This No-Bake Energy Bites recipe is easy to make, full of feel-good ingredients, and irresistibly delicious!
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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No Bake Energy Bites Ingredients:
To make this no bake energy bites recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
Old-fashioned oats: Also called rolled oats — these will serve as the base ingredient for our energy bites.
Shredded coconut: Which 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 butter: I have used both traditional creamy peanut butter and natural creamy peanut butter in this recipe, and both work!
Ground flaxseed: To add some extra protein, fiber and omega-3s to our energy bites.
Semisweet chocolate chips: I photographed this recipe with standard-sized semisweet chips, but mini semisweet chips mix in easier.
Honey: To add some natural sweetness and also help to bind the energy balls together.
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 Balls:
To make these energy bites, simply…
Stir everything together. Stir all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.
Chill. Cover the mixing bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, or until the mixture is chilled.*
Roll into balls. Roll into mixture into 1-inch balls.
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.
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 bars: Press 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.
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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.
Yummy, I enjoy that they require no baking.
I just made these again today, their an all time favorite dessert to stash in the freeezer for company and really easy to make:)
Today i didn’t use the recipe i just poured a bunch of stuff in I put cranberries,greenpumpkin seeds,vanilla,honey,peanut butter,granole,chia seeds,almonds and coconut:)
WHAAAAT? I’m so making these.
These look yummy (and simple)!!! Will have to try some with chia seeds, too :D
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I make them with Chia seeds and its great.
I just bookmarked this recipe – it sounds delicious. I’ve made energy bites similar to this one that had nonfat dry milk and dried apricots and dates. I love popping one or two of these before an early morning workout.
Also- if you put powdered milk (i know sounds gross but i swear its not!!) in it will give you added calcium and other stuff that milk adds to your diet!
These look SOOOOO good!!! I have everything to make them. My daughter just said “I just want to eat the whole computer” while looking at my screen right now, lol!
YAY! So glad you enjoyed my recipe! They are heavenly aren’t they!!!
Do you have the nutritional facts???? Or maybe just the calories per ball??? Delicious by the way :) :)
These look great! Do you use unsweetened or sweetened coconut?
I make vegan cookies that are vERY similar to these!! I love them!! I call them endurance cookies for my long distance trail runs. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely have to try!!
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These sound so purely divine and I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and make me a batch…thank you so very much for sharing!
how many calories???
I can’t believe I found something I like better than ‘No Bake’ cookies. They are so good,and healthy too!
Someone asked “how many calories?”. I put it into my LoseIt app, and this is the result:
Assuming you make 20 balls out of the above recipe, each ball is 128 calories, 7.7g fat, 13.8g carbohydrates, 1.8g fiber, and 3g protein.
That’s for the recipe above. I’d have to edit it a bit, myself, since we can’t have coconut or peanut butter in the house (nut allergies)
You’re awesome for posting this. I just started using that app myself. THANKS!
What do you substitute for the peanut butter?
I’m allergic to all nuts so I use something called Wow Butter. It’s made from soy and my friends swear it tastes just like peanut butter. It’s peanut-free, tree-nut free, gluten free, and dairy free!
Any suggestions on how to substitute the coconut? None of us like shaved coconut here…. This looks great, though…with three kids and expecting twins, I need some yummy healthy snacks on hand!
I made them using dried bananas instead of coconut. I just finely chopped the banana chips and thought they taste complimented the peanut butter and chocolate nicely.
I’ve replaced coconut with rice crispies, with crushed up vector cereal, and once with crushed walnuts. All were pretty tasty! I also half the flax and use 1/4 cup protein powder.
Umm, stupid question, but hear me out….
Do you cook the oatmeal first? Or is it dry oats?
Dry uncooked oats!
I just made these and was thinking next time I might try sorghum in place of the honey for a richer flavor! Great recipe!
I made these yesterday and they have already disappeared. Will be doubling the recipe next time to last a little longer. They were a perfect on the go snack.
