep them in the freezer and then pop them in your kids lunches – they will be perfect come lunch time!
If your school isn’t peanut free, these are also great to pack in a lunch or as an after school snack. If your school is peanut free, try substituting the peanut butter for sun butter, pecan butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc. It will change the consistency and taste a bit, but try testing it out until you find one your like.
The best thing about these Oatmeal Energy Balls is that there really are no rules! You can pretty much add in anything to make them exactly what you like! Try adding some “superfoods” to make them even more nutritious, like flaxseeds or chia seeds. Or instead of M&M’s, try some chocolate or cinnamon chips!
NO BAKE MONSTER COOKIE OATMEAL ENERGY BALLS
(scroll down for the full, printable recipe)
Ingredients needed for No-Bake Energy Balls
- Quick Oats
- Peanut Butter
- Mini M&M’s
Side note – a useful kitchen tool that I love is my silicon baking mat! Place the balls on a baking sheet with a silicon baking mat to keep the balls from sticking when refrigerating them.
Make Energy Balls FOUR WAYS!
Check out our how to make energy balls video below and you will see how we take the same base recipe, but make them four different ways!
Want to cut down on the sugar or just looking for a variation? Try one of our other mix-in ideas. We love, coconut, dried cranberries or almonds. Just substitute these instead of the M&M’s!
You can even divide the recipe in quarters and make all four varieties at once!
Other Easy No-Bake Desserts
How to make No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls
No Bake Monster Cookie Oatmeal Energy Balls
- 3 Cups Quick Oats
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter smooth
- 1/2 Cup Honey
- 1/3 - 1/2 Cup Mini M&M’s Candy
- In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Roll into balls and set on a baking sheet (use a silicon baking mat or wax paper to keep them from sticking.)
- Refrigerate for about an hour.
- Store in airtight container.
- Great after school snack for the kids!
Looking for some other great after school snacks for your kids? Check these out:
These are very similar to the Energy Bars, but like to cut them into small squares and freeze them. I wrap them in plastic wrap and throw one in my bag on my way to drive carpool and munch on it for a quick breakfast on the way to they gym!
This is a quick and easy snack that your kids can make on their own.
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