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! | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan

Hail to the no bake energy bites!

A few years ago when I first posted this recipe, I had never even heard of the term.  But now after literally millions of pageviews on this recipe, and watching countless other recipes pop up online, and making about 5.2 million batches of these myself, I think it’s safe to say that no bake energy bites are a “thing”.  And they are deliciously here to stay.

I don’t know about you all, 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! | gimmesomeoven.com #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! | gimmesomeoven.com #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! | gimmesomeoven.com #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! | gimmesomeoven.com #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 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 chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
  • 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.

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 -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan

Here’s the original photo from this recipe, circa 2012. :)

No Bake Energy Bites | gimmesomeoven.com #glutenfree #vegan

Be sure to also check out my other no-bake energy bites recipes too:

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

Almond Joy Energy Bites | gimmesomeoven.com

Almond Joy Energy Bites

 

Nutella Energy Bites Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Nutella Energy Bites

Trail Mix Energy Bites | gimmesomeoven.com

Trail Mix Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | gimmesomeoven.com #vegan

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  1. Kelley — February 25, 2012 @ 11:37 pm (#)

    I made these for breakfast for this week. I decided to make them into bars, put them in the freezer for about 20 min….just delish! It was easy, it’s healthy, and filling ( I sampled one!). Thanks so much for the great idea! Oh, I also added some white chocolate chips…yumm!

  2. Deb — February 26, 2012 @ 1:31 pm (#)

    Great, made this morning. Added fresh dried dates. Next time will add 1/4C whey powder.

  3. Jenny — February 27, 2012 @ 2:33 pm (#)

    Do you have the nutritional information for these? The look yummy

  4. Laura — February 27, 2012 @ 4:06 pm (#)

    Delicious! thank you! I used flax seeds purchased in the spice aisle and I love the texture and taste they provided.

  5. Christy — February 27, 2012 @ 8:08 pm (#)

    I did the nutritional info on these. If you make 20 they have 135 calories, 17 carbs, 7 fat, and 3 protein.

  6. Jenny — February 28, 2012 @ 7:39 am (#)

    Thanks Christy!

  7. JOBEVFAIN — February 28, 2012 @ 1:23 pm (#)

    Is there anyway you could figure the nutrition info? Calories, fat, carbs, protein, etc?
    Even if you give an average number it would be helpful to those of those that have to count fats, carbs and protein in our daily routines. Thanks

  8. Kathy — February 28, 2012 @ 1:27 pm (#)

    These yummy energy bites can easily be made gluten, dairy and soy free and taste amazing! I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oats, Earth Balance soy free spread, Peter Pan creamy peanut butter and Enjoy Life! chocolate chips. I weighed all of my ingredients using a food scale to figure out the carb count on them for my type 1 diabetic sons. I got 26 super-ball sized bites that ended up being 13 carbohydrates. Highly recommend!

  9. Mary J — February 28, 2012 @ 9:09 pm (#)

    These look so yummy. I am going to try them. Thanks for sharing this.

  10. Marcie — February 28, 2012 @ 10:35 pm (#)

    So if you make 20 balls they are 135 calories EACH????

  11. sam — February 29, 2012 @ 10:15 am (#)

    Cannot wait to try these for softball tournament this weekend. 6 games on Saturday – she’ll needs lots of energy on the go.

  12. ruthe — February 29, 2012 @ 11:35 am (#)

    Made these yesterday and they are fantastic! Even hubby likes them!

  13. Alie — February 29, 2012 @ 4:31 pm (#)

    I just tried these, but with one substitution. I didn’t have chocolate chips on hand (shame on me!) so I added about 4 T. of cocoa powder. FANTASTIC! I can’t wait to make them again with chocolate chips! Thank you so much!

  14. Toni — February 29, 2012 @ 8:10 pm (#)

    These are fantastic! I heated the honey and they stuck together GREAT! Thank you so much. Be making them again, and again. I might even share….. (:

  15. Lori — March 2, 2012 @ 8:29 am (#)

    I made these and they were amazing. I used 1/4 c. mini chocolate chips (thats all I had, eek) and got a bit of chocolate in every bit even with half the amount of choc. chips. I also put in 1/4 cup of craisins. My hubby loved these, and he hates coconut, he he. He didn’t even know it was in there until I told him. I used a mini ice cream scooper to help form my balls.

