No-Bake Energy Bites

This no bake energy bites recipe is super simple to make, made with healthier ingredients, and they taste like no bake cookies! Be sure to click around on the site for more delicious and healthy recipe ideas.

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. |

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.  :)

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. |

Here’s the original photo from this recipe, circa 2012. :)


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. |

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. |

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. |

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!


  • 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


  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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Feel free to check out these other no-bake energy bites recipes too!

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. |

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  1. Eva — February 15, 2012 @ 3:01 pm (#)

    What can you use to replace the crushed flax seed?

  2. Simone Woods — February 15, 2012 @ 3:09 pm (#)

    These are lovely. Definitely going to have to double the recipe next time though!

  3. Kathy — February 15, 2012 @ 4:18 pm (#)

    These are adorable! I love that.

  4. Nikki — February 15, 2012 @ 7:24 pm (#)

    SO good! Left out the flax seed b/c I don’t know what that is much less where to buy it. I added chopped almonds and doubled the recipe and got about 54 good sized balls. Mixed everything up in my Kitchenaid stand mixer….much easier. In the future I might leave out the chocolate chips and dip each one in chocolate to make “candy”.

    • Sarah — September 23rd, 2012 @ 9:07 am

      You can get ground flax seed in the organic isle of your grocery store. They come in little bags like flour.

  5. Samantha — February 16, 2012 @ 8:07 am (#)

    I just made these and they are amazing!!!!! They are so easy!!!! Perfect snack to bring for any gatherings. Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Lady Joyful — February 16, 2012 @ 8:10 am (#)

    These look really good! Not a big fan of peanut butter but will definitely try them with almond butter!

  7. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 16, 2012 @ 11:38 am (#)

    What a great little snack! Perfect for hitting the slopes!

  8. rebecca — February 16, 2012 @ 8:13 pm (#)

    does anyone know the nutrition facts on these?

  9. Angela — February 16, 2012 @ 10:17 pm (#)

    Nutrition Facts
    User Entered Recipe

    25 Servings

    Amount Per Serving

    Calories 101.0

    Total Fat 6.1 g

    Saturated Fat 2.6 g

    Polyunsaturated Fat 1.4 g

    Monounsaturated Fat 1.5 g

    Cholesterol 0.0 mg

    Sodium 26.6 mg

    Potassium 58.1 mg

    Total Carbohydrate 10.9 g

    Dietary Fiber 1.9 g

    Sugars 6.3 g

    Protein 2.3 g

    Vitamin A 0.0 %

    Vitamin B-12 0.0 %

    Vitamin B-6 1.3 %

    Vitamin C 0.2 %

    Vitamin D 0.0 %

    Vitamin E 2.7 %

    Calcium 0.6 %

    Copper 1.2 %

    Folate 1.2 %

    Iron 2.5 %

    Magnesium 2.3 %

    Manganese 3.8 %

    Niacin 3.6 %

    Pantothenic Acid 0.5 %

    Phosphorus 2.3 %

    Riboflavin 0.6 %

    Selenium 1.1 %

    Thiamin 1.2 %

    Zinc 1.3 %

    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  10. Stephanie — February 16, 2012 @ 10:26 pm (#)

    What could you replace the coconut with? These sound good and i LOVE no bakes but I am allergic to coconut! :(

  11. Natasha — February 17, 2012 @ 6:37 am (#)

    I make the same recipe, only I flatten mine in a cake pan and cut them into little granola bars. They are also good with almonds in them :)

  12. elisabeth pope — February 17, 2012 @ 9:47 am (#)

    would love to know the nutritional info on these(fat,calories,fiber)as a weightwatcher this would be very helpful,thanks.

  13. Vickie — February 17, 2012 @ 11:22 am (#)

    Just love this recipe.. I just got back from Breckenridge this week and it was wonderful!! I am going to try these little bites for sure

  14. Kaitlin — February 17, 2012 @ 11:30 am (#)

    WOW- we just made them with a slight variation and they were GREAT!

    One big tip- we made them the first time and they were really crumbly. Instead of upping the wet ingredients (which would also up the fat, cals, and sugar), we just melted the chocolate and peanut butter on the stove, then mixed the other ingredients in. Since the chocolate was now ‘wet,’ everything stuck together just fine. This method allowed for chocolate in every bite and was DELICIOUS!

    We also added some ground up pumpkin seeds (that I froze from our pumpkin carving in the fall) in place of the coconut.

