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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. These are amazing!! They are so delicious and so easy and quick to make whenever!! Perfect little treat for anytime. :) <33

  2. My kids love these! Healthy alternative to pricey granola bars and cookies.

  3. These are so easy to make, which I do often. Hands down the best recipe I have tried. Absolutely delicious. Thank you. 😊

  4. Where is the list of all the fat, fiber, carbs etc?

  5. Love this recipe more than others I’ve found because of the large amount of flax seed. I have a bit of trouble getting to stick together, so I add a little more peanut butter and I teaspoon of coconut oil. I omit the chocolate chips bc (I love chocolate but) I think it’s unnecessary here. I prefer the balls smaller, so the recipe makes about 30 balls for me. Thank you from a breastfeeding mama!

  6. I love these and make them all the time (without coconut). Wondering the nutritional value, mainly the calories, sugar and protein information?

  7. I live in the Caribbean, really hot with really high humidity, so the fridge time is a must. No ground flaxseed available on Island so I went ahead with the whole seed, it’s just fine, just a bit pungent. Love these little frozen treats! Please provide the nutritional information.

  8. Third Time Making It
    I excluded the chia seeds and chocolate chips and only did 1/3 c of flaxseeds. I really enjoy this recipe!

  9. Very delicious! The toasted coconut is amazing. I like how it’s easy to switch up—using dark chocolate chips instead or adding dried fruit. Thank you!

  10. This recipe is fabulous. So versatile and easy. I changed a few things e.g. I used mini mint chips and butterscotch. Also, I had some coconut bacon, from another recipe, leftover. It was totally amazing. Thank you so much for this recipe.

    • It’s wrestling season! My son and his team love this. It’s a perfect healthy snack especially for all the tournaments. Fuel without the crash.

  11. Do you know how many calories these balls are

  12. Sooo easy and so so delicious – I’ve been converted!!
    I covered mine with shredded coconut after I rolled the balls for an extra coconut kick :)

  13. I love these! I usually need to add a little more peanut butter, but they are phenomenal! I use a teaspoon scoop to make bite size ones (then rolling into smooth balls), and use unsweetened shredded coconut.

  14. Are you able to break down the macros by chance? Thank you!!!

  15. These started out being a favorite of my son’s. And then his wife liked them, too. Now that they just had a new baby, they’ve become my daughter-in-law’s go-to snack while breastfeeding. I make a double batch and freeze half so she has a steady supply.

  16. Amazing

  17. I love these!!! I ALWAYS make a triple batch. I’m recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. These are so handy to take on the go to help fight a low. I have cut all sweets out of my diet. These are so amazing for a sweet treat that’s healthy for me. I have shared this recipe with all of my loved ones!!!

  18. The nutrition info is not listed dose anyone have it? Only because I track my calories, carbs and protein consumption. Thank you.

  19. I absolutely love these! I am addicted to them at this point. As soon as I run out I make another batch. They satisfy my sweet craving and hold me over until dinner. It’s my go-to afternoon snack. 🩷

  20. If you want to cut the calories use pb2 or pb fit. I keep the dry ingredients separate until the wet ingredients are formed together then slowly mix them in. No need for extra calories if there’s and alternative.

  21. This is my favorite recipe for no bake energy bites.

  22. Delicious! Irresistible!
    Instead of chilling the mixture, I just added a little bit of water to make the mix form easily into balls.