  16. mary j — March 2, 2012 @ 9:11 am (#)

    what are toasted coconut flakes – cereal or shredded coconut toasted?

  17. Mel — March 3, 2012 @ 10:07 am (#)

    When I entered the recipe as above (with no substitutions) online using generic brands, I came out with the following nutritional info (based on 22 servings for the entire recipe).
    calories, carbs, fat, protein, sugar sodium
    entire recipe: 2408 305 124 46 201 1300
    Per Serving: 109 14 6 2 9 59
    :)

  18. Jenn — March 4, 2012 @ 4:44 pm (#)

    I am a Weight Watcher member and I inputed these into the reciepe builder and if I got 20 out of the reciepe it would be 2pts each

  19. Leean — March 5, 2012 @ 3:26 pm (#)

    To Jen,
    Is that 2 WW points plus points or the old WW points?

  20. Elizabeth — March 5, 2012 @ 6:13 pm (#)

    These are great! I only had white chocolate chips. My boyfriend loved them and took some to work. The guys in the wharehouse where he works were asking for more. Thanks so much for posting these.

  21. Kristina — March 6, 2012 @ 9:33 am (#)

    These are delicious! I put a scoop of toffee mocha protein powder in these as well to pack in a little more punch. I told my kids that they are no bake cookie balls and they are clamoring for them. The nice part is that they are pretty filling although small in size. Seriously, this is one that I’m going to find myself making weekly for my family.

  22. Kara — March 6, 2012 @ 3:07 pm (#)

    These are the most AMAZING homemade snacks EVER!!! I looooove them!!! I love the nutrition in them and the l wonderful peanut-buttery taste!!

  23. Karla — March 6, 2012 @ 8:53 pm (#)

    What would happen if one were not to refrigerate these tasty treats? I’m thinking about making these for a road trip, but I won’t have a cooler. Is it do-able?

  24. Joy — March 7, 2012 @ 6:04 pm (#)

    I am not using anything with sugar in it, and since choc chips have sugar, could I use coco powder?

  25. Noelle — March 8, 2012 @ 5:36 am (#)

    These were a yummy treat! I added1/2 scoop chocolate whey protein- super!

  26. Emily — March 8, 2012 @ 6:49 am (#)

    I used mashed bananas instead of the honey, and they were still great!!

  27. Debbie — March 8, 2012 @ 9:41 am (#)

    I’ve used granola instead of oats and they are just as good…! : )

  28. Patty V — March 12, 2012 @ 5:54 pm (#)

    can’t wait to try these, calories sound reasonable as long as I don’t eat too many

  29. Sue — March 12, 2012 @ 9:44 pm (#)

    I like your suggestions for substitutions. The stores here don’t carry flax seed. My husband loves no bakes. Sounds like a great recipe to try! Pinning this!

  30. Kathy — March 14, 2012 @ 7:04 pm (#)

    Fast, easy, AND delicious!!!

  31. Heather — March 16, 2012 @ 3:09 pm (#)

    thank you for this. I know my girls will love them. I’m going to modify it just a bit for our food allergic kid but you gave me an amazing base. so many options to choose from. thanks again.

  32. Danielle — March 17, 2012 @ 7:31 pm (#)

    Can I skip the flexseed? Thinking of making them tonight.. I live on a mountain can’t get to a store that would sell it.

  33. Mandy — March 18, 2012 @ 8:39 am (#)

    I made these today and added some molasses to the honey and it made it really really tasty!! Thank you for the awesome recipe.

  34. Shirley Bass — March 18, 2012 @ 2:13 pm (#)

    No Bake Cookies are my favorite cookies of all time. I’m excited to see a healthier version of this treat and intend to make some today. Thanks so much!

  35. grace — March 19, 2012 @ 10:21 am (#)

    Could these be made without flax seed?

  36. Treacy — March 20, 2012 @ 7:54 pm (#)

    OMG! I have made these 3 times since seeing your post. I do have some repurpose ideas I have used in the past week for Energy Bites: I double the batch then half of the batch I put in a few seperate baggies so my daughter can eat as granola on the way to school with a spoon. Today,
    I put two EB in the blender with 1 cup premade Gano coffee (hot), 1 banana, Keifer, & ice to make an amazing super healthy energy smoothie!

