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This No-Bake Energy Bites recipe is easy to make, full of feel-good ingredients, and irresistibly delicious!

Easy No Bake Energy Bites Recipe

Friends, have you tried this no bake energy bites recipe? ♡

It’s one of my all-time favorite recipes here on the blog, and one that I’ve personally made about a zillion times since I first published it here eight years ago.

I love these little energy bites because they are easy to make with simply pantry ingredients that I almost always have on hand. They are super easy to mix up and roll into cute little energy balls. (Or if you would like to save time, you can press the mixture into a parchment-covered baking dish, and then cut them into energy bars.)  They are the perfect make-ahead recipe to keep on hand for healthy snacking or breakfasts. And most importantly, they are just irresistibly good.

Over the years, thousands of our readers have made and loved this classic energy bites recipe too. So I wholeheartedly recommend giving it a try!

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Energy Bites Ingredients

No Bake Energy Bites Ingredients:

To make this no bake energy bites recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Old-fashioned oatsAlso called rolled oats — these will serve as the base ingredient for our energy bites.
  • Shredded coconutWhich I highly recommend toasting — either briefly in the oven or in a sauté pan — before adding to the energy bites. (Just be sure that they have cooled before adding in the chocolate chips, or the chocolate may heat and turn a bit melty.)
  • Creamy peanut butterI have used both traditional creamy peanut butter and natural creamy peanut butter in this recipe, and both work!
  • Ground flaxseedTo add some extra protein, fiber and omega-3s to our energy bites.
  • Semisweet chocolate chipsI photographed this recipe with standard-sized semisweet chips, but mini semisweet chips mix in easier.
  • HoneyTo add some natural sweetness and also help to bind the energy balls together.
  • Vanilla extractFor a touch of extra flavor.
  • Chia seeds (optional): Feel free to skip the chia seeds, if you do not have any on hand. But I love adding in a tablespoon or so when I do!

How To Make Energy Bites (Balls)

How To Make Energy Balls:

To make these energy bites, simply…

  1. Stir everything together. Stir all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.
  2. Chill. Cover the mixing bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, or until the mixture is chilled.*
  3. Roll into balls. Roll into mixture into 1-inch balls.
  4. Serve. Then enjoy immediately! Or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

If you have trouble getting the energy balls to hold together, I recommend adding in more peanut butter to make the mixture a bit more sticky. Or if you would rather, you can also just press the mixture into a square baking dish to make flat energy bars instead of round energy balls.

Healthy Energy Balls

Possible Energy Bites Variations:

There are all sorts of ways that you can customize this energy bites recipe, so feel free to get creative! For example, you are welcome to…

  • Make energy barsPress the mixture firmly into a parchment-lined 8×8-inch baking pan, chill, and then slice into energy bars (instead of rolling the mixture into energy balls).
  • Use a different nut or seed butter: Use almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, or any other nut/seed butters that you prefer in place of peanut butter.
  • Omit the coconut: I’ve heard from many of you over the years who don’t love coconut. If that’s the case, no prob, just omit the coconut and add in an extra shake of oats instead.
  • Add spices: If you would like to give these energy bites some extra flavor, feel free to add in a few pinches of ground cinnamon or some pumpkin pie spice.

Healthy Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips and Peanut Butter

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No Bake Energy Bites Recipe

No Bake Energy Bites

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 20-25 energy bites 1x

Description

This No-Bake Energy Bites recipe is easy to make, full of feel-good ingredients, and irresistibly delicious!


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Stir everything together.  Stir all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.
  2. Chill. Cover the mixing bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, or until the mixture is chilled.  (This will help the mixture stick together more easily.)
  3. Roll into balls.  Roll into mixture into 1-inch balls.
  4. Serve.  Then enjoy immediately!  Or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.


Notes

Prep Time: The prep time listed does not include time for the mixture to chill.  To speed up the chilling, I recommend spreading the mixture out on a small baking sheet and popping it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes until the mixture is cool.

Source: Recipe slightly adapted from Smashed Peas & Carrots.

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  1. I used more peanut butter than the 1/3 cup this recipe calls for as I simply use common sense when mixing moist and dry ingredients to determine the best texture.

