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. Brenda — April 11, 2012 @ 4:30 pm (#)

    just made these…oh, wow, they are AMAZING! Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. Lil e — April 13, 2012 @ 9:22 pm (#)

    I think i made this recipe almost 5 times in the past 2 weeks. I think mainly because my sister, mom, dad or whoever keeps eating them i have to keep making them. These are so delicious! Thank you for posting.

  3. Amelie — April 14, 2012 @ 8:45 am (#)

    I made these in my preparation for my exam week at the university. They are so tasty and filling, in addition to being the perfect little snack. They are prepared in no time so it did not affect my studies! Thanks a lot for this healthy snack recipe, my new favorite.

  4. Heather N — April 14, 2012 @ 7:54 pm (#)

    WOW! These were so good! I found them on pinterest and decided to make them yesterday. I made them even smaller so that I will eat them in moderation.. Good thing because they are delicious!!!! Thank you!

  5. lucy — April 16, 2012 @ 5:28 am (#)

    awww very nice. thanks for sharing

  6. Molly — April 16, 2012 @ 12:49 pm (#)

    Does anyone know about how many calories are in one of these?

    • Cookie — May 11, 2012 @ 3:40 pm (#)

      102 calories if you make 25 balls ;)

    • Cheryl — May 14, 2012 @ 2:23 pm (#)

      102 calories per ball??

  7. aryn — April 16, 2012 @ 6:52 pm (#)

    these are wonderful! I followed the recipie to a T, perfection!

  8. Jackie — April 16, 2012 @ 7:59 pm (#)

    I’m not a fan of coconut… is there something I can substitute for it?

  9. Karyn — April 18, 2012 @ 11:31 am (#)

    do you have caloriecount on these? fiber? protein?

  10. michelle — April 18, 2012 @ 10:37 pm (#)

    I’m allergic to coconut. Any suggestions for substitutions for that?

  11. ddw — April 20, 2012 @ 8:56 am (#)

    Is it necessary to refrigerate them since the ingredients alone shouldn’t require refrigeration? I’m thinking about taking some with me while traveling abroad and stashing them in my backpack for day trips.

  12. Georgina — April 20, 2012 @ 11:29 pm (#)

    Just made them and very good but curious to know how many calories are in them?

  13. Marlo — April 23, 2012 @ 12:31 pm (#)

    I have made these several times this month. My kids loves these and so do I. We used to make something similar with ground oatmeal, milk powder, honey and PB. But these have taken over. My boys like to eat them for snacks and before they head out to swim or t-ball. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Kathleen — April 23, 2012 @ 5:09 pm (#)

    These are soooo good! I loved them. Such a great snack for the afternoon when I’m looking for something sweet. Only problem, can’t stop eating them! Definitely will double recipe next time. Great recipe thanks!

  15. Krista — April 24, 2012 @ 6:13 am (#)

    These are awesome! Anyone know the nutritional value?

  16. Jen Medina — April 24, 2012 @ 7:58 am (#)

    Made these last night with white chocolate chips and crunchy peanut butter. DELICIOUS! But I am going to have to make another batch becase my boyfriend took the entire container to work!

  17. Mlle — April 24, 2012 @ 1:17 pm (#)

    A lady @ ortho was telling me how awesome these are…I can’t wait to make them!! Thx..what a healthy snack

  18. Tiffaby — April 25, 2012 @ 9:50 am (#)

    Made these today with the kiddos! They are awesome!! I used White Chocolate chips and sliver almonds, I diced both of those into smaller pieces. Ended up with 30 inch balls. Each ball is less then 95 calories and 4 grams of sugar total!! Such a great afternoon snack. I think next time I’m going to leave out the chocolate chips and add more coconut and nuts!

  19. Amanda — April 25, 2012 @ 10:07 am (#)

    These are awesome! About how many calories would you estimate each ball is?

  20. Kevin Neigh — April 25, 2012 @ 11:09 am (#)

    Any chance that you have the nutrition information for a serving of the no-bake energy bites?

  21. Kimberly — April 26, 2012 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    How many calories do they have?

  22. April — April 26, 2012 @ 6:32 pm (#)

    Off to the kitchen to make them now~ they sound YUMMY!

  23. Kelly — April 27, 2012 @ 1:06 pm (#)

    These are delicious.. I made them without coconut and they turned out great!!!

  24. Jenn — April 27, 2012 @ 6:58 pm (#)

    Your calorie count is going to depend completely on what ingredients you choose to use. Did you use regular (full-fat) peanut butter? Reduced fat? Natural? Sweetened or unsweetened coconut? Chocolate chips or dried fruit? What type of nuts? This is one everyone will need to figure out on their own.

  25. Roberta Budd — April 28, 2012 @ 12:56 pm (#)

    These are crazy yummy! Thanks for the awesome recipe and substitution tips!

  26. Momn8r — April 28, 2012 @ 1:24 pm (#)

    I don’t count calories because I’m a Weight Watcher, so I just figured WW Points Plus on these. I used nutrition info on each ingredient and added all points for the whole batch together….using Reduced Fat peanut butter and unsweetened coconut. If you make 25 bites at 1″ each, I figured they will be 3 points each so BE CAREFUL!! I’ve lost 46 lbs. on WW and maintaining so I know I MUST watch it with these but they look awfully good.

  27. Kelly — April 28, 2012 @ 1:37 pm (#)

    I just made these today and substituted flax seed for wheat germ. I used a recipe calorie calculator and wow, these are not healthy!! They taste great, but pretty much killed my diet after I ate these.

    Here are the calculations based on 25 servings and using wheat germ instead of flax seed.

