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Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- full of protein, naturally-sweetened, and they taste like cookies! |

Can I just say how much I love this time of year on the blog??

When I first began blogging, it seemed as though November and December were the busiest traffic months here as everyone was cooking and baking up a storm for the holidays. But over the past two years, January has turned into the most popular time of year on the blog by a landslide. And you know what that means — everyone is New Year’s resolution-ing to cook!  Which makes me so happy!!

Even better? The most popular recipes on my blog right now (and a few blogging friends have said the same for theirs) are the healthier ones. And even better than that? Those recipes aren’t just getting pinned — they’re actually getting made. It still kind of blows my mind when I scroll through the #gimmesomeoven hashtag on Instagram or read the comments on the blog that these recipes I type out online in my little home here in Kansas City are actually getting recreated in kitchens around the world. But apparently this is the magic of the internet — they are, and man they look tasty!!

Anyway, as always, one of the most popular recipes on the site around New Years are our various recipes for no-bake energy bites. So per tradition, I thought I would add to the collection this year with a new chocolate peanut butter edition that is 100% naturally sweetened since I’m off sugar for awhile. (Trust me, you won’t even miss those chocolate chips!)

They’re unbelievably quick and easy to make. They are chocked full of protein. And oh man — they are tasty.

Shall we?

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- full of protein, naturally-sweetened, and they taste like cookies! |

Speaking of hashtags, I was poking around on Instagram the other day and saw that someone tagged #energybites on one of my recipes. So I popped over to see what everyone was making and — oh man! — it seems like the whole world has jumped on the energy bites craze by now!

I mean, let’s be real. These guys are really just protein bars rolled up into tiny little bite-sized balls. But apparently the world loves those little portion-controlled bites just as much as I do, because there were zillions of recipes for them online!

I noticed that a bunch of people were nixing chocolate chips in favor of unsweetened cocoa powder to give theirs an extra chocolate-y kick. So I gave it a try and became a quick convert. Don’t worry — the honey still sweetens up the chocolate. But you can rest a little easier knowing that they are free of refined sugars. Here’s how to make ’em!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- full of protein, naturally-sweetened, and they taste like cookies! |

Begin by gathering your ingredients. You’ll need: chia seeds, toasted unsweetened coconut, honey, cocoa powder, oats, ground flax, vanilla extract, and (my favorite) lots of peanut butter.Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- full of protein, naturally-sweetened, and they taste like cookies! |

Simply stir all of the ingredients together in a big bowl until they are evenly combined. (Sometimes I find it helps to use your hands to mix these together.)Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- full of protein, naturally-sweetened, and they taste like cookies! |

Then cover and chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, which will make it easier to handle.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- full of protein, naturally-sweetened, and they taste like cookies! |

And then roll those babies up into cute little energy bites! I tend to make mine about 1-inch in diameter, which yields about 2 dozen bites. But you can make them larger or smaller, or even press them into a baking pan to create traditional bars if you’d like.

However you shape them, I’m pretty sure that you are going to love them. Just like my traditional energy bites recipe, they taste just like a no-bake cookie. Although you can rest easy knowing that the ingredients in these will give you much more energy throughout the day, rather than resulting in a sugar crash an hour later.

Enjoy!!Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites -- quick and easy to make, and naturally sweetened with honey |


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Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites (Naturally Sweetened)

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 0 About 20-25 bites 1x


These chocolate peanut butter no-bake energy bites taste just like a cookie, although they are full of protein and naturally sweetened.


  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats, although use gluten-free oats if making this GF)
  • 2/3 cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade


  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour, to make the mix easier to handle and mold.
  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.
  4. *If the mix seems to dry, add in an extra tablespoon or two of honey or peanut butter.  If the mix seems too wet (which may happen if you use natural peanut butter), add extra oatmeal.


This recipe is slightly adapted from Smashed Peas & Carrots.

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242 comments on “Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Energy Bites”

  1. Delicious! I always toast the coconut and just made a batch with toasted oats, which makes the bites extra crunchy. Just the way I like it! If you want to learn more info Visit here

  2. This is delicious! Initially I couldn’t get it to ball up but I ended up eating by the spoonful when hungry and even with a little milk it’s an amazing granola/cereal.

  3. Calorie count for any of these?

  4. What could you substitute for the honey?

  5. Love making these! I’m a medical student and am always looking for a healthy snack/pick me up! This time around I used slightly less PB and used form PB2 powder! Sprinkled in some water for texture! So good!!

  6. Is there anything o could substitute the coconut with?

  7. I love that this is one bowl and no food processor. Low effort to snack time ratio!

    I accidentally used 1/3 cup of cocoa instead of 1/4 cup and they were so chocolatey but its totally a “mistake” I would make again and again.

  8. I’ve been making theses for 2 yrs. They are the BEST. I substitute sunflower seeds and chopped up dark chocolate bits for the coconut and chia. I make 3 batches at a time so we always have them!! They go fast. Everyone loves them!!!

  9. Hi there,
    Looks really tasty. I’m looking for a vegan energy bar for my marathon in April and would like to try some of your recipes (I know I’ll have to substitute honey for I guess maple syrup). Do you think these would give me sufficient carbs?
    Any idea how long these will last in the fridge and if your other recipes have the same life span?
    I need to test before my marathon but don’t want to be cooking the day before you see.