No-Bake Energy Bites

This no bake energy bites recipe is super simple to make, made with healthier ingredients, and they taste like no bake cookies! Be sure to click around on the site for more delicious and healthy recipes ideas.

No Bake Energy Bites -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | #vegan

Hip hip for no bake energy bites!

I’ll admit, a few years ago when I first posted this recipe, I had never even heard of no bake energy “bites”.  But now, after zillions of pageviews on this posts, countless batches of them made in my kitchen, and more new variations of them popping up each day online, I think it’s safe to say that no bake energy bites are now officially a “thing”.

And I hope that they are deliciously here to stay.  Because I don’t know about you, but I love these little guys.

Ever since my friend Courtney first introduced me to them on a ski trip in Breckenridge a few years ago, this no bake energy bites recipe has been on regular rotation in my house.  And for someone who doesn’t dig recipe repeats or leftovers all that often, that’s saying something.  I make a big batch at least once a month, and love popping them as an easy breakfast, a quick snack, a pop of protein before a workout, or even occasionally as a sweet dessert.

I’ve also posted about five different variations of this recipe on the site, from Cranberry Pistachio to Almond Joy to Nutella to Trail Mix energy bites.  And I also have all sorts of tips from those who have questions about nutrition and ingredient substitutions.  So scroll on down for the recipe, and hopefully we can answer any or your questions too.  So that all the world can enjoy All The Energy Bites.  :)

No Bake Energy Bites -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | #vegan

I have to say that the original recipe for these No Bake Energy Bites is still my fav.  I originally just slightly adapted it from the blog Smashed Peas & Carrots, who came up with the brilliant idea for these all to begin.  The recipe calls for:

No Bake Energy Bites -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | #vegan

To make the no bake energy bites, just stir all of those ingredients together until combined.  (Or if you get tired of using a spoon, just use your hands.  I do!)

No Bake Energy Bites -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | #vegan

Once the mixture is combined, pop it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes so that it will harden slightly.  This will help make it easier to roll it into balls.

No Bake Energy Bites -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | #vegan

Then once the mixture has cooled slightly, shape it however you please!  I like shaping mine into 1-inch balls.  But you can make yours smaller or larger.  Or if you’d rather, just press the mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper, and you can make energy bars instead.  Whatever sounds good to you!

The best thing about this recipe is that it is super flexible as well.  So if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, or if you are just looking for other substitution ideas, feel free to use:

  • Different (or no) chocolate: I generally use dark chocolate chips.  But you can also substitute in any other kinds of chips (butterscotch, milk chocolate, white chocolate, cinnamon chips, etc.).  Or if you are vegan, I recommend cacao nibs.  Or if you don’t dig chocolate, you can leave this part out all together.
  • Different nut butter: If you are allergic to peanuts, feel free to substitute in any other kinds of nut butter, like almond buttersunflower seed butter, cashew butter, or others.  (For a great tutorial on homemade nut butters, check out this great post from Tasty Yummies.)
  • Different sweetener: I really prefer honey in this recipe.  But agave also works and is vegan, and some readers have had success with alternative sweeteners too.

In general, if you start experimenting with different ingredients or leave some ingredients out entirely, the balance of the recipe may be a little “off”.  So if they get too dry, add a few more of the sticky ingredients like honey and/or peanut butter.   If they get too gooey, add in more oats.

The name of the game with this recipe is customization.  So feel free to give them a try and keep tweaking them to whatever specific combination tastes and feels good to you.  Cheers to more energy bites in our future!

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No Bake Energy Bites -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | #vegan

Here’s the original photo from this recipe, circa 2012. :)

No Bake Energy Bites

These delicious little no bake energy bites are the perfect healthy snack!


  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  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.

We do not currently offer nutrition facts on this site, but if you would like an estimate, I recommend using My Fitness Pal.

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

No Bake Energy Bites | #glutenfree #vegan

Be sure to check out these other no-bake energy bites recipes too:

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites Recipe |

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

Almond Joy Energy Bites |

Almond Joy Energy Bites


Nutella Energy Bites Recipe |

Nutella Energy Bites

Trail Mix Energy Bites |

Trail Mix Energy Bites

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

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

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  1. Lauren — July 14, 2015 @ 6:02 pm (#)

    I just made these for the first time with my daughter and they are fantastic! It’s great you can mix up the additions – I love the versatility of the recipe! Have you subbed in maple syrup for the honey/agave? Thank you! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 15, 2015 @ 7:18 pm (#)

      Thanks Lauren, we’re so glad you and your daughter enjoyed these! We have not tried subbing in maple syrup for the honey/agave, but we think it would be delicious! :)

  2. Kylene — July 16, 2015 @ 4:49 pm (#)

    Hi Ali, 
     These look delicious, but I’m afraid I can not have coconut. Is it necessary to the recipe? And if so, do you have  any suggestions for modifications? Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 17, 2015 @ 9:27 am (#)

      Thanks Kylene! And no, the coconut is not necessary to the recipe. You can add nuts or seeds to compensate if you’d like, but you probably don’t need to. We hope that’s helpful, and that you enjoy them!

