No-Bake Energy Bites

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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. Meg — July 19, 2016 @ 12:17 am (#)

    I’ve made this recipe so many times we love it and i LOVE cookies so this recipe makes me feel better eating 2 than if i were to eat 2 cookies, delicious and nutritious :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 19th, 2016 @ 1:18 pm

      Thanks for sharing Meg — we’re so glad to know you’re a fan of the recipe! :D

  2. Renee Rios — July 19, 2016 @ 11:34 am (#)

    These are amazing!! I made them today before our workouts and the boy’s absublutly love them. The health benefits are so good for you as far as all the ingredients you put into them. Chia seeds are great for energy and long stanima and peanut butter and oats are good carbs for lifting . just all around a good source of energy and great taste!! These are a must try for anyone looking for a quick burst of energy before working! 😊

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 19th, 2016 @ 1:22 pm

      Thank you Renee! We’re so happy you and your boys love these (they’re definitely our favorite pre and post workout snack)! :)

  3. Meagan — July 20, 2016 @ 2:48 pm (#)

    Hey what would you say the nutritional info is for a single ball? :) I made and love but am following a close diet regimen! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 21st, 2016 @ 12:09 pm

      Hi Meagan! 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!

  4. Aniqah — July 21, 2016 @ 6:22 am (#)

    Do these have a prominent honey taste, as I am not a huge honey fan.  If so what can i use as a substitute? Thanks in advance 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 21st, 2016 @ 12:03 pm

      We don’t think they do, but you could always use agave instead, if you’re not a big fan of honey anyway!

  5. Sarah — July 27, 2016 @ 3:00 pm (#)

    Our family loves this protein ball recipe!!! My husband takes them to the gym for his post workout snack & my picky kids LOVE them as a treat. 
    Thanks for all of your great recipes! I suggest your website to many of my friends. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 28th, 2016 @ 9:38 am

      Thanks for sharing Sarah — we’re so glad you guys love these! :)

  6. Judy — July 31, 2016 @ 6:43 am (#)

    I’ve made these several times and love them!  Wondering if anyone has taken the time to calculate the calories? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 3rd, 2016 @ 10:28 am

      We’re so glad you’re a fan Judy!

  7. Kari — August 4, 2016 @ 7:30 pm (#)

    I am not a big coconut fan. Any ideas for substitutes? I thought maybe dry roasted peanuts and flax seed.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 5th, 2016 @ 9:20 am

      We think those would be great substitutions, Kari! You can also add in some extra oats if you like. We hope you enjoy these!

  8. Allyssa — August 11, 2016 @ 3:23 pm (#)

    Is it better to use sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 12th, 2016 @ 7:04 pm

      Hi Allyssa! You can use either one. We think they’re sweet enough so we tend to use unsweetened but we’ve used both. We hope you enjoy these! :)

  9. LGal — August 13, 2016 @ 2:42 pm (#)

    These are fantastic!  For nutrition count:  I did not use the chia seeds. I used honey and 2/3 cup Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips.  I used my 1 TBSP scoop and it made 36 balls.  Plugged the recipe in to My Fitness app and it came up with 69 calories, 7 carbs, 4 fat, 1 protein, 21 sodium, and 5 sugars

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 14th, 2016 @ 4:48 pm

      We’re so happy you enjoyed them! :)

  10. Jen — August 16, 2016 @ 12:25 am (#)

    Can steel cut oats be substituted? Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 16th, 2016 @ 7:53 am

      Hi Jen! We think old-fashioned rolled oats work better for these, since they’re softer and are bigger. If you don’t mind the coarser texture, you could use a mix, but we wouldn’t recommend using all steel cut oats. We hope this helps!

  11. Chrissy B — August 19, 2016 @ 12:12 am (#)

    These are amazing. I make them all the time (with coconut oil instead of shredded coconut) and they are amazing! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 19th, 2016 @ 12:12 pm

      Thank you Chrissy! We’re so glad you enjoy them!

  12. Laurie — August 24, 2016 @ 1:37 pm (#)

    Why not use dates instead of the honey? Dates are so good and naturally sweet!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 25th, 2016 @ 8:08 am

      Feel free to experiment with using puréed dates instead, if you like! :)

  13. Claudia — August 24, 2016 @ 7:47 pm (#)

    Love this recipe so much and have used it all summer so thought I should write you a thank you for sharing it! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 25th, 2016 @ 8:18 am

      You are so sweet, Claudia! We appreciate you letting us know, and we’re so happy you enjoy these! :)

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