I put in cooked cooled quinoa as a bonus item as I was out of Flax and they were just as delicious :) Not sure if anyone has done this and posted it, I just read some and didn’t see it yet! Can’t complain about having a powerhouse super-food in a yummy snack!
These look fantastic. Can’t wait to try them!
If I leave out the coconut, do you think I should add more oatmeal.
I normally leave out the coconut and just add in more oats or rice krispies since my kiddos like the crunch.
Love at first bite! Thanks for sharing. By the way, did you know you can “toast” coconut in the microwave? Spread in a microwave pie plate, 3 min on high, stir after each min. Works great – no heating the oven.
Do you know approximately how many calories & grams of protein are in each one? Thanks
Are these nutritional?
i made these last night! Very tasty! I moistened my hands with water every few balls to make the rolling process faster and easier. Thanks for the great recipe!
I was wondering if quick oats works just the same as old fashion oats?
I need a suggestion for replacing the coconut…Allergies here. I would love to make these, any help would be greatly appreciated
Making these today…yum!
I just made these… and I’m hooked!!
I made these last night — DELISH!!!
Just tried making these—they’re perfect! I knew I’d like them, so I doubled the recipe the first time around. I used unsweetened coconut flakes and forgot to toast the coconut—-still good.
My daughter tried them and liked them, too—wants to take them to soccer practice to eat on the way.
Thanks for this—it’s a great recipe. Will definitely make again.
dumb question…but how do you toast coconut…never have before??
I’ve made it untoasted and still great
ohh… I’m always on the lookout for non-bake treats! I live in China and have a typical Chinese kitchen aka NO OVEN!
did you use set or runny honey?
I just made them without coconut. Still Delish!!!
I made these this afternoon. They tasted delish! The only problem was that mine would not stick to make balls. I used natural peanut butter. Could that be the cause? Has anyone else made them with natural peanut butter?
I made these last night with natural almond butter. What I did was add a little coconut oil to the almond butter until it was the consistency of “normal” peanut butter. They turned out just fine! :)
Made these tonight and they are awesome! I can tell the hard part is to not eat the whole batch in one day! So yummy! Thanks :)
Made these yesterday. Verdict is that they’re fabulous. Needed a little more honey and peanut butter to keep them together, and I used mini chocolate chips too. Yummy!
We really like these but had trouble getting them to form into balls. A bit too dry. I had to add more honey and Peanut Butter.
Just made these today – not only delicious and good for you, but so so easy! I had everything on hand except for the coconut, and actually used half creamy peanut butter and half crunchy because I ran out of creamy – surely more texture but still amazing! They didn’t stick together super well, but well enough. Thanks for the great recipe!
I forgot to mention I used quick oats and they work really well!
Any suggestions for a sub for honey? I am allergic to honey, but these sound fantastic… =/
Another tip is to warm the peanut butter in the microwave to make it easier to mix into the dry ingredients. I also omitted the coconut and left all the other measurements the same. Mini chips are perfect for this!
Another tip is to warm the peanut butter in the microwave to make it easier to mix into the dry ingredients. I also omitted the coconut and left all the other measurements the same. Mini chips are perfect for this! If you can keep yourself from eating it all in one day, I think they taste even better the second and third day. The flavors really come together. I keep my leftovers in the refrigerator.
Do you use natural peanut butter or the trans-fat-filled kind? I normally use natural, but I’m wondering if that would make them too gooey?
I replaced the coconut with plain shredded wheat and i just crumbled it up really well. I also subtracted the flaxseed and added some puffed wheat (by the way, all of these changes reduces the calorie value while retaining nutrition). Tip: Add some dried cranberries and a BIG spoonful of Biscoff spread for some extra yumminess and love :D
These remind me of something my mom used to make when I was a kid—they were these peanut butter balls with coconut and dried milk. Apparently they were healthy, but I’m sure yours are much better.
Can I leave out the flaxseed and get the same results ?
wondering if you can add chocolate protein powder to increase the benefits — then they would be chocolate peanut butter no bakes :P
I just made these with almond butter, I think I could eat the entire bowl – thanks for the recipe.