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 recipe ideas.

No-Bake Energy Bites -- quick and easy to make, naturally sweetened with honey, and SO delicious! Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert. Gluten-free / Vegan. | gimmesomeoven.com

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 post, 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 -- quick and easy to make, naturally sweetened with honey, and SO delicious! Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert. Gluten-free / Vegan. | gimmesomeoven.com

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 -- quick and easy to make, naturally sweetened with honey, and SO delicious! Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert. Gluten-free / Vegan. | gimmesomeoven.com

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 -- quick and easy to make, naturally sweetened with honey, and SO delicious! Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert. Gluten-free / Vegan. | gimmesomeoven.com

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 -- quick and easy to make, naturally sweetened with honey, and SO delicious! Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert. Gluten-free / Vegan. | gimmesomeoven.com

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 -- quick and easy to make, naturally sweetened with honey, and SO delicious! Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert. Gluten-free / Vegan. | gimmesomeoven.com

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!

Ingredients:

  • 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 semisweet chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate chips)
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  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.

*Prep time listed does not include time for the mixture to chill.  To speed up the chilling, I recommend spreading the mixture out on a baking sheet, then covering it with plastic wrap and refrigerating.

**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!

Feel free to check out these other no-bake energy bites recipes too!

No-Bake Energy Bites -- quick and easy to make, naturally sweetened with honey, and SO delicious! Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert. Gluten-free / Vegan. | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Mariana — May 14, 2016 @ 4:46 pm (#)

    SO GOOD

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 2:58 pm

      Thanks Mariana — we’re happy you like them! :)

  2. Rebecca — May 14, 2016 @ 8:48 pm (#)

    How long do you think these will keep if not refrigerated? I would like to make them to send to my husband overseas.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 2:50 pm

      Hi Rebecca! These should keep for about a week or so, if you don’t refrigerate them (they keep for about two weeks in the fridge). If you’re sending them overseas, we would recommend freezing them beforehand. We hope that helps, and that your husband enjoys them!

  3. Mariana — May 20, 2016 @ 12:28 pm (#)

    Is the flax seed have to be ground?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 20th, 2016 @ 12:41 pm

      It doesn’t have to be, but we prefer it because the texture is less noticeable. We hope you enjoy these!

  4. Lori — May 20, 2016 @ 8:15 pm (#)

    I had these at a retreat last weekend and I couldn’t leave them alone! I had to get the recipe and I’ve already made (and ate) one batch – addictive for sure. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 22nd, 2016 @ 7:36 pm

      We’re so happy you enjoyed them Lori! :)

  5. Ingrid — May 22, 2016 @ 1:40 pm (#)

    I chilled the mixture but they’re extremly difficult to roll into a ball-shape. Should I add more peanut butter or honey for them to set better? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 23rd, 2016 @ 7:59 am

      We’re sorry to hear that Ingrid! To speed up the chilling, we recommend spreading the mixture out on a baking sheet, then covering it with plastic wrap and refrigerating (the longer, the better). If that still doesn’t work, you could try adding some more oats perhaps? More peanut butter or honey would probably make them even stickier to roll. We hope this helps — let us know how it goes!

  6. Maya — May 23, 2016 @ 8:43 am (#)

    Can I substitute hemp sends for the flax?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 23rd, 2016 @ 10:07 pm

      Hi Maya! We haven’t tried that, but we think you could — just note that the texture will be crunchier. We hope you enjoy! :)

  7. Jocelyn — May 23, 2016 @ 4:12 pm (#)

    Just made a batch for our upcoming camping trip! A previous recipe used more peanut butter and less oats and less flax, and they felt “off” to me. These were PERFECT. This will be my go to energy bite recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 23rd, 2016 @ 10:21 pm

      Awesome Jocelyn — we’re so glad you enjoyed these! :)

  8. Tiffany — May 25, 2016 @ 6:40 pm (#)

    Can the coconut flakes be substituted for something else? Or just left out?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 26th, 2016 @ 7:23 am

      Yes, you can leave them out! You might want to add some extra oats and/or nuts/dried fruit to compensate. We hope you enjoy! :)

  9. Becky — May 27, 2016 @ 12:55 pm (#)

    Thanks so much for the recipe. They were a little flakey but rolled okay. Everyone loved them even my boys aged 1 and 3. They were meant ro help roll them but they just ate each one I rolled. Thanks ✋👍

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 17th, 2016 @ 1:52 pm

      You’re welcome Becky — we’re glad you enjoyed them!