    Since I substitute cocoa powder for the chocolate chips, I pour in some maple syrup in addition to the local honey. I also add dried fruit when I make these. This time I added a handful of golden raisins and some fresh blackberries I had picked yesterday afternoon.

    I first made no-bake energy bites last spring as a source of energy before, during and after officiating soccer matches. Since they are simple to make and the store-bought variety are quite expensive this was a no-brainer for me.

    They are delicious, loaded with protein and made with all natural ingredients. There are so many variations you could try to avoid taste boredom. For example, I once added a couple shots of Kavanaugh’s Irish Cream and they were quite yummy. Of course, I wouldn’t do this when using them during sports activities rather as a meal replacement.

  2. My friends are I nuts for these! I have not made them yet with the chia seeds or other seeds, since I did not have them but oh the recipe is so easy and quicker than any cookie recipe. I love how you can get really creative with them! thanks so much for a great snack for events, or going out for the day in the hot heat.

  3. Just made two batches. One with 1/4 cup maple syrup instead of honey and the other batch substituted the sweetener with applesauce. Yummy! The first batch is good but a little too sweet for me. Excellent way to get our fiber, protein, & Omega 3’s!

  4. Oh! And I used Lily’s dark chocolate chips no sugar for baking. I think better for diabetics too.

  5. Love this recipe. I’m addicted to these things. They are so good.

  6. Do you have to make these with coconut? I’ve never been a fan but am dying for energy food recipes for on the go as a Teachers Assistant always on the go.

  7. I used two tablespoons of maple syrup instead of the honey and used Bake Belive white and semi sweet chocolate chips so yummy!

  8. I made these and they are delicious!!!! I will definitely make them again.

  9. As anther person mentioned- these were very dry. I’d add 1/4-1/2c more peanut butter and a bit more honey next time

  10. Just made these last night and have to agree with a prior comment about them being overly sweet. I will definitely be putting in less honey and more peanut butter next time. I’m not sure if I’ll even be able to finish the batch as the sweetness is really overwhelming. Love the idea though! I’m also curious how much sugar is in a serving with the recipe as is?

    Thank you for this recipe!

  11. Very very yummy! But they were quite crumbly and it was impossible to roll into balls. Even if I put them into a pan as suggested, I’m afraid they will still fall apart when cut. Didn’t want to add additional PB since that would increase the calories. I looked up nutrition info, and it looks like they are about 121 cal each. But it was disappointing that the author didn’t respond to the many requestions for that info. Hope it can be fixed!

  12. I made these yesterday and boy are they delicious! The only ingredient I left out what is the coconut. Thank you so much for this recipe it was so easy!

  13. Hi, I tried making these and I’m wondering why my energy balls have a bitter aftertaste… Can someone please help me troubleshoot? :)

  14. Loved these though they did not hold together very well. Next time I will maybe add a bit more peanut butter? Definitely will try again!

  15. I love this recipe and it is delicious!
    Question what is the serving size per person for this recipe?
    Thanks in advance.

  16. I tried to cut the recipe in half but the balls are having a hard time sticking together , they are a little crumbly

  17. My husband has never really liked other protein bite recipes that I’ve tried. I made this recipe last week and my entire family loved them. My husband asked me to make another batch, but this time, double the recipe. I really like recipes like this that I can tailor towards things my family and I love to eat. Thank you!

  18. These are so good. The carb count is going to be high. I would not term these protein bites as some do. Basically cookie bites with the feel good energy coming from carb sources. Who can eat just one ?

  19. How many are expected for a portion?

  20. These are really good, I pressed them in a pan and warmed them up a couple of minutes at 350 degrees till chocolate chips melted

  21. So easy and delish!

  22. These are fantastic! I used almond butter and added 1/4 cup each of chocolate chips and dried cranberries. I also used maple syrup instead of honey and reduced it to 1/4 cup. Great recipe!

  23. I cannot eat honey and don’t need the extra sugar. Do these hold together without the honey or can you recommend a non-sugary substitute? These look great. Do you have a similar recipe that is baked? Thanks!

  24. These are a huge hit in my house! I have to double the recipe so they last the week. Few alterations: I cut the flax seed in half as it was causing a strange sour taste. I also split the PB in half and substitute in smooth almond butter. Sometimes I don’t have coconut on hand and will just increase the oats to make up for it. So good! Thanks for this delicious recipe!