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. Erin — February 6, 2012 @ 9:19 am (#)

    Yummy, I enjoy that they require no baking.

    • lynn — March 31st, 2014 @ 10:23 am

      I just made these again today, their an all time favorite dessert to stash in the freeezer for company and really easy to make:)
      Today i didn’t use the recipe i just poured a bunch of stuff in I put cranberries,greenpumpkin seeds,vanilla,honey,peanut butter,granole,chia seeds,almonds and coconut:)
      still delicious:)

  2. The Food Hunter — February 6, 2012 @ 9:36 am (#)

    making these!

  3. Bev Weidner — February 6, 2012 @ 9:38 am (#)

    WHAAAAT? I’m so making these.

  4. Tiffany Youngren — February 6, 2012 @ 3:00 pm (#)

    These look yummy (and simple)!!! Will have to try some with chia seeds, too :D

    ~ Tiffany

    Transfer of Health
    Healthy Recipes and How to Feel Good

    • Tenaya — October 21st, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

      I make them with Chia seeds and its great.

  5. Alysha @shesontherun — February 6, 2012 @ 3:59 pm (#)

    I just bookmarked this recipe – it sounds delicious. I’ve made energy bites similar to this one that had nonfat dry milk and dried apricots and dates. I love popping one or two of these before an early morning workout.

  6. krista — February 6, 2012 @ 5:07 pm (#)

    Also- if you put powdered milk (i know sounds gross but i swear its not!!) in it will give you added calcium and other stuff that milk adds to your diet!

    • ArmyMomx2 — October 17th, 2012 @ 12:36 am

      Great idea!

  7. Aggie — February 6, 2012 @ 6:28 pm (#)

    These look SOOOOO good!!! I have everything to make them. My daughter just said “I just want to eat the whole computer” while looking at my screen right now, lol!

  8. Maggie @ Smashed Peas and Carrots — February 6, 2012 @ 9:00 pm (#)

    YAY! So glad you enjoyed my recipe! They are heavenly aren’t they!!!

    • Nikki — October 6th, 2012 @ 11:29 am

      Do you have the nutritional facts???? Or maybe just the calories per ball??? Delicious by the way :) :)

  9. Runnergirl — February 6, 2012 @ 9:15 pm (#)

    These look great! Do you use unsweetened or sweetened coconut?

  10. christine — February 6, 2012 @ 9:16 pm (#)

    I make vegan cookies that are vERY similar to these!! I love them!! I call them endurance cookies for my long distance trail runs. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely have to try!!

  11. Adele Forbes — February 7, 2012 @ 1:45 pm (#)

    These sound so purely divine and I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and make me a batch…thank you so very much for sharing!

  12. Marice — February 7, 2012 @ 3:21 pm (#)

    how many calories???

  13. Patty — February 7, 2012 @ 6:30 pm (#)

    I can’t believe I found something I like better than ‘No Bake’ cookies. They are so good,and healthy too!

  14. Shelly — February 8, 2012 @ 6:42 am (#)

    Someone asked “how many calories?”. I put it into my LoseIt app, and this is the result:

    Assuming you make 20 balls out of the above recipe, each ball is 128 calories, 7.7g fat, 13.8g carbohydrates, 1.8g fiber, and 3g protein.

    That’s for the recipe above. I’d have to edit it a bit, myself, since we can’t have coconut or peanut butter in the house (nut allergies)

    • Nic — July 31st, 2012 @ 11:47 am

      You’re awesome for posting this. I just started using that app myself. THANKS!

    • Shawna — August 11th, 2012 @ 10:39 am

      What do you substitute for the peanut butter?

      • Emily — September 11th, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

        I’m allergic to all nuts so I use something called Wow Butter. It’s made from soy and my friends swear it tastes just like peanut butter. It’s peanut-free, tree-nut free, gluten free, and dairy free!

