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. Chloe — March 16, 2015 @ 11:07 am (#)

    For those wondering, I used My Fitness Pal to find out the calories per granola bite and it’s about 47 calories each. I don’t use the coconut flakes in mine and I only use about two tablespoons of the peanut butter (that’s enough for me!).

  2. Samantha — March 17, 2015 @ 1:40 pm (#)

    Yum, these look amazing!! Does anyone know how long they stay good at room temperature? I wanted to send them to my boyfriend who is deployed. 

  3. diana — March 20, 2015 @ 8:24 pm (#)

    what is the nutrition information on the no bake energy bites?? they are so so good- almost too good to be true…. wondering if they are super high cal??

    • Ali — March 21, 2015 @ 10:54 am (#)

      Hey Diana, unfortunately we’re not featuring nutrition facts on the blog at this time. The nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. That being said, many of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate — hope that was helpful!

  4. kristie — March 21, 2015 @ 1:17 pm (#)

    My family loves these. We make them again and again. And it was a perfect recipe for my cub scouts! They couldn’t eat them fast enough! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Ali — March 21, 2015 @ 4:23 pm (#)

      Thanks Kristie, I’m glad to hear that!

  5. Kristin — March 24, 2015 @ 7:29 pm (#)

    Just made this & they are great! Didn’t have the flax so I doubled the chia seeds. Used sweetened peanut butter & ommited honey. Taste great and kids love! Thanks!

    • Ali — March 25, 2015 @ 12:45 pm (#)

      Thanks Kristin, I’m glad you and your kiddos love them!

  6. Julia @ Rock It Like A Mom — March 25, 2015 @ 8:12 am (#)

    I’ve made these a few times in our house and they are always a hit!
    I find the honey give them just the right amount of “sweet” to satisfy a craving, without going overboard!
    Our little one likes them without the chocolate and cranberries and slivered almonds instead!
    Thanks so much for the fab recipe, keep them coming! :) 

    • Ali — March 25, 2015 @ 12:29 pm (#)

      Thanks Julia, and yes, the possibilities are endless! Such a good snack for kiddos to help make and eat. : ) Thanks for the sweet words!

  7. Amanda — March 28, 2015 @ 11:14 am (#)

    This has been a favorite recipe of mine for a long time.  So many ways to play with it!!
    I just realized how many recipes I have bookmarked from you site.  I’m trying hummus crusted chicken tonight, and possibly coconut oil biscuits this weekend as well.
    So far everything of yours I have tried has been amazing.  Just the right mix of healthy, indulgent, and delicious.
    Thank you!

    • Ali — March 29, 2015 @ 10:08 am (#)

      Thanks so much Amanda, I really appreciate that! And yes, the combinations are endless! I hope you enjoyed the chicken and the biscuits as well! : ) Cheers!

  8. kay hirsch — March 29, 2015 @ 5:27 pm (#)

    can flax seeds be omitted

    • Ali — March 30, 2015 @ 11:59 am (#)


  9. Rachita — March 30, 2015 @ 9:40 am (#)

    This sounds so delicious! I think it would make a great snack while on the go. I can’t find flax & chia seeds very easily here, what else can I sub it with? Can’t wait to gobble these yummies! 


    • Ali — March 30, 2015 @ 11:46 am (#)

      Thanks Rachita! If you aren’t able to find flax or chia seeds, you can just leave them out and add more nuts or coconut or dried fruit. Hope you enjoy!

  10. D — April 2, 2015 @ 8:57 pm (#)

    Just want to say thanks for this recipe, have been making these for a while now for my 4 year old and she loves them, have made them into bars as well, so versatile.  She has been sick for 4 days now and not wanting to eat much of anything, and the only thing she wanted for dinner tonight was one of these and a bowl of mini wheats lol.  I loaded them up with flax since she is constipated with all this going on so I was so glad to have this recipe on hand!  

    • Ali — April 2, 2015 @ 10:01 pm (#)

      Awesome!! So glad you both enjoyed them. (And hope your daughter feels better soon!) :)

  11. Jayden Goodman — April 9, 2015 @ 3:02 pm (#)

    I’ve made these several times and love them each time. I actually experimented with different extracts and found that banana and almond are just as good too. :) Also, when I first made these, my mom had punched some raw honey  so we only used a tablespoon of it since it was pretty thick. 