  10. Christy — May 29, 2016 @ 2:21 pm (#)

    I’ve made these several times now and my family loves them. It isnt easy to find a healthy snack that will please my husband, pre-teen, and toddler, but these do it. I just break them into small pieces for my little one. I highly recommend these for short road trips or longer ones if you’re taking a cooler. I occasionally replace the chocolate chips with nuts for a fun crunch and to make them even more portable where the chocolate melting may be a concern.  Thanks for the fabulous recipe! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 17th, 2016 @ 1:36 pm

      Thanks Christy — we’re so happy to hear you and your family love these! :)

  11. Macaroni — June 1, 2016 @ 1:12 pm (#)

    Delicious!!! 😹

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 14th, 2016 @ 10:58 am

      Thanks — we’re glad you enjoyed them!

  12. Shannon Jones — June 5, 2016 @ 6:45 pm (#)

    These are wonderful. As mentioned i can’t keep my hands off of them. Do you have any idea of a calorie count? Ballpark?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 15th, 2016 @ 10:57 pm

      Thank you Shannon — we’re so happy you enjoy them! We really have no idea how many calories each of these have, but if we absolutely had to guess, we’d probably guess around 80-100 — but don’t quote us on that! :)

  13. June Koch — June 6, 2016 @ 1:55 pm (#)

    Hi Tiffany ,  I also not keen on coconut ( unless it’s in a Malibu ) but I substituted with toasted Almond Flakes ,  delish………June  X

  14. Medha — June 13, 2016 @ 4:16 am (#)

    Oats should be roasted or raw??

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 14th, 2016 @ 7:52 pm

      We just use them raw.

  15. Shelly — June 13, 2016 @ 12:41 pm (#)

    ❤️Scrumptious! And super easy to make!❤️

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 14th, 2016 @ 7:40 pm

      Thanks Shelly — we’re so glad you enjoy them!

  16. Mercedes — June 14, 2016 @ 11:28 am (#)

    How many grams of protein are in each ball, approx?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 14th, 2016 @ 5:57 pm

      Hi Mercedes! We’re sorry but we are unsure 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!

  17. Mak — June 15, 2016 @ 6:52 am (#)

    I just made these! They are extremely quick to make. Thanks for that! Instead of the chocolate chips I did blueberries and it is delicious. I just wish I blended them and threw then threw them in!! Thanks again! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 15th, 2016 @ 10:15 pm

      We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed them Mak! :)

  18. Joanie — June 15, 2016 @ 11:22 am (#)

    I did these without flaxseed or coconut for a last minute snack for a road trip and it tasted divine!!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 15th, 2016 @ 10:11 pm

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them Joanie! :)

  19. Torrey — June 15, 2016 @ 7:01 pm (#)

    This is probably my 3rd time making these. I always have the problem that they don’t stick together well. I saw a recent comment about the same problem and the recommendation was to add more oats, not peanut butter or honey. That makes no sense to me because more dry ingredients are going to make these more crumbly. You need to add more pb to give something to help these stick together. There’s a lot of dry ingredients and only 1/2 cup pb and 1/3 cup honey. I use close to an extra 1/4 cup peanut butter and they roll perfectly. It obviously is going to change the nutritional values but, for me, these are replacing any bad choices I could make throughout the day so they’re worth it.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 17th, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

      Hi Torrey! We’ve also found it’s helpful to sometimes spread them out on a baking sheet and refrigerate so that they’ll cool faster and be easier to work with and shape. We hope that helps!

  20. Miss Brisa — June 17, 2016 @ 5:44 pm (#)

    Add 1/2 cup Brewers yeast and viola! Lactation protein balls. 

  21. Stacey — June 21, 2016 @ 3:36 pm (#)

    Hi! I am trying to reduce my sugar intake. Any recomendatioan on sweeteners askde from honey? I imagine the honey helps the balls stick together so I’d have to add more nut butter. Any help would be appreciated! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 22nd, 2016 @ 12:38 pm

      Hi Stacey — you could try brown rice syrup, barley syrup, or liquid Stevia! Here is a chart you might find helpful — we hope you enjoy these! :)

  22. terru — June 26, 2016 @ 9:19 am (#)

    Can steel oats be used?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 26th, 2016 @ 10:23 am

      We wouldn’t recommend you just use steel oats, but you could use a mixture (they are just going to be more coarse).

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