  15. Paige — February 8, 2012 @ 7:25 am (#)

    Any suggestions on how to substitute the coconut? None of us like shaved coconut here…. This looks great, though…with three kids and expecting twins, I need some yummy healthy snacks on hand!

    • Haylie — August 2nd, 2012 @ 9:58 am

      I made them using dried bananas instead of coconut. I just finely chopped the banana chips and thought they taste complimented the peanut butter and chocolate nicely.

      • Lindsay — September 20th, 2012 @ 2:21 am

        I’ve replaced coconut with rice crispies, with crushed up vector cereal, and once with crushed walnuts. All were pretty tasty! I also half the flax and use 1/4 cup protein powder.

  16. Sarah — February 8, 2012 @ 8:54 am (#)

    Umm, stupid question, but hear me out….
    Do you cook the oatmeal first? Or is it dry oats?


    • Emily — September 11th, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

      Dry uncooked oats!

  17. Kriste — February 8, 2012 @ 11:20 am (#)

    I just made these and was thinking next time I might try sorghum in place of the honey for a richer flavor! Great recipe!

  18. Ronda — February 8, 2012 @ 11:32 am (#)

    I made these yesterday and they have already disappeared. Will be doubling the recipe next time to last a little longer. They were a perfect on the go snack.

  19. Revivedlife — February 8, 2012 @ 11:50 am (#)

    I put in cooked cooled quinoa as a bonus item as I was out of Flax and they were just as delicious :) Not sure if anyone has done this and posted it, I just read some and didn’t see it yet! Can’t complain about having a powerhouse super-food in a yummy snack!

  20. Mary — February 8, 2012 @ 3:45 pm (#)

    These look fantastic. Can’t wait to try them!

  21. Jen Roney — February 8, 2012 @ 7:11 pm (#)

    If I leave out the coconut, do you think I should add more oatmeal.

  22. @capturedinclay — February 8, 2012 @ 7:22 pm (#)

    Love at first bite! Thanks for sharing. By the way, did you know you can “toast” coconut in the microwave? Spread in a microwave pie plate, 3 min on high, stir after each min. Works great – no heating the oven.

  23. @capturedinclay — February 8, 2012 @ 7:23 pm (#)

    dry oatmeal.

  24. Nicole — February 8, 2012 @ 7:53 pm (#)

    Do you know approximately how many calories & grams of protein are in each one? Thanks

  25. Maddie — February 8, 2012 @ 10:51 pm (#)

    Are these nutritional?

  26. Kelly — February 9, 2012 @ 11:09 am (#)

    i made these last night! Very tasty! I moistened my hands with water every few balls to make the rolling process faster and easier. Thanks for the great recipe!

  27. Sarah — February 9, 2012 @ 11:53 am (#)

    I was wondering if quick oats works just the same as old fashion oats?

  28. Kim — February 9, 2012 @ 11:59 am (#)

    I need a suggestion for replacing the coconut…Allergies here. I would love to make these, any help would be greatly appreciated

  29. Hip Mountain Mama — February 9, 2012 @ 2:43 pm (#)

    Making these today…yum!

  30. Alexandra N — February 9, 2012 @ 2:50 pm (#)

    I just made these… and I’m hooked!!

  31. kaysi — February 9, 2012 @ 4:32 pm (#)

    I made these last night — DELISH!!!

  32. MDB — February 9, 2012 @ 7:56 pm (#)

    Just tried making these—they’re perfect! I knew I’d like them, so I doubled the recipe the first time around. I used unsweetened coconut flakes and forgot to toast the coconut—-still good.

    My daughter tried them and liked them, too—wants to take them to soccer practice to eat on the way.

    Thanks for this—it’s a great recipe. Will definitely make again.

  33. buzymama — February 9, 2012 @ 11:19 pm (#)

    dumb question…but how do you toast coconut…never have before??

