Got a cookie craving and no time to bake? These delicious no-bake M&M cookie balls whip up in just minutes using just a handful of ingredients!
I love recipes that are simple, take just a handful of ingredients & can be ready to enjoy in a short period of time. With pressing schedules & everyone in the family going in a different direction most days, it’s hard to have more than a few moments to put in to something like homemade treats. But I love making desserts whenever possible instead of stopping at the store. This means I often come up with new & creative ways to make recipes that cut my time in the kitchen. This gives me more time to spend with the family, which is absolutely cherished. I’m sure you can relate.
No Bake M&M Cookie Balls
My favorite recipes are often of the no-bake variety because of their ease. My top picks usually contain things like peanut butter & honey & oats – which all pack their nutritional value. I mean, if I can make a treat that also has a little bit of goodness in there then I’m a happy mama. These No Bake M&M Cookie Balls definitely fit within that & they are so delicious too. Just a couple will definitely satisfy a chocolate or peanut butter craving. They are absolutely scrumptious. I just love the colors of the M&M’s. They make me happy.
Here is what you need:5 cups quick cook oats 2 cups creamy peanut butter 1 cup raw honey 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips or 3/4 cup mini M&M’s (or both!) Step 1: Combine oats, peanut butter, honey & vanilla in a large mixer bowl & stir to combine. I find that using my stand mixer on the lowest setting works great. If you don’t have one- no worries, you can do this with a spatula & give your arms a mini workout getting that peanut butter mixed in there.
Step 2: Fold in the mini chocolate chips & M&M’s.
Step 3: Scoop out tablespoon sized portions and roll between hands to form a ball like you would cookie dough. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet & chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm.
NOTE: Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. My son has found that they travel well too. He loves to pack several in a small airtight container with his lunch for work. When he’s short on time he can just snack on a couple & they keep him satisfied until his next break. I love that. It’s all the yummy, protein packed, peanut butter in there.
NO BAKE M&M COOKIE BALLS
- 5 cups quick cook oats
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup raw honey
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup mini M&M’s
- Combine oats, peanut butter, honey & vanilla in a large mixer bowl & stir to combine.
- Fold in the mini chocolate chips & M&M’s.
- Scoop out tablespoon sized portions and roll between hands to form a ball.
Place on parchment lined baking sheet, chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm.
Cooling time: 30 minute(s). Number of servings (yield): 35-40.
Other yummy cookie recipes:
- Chewy Double Chocolate Insanity Cookies-Flourless, Gluten Free, and Delicious!
- 8 Sweet (& Quick) Holiday Cookie Recipes
- Oatmeal Craisin Cookies
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Do these freeze well?
I am a single person, and thirty – forty of these sounds like a recipe for overindulgence.
Oh this is a great find. I might try this for Thursday’s school Easter party. I have all the ingredients in my pantry. I love your simple recipes.
I’ve ventured a bit into the land of ‘baking’ as well, but this recipe does work better, since I save a lot of time by not having to hover around the oven to see if they are burnt or not yet 😀
Will have this in mind for a future outing, we don’t use oats too much (although we do have it in the pantry) and this would make good use of it.
Heck yes!! Only a few, easy to find ingredients! My kind of recipe…thanks!