Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- full of protein, naturally-sweetened, and they taste like cookies! |

Can I just say how much I love this time of year on the blog??

When I first began blogging, it seemed as though November and December were the busiest traffic months here as everyone was cooking and baking up a storm for the holidays.  But over the past two years, January has turned into the most popular time of year on the blog by a landslide.  And you know what that means — everyone is New Year’s resolution-ing to cook!  Which makes me so happy!!

Even better?  The most popular recipes on my blog right now (and a few blogging friends have said the same for theirs) are the healthier ones.  And even better than that?  Those recipes aren’t just getting pinned — they’re actually getting made.  It still kind of blows my mind when I scroll through the #gimmesomeoven hashtag on Instagram or read the comments on the blog that these recipes I type out online in my little home here in Kansas City are actually getting recreated in kitchens around the world.  But apparently this is the magic of the internet — they are, and man they look tasty!!

Anyway, as always, one of the most popular recipes on the site around New Years are our various recipes for no-bake energy bites.  So per tradition, I thought I would add to the collection this year with a new chocolate peanut butter edition that is 100% naturally sweetened since I’m off sugar for awhile.  (Trust me, you won’t even miss those chocolate chips!)

They’re unbelievably quick and easy to make.  They are chocked full of protein.  And oh man — they are tasty.

Shall we?

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- full of protein, naturally-sweetened, and they taste like cookies! |

Speaking of hashtags, I was poking around on Instagram the other day and saw that someone tagged #energybites on one of my recipes.  So I popped over to see what everyone was making and — oh man! — it seems like the whole world has jumped on the energy bites craze by now!

I mean, let’s be real.  These guys are really just protein bars rolled up into tiny little bite-sized balls.  But apparently the world loves those little portion-controlled bites just as much as I do, because there were zillions of recipes for them online!

I noticed that a bunch of people were nixing chocolate chips in favor of unsweetened cocoa powder to give theirs an extra chocolate-y kick.  So I gave it a try and became a quick convert.  Don’t worry — the honey still sweetens up the chocolate.  But you can rest a little easier knowing that they are free of refined sugars.  Here’s how to make ’em!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- full of protein, naturally-sweetened, and they taste like cookies! |

Begin by gathering your ingredients.  You’ll need: chia seeds, toasted unsweetened coconut, honey, cocoa powder, oats, ground flax, vanilla extract, and (my favorite) lots of peanut butter.Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- full of protein, naturally-sweetened, and they taste like cookies! |

Simply stir all of the ingredients together in a big bowl until they are evenly combined.  (Sometimes I find it helps to use your hands to mix these together.)Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- full of protein, naturally-sweetened, and they taste like cookies! |

Then cover and chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, which will make it easier to handle.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- full of protein, naturally-sweetened, and they taste like cookies! |

And then roll those babies up into cute little energy bites!  I tend to make mine about 1-inch in diameter, which yields about 2 dozen bites.  But you can make them larger or smaller, or even press them into a baking pan to create traditional bars if you’d like.

However you shape them, I’m pretty sure that you are going to love them.  Just like my traditional energy bites recipe, they taste just like a no-bake cookie.  Although you can rest easy knowing that the ingredients in these will give you much more energy throughout the day, rather than resulting in a sugar crash an hour later.

Enjoy!!Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- quick and easy to make, and naturally sweetened with honey |

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites (Naturally Sweetened)

These chocolate peanut butter no-bake energy bites taste just like a cookie, although they are full of protein and naturally sweetened.


  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats, although use gluten-free oats if making this GF)
  • 2/3 cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade


  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour, to make the mix easier to handle and mold.
  2. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1" in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  3. Makes about 20-25 balls.

*If the mix seems to dry, add in an extra tablespoon or two of honey or peanut butter.  If the mix seems too wet (which may happen if you use natural peanut butter), add extra oatmeal.

This recipe is slightly adapted from Smashed Peas & Carrots.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Yvette — July 21, 2016 @ 1:52 am (#)

    Made this today and it was waaaaaaay too sweet for us.  I made another batch and substituted the peanut butter and syrup with a mashed banana.  The rest stayed as the recipe said.  Was very delicious :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 21st, 2016 @ 12:04 pm

      Hi Yvette! We’re sorry to hear these were too sweet for you the first time around! However, we’re glad you were able to make them again with the right amount of sweetness. Thanks for giving the recipe a try!

  2. Amy — August 14, 2016 @ 9:46 pm (#)

    Just made these! Ran out of flaxseeds so I filled the rest of the measure with almond flour. I even toasted the coconut! My husband doesn’t like peanut butter (what?) so there’s more for me! Honestly I am having a hard time believing these are healthy. I’m googling “are energy balls actually healthy” and … I guess they basically are! I mean, they aren’t fruits or vegetables but they aren’t far off. This will also help get through (and refresh, and expand) my stockpile of baking add-ons and dry goods…

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 15th, 2016 @ 9:11 am

      We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed them, Amy!

  3. sam — September 5, 2016 @ 3:26 pm (#)

    What are the macros?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 5th, 2016 @ 9:29 pm

      Hi Sam! We’re not sure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  4. Jess the Cook — October 5, 2016 @ 12:35 pm (#)

    To the commenter who had Macro questions, I can’t tell you that but I can tell you the amount of calories, proteins and carbs. I entered all of the ingredients into MyFitnessPal and got the following results: 129 overall calories, 13 grams of Carbs, 8 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein. It has 135 mcg of potassium, 2% calcium and 6% iron.

    Keep in mind that this is for one bite if you make them at a size that results in 20 bites. If you get less bites out of the recipe, each one will be more calories. If you get more bites, each bite will be less calories. In order to have 100 calorie bites, you would have to get about 25-26 balls out of the recipe.

  5. Kathy — October 6, 2016 @ 6:52 pm (#)

    Just wanted to drop a note that I’ve been making these for about a year now, and I keep going back to them time and time again.
    I agree with some other comments- a bit too sweet for my liking; I use a bit less than 1/4 C of sweetener (much prefer maple syrup to honey).
    I always toast the coconut and just made a batch with tpasted oats, which makes the bites extra crunchy. Just the way I like it!
    Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 8th, 2016 @ 10:18 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Kathy — we’re so glad you’re a fan! :)

  6. April — October 24, 2016 @ 11:56 am (#)

    Just a note, these chocolaty, peanut buttery, toasted coconut lovelies are the PERFECT period craving snack! They are good for you, and solve the chocolate needies, without the additional calories of traditional chocolate bars. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 25th, 2016 @ 8:14 pm

      We’re so happy you love them, April! :D

  7. Rachel — January 20, 2017 @ 3:16 am (#)

    These are so beautiful! I make them regularly for an after dinner treat for my 2 year old who is very fussy and has had problems with weight gain. When I make them for her I also add about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 2 tablespoons of pureed prunes, then we store them in the fridge. We call them “chocolate balls” and she will scoff as many as I let her! Thank you for your recipes!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2017 @ 5:08 pm

      Thank you, Rachel — we’re so glad you and your kiddo enjoy these! :)