  34. Mira — February 10, 2012 @ 12:02 am (#)

    ohh… I’m always on the lookout for non-bake treats! I live in China and have a typical Chinese kitchen aka NO OVEN!

    did you use set or runny honey?

  35. Kelly — February 10, 2012 @ 3:42 pm (#)

    I just made them without coconut. Still Delish!!!

  36. shelley — February 11, 2012 @ 2:23 pm (#)

    I made these this afternoon. They tasted delish! The only problem was that mine would not stick to make balls. I used natural peanut butter. Could that be the cause? Has anyone else made them with natural peanut butter?

    • Mindy — September 4th, 2012 @ 11:45 am

      I made these last night with natural almond butter. What I did was add a little coconut oil to the almond butter until it was the consistency of “normal” peanut butter. They turned out just fine! :)

  37. Schell — February 11, 2012 @ 9:05 pm (#)

    Made these tonight and they are awesome! I can tell the hard part is to not eat the whole batch in one day! So yummy! Thanks :)

  38. Anne — February 12, 2012 @ 1:20 pm (#)

    Made these yesterday. Verdict is that they’re fabulous. Needed a little more honey and peanut butter to keep them together, and I used mini chocolate chips too. Yummy!

  39. Kim — February 12, 2012 @ 6:49 pm (#)

    We really like these but had trouble getting them to form into balls. A bit too dry. I had to add more honey and Peanut Butter.

  40. Christy — February 12, 2012 @ 10:31 pm (#)

    Just made these today – not only delicious and good for you, but so so easy! I had everything on hand except for the coconut, and actually used half creamy peanut butter and half crunchy because I ran out of creamy – surely more texture but still amazing! They didn’t stick together super well, but well enough. Thanks for the great recipe!

  41. Christy — February 12, 2012 @ 10:33 pm (#)

    I forgot to mention I used quick oats and they work really well!

  42. Becks — February 13, 2012 @ 2:29 pm (#)

    Any suggestions for a sub for honey? I am allergic to honey, but these sound fantastic… =/

  43. Kriste — February 13, 2012 @ 2:34 pm (#)

    Another tip is to warm the peanut butter in the microwave to make it easier to mix into the dry ingredients. I also omitted the coconut and left all the other measurements the same. Mini chips are perfect for this!

    • Carri — August 27th, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

      agave nectar?

  44. Kriste — February 13, 2012 @ 2:35 pm (#)

    Another tip is to warm the peanut butter in the microwave to make it easier to mix into the dry ingredients. I also omitted the coconut and left all the other measurements the same. Mini chips are perfect for this! If you can keep yourself from eating it all in one day, I think they taste even better the second and third day. The flavors really come together. I keep my leftovers in the refrigerator.

  45. Lori — February 13, 2012 @ 4:46 pm (#)

    Do you use natural peanut butter or the trans-fat-filled kind? I normally use natural, but I’m wondering if that would make them too gooey?

  46. Allie — February 13, 2012 @ 10:09 pm (#)

    I replaced the coconut with plain shredded wheat and i just crumbled it up really well. I also subtracted the flaxseed and added some puffed wheat (by the way, all of these changes reduces the calorie value while retaining nutrition). Tip: Add some dried cranberries and a BIG spoonful of Biscoff spread for some extra yumminess and love :D

  47. sophistimom — February 13, 2012 @ 10:44 pm (#)

    These remind me of something my mom used to make when I was a kid—they were these peanut butter balls with coconut and dried milk. Apparently they were healthy, but I’m sure yours are much better.

  48. Wanda — February 14, 2012 @ 2:37 pm (#)

    Can I leave out the flaxseed and get the same results ?

  49. SarahD — February 14, 2012 @ 7:25 pm (#)

    wondering if you can add chocolate protein powder to increase the benefits — then they would be chocolate peanut butter no bakes :P

  50. dawn p — February 15, 2012 @ 12:27 pm (#)

    I just made these with almond butter, I think I could eat the entire bowl – thanks for the recipe.