    I do have a question in regards to it. Since I don’t use the coconut flakes or the flax seeds (found that the chia seeds made it filling on their own), would making this without the chia seeds still be just as filling? The reason I ask is because I want to make these for my oldest son (10 yrs old), but he could do without the boost of extra energy when he gets home. The purpose of the question is because he is always hungry from the medication he takes for his ADHD, but they wear off once he’s home and he gets really rambunctious. 

    • Ali — April 11, 2015 @ 12:09 pm (#)

      Thanks for sharing Jayden! I think you could skip the chia seeds. You could always add some extra oats, or even some cooked quinoa, to make it more filling. I hope that helps! Let me know how it goes if you try them that way!

  12. Beverly Boucher — April 10, 2015 @ 10:23 pm (#)

    These look so wonderful and not very difficult to make! Definitely will be making these and the others listed! 

  13. Jen — April 11, 2015 @ 2:28 pm (#)

    I like to make the original oatmeal coconut version, but with natural peanut butter and unsweetened untoasted coconut. Also, I leave out the chia, use half the amount of flax, add a sprinkle of cinnamon and about a teaspoon of salt. Then I form into a log, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to slice into 1/4″ thick cookies.  My mother-in-law is addicted to them! (She’s kinda not the only one, though!!)

    • Ali — April 11, 2015 @ 6:35 pm (#)

      Thanks for sharing Jen, those sound amazing!

  14. Elena R — April 13, 2015 @ 6:06 pm (#)

    I made these today…what was I waiting for?!?!? They are delicious! Thank you for the recipe!!

    • Ali — April 14, 2015 @ 12:18 pm (#)

      Thanks Elena, so happy you liked them!

  15. Cindi Peterson — April 16, 2015 @ 8:44 pm (#)

    how to make no bake energy bites keto friendly

  16. Christy — April 17, 2015 @ 7:53 am (#)

    I’m trying to pin your No Bake Energy Bite recipe so I can find it later. I LOVE them! Pinterest is telling me it can’t be pinned because it may lead to spam. Love your site and would love to pin your recipes but can’t. Just thought I’d let you know so you can check into it. 

    • Ali — April 17, 2015 @ 9:08 am (#)

      Thanks Christy! I’m not sure what’s going on with Pinterest, that’s really strange. I’ll look into it and hopefully it will be resolved soon — thanks for the head’s up!

  17. Brooke — April 19, 2015 @ 1:56 pm (#)

    I accidentally bought milled flax seed instead of ground flax seed. Do you think it will work the same?

    • Ali — April 19, 2015 @ 2:17 pm (#)

      Hey Brooke! Ground flax works better (and is easier to digest), but in this recipe, it’s not a huge deal, so I should think you can still use the milled flax seed.

  18. Amanda — April 22, 2015 @ 2:11 pm (#)

    Can you refrigerate these for extended use throughout the week? Also, do these freeze well if you want to do this as a make ahead for future dates? Cooking for one can sometimes be a daunting task …

    • Ali — May 1, 2015 @ 1:04 pm (#)

      Hey Amanda, yes, you can most definitely freeze or refrigerate these, they hold up really nicely!

  19. Lara — April 23, 2015 @ 7:48 am (#)

    These are amazing! I just made them yesterday and every member of my family loved them (even my 14 month old)!! I added a little bit of granola for extra crunch. Will definitely be making these again! Did you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

    • Ali — May 13, 2015 @ 11:08 am (#)

      I used sweetened, but unsweetened is great too!

  20. Mandy — April 26, 2015 @ 10:11 am (#)

    The total calories in those entire recipe exactly as listed is 2575 so divide that by however many bars or balls you make for an exact calorie count. I calculated the calories directly from the package ingredients for the amounts. I pressed mine into a 9×9 pan to make 12 bars so i could use them more as a breakfast than a snack and they were 215 calories each and i pair with a fruit to stay full until lunch. At 25 balls which it suggests they would be a little over 100 calories each. 

  21. Rena — April 28, 2015 @ 3:31 pm (#)

    I would like to post this recipe on my church website in our Recipes section. Would that be ok? If so, what link would you like me to add to the recipe? Please reply to the e-mail given. Thanks!

    • Ali — April 30, 2015 @ 2:23 pm (#)

      Hey Rena, of course that’s okay, thanks for asking! You can just post the direct recipe link. Thanks! : )

  22. Natalie — April 28, 2015 @ 9:24 pm (#)

    Any suggestions for substitutions for coconut? I just really really hate coconut in anything and everything. Or can it just be left out?? Thanks! 