  3. Ally — July 17, 2015 @ 8:26 pm (#)

    Just made these, and with a few tweaks, made into a lactation energy ball recipe.. so good!!!! Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 18, 2015 @ 1:37 pm (#)

      Thanks Ally, that’s awesome! We’re glad you liked them! :)

  4. Kristine — July 19, 2015 @ 8:40 pm (#)

    DELICIOUS!!!  I WISH my flax seeds hadn’t gone bad, but they had.  *sigh*  and I had no chia seeds.. I just used a bit of extra oats and a bit of wheat germ and they came out SOOO freaking well! Really!  Try this!  SO simple and (well, a little too) easy to snack on!  I made them 3 weeks ago and I’m craving more… just a quick trip to the store…..

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 19, 2015 @ 8:51 pm (#)

      Awesome Kristine, we’re so glad you liked these! Good to know they work well with wheat germ too!

  5. Kte — July 21, 2015 @ 3:06 pm (#)

    I know I’m just meant to eat these as a little energy burst, but they’re so good that I eat them like cereal. I can make a huge batch and just chow down on them for ages. Ridiculous how addictive these things are. A+ recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 22, 2015 @ 11:50 am (#)

      Thanks, we’re so glad you like them! :)

  6. Candace — July 23, 2015 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    These are delicious.  
    Question… how long are they good for? What’s the best way u would store them?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 23, 2015 @ 4:24 pm (#)

      Thanks Candace! We recommend you store them in the refrigerator or freezer. In the refrigerator, they’ll probably last a couple of weeks!

  7. Lilly — July 25, 2015 @ 11:27 am (#)

    Hi! I am hoping to make these to take on a backpacking trip – would they be fine outside of refrigeration for a couple of days? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 29, 2015 @ 10:02 am (#)

      Hi Lilly, we’re sorry to be responding to this a little late. These would definitely be fine outside of the refrigerator for a couple of days, just as long as they’re not exposed to crazy heat (they might get a little melty/mushy). We hope you had a great time on your trip!

  8. Cindy b — July 29, 2015 @ 7:21 pm (#)

    Have you or any of your readers used steel cut oats in place of the rolled oats?  Planning to experiment but thought I’d ask first.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 30, 2015 @ 2:23 pm (#)

      Hey Cindy, not that we know of. That’s an interesting thought though, let us know if it works out! :)

  9. Meg — July 30, 2015 @ 4:22 pm (#)

    Planning to make these but think I’ll toast the oats, in addition to the coconut, for a deeper nuttier flavor.  Will let you know how they turn out.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 4, 2015 @ 5:48 pm (#)

      That sounds like a good idea Meg, definitely let us know how they turned out!

  10. Amy — July 30, 2015 @ 7:51 pm (#)

    I loooove these, but my husband doesn’t like peanut butter, or really any of the nut butters (a texture thing). Do you have any suggestions to replace that or do I get stuck eating them all by myself? Haha 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 4, 2015 @ 5:58 pm (#)

      Thanks Amy! And hmmm, finding a substitute for the nut butters is tricky, because they’re such an integral part of this recipe. Does your husband like nuts? If so, you guys could try these! We hope this helps!

  11. Meg — July 31, 2015 @ 12:57 pm (#)

    So I toasted the oats and the coconut and that worked out well, but  I unthinkingly dumped them in the bowl with the other ingredients.  The chocolate chips melted and now they look like the chocolate peanut butter bites instead.  lol  Will have to make another batch with chips intact, because I think the melted chips overwhelm the other flavors and then what was the point of toasting the oats?  lol  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 4, 2015 @ 6:00 pm (#)

      Oh no! That’s an easy mistake to make – let us know how the second batch came out – we hope you enjoyed them! :)

  12. Kellyann — August 3, 2015 @ 11:23 am (#)

    Is the coconut used as a sweetener or just for taste? I’m highly allergic to it and can’t even touch it without my throat swelling. Any recommendations for a substitution? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 7, 2015 @ 11:35 am (#)

      Hey Kellyann, it’s used for taste, so we’d suggest swapping it out for some nuts, dried fruit, and/or seeds – we hope that helps and that you enjoy these!