  37. Tiffany Youngren — March 21, 2012 @ 7:52 am (#)

    What a great alternative to store bought energy bars! Can’t wait to try them.

  38. Cynthia — March 21, 2012 @ 10:30 am (#)

    I used a recipe calculator and got the below nutritional info.
    25 Servings

    Amount Per Serving

    Calories 91.4

    Total Fat 5.1 g

    Saturated Fat 1.3 g

    Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g

    Monounsaturated Fat 0.7 g

    Cholesterol 0.7 mg

    Sodium 28.2 mg

    Potassium 41.5 mg

    Total Carbohydrate 10.0 g

    Dietary Fiber 1.8 g

    Sugars 3.9 g

    Protein 2.5 g

    Vitamin A 0.1 %

    Vitamin B-12 0.2 %

    Vitamin B-6 0.1 %

    Vitamin C 0.1 %

    Vitamin D 0.0 %

    Vitamin E 2.6 %

    Calcium 1.3 %

    Copper 0.7 %

    Folate 0.1 %

    Iron 3.1 %

    Magnesium 0.5 %

    Manganese 0.7 %

    Niacin 3.3 %

    Pantothenic Acid 0.2 %

    Phosphorus 0.7 %

    Riboflavin 1.0 %

    Selenium 0.2 %

    Thiamin 0.2 %

    Zinc 0.4 %

  39. Cynthia — March 21, 2012 @ 10:33 am (#)

    Ooops! I should add I omited the coconut flakes from the calculation since my family wouldn’t like that ingredient. :)

  40. Babycakes — March 22, 2012 @ 3:58 pm (#)

    I will try these as I love no bakes. But I would like to point out that ones I make do not have “tons of butter” in them. I think I get like 30 drop cookies, and use half a stick of butter. But they are still yummy, and I use the same amount of peanut butter. Unless we are considering less than a teaspoon of butter per cookie “a ton.” Then yes, I guess it is a ton.

  41. lisa m — March 25, 2012 @ 1:29 pm (#)

    how many calories per ball do you know?

  42. Nicole — April 1, 2012 @ 11:14 am (#)

    These are amazing!
    I thought I’d give them a go for my post work-out protein treat and both me and my boyfriend were pleasantly surprised! They remind me of granola bars but without all that added sugar and bad stuff for you like all the brands in the grocery store sneak in.
    This was such a great find, and one that I’m adding to my own home made recipe book
    Thanks for sharing, and these are for sure becoming a regular in our household
    :) <3

  43. Mazedarkhane — April 2, 2012 @ 4:33 am (#)

    Found you on Stumble Upon so Thanks to them and big hand to you, Really Awesome recipe. It will be great to support me in my workout, Simply Great. Thanks.

  44. Sherry — April 2, 2012 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    These are simply wonderful! I have tried these with different variations of dried fruits and flavored baking chips. I’ve also decreased the peanut butter and added some Nutella to add a chocolately accent- which was great with the strawberry craisins! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

  45. Jennifer — April 3, 2012 @ 8:52 am (#)

    So you mix the oatmeal in uncooked, right? I’m wondering if these require an extraordinary amount of chewing and digestive energy.

  46. Devonnee Villegas — April 5, 2012 @ 10:24 pm (#)

    Sounds so good, I am going to try them.

  47. Dawn — April 7, 2012 @ 9:51 am (#)

    Think I will try these with wheat germ instead of flax seed. Also may try some with instant coffee along with the chocolate or cocoa. They are so yummy!

  48. Rachael — April 9, 2012 @ 11:55 am (#)

    Caution!: Have milk handy!! These bites are delicious and healthy and go down even better with a cold glass of milk :) Thanks for the recipe!

  49. C. Pruitt — April 10, 2012 @ 1:38 pm (#)

    SO DELICIOUS! I omitted the chocolate chips and used dried cranberries instead. They were such a crowd pleasure and are great when I am on the run and need a quick & healthy boost. Thanks!

  50. bonitarose — April 10, 2012 @ 3:01 pm (#)

    any calorie count/nutiritional info for this recipe?

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