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Chunky Monkey Oatmeal Balls

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Chunky monkey oatmeal balls are full of peanut butter, oatmeal, banana and honey. They are the perfect snack for kids and grown ups alike.  Plus they are are a great new way to use some of those ripe bananas!

The peanut butter, banana and honey oatmeal balls with chocolate chips on glass plate next to coloring sheet and crayons.

This recipe serves many purposes.  It is a great snack that is perfect for lunch boxes, afternoon pick me ups, a homework incentive or an after workout boost. 

They are easy to make as well as a great way to use up ripe bananas.  They are beloved by children and adults alike.

Plus they store well.  Whip up a batch for your refrigerator today!

A week or two back, one of MiMi’s cousins asked for some suggestions of things to do with ripe bananas. Her family was getting tired of banana bread and like a lot of us she had a revolving bunch of overripe bananas.

After giving her some links to the seemingly hundreds of banana recipes I have here on the blog, it got a fun discussion going on my Facebook page.  So I thought it would be fun to put the question out to your readers to see what your had to say.

4 chunky monkey oatmeal balls on a glass plate.

It has been fun getting some new recipe ideas from everyone in the group and the banana question was no different.

While I do like to keep some bananas in the freezer for smoothies and “nice cream,” sometimes you just want to make something now. So I couldn’t wait to try the recipe our friend Sharadan shared in the group.

She and her daughter, Miss K, like to make these fun chunky monkey oatmeal balls together. She even shared a picture of Miss K mashing the bananas for a batch.

It is a great recipe to let the little ones help on. The only change I made to the recipe was replacing a bit of the oatmeal with flax.

Mostly I made the change due to having a large bag of flax in the freezer right now, so I’m putting it in everything! You can certainly use all oatmeal if you’d rather.

plate with three chunky monkey oatmeal balls on top of coloring sheet with crayons.

Either way, these delicious little balls are a super fun snack. They are full of good stuff and really portable.

I threw a few in my lunch for work and we were all snacking on them when we got home. It’s hard after a long day at work to come home hungry and know you still have to start dinner. So these helped fill the void!

So now I’m curious. What are your favorite ways to use ripe bananas?

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store energy balls?

It is best to store these tasty energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator. That will help them firm up. They can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. They are good for several hours at room temperature if you want to take them with you. Or for longer storage, pop them in the freezer for up to three months.

Can I use other nut butters?

Yes! If you don’t like peanut butter or can’t have it, almond butter or sun butter would be tasty options as well. Use whatever nut butter you like best.

More Fun After School or Work Snack Ideas:

The peanut butter, banana and honey oatmeal balls with chocolate chips on glass plate next to coloring sheet and crayons.

Chunky Monkey Oatmeal Balls

Servings: 24 Energy Balls
Author: Carlee
These delicious energy balls are full of peanut butter, oatmeal, banana and honey! They are the perfect snack for kids and grown ups alike. Plus they are are a great new way to use some of those ripe bananas!
5 from 7 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Mash the bananas until smooth.
    2 ripe bananas
  • Stir in honey and peanut butter until combined.
    ¼ cup honey, ½ cup peanut butter
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix together.
    2 cups oats, 2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Roll about a Tablespoon at a time into a ball.
  • Refrigerate for a couple of hours to firm up.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and eat as you go!


Either quick oats or old fashioned oatmeal will work. You can also stir in a little bit of ground flax seed if desired. 



Serving: 1energy ballCalories: 81kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 26mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Monday 17th of August 2020

Yum! I will try this for my kids. Healthy snack for kids.


Saturday 29th of August 2020

They are going to love them!

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Friday 11th of August 2017

Man, these look good! And they remind me of a treat my sister used to make. Over ripe Bananas? I stick to the standard bread and muffins. I've tried some "crazy" recipes before and never found any that were really up our alley.


Saturday 12th of August 2017

I make a lot of muffins and cakes, but it nice to have a little healthier option too! We always have a few in the freezer for smoothies too.


Monday 7th of August 2017

Perfect for snacking! Thanks, Jan!


Thursday 3rd of August 2017

Congratulations on the feature on Wonderful Wednesday link party!


Friday 4th of August 2017

Thank you so much, Amy!


Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

These look amazingly delicious, and I can't wait to Mae some.


Friday 4th of August 2017

I hope you enjoy them!