    1 serving:

    95 calories
    5 grams of fat
    10 carbs

  28. Danyelle — April 28, 2012 @ 9:40 pm (#)

    Oh my word, love these thank you so much!!! just made a batch with dried strawberries, cherry chips and strawberry extract…yummy. Thanks for an easy snack for my kiddos (and ME!!)

  29. Miranda — April 29, 2012 @ 11:26 am (#)

    I just made these and they are awesome! A big hit with my son and husband, I put some molasses in them b/c I didn’t have quite enough honey, and added raisins. YUUUM. Great idea!!

  30. carla — April 29, 2012 @ 2:23 pm (#)

    here is the recipe

  31. happenstance — April 29, 2012 @ 3:45 pm (#)

    Would sugar free maple syrup work in place of the honey? I can’t eat the latter so I was curious.

  32. amy — April 30, 2012 @ 7:59 am (#)

    My trainer boyfriend & I have been making these for 2 months with tons of variations! Sometimes with sliced almonds, omit coconut, with & without flaxseed, and we always use natural peanut butter. I use the dark chocolate chips since they are “better” for you (lol). We have also been adding chocolate protein powder (mixed with water to a pudding consistency). And we have been using the steel cut oats also at times. We mix it all up and press it into a casserole dish, chill and make nice thick bars. These are amazing and my 3 boys love them as snacks too! It’s so great that you can vary what you want in them and know exactly what you are eating, without all those preservatives and unnecessary ingredients there seem to be in foods these days!

  33. Diana — April 30, 2012 @ 9:37 pm (#)

    These are amazing! I accidentally melted my chocolate chips the first time I made them (I had to warm up my honey to get it out of the bottle) and I liked them so much, I did it again tonight. I ate my first batch in 5 days – we’ll see how long this next batch lasts.

  34. Dana — May 1, 2012 @ 1:44 pm (#)

    Keep them in your freezer and pop one in your hot plain oatmeal for a sweet surprise!

  35. Chris — May 1, 2012 @ 5:09 pm (#)

    These are great!!!! I have made them many times now and each time I put something different in them. I like to add Rice krispies and have added raisins, chopped dates, Nuts, marshmallows, dried cranberries. The dates were good however they get a little hard in the fridge. I like to add a butterscotch & chocolate chips mix. Great recipe!

  36. Eva | Little Cool Toys — May 1, 2012 @ 6:53 pm (#)

    Sound really yummy!! I would imagine a finely graded carrot would be a nice ingredient too

  37. Dori — May 3, 2012 @ 6:06 pm (#)

    Do you know have many calories are in each one?

  38. Tate — May 3, 2012 @ 11:27 pm (#)

    I just made this recipe so that my husband wont have any excuse to buy snacks from the vending machine at work! lol. I also used the app on his phone to figure out the calories. I made this EXACT recipe using skippy creamy pb and sweetened generic coconut flakes. I used my cookie scoop to make balls. Which turned into 20 bite size power/energy balls. Anywho…each ball would add up to about 134 calories. Hope that helps those of you using this recipe!

  39. Lisa Dircks — May 5, 2012 @ 12:21 pm (#)

    Lisa Dircks
    On the web site Calorie counter I broke down the recipe this is for 25 balls:
    Oatmeal 12 calories
    coconut flakes 11 calories
    Peanut butter 30 calories
    Chocolate chips 18
    calories flax seed 17
    calories honey 14 calories
    vanilla 0 calories
    for a total of 103 calories each, 6.2 grams of fat, 10.5 carbs,dietary fiber 1, sugars 6.2, protein 2.7. My daughter and son-in-law just love these. I’m going to try them soon.

  40. Yami Guru — May 8, 2012 @ 10:27 pm (#)

    This is a really good recipe! Though, I used mini chocolate chips instead of the regular ones. Thanks a bunch for posting! Thumbs up from me! (^_^)b

  41. Karen — May 9, 2012 @ 2:57 pm (#)

    Do you have any suggestions on what I could substitute the peanut butter with? I have two kids that are allergic to peanuts. The rest of us love these though. I made 3 batches in 5 days.

  42. Steph — May 9, 2012 @ 10:09 pm (#)

    do you have to melt the chocolate chips? I didn’t see that in the recipe. If so, When do you do that? :)

  43. Kara — May 10, 2012 @ 11:56 am (#)

    This is a super yummy recipe. I use agave nectar in my (to make it vegan) and they hold together great. They just need to sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours after you roll them. After that they are nice and firm :).

  44. Ryann — May 10, 2012 @ 7:10 pm (#)

    What are the nutrition facts?

  45. George — May 11, 2012 @ 9:39 am (#)

    Would putting Protein Powder in work? Or would that taste be too overpowering? Thoughts?

    • Rene — January 4, 2013 @ 10:11 am (#)

      Thanks for leaving this comment! I saw it and added protein powder instead of coconut and it was great!

  46. MrPbros — May 11, 2012 @ 9:50 am (#)

    Wow…. Looks awesome…. Thanks for the yummy recipe…

  47. Amanda M. — May 11, 2012 @ 2:32 pm (#)

    I will be making many many batches of these. I will likely change them up for the seasons. Pumpkin butter and dried apple chips. Dark chocolate and crushed candy canes. Etc.

  48. Christie Rusidoff — May 11, 2012 @ 2:39 pm (#)

    Do you have to add coconut? I don’t like it.

  49. melissa — May 11, 2012 @ 2:45 pm (#)

    i’d like to suggest if you dont want to use honey but want that stickiness then you can take pitted dates with enough water to cover and boil them for a few minutes the puree and you have a great sweetner

  50. Jami — May 11, 2012 @ 11:05 pm (#)

    My daughter has a coconut allergy. Any suggestion for what to substitute that with?

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