No-Bake Energy Bites

This No-Bake Energy Bites recipe is easy to make, full of feel-good ingredients, and so irresistibly delicious!  (Affiliate links included.)

No-Bake Energy Bites -- quick and easy to make, naturally sweetened with honey, and SO delicious! Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert. Gluten-free / Vegan. | gimmesomeoven.com

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 post, 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.  :)

 

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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.

No-Bake Energy Bites -- quick and easy to make, naturally sweetened with honey, and SO delicious! Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert. Gluten-free / Vegan. | gimmesomeoven.comThe recipe calls for:

No-Bake Energy Bites -- quick and easy to make, naturally sweetened with honey, and SO delicious! Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert. Gluten-free / Vegan. | gimmesomeoven.com

To make the no bake energy bites, just stir all of those ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.  (Or if you get tired of using a spoon, just use your hands.  That’s what I do!)

No-Bake Energy Bites -- quick and easy to make, naturally sweetened with honey, and SO delicious! Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert. Gluten-free / Vegan. | gimmesomeoven.com

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 -- quick and easy to make, naturally sweetened with honey, and SO delicious! Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert. Gluten-free / Vegan. | gimmesomeoven.com

Then once the mixture has cooled slightly, shape it however you please, and refrigerate in an airtight storage container.  I like shaping my energy bites into 1-inch balls, but you can make yours smaller or larger.  Or if you’d rather, you can press the mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper and you make energy bars instead of bites.  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, grab some vegan chocolate chips.  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 seeds
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate chips)
  • 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.

*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 baking sheet, then covering it with plastic wrap and refrigerating.

**We do not currently offer nutrition facts on this site, but if you would like an estimate, I recommend using My Fitness Pal.

***If making these gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free ingredients.

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No-Bake Energy Bites -- quick and easy to make, naturally sweetened with honey, and SO delicious! Perfect for a quick breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert. Gluten-free / Vegan. | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. I used maple syrup as the sweetener. Worked great! And since I was out of chocolate chips I chopped up a bar of dark chocolate quinoa puffs – tasted delicious!

    Rating: 5
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  3. What would be a substitute for ground flax seeds? Protein powder? Can’t wait to try these.

    • Hi Susan! Yes, you could use protein powder instead, or you could add more oats/nuts/dried fruit, etc., or a combination of those things. We hope you enjoy these!

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  5. These are so delicious, they never last long and I have to make a few batches at a time to keep up with demand. We take them on our whitewater rafting trips – first we freeze them then vacuum seal them and keep them in the ice chest. They are such a cold, delicious treat after a hot afternoon on the river!

    Also, as a diabetic, I am always watching my sugar levels and I find that one of these balls really satisfies that sweet craving without leading to a big spike in blood sugar. I think the peanut butter and flax seed must help to slow the absorption of the sugars, releasing them more gradually into the blood.

    Rating: 5
  6. Just made this recipe and we love it!!

  7. Amazing snack

    Rating: 5
  8. How long would these save? Could I make a batch and keep for a week or so?

    • Hi Karissa! These will keep in the fridge for about a week and in the freezer for a few months. We hope you enjoy!

  9. Absolutely delicious

    Rating: 5
  10. I’ve been making these almost weekly for years now… thank you! And this is just me being lazy, but do you have a general idea of nutrition facts?

    Rating: 5
    • We’re so glad you’re a fan, Kenzie! As for the nutrition facts, we’re sorry but we aren’t sure. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

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  13. Do you know the calorie content?

    • Hi Anna! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

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  17. Can these be frozen??? They are so good I like to make double batches but now the kids are him I find myself eating too many as snacks!!

    Rating: 5
  18. Easy, thanks!

    Rating: 5
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  20. These are so yummy! I put the ingredients into myFitnessPal, here’s what it came out to per bite. (I used agave as I’m not a honey lover, and also used chopped bittersweet chocolate. I did include the chia seeds as well.)
    210 calories
    14.7 g fat (only 1.2 saturated)
    71.5 g sodium
    21.5 g potassium
    20.7 g carbs (1.4 g fiber and 14.9 g sugar)
    4 g protein
    These are perfect when you need a little something and much tastier than some other options!

  21. I’ve made these with a slightly different recipe – they’re very tasty indeed! x Thanks for sharing. Jacqui

  22. Is there an alternative for someone with a nut allergies?

    • Hi Daniel! You can just leave the nuts out and add more dried fruit and/or oats. We hope you enjoy!

  23. Do yo use sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes in these bites?

  24. These are delicious! I’ve made these several times. I’ve even given them as gifts! As someone with a nut allergy, buying energy bars in the store is pretty much a non-starter. I make these with sunflower butter. I love the versatility of this recipe. This time I used dairy free dark chocolate chips and untoasted fine shredded unsweetened coconut (to save time). I find that in this recipe toasting the coconut didn’t add a whole ton for me. I’ve also added things like pumpkin seeds and chopped dates, though the original is still my favorite. I add one step at the end of the recipe because I like to eat these on the go and with the sunflower butter they are very sticky. After forming into balls, I lightly roll each ball in oat flour, this reduces the stickiness and makes them a more portable snack!

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for sharing, Jen! We’re so glad you’re a fan of these, and that’s so cool that you make them with sunflower butter! :)

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  26. Can’t wait to make these! What kind of peanut butter do you use?

    • Awesome, we hope you enjoy them, Michelle! And we love Trader Joe’s peanut butter. :)

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  29. Really excellent energy bites. I leave out the chocolate chips, because we prefer them less sweet. I have made these at least 20 times since I found the recipe, and this is our staple energy bite recipe. We <3 them!

    Rating: 5
  30. Really excellent energy bites. I leave out the chocolate chips, because we prefer them less sweet and use crunchy peanut butter for the added fibre of the nuts. . I have made these at least 20 times since I found the recipe, and this is our staple energy bite recipe.
    We <3 them!

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  38. Taste great and will get rid of a sweet craving.

    Rating: 5
  39. My kids and I all love these little bites for a yummy snack. They love to help make them, too. We use sun butter because of a peanut allergy, and it works perfectly. Sometimes we add a bit extra if the mixture seems too dry to hold together.

    Rating: 5
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