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. June Koch — March 28, 2016 @ 1:18 pm (#)

    Thank You so much for this brilliant little snack , packed with energy as you say , I am quite new to this Healthy Eating ,  only a couple of months in , I never want to go back to the rubbish food that I was buying at the Supermarket , I started my healthy eating with a Breakfast Smoothies , then finding you on ( Pinterest ) was a blessing , so please keep your ideas coming !!!      June Koch  XX

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 29th, 2016 @ 8:58 am

      You’re welcome June — we’re happy you enjoy these! :)

  2. Momma Ruth — March 31, 2016 @ 10:17 am (#)

    Made these as instructed but just coconut not toasted and no chia.  Amazing but I only got about a dozen.   But they went quick and so.delicious.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 31st, 2016 @ 3:43 pm

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

  3. Caitlin — April 1, 2016 @ 11:46 am (#)

    Delicious!! My toddler loves them as well. I just made them again with natural almond butter instead of peanut butter and only used 1/4 c of honey (I cut the oats down a bit too to make sure they would be sticky). A delicious alternative as well. Great for quick snacks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 1st, 2016 @ 4:18 pm

      We’re so glad you and your kiddo enjoyed these Caitlin! :)

  4. Laura — April 1, 2016 @ 9:35 pm (#)

    Hi! I LOVE these- So far I’ve made the regular and the chocolate peanut butter ones. Heaven!!

    My question is- Can you freeze these? I’d like to make a bunch of them and freeze for snacks after my baby is born in a few weeks. What do you think- will they keep?
    Will they defrost ok?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 3rd, 2016 @ 8:18 pm

      Thanks Laura — we’re so glad you enjoyed these! And yes, you can most definitely freeze these, they freeze great! Because they’re so small, they don’t take long to defrost (on the counter), or you can thaw them in the fridge. And congrats on your new baby! :)

  5. Helen — April 7, 2016 @ 3:04 am (#)

    I made a batch of these energy balls and then got the flu and didn’t fancy them, they’ve been in the fridge a few weeks, will they still be okay? It’s all store cupboard ingredients so I would have thought so but wanted to check to see your thoughts!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 7th, 2016 @ 1:48 pm

      We would try one and see. They should be fine, the only thing that might be questionable is their taste (just because they aren’t as fresh at this point) — but if they taste good, then eat away :)

  6. Amanda — April 12, 2016 @ 9:14 pm (#)

    How many calories do you think are in one ball? I love these! I just made them today! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 12th, 2016 @ 9:24 pm

      Hi Amanda! We aren’t sure, but some folks like using the MyFitnessPal app — which should give you a decent estimate. We hope that helps — we’re glad you enjoy them! :)

  7. Carina — April 13, 2016 @ 3:57 pm (#)

    To the original recipe, I use half rolled oats and half quinoa, or sometimes all quinoa. Even more nutrition! I also make them into bars instead of balls. They can go straight into a pan and then cooled. I grab one and a banana for breakfast as I’m a “can’t get out of bed, eat breakfast on the go” kind of person. :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 14th, 2016 @ 1:57 pm

      We love the idea of putting quinoa in these Carina — great thinking! :D

  8. Tracy — April 14, 2016 @ 10:31 am (#)

    These were soooo good! Easy to make too.
    I took them to work and they disappeared. I used crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy. I also used peanut butter chips instead of chocolate chips.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 14th, 2016 @ 2:25 pm

      Thank you Tracy — we’re so happy you enjoyed them! :)

  9. Melissa — April 16, 2016 @ 2:20 pm (#)

    Made the original recipe today….they are amazing and very easy to make. Happy I have my snacks for the week. P.S I didnt use vanilla (didn’t have any) still taste pretty darn good!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 17th, 2016 @ 10:37 pm

      Thanks for sharing Melissa — we’re so glad you enjoyed them! Good to know they are just as yummy without the vanilla too! :)

  10. Ania — April 17, 2016 @ 3:32 pm (#)

    I love these! I was just wondering how long you think they are good if kept in the fridge? I used organic smooth peanut butter organic ground flax seedl and everything else in the ingredients list except chia seeds.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 18th, 2016 @ 8:12 am

      Thanks Ania — we’re glad to hear that! And yes, we think they’re yummy cold, so the fridge works great (plus, it will help keep them fresher longer).

  11. Whitney — April 19, 2016 @ 1:04 am (#)

    I’ve made these a million times since seeing the recipe.  I changed it a bit so I use 2/3 cup oats, 1 cup coconut flakes, instead of chocolate chips,  I use 2tbsp of organic cacao powder,  and I use Adam’s all natural crunchy peanut butter.  
    I have counted the calories, and if you make 20 balls or of one batch with my modifications,  it’s  100 calories each.  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 19th, 2016 @ 9:05 am

      Thanks for your feedback Whitney — we’re glad you enjoy these! :)

  12. Kira Spellman — April 19, 2016 @ 7:19 am (#)

    These look so yum!!!  I want to make a few batches to bring in to my coworkers..  I’m thinking they might freeze well….have you tried that?  Thank you for the delicious recipes!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 19th, 2016 @ 9:00 am

      Thanks Kira — we hope you and your coworkers enjoy! And yes, you can definitely freeze them — they don’t take long to thaw at all. :)

  13. ken — April 19, 2016 @ 7:44 pm (#)

    How long would these last in the fridge/freezer?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 19th, 2016 @ 8:12 pm

      We’d say at least a week in the fridge, if not longer! A few months in the freezer. We hope you enjoy!

  14. Angie — April 24, 2016 @ 6:18 pm (#)

    Wow, so easy to make and sooooo good. I made a bunch of these for the first time on moving day to feed to our helpful neighbours and friends. Everyone loved them – from the 18 month old to the 75 year old! They were gone in a flash, so I made a fresh batch the day after for my family to enjoy.  I looked forward to trying the variations – they all look delicious! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 25th, 2016 @ 4:46 pm

      Thanks Angie — we’re so happy these were a hit! Thanks for giving them a try, and for your sweet words! :)

  15. Nikki M — April 26, 2016 @ 9:10 pm (#)

    I made these tonight without the coconut.  I rolled up 2 balls, got lazy, and then just started eating it with a spoon :) 
    My almost 2 year old really enjoyed it too. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 27th, 2016 @ 7:32 pm

      We’re so happy you and your little one enjoyed these Nikki! :D

  16. Ashley — April 27, 2016 @ 10:55 am (#)

    Hey, these are such an awesome idea!! My family is always on the run and I was looking for an energy bar recipe. I was just wondering, how many calories and how much sugar and protein would you say are in your 1 inch balls?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 27th, 2016 @ 11:03 pm

      Thanks Ashley — we hope you and your family enjoy these! Unfortunately though, we aren’t sure 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. Tiffany — April 27, 2016 @ 10:57 am (#)

    These are so tasty! Perfect little pick me up before my morning workout. Can’t wait to try your other variations on these!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 27th, 2016 @ 11:04 pm

      Thanks Tiffany — we hope you enjoy them! :)


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