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. Alyssa — October 14, 2015 @ 7:16 am (#)

    Just made these for breakfast and they were excellent! I finely chopped some carrots and added them to the mixture. Definitely will be making these again!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 14, 2015 @ 10:34 am (#)

      Thanks Alyssa, we’re happy you enjoyed them! :)

  2. Babz — October 16, 2015 @ 5:41 am (#)


    I read all the interesting comments and can’t wait t try them out. Should we use instant oats or rolled oats ? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 16, 2015 @ 9:34 am (#)

      Thanks, we hope you love them! Rolled oats are best! :)

  3. Nana — October 19, 2015 @ 10:46 pm (#)

    Hey so I making the energy bites but i wanted to ask you how to store them after, fridge or can i leave em at room temp?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 20, 2015 @ 2:48 pm (#)

      Hi there! It’s best to store them in the fridge. We hope you enjoy!

  4. Julie — October 20, 2015 @ 9:36 pm (#)

    These are my family’s favorite and now a staple in our house. I omit the chia because my husband is grossed out by them but they’re fabulous without. Such a great thing to have on hand especially since we can’t seem to ever get out of bed on time. Great in the go breakfast along with a piece of fruit. Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 21, 2015 @ 9:43 am (#)

      That’s so awesome to hear Julie, thanks for sharing with us! :)

  5. Olivia Cox — October 21, 2015 @ 9:09 pm (#)

    Hi! These energy bites are so delicious- the perfect healthier cure for my sweet tooth! I thought it might be helpful for others to know that if I make around 24 energy bites with this recipe, they equate to about 105 calories per bite. As you mentioned, this could all depend on the specific ingredients you use. I used all natural peanut butter, old fashioned oats, Tollhouse dark chocolate chips, and organic, unsweetened coconut flakes! Hopefully that helps!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 21, 2015 @ 9:56 pm (#)

      Awesome Olivia, we’re happy you like them! Also, thanks for sharing! :)

  6. Caroline — October 22, 2015 @ 6:28 pm (#)

    Hi!  These look great, and I’m excited to try them out!  I am thinking of making them for a how-to speech I have to do, but I only have five minutes.  Do you think they would roll at all without chilling?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 22, 2015 @ 9:29 pm (#)

      Thanks Caroline, we hope you enjoy them! We really recommend chilling them before trying to roll them though, as they get pretty sticky!

  7. Camille — October 27, 2015 @ 1:02 pm (#)

    I’ve been making these for many months now. I triple the recipe, divide the balls into quart sized bag portions, and freeze. We eat them straight out of the freezer, and they are absolutely divine. I’ve made probably 10 different energy ball/bar recipes, and this one is by far our favorite! I won’t ever make another! As soon as we are down to the last bag my 3 year old starts pestering me to make a new batch. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 29, 2015 @ 1:46 pm (#)

      Thanks for sharing Camille, we’re so happy you (and your little one) enjoy these! :)

  8. Marina @ Parental Journey — October 28, 2015 @ 7:37 am (#)

    Hi, I used your lovely recipe on my no-bake roundup. I hope that is ok with you – I linked back to your post. Please let me know if that’s ok :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 29, 2015 @ 3:37 pm (#)

      Hi Marina, that’s completely fine, thank you for asking, and for linking back! We’re always okay with people sharing recipes, as long as they link back and attribute credit. :)

  9. Ciara — October 29, 2015 @ 3:41 pm (#)

    Absolutely amazing.Even my 2 year old loves these! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 30, 2015 @ 10:08 am (#)

      Yay, we’re so glad to hear that Ciara! :D

  10. Jenn — November 8, 2015 @ 5:24 pm (#)

    So delicious!! & Super easy to make!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 8, 2015 @ 6:15 pm (#)

      Thanks Jenn, we’re glad you enjoyed these!

  11. Lauren — November 12, 2015 @ 5:58 am (#)

    Can you use steel cut oats for these? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 12, 2015 @ 7:57 am (#)

      We haven’t tried that Laura, and we suppose you could, but the old fashioned, rolled oats will be softer in texture. The steel cut oats will have some bite to them. Perhaps you could try a mix of the two?

  12. chana — November 13, 2015 @ 2:25 pm (#)

    can i make them without oats

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 14, 2015 @ 2:17 pm (#)

      Hi Chana! The oats hold everything together, so they’re essential in this recipe, and we can’t really think of a substitute.

  13. Nicole — November 15, 2015 @ 7:37 pm (#)

    These are so good!  I didn’t bother to toast the coconut flakes (too lazy, you know?), but they worked just fine raw (more nutritious, too).  I also used agave, omitted the chia and didn’t bother to chill the dough.  It really does taste like cookie dough!  Delicious!  I will be keeping this recipe close by. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 16, 2015 @ 8:47 am (#)

      We’re happy you liked them Nicole, thanks for sharing! :D

  14. Melanie — November 15, 2015 @ 9:57 pm (#)

    I input the recipe into MyFitnessPal as you suggested and the estimated calories per ball is 140. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 16, 2015 @ 8:29 am (#)

      Thanks for sharing with us Melanie!

  15. Diana — November 17, 2015 @ 9:40 am (#)

    You can do so much with these. I make mine with-Oats, flax, chia, hemp, coconut flakes, dark choco chips, cranberries, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, cardamom mix these. Almond butter, honey, blackstrap molasses, vanilla mix these then combine. Makes it easier to mix doing liquid and dry separately. So good!! :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17, 2015 @ 1:52 pm (#)

      You can indeed Diana, aren’t they fun?! :) We love how you make yours, yum!

  16. Dyann — November 17, 2015 @ 11:48 am (#)

    I LOVE these energy bites – I double the recipe and make them at least every second week! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17, 2015 @ 1:54 pm (#)

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


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