    • Drea — October 11th, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

      Awesome tip with melting the peanut butter and chocolate. I used only 1/4 cup of chocolate and they still came out deliciously chocolatey.
      Thank you

  15. Kris — February 17, 2012 @ 5:18 pm (#)

    I followed the directions completely. but mine came out dry and kind of crumbly. But they tasted oh so good! And suggestions?

  16. Lisa — February 17, 2012 @ 6:08 pm (#)

    OMG! Must make these!!

  17. Donna Chernow — February 17, 2012 @ 6:19 pm (#)

    These looks great! I’v made some similar on my blog, but more like macaroons. I’ll definitely try these!:-)

  18. jasmine — February 17, 2012 @ 11:30 pm (#)

    these sound great!! :) cannot wait to make these tomorrow

    @Stephanie i was thinking maybe you could substitute the coconut with some dried fruit or maybe crush some slivered almonds? just some ideas hopefully you find something that works!

  19. Eves — February 18, 2012 @ 5:31 am (#)

    I made these last night. YUM. I skipped the coconut and halved the chocolate chips in favor of Reese’s pieces. So paint buttery good! One batch is definitely not enough. I did add flax , but I didn’t really notice any flavor from it. Might as well continue to use it for health benefits… Thank you for the recipe!

  20. Kait — February 18, 2012 @ 10:58 am (#)

    I would love to hear what we can substitute the coconut flakes with.

  21. Valarie — February 18, 2012 @ 4:50 pm (#)

    These are awesome!! I also make some protein bars that I found on the website which my family just loves but sometimes they’re a little too much for my kids so these are great for a quick bite and for the “on the run family.” I did substitute vanilla protein powder for the coconut and they turned out great! Thanks for sharing :)

  22. Nancy — February 18, 2012 @ 5:40 pm (#)

    These are great! Habit forming but don’t feel guilty because they are made with real good stuff!

  23. Joanna — February 19, 2012 @ 10:57 am (#)

    i just bought the ingredients….. can’t wait to make it!

  24. Jeannette — February 19, 2012 @ 12:41 pm (#)

    These are lovely and delicious! I put a little oil on my hands before forming them, and they didn’t stick as much. I will definitely offer this recipe to my clients!

  25. Meagan — February 19, 2012 @ 12:42 pm (#)

    Just made these and they are delish! Substituted wheat germ for flax seed since that’s what I had on hand, and added craisins! Should have doubled the recipe because these will be gobbled up quickly!

  26. Katie — February 19, 2012 @ 3:27 pm (#)

    These were a big hit with my hubby and my 2 year old loved getting to help me “cook” them! We added dates and walnuts to ours and I adjusted the amount of Peanut butter and honey. I also slightly toasted the oats, coconut and walnuts to bring out some flavor.

  27. Laura — February 19, 2012 @ 6:27 pm (#)

    I make these a lot, the exact same ingredients, except I use mini chocolate chips and melt them just slightly in the microwave first, so the chocolate really mixes into the rest of the ingredients. Also, I pulse everything in my food processor a couple of times. I guess I also put a ton of fruit into them too, so maybe not the exact same ingredients. One or two of them are perfect after a hard workout.

  28. Sally — February 19, 2012 @ 9:14 pm (#)

    Awesome recipe! I’ve been looking for easy, healthy snacks to make. (Just recommended you on my Facebook fan page: Can’t wait to make these with my daughter. Thanks!

  29. Jason — February 19, 2012 @ 10:38 pm (#)

    These look awesome. I love the idea of adding the quinoa. One problem, though. Every nut butter is off limits, thanks to my girlfriend’s nut allergy. She’s having a hard time keeping food down right now, so I’d love to be able to make her a super-healthy snack she can munch on slowly throughout the day. Any suggestions?

  30. Jason — February 19, 2012 @ 10:41 pm (#)

    google says sunflower seed butter. I’ve never had it. thoughts?

  31. Auria — February 20, 2012 @ 11:45 am (#)

    I’ve always bought something called “Energy chunks” at our local food co-op. They’re oh so yummy and actually taste like they are good for you. I’ve been wanting to learn how to make them at home and now I can! Thank you! One question – are they sticky?

  32. Andrea — February 20, 2012 @ 12:07 pm (#)

    Yum!! I just made- and sampled- these and this is definitely a keeper recipe. As many others did already, I made some substitutions. While I love coconut, I didn’t have any, so instead I used 1/2 cup sliced almonds and 1/2 cup dried cranberries. I could not find ground flax seed so I used wheat germ. After letting it chill as directed, the mixture was still a bit crumbly and dry-ish. Not a big deal, though- just be sure to squish and compact everything into a ball.