    • Ali — April 29, 2015 @ 9:34 pm (#)

      No worries Natalie, it can just be left out! Or you can add a different nut or seed, or another dried fruit if you want. Enjoy!

  23. Rachel — May 3, 2015 @ 12:24 pm (#)

    These were  so good! The only changes I made were; I  used unsweetened organic coconut flakes, and I used mini semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of the regular size ones. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

    • Ali — May 3, 2015 @ 6:24 pm (#)

      Thanks Rachel, and thanks for sharing your take on them!

  24. g — May 4, 2015 @ 4:13 am (#)

    Wish you would include nutritional information 

  25. Ana — May 4, 2015 @ 7:27 pm (#)

    Made this and they are a hit!! Thank you

    • Ali — May 5, 2015 @ 11:28 am (#)

      Thanks Ana, I’m glad to hear that!

  26. S. Okeleye — May 18, 2015 @ 8:06 pm (#)

    This is my third time making these. At the request of my boyfriend I tripled the recipe. I added chopped dates and craisins and used 80% chocolate bars chopped.  I omitted the coconut, also used half almond and half peanut butter.

    • Ali — May 19, 2015 @ 8:00 am (#)

      That’s awesome, and I like the changes you made! Glad you like ’em : )

  27. Lyndsey — May 19, 2015 @ 2:19 pm (#)

    These are insanely delicious!!! They taste even better than no bake cookies in my opinion, ive made them twice already. For those of you wondering about calories it probably differs depending on brands you use. I followed the measurments in the recipe and made about 21 balls that i calculated in myfitnesspal to be 118 calories each. I used old fashioned dry oatmeal, unsweetened coconut flakes, earth balance peanut butter made with coconut oil (gives it an extra coconut taste), I had no flax seed so i used ground chia seeds, some whole organic chia seeds, Tollhouse mini chocolate chips (I really liked using the minis in this), vanilla extract and trader joes organic raw honey. I might change the measurements up a bit next time to lessen the calories but id say theyre still already so much better for you than any cookie!

    • Ali — May 20, 2015 @ 8:40 am (#)

      Thank you, Lyndsey! I’m so glad you like them! And thanks for sharing your myfitnesspal info as well. : )

  28. Margaret @ Veggie Primer — May 20, 2015 @ 10:10 am (#)

    These are delicious! I made them with almond butter and maple syrup – they almost taste like an almond joy. My daughter loves them! It’s nice to be able to slip a couple into her lunches. She has to avoid wheat/gluten and dairy and a lot of store bought gluten-free or dairy free snacks are either expensive or less healthy or tasty… I use gluten-free rolled oats and dairy-free chocolate chips and it’s a win! :) Love all the combos you suggest!

    • Ali — May 20, 2015 @ 4:07 pm (#)

      Thanks, Margaret! So glad you and your daughter like these! : )

  29. Terri — May 20, 2015 @ 7:31 pm (#)

    These are great!  I came up with a shortcut…first, I double the recipe; then instead of chilling and rolling into balls, I press the dough into a flat plastic Tupperware type container, I think mine is a Ziploc brand and stick it inthe freezer. A few hours (or the next day because I forget) I set the container out, upsidedown on my cutting board.  After a few minutes, I give it a few gentle presses until the pressed dough comes out onto the cutting board. Then I cut them with a large butcher knife into 1 inch squares, bag them up and keep the bag in the freezer!

    • Ali — May 20, 2015 @ 9:55 pm (#)

      Thanks, Terri! That’s such an awesome, clever tip, thank you for sharing — definitely going to have to try that sometime! : )

  30. Cathy — May 20, 2015 @ 8:15 pm (#)

    These are delicious and so easy to make. But is the raw oatmeal hard to digest. I have read that it is not healthy to eat it raw. ?  I as disappointed to read that.

  31. Cathy — May 20, 2015 @ 9:34 pm (#)

    These are delicious and so easy to make. But is the RAW oatmeal hard to digest?  I have read that it is not healthy to eat it raw. ?  I was disappointed to read that because rhet are so tasty.

    • Ali — May 20, 2015 @ 9:48 pm (#)

      Thanks, Cathy! I haven’t read that raw oatmeal is hard to digest, and I haven’t found that this recipe or others I’ve tried have upset my stomach any. I don’t think there’s a large amount in each serving either, so it should be fine.


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