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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


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




  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.


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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1,920 comments on “No-Bake Energy Bites”

  1. You can create a recipe in My Fitness Pal by adding your ingredients manually or copy the website link and paste it if you have a premium account (which is what I did today). Either way you’ll need to adjust it to the brands you use.

  2. Can you leave out the flaxseeds?

  3. I love these!! I used almond butter and white chocolate chips and they turned out amazing!

  4. So yummy!! I make these all the time for my family. Do you have any idea how many calories there are per ball?

  5. Turned out great! I added mocha protein powder since I didn’t have flax, and also added a spoonful of cacao nibs and a heavy pinch of instant coffee grounds. I reduced the peanut butter a tad and added a bit of Nutella. Yum!

  6. Awesome recipe!!!!

    The first time I made it I followed the instructions, except that I replaced the flaxseed with more Oatmeal and made bars instead of balls. They turned out PERFECT!

    The second time I made these I decided to try and use Natural Peanut Butter. I had to add SO much to make it stick, and they were good but just not right.

    The THIRD time I made these I decided to follow instructions but make a double batch. The mix did not want to stick together and I had to add quite a bit of extra peanut butter and honey, now they are too sweet.

    Moral of the story….. these are perfect just as they are, no need for alterations :)
    Thank you for a GREAT recipe!!!

  7. Adding this to MyFitnessPal app, quantity of 25 energy balls and omitting flax seed, estimates these are about 171 cals per energy ball. I omitted the flax seed which is optional. My app tells me these are approx 171 cals per energy ball (18.1g net carbs, 6.5g fat, 3.9g protein). Does this sound about right to everyone here, or are my calculations way off?

  8. Would love to know the nutritional facts.

  9. If you leave out the flaxseed could you add more oatmeal and how much would you add?

    • Just made these. I omitted the choc chips but added a half teaspoon of espresso powder. Amazing ! Thanks for the recipe.

    • I calculated these at 4g protein, 100 calories, I get 12 balls from 1 batch. I don’t add the coconut, use natural peanut butter, and use a little less honey 1/4c .
      Love these, great sweet fix!

  10. Love these. But a little wet. If I add more oats do we think that’ll help?

  11. Love them make them often

  12. Can you halve this recipe? Looks yummy!

  13. How many calories are in each ball approximately?

    • It depends on how many balls you make but its around 150-170 per ball.

    • I made with all ingredients listed but added a tablespoon of cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of organic fiber and I tablespoon of UMP Angel Food Cake protein powder and a small handful of pecans. I have no idea how many calories it added. Because if the extra ingredients when I got towards the end of the bowl I had to drizzle just a little more honey so it would stick. Hopefully they stay together after frozen.

  14. My entire household loves these! I can’t roll them fast enough to keep up with my 7 year old and 4 year old. I had been avoiding the coconut because my daughter and I don’t care for it, but once I started adding it, we could barely taste it. So now I add it more often for more nutrition.

  15. I love this recipe so much! I’ve made it 3 times so far and it’s one of my favorite snacks. Thank you!

  16. Do you have the nutrition of the no bake energy bites

    • Sorry for not having everything.
      But the total calories for that quantity of ingredients is around 2500
      Divide it by the number of balls, I made 11

  17. I would like to make these energy balls but I am concerned about digesting raw oats. My husband has digestive issues. Can I soak them? If so, for how long and how does that affect the consistency of the balls?

    Thank you,

  18. Does anyone know points for WW on these if done by given direction s?

    • Looking for WW points myself or how to calculate with calories, fat, fiber etc. Hope to have a reply soon because I really want to make these! ?

    • You can always plug ingredients for any recipe into myfitnesspal and it will give you nutrients, then I think you can figure out WW from there.

  19. I made these tonight. I didn’t have flax seed, but did have chia seeds. I like dark chocolate so I melted 62% and 92% dark chocolate and mixed it in. They taste great and I will make them again. Thank you for the recipe.

  20. Absolutely delicious

  21. I have made these energy bites so many times and I never get tired of them. I’ve shared them with a number of my friends and they like them as much as I do. Thanks for this fantastic recipe!