  33. Laura — February 20, 2012 @ 1:22 pm (#)

    Sooo…I just made these. I used quick oats, peanut butter, honey, a sprinkling of chocolate chips, unsweetened organic coconut flakes, chopped prunes, 1/2 cup of my favorite trail mix and then…for a bit of added energy….I dissolved some instant coffee and added that. THESE ARE DELICIOUS!! I don’t think you can make them taste bad:) Taking them to work tonight, and then making some sans caffeine for my 4 year old and I tomorrow. Thank you for the idea!

  34. kristen — February 20, 2012 @ 2:06 pm (#)

    Love these!! They’re a huge hit with my two boys, ages 6 & 2. I’ve been making them every week at their request. They’re a great snack for me as well! :D

  35. Emily — February 21, 2012 @ 12:37 pm (#)

    I’ve made these twice. The first time I used chopped carrot instead of coconut. They turned out great, the carrots added the necessary moisture, crunch, and sweetness the coconut usually lends. I also threw in some crushed pepitas (pumpkin seeds) because I had some on hand, substituted a bit of the honey for molasses, used quick oats, and used sun butter instead of peanut butter. The sun butter definitely does add a different distinct flavor versus peanut butter, so be warned!

    I just made another batch with coconut, old fashioned oats, and regular peanut butter. They are not staying together as well. I think if you use old fashioned oats you need to chop them up a bit first. I added a splash of milk and I’m letting them sit for the hour in the fridge now.

  36. kayla — February 21, 2012 @ 5:33 pm (#)

    I just made these with a few variations. I did not have flax weed so I used wheat germ, I used white chocolate chips and added a 1/2 cup of a granola mixture that I have that has granola, nuts and dried fruit. This was so yummy. I will double the recipe next time.

  37. Stacey — February 21, 2012 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    3 points each for weight watchers points

  38. heather5018 — February 21, 2012 @ 9:53 pm (#)

    Thanks for the great recipe! I found this on Pinterest and followed your recipe exactly. We love `em!!

  39. Derek Bocking — February 22, 2012 @ 10:26 am (#)

    I’m mildly obsessed with granola bars and I love the idea of being able to make my own without even having to turn on the oven. That’s for the great recipe.

  40. Erin — February 23, 2012 @ 1:30 am (#)

    I made them with chopped apple and golden raisins instead of coconut and choc chips for a slightly healthier version and they were DELICIOUS!!! I will def be making them again with all sorts of variations. A few of these will make a great on the go breakfast. Thanks!

  41. Andi — February 23, 2012 @ 2:20 pm (#)

    These are so great! I make them every week now. I add chia seeds and use cacoa nibs in replacement of the chocolate chips. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Kaylee — February 23, 2012 @ 8:51 pm (#)

    Do you melt all the ingredients on the stove or just mix it?

  43. Vanessa — February 23, 2012 @ 9:12 pm (#)

    These were delicious! Since I was making them for health food-a-phobes, I reduced the amount of flax and replaced what I cut out with extra oatmeal. I also subbed in pumpkin seed butter for the peanut butter, and melted the chocolate chips as some other readers had suggested. It was a little stiff to mix together, but I just melted down the pumpkin seed butter and chocolate, and it came together fine. Thanks for a great recipe!

  44. Amy — February 23, 2012 @ 10:52 pm (#)

    These are AMAZING! I’ve made 3 batches in 4 days.
    Im not a fan of coconut so i replaced it with sliced almonds (honey roasted or butter toffee).

  45. Kathryn — February 24, 2012 @ 1:00 am (#)

    Hi there! Would you be able to tell me if these absolutely need to be refrigerated? I can’t see anything on the ingredients list that needs refrigerating, so I just want to make sure. We are traveling next week and I think these would be great to bring along if they’d be ok un-refrigerated! Thank you!

  46. Jeni — February 24, 2012 @ 6:07 am (#)

    I would like to know what the caloric value is of these amazing treats

  47. Real Estate Consultant — February 24, 2012 @ 6:11 pm (#)

    Do you have the exact nutrition break down? I saw another use posted one, but I didn’t know if that was correct or not.

  48. cathy — February 25, 2012 @ 1:11 pm (#)

    the energy bites were super easy and really good!

  49. Wendy C. — February 25, 2012 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    Thank you for the recipe. My daughter plays volleyball and tournament days are long. I just made these and they taste great and will give her some energy to make it through the day!

  50. Melani — February 25, 2012 @ 8:33 pm (#)

    Just made these with almond butter instead of peanut butter and they turned out beautiful AND delicious.