  13. Courtney — August 3, 2015 @ 9:00 pm (#)

    Could you make a lot of these and freeze them for later use? I’m preparing to have a baby in a few weeks and want to have lots of healthy snacks options already made during the first few weeks of crazy newborn life. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 4, 2015 @ 11:01 pm (#)

      Hey Courtney! First of all, congrats! Second of all, yes, you can totally freeze these. We hope you enjoy the recipe and your new little one. :)

  14. Meg — August 6, 2015 @ 10:48 am (#)

    I made a new batch, chocolate chips intact, and as I suspected the melted chips in the previous batch totally overwhelmed the other flavors.  Love chocolate but really like these better with the chips intact.  Also added half a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, a suggestion of my personal trainer.  I had more trouble getting them to hold their shape this time, the melted chocolate helped the previous batch.  I suspect that toasting the coconut and oats may contributed to that issue.  Will try another batch without toasting, just as soon as this batch is gone.  lol

  15. Amber — August 6, 2015 @ 2:02 pm (#)

    These are a great snack! My family and coworkers always want some when I make them. I triple the recipe, add 1/2 cup of whey protein and reduce the honey by 1/4 inch so its just less than a cup. That helps to not make it too sweet with the added sugar in the peanut butter and sweetened coconut flakes (my store didn’t have unsweetened).  When the mix seems too dry I add a little water (by the tablespoon), just until everything starts to mold together.  I tried with steel cut oats, but they are too tough for my liking, instant works better for me. They really moisten to the right consistency when refrigerated overnight.  Thank you Ali, I have made these at least 4 times already :- )

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 7, 2015 @ 5:30 pm (#)

      Thanks Amber, and thanks for sharing your tips! We always love hearing new tips and tricks from our readers, and are so glad you like these! :)

  16. Lorissa — August 7, 2015 @ 2:40 pm (#)

    These are the perfect snack! I’m a nursing mom and had to go on a dairy and soy free diet for baby. Finding good, sweet snacks is quite difficult. The only adaptation I had to make was using an all natural peanut butter and the Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips. Love!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 13, 2015 @ 1:43 pm (#)

      Thank you Lorissa, we’re so glad you like the recipe! :)

  17. Nan — August 8, 2015 @ 1:35 pm (#)

    My granddaughter and I made this recipe several times and we loved them!  She was delighted to be able to make these with little assistance to surprise her family. Good lesson in teaching  measurements and trying different ingredients. Yummy

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 11, 2015 @ 12:40 pm (#)

      Thanks for sharing, Nan, we’re happy to hear that! : )

  18. delores h. — August 11, 2015 @ 3:15 pm (#)

    What can be use in place of the flax seed? I don’t have any and the only kind I can find near by is too expensive.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 13, 2015 @ 12:50 pm (#)

      Hey Delores! You could try these with wheat germ instead, or just omit it all together (but if you do that, you might need to add more oats so the mixture won’t be too wet). We hope this helps, and that you enjoy the recipe!

  19. Tricia Bagley — August 15, 2015 @ 10:46 am (#)

    Oops! had already thrown in the flax seeds when I noticed that they were were supposed to be ground. I guess mine will be a little crunchier.   

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 17, 2015 @ 9:24 am (#)

      No worries Tricia, we hope you still enjoyed them!

  20. Britni — August 16, 2015 @ 7:08 pm (#)

    I first discovered these tasty morsels at a local bakery that is only open on Tuesday mornings. Fell in love with them immediately so I had to find a great recipe to make them at home. These were super easy and fun to make with the help of my 6 year old daughter. Both kids love them, as does my husband. I will definitely be adding this recipe to our rotation! I added the chia seeds and also added about half a cup of chopped pecans. Used honey and dark chocolate chips. Yum, yum, yum! :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 17, 2015 @ 8:04 am (#)

      A bakery that is only open on Tuesday mornings?! Wow, what is the bakery, and where? We’re intrigued! We’re so glad to hear you and your family love the energy bites! And the pecans, honey and dark chocolate chips sound wonderful! :)

  21. Liezele — August 18, 2015 @ 12:13 pm (#)

    One of the girls in my boot camp class made some of this and brought it in to our early morning class. OMG! These are AMAZING!!!! Of course I immediately went home and Googled the recipe and yours came up first. Such simple and healthy ingredients and the fact you can really change out the ingredients to make different kinds. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe!!! I am about to run out and buy some oats since that is the ONLY ingredient I am lacking :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 18, 2015 @ 3:52 pm (#)

      Thank you Liezele, we’re so happy to hear that — we hope you have fun making them! :)

  22. Katie — August 23, 2015 @ 5:06 pm (#)

    I did the math. With all the ingredients listed, but using dark chocolate chips, they were 86 calories per ball. I’m excited to try them. I’m in a nursing school and will try anything to give me some extra energy!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 27, 2015 @ 12:48 pm (#)

      Awesome Kate, thanks for sharing that! We hope you love them! :)

  23. CM — August 25, 2015 @ 8:50 am (#)

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe – ‘power balls’ as me and my sister call them, have totally changed my life – snacks are difficult for me but these are perfect!

    I am eating one right now and it is a joy to behold!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 25, 2015 @ 2:11 pm (#)

      You’re welcome, and we think “power balls” is great! haha We’re so glad you like them! :)

  24. Oliver — August 25, 2015 @ 3:02 pm (#)

    Can you leave out the chocolate chips

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 25, 2015 @ 3:53 pm (#)

      Hi Oliver, you sure can! We hope you enjoy! :)


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