  22. These turned out good! I substituted cashew butter for peanut butter. It became increasingly difficult with each ball I made to get the oatmeal to stick together, though. I let it chill for 3 hours, (recipe said 1-2 or until chilled), but maybe that still wasn’t enough time. Or maybe I needed to add more cashew butter than the recipe called for. Hmm, I’ll try this again. Thanks!

  23. I love this recipe so much! I’ve been using it for years now. How many calories in a serving?

  24. Is it possible to use agave instead of honey and
    crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy?
    Thanks for any help

    • Yes! I use agave nectar instead of honey

    • Rosalee- I think they are better with crunchy pb. I use Trisha Yearwood’s recipe and this recipe at the same time to creat my own. My family loves these protein balls. I like this recipe because I don’t need a food processor and I just like how easy it is to make (less things to clean up after).

  25. These are nutritious and delicious. Just curious re how many calories one contains?

  26. We have been making this recipe regularly for over 3 years!

  27. Any suggestions for increasing the protein in these?

    • I add unflavored protein powder, flax and chia – also chopped nuts – leave out the honey and coconut

  28. Can you substitute cocoa powder for chocolate chips?

  29. I make these ALL the time! So easy and I feel good about eating them and giving them to my kids (in moderation)! Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

  30. I made this recipe several times. Always delicious. I don’t use chia seeds and make bars instead of balls and store them in the freezer. Yummy!

  31. A fantastic little snack. Very filling. I substituted raisins or dried cranberries instead of the chocolate. Even Beter.

  32. I throw my peanut butter in the microwave and melt it a little bit before mixing together, makes everything stick better in my opinion! I mix it all up, then roll into balls, and then refrigerate

  33. Great recipe and a nice healthy snack.

    I substitute blueberries for the chocolate chips and cut down the honey by a 1/3, still delicious.

  34. I love these energy balls. I use a small medal scoop. I average 28 30 small balls. I also use unsweetened coconut. And special dark cocoa. I put them on a tray , into freezer for 15-20 minutes. Place in Ziploc bag and keep in the freezer. I’ll eat 2 to 3 ball’s, have energy for hour’s. Also use chunky peanut butter. Enjoy everyone!

  35. What is it in them that you can only store in the fridge for up to a week?
    Will they not be safe to eat after a week? Just need some clarification on that one pretty please :)

  36. I made these but cannot get them to stick. What would help? More honey? More peanut butter?

    • Adding more peanut butter, making sure the mix is very cold prior to mixing and using a t of pressure as you form them may help.

  37. Do these need to be served cold in order to hold together? Just wondering if they would work in the kids lunches?

  38. of all the enrgy bite recipes I’ve tried, these have the best balance of flavors and ingredients. My whole extended family drools over these. My only warning: these are not candy! one or two a day around three pm with decaf coffee is a great middy snack at work! Thank you, Ali

  39. Found the link to this recipe on reddit. Easy and delicious! It’s fun to play around with the ingredients, too – sunflower seeds, cacao nibs, maple syrup, hemp protein powder, etc. Adding this recipe to our rotation. Thank you!

  40. Can you share the nutritional information please.

  41. I substitute the chocolate chips for butterscotch chips and reduce the honey just a bit (agave or honey is needed to make them stick) and increased the peanut butter just a tad (I used peanut butter with flax seed oil). A batch last me 1-2 weeks and I am obsessed.

  42. Has been one of my favorite pre-workout snack for years!

  43. Oh my… absolutely delicious and so easy to make!

  44. Would this recipe work with sun butter? I want to make this with our Girl Scout troop but we have some allergies.

  45. Absolutely delicious!!!!!! I added some left over granola to it and I could eat these every single day!!

  46. Can these chill in the fridge overnight?

  47. I substituted everything because I am octo-vegan-gluten-free-paleo-ciliac and there were delicious!

  48. I’d try these if the nutritional information was included. I don’t have time to add it all up in order to decide if this is the right recipe for me (too many other options out there!).

  49. Hello, where may one find the nutritional information for the energy balls?

    Thank You

  50. I made these and they were delicious! Like eating cookies dough kinda😁 I’m bad at not making myself breakfast so thought I would give this a try. Only things I did different was used Lily’s Stevia sweetened chocolate chips as there was a lot of sugar already from the honey, also I didn’t have flax seeds but I did have some hemp hearts I threw in. I’ll definitely make this again.