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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

More Healthy Snack Recipes:

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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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2,031 comments on “No-Bake Energy Bites”

  1. I used natural peanut butter, sprouted oats, honey from our own bees (Yum) and Lily’s semisweet chips. Turned out great! I can see changing out ingredients for some variations would be quite simple. Great recipe. Thanks!

    • Using Bob’s Red Mill for the rolled oats and shredded coconut, wild harvest honey, enjoy life semi sweet mini chocolate chips, Justin’s peanut butter, and Carrington farms flax chia blend: if u make 28 servings, they will be 99 calories each

  2. Hi! I’m very excited to make these they came highly recommended! Two questions: 1, can I use “quick oats”? And 2, any substitutions for chocolate in general that you’d recommend? Thanks! Love your blog!

    • I used salted caramel and butterscotch chips in lieu of chocolate

    • I made it! And we’re traveling is a snack tomorrow at work, really easy to make. I didn’t use flaxseed coconut or chia seed I use chocolate almond butter and vegan chocolate chips

  3. Just made these and they are fabulous! I put in a pitas instead of chocolate as I love to have these for breakfast before I go work out! Do you have any info on the nutritional analysis? I am diabetic and wondering how many carbs are in one of these?

    • My child is diabetic too, so I enter new recipes into MyFitnessPal to figure out the carbs. I entered this one as written and it is 15g of carbs for each ball if you make 20. MFP will also give you fat, protein, fiber, and more.

  4. My daughter made these & I had 2 & they are amazing!!! I didn’t expect them to be so sweet! So yummy & highly recommend them! I had to get the recipe from her!
    Only difference is she didn’t add chia seeds so I want to make some w/ the chia seeds:)

  5. DO you have the nutritional information ? I’m on Noom and need it before I actually make them

    • You can look up a recipe calorie calculator on google and you just put in the ingredients with the amounts and it will give you all the nutritional info.

  6. I think mine turned out a bit too grainy. They held together but I think there were too many larger ingredients so it feels more like taking a bite of cereal or something, just falls apart in your mouth. Also this may be personal preference but when I make them again I’m gonna try to cut back the honey and add more peanut butter, the honey flavor was pretty overwhelming. Overall I think the recipe needs some work but it’s extremely simple and adaptable, I just gotta find what works for me! Thanks for sharing!

    • I used more peanut butter and also maple syrup instead of honey.

    • I put a couple tablespoons of coconut oil in to keep from being too dry & crumbly, works well & has a hint of coconut. I do honey 1/3 cup & honey peanut butter. 1 tsp vanilla flavoring too!
      These are very yummy!

  7. These are a favorite snack in our house! My daughter isn’t able to eat oats so I swap them out with chopped almonds. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  8. I just made these and they’re super yummy! Very easy, also. I know a lot of ppl are asking what the nutritional values are- so here’s what I came up with- I made them exactly as is except no chia seeds bc I didn’t have any. I used my cookie scooper to make the balls and got a total of 25 balls. I put the exact recipe into MyFitnessPal (minus the chia seeds and using my exact brands) and got 62 calories per ball. I got 6.9 carbs, 1.6g fat, .7g protein. I was hoping for more protein but alterations could definitely be made.

  9. Are there chia seeds featured in the pictures of this recipe?

  10. I cannot find the nutrition for the No Bake Energy Bites. Can you help me out with that please?

  11. Hi I was wondering what are the messerments for this????

  12. I make this recipe all the time. I have some of these in my fridge pretty much non-stop. Not only a great snack throughout the day, but it’s also sweet enough to where I can go for this instead of a Reese’s when I’ve got a sweet tooth.

  13. Can you make this without the flax? What would you recommend instead? Thanks!

    • Hemp seed hearts instead of flax is how we made. May need more peanut butter.

    • Hi Erin! The plant-based doctors & nutritionist recommends flax seed as one of the best places to get omega 3’s. Better than fish. That’s why both chia & flax are used. I buy the seeds & then grind them in a coffee grinder. Keeps them fresh😊🌱
      If it’s too dry you can add apple sauce as an option. Hope that helps!

    • I didnt have flax so I added toasted sunflower seeds instead. I cut the honey to 1/4 cup or they are too sticky for me.

  14. Nutritional info?

  15. I made these today and they taste very good but I had to use more honey and peanut butter because it wasn’t enough to moisten all ingredients. I definitely will make these again.

    • I had the same experience! Not sure what to do, I don’t really want them any sweeter (adding more honey) or any more calories / fat (adding PB). Kind of a dud for me I’m afaid

  16. I would love to know the amount of calories in this.

    • These are delicious and pretty easy to make! I toasted the coconut, but only used half and added walnuts. I also mixed honey and maple syrup together. I let the peanut butter get really soft so it was very easy to mix everything all together, even though at first I thought it may not. It also wasn’t as sticky as I imagined. Will definitely make again. Looking forward to using other nuts or nut butters and different kinds of chips. The mini ones are the best size, though, I think. Thank you!

  17. WW points?? 😊

  18. My batter was too sticky. Do I add more oats?

  19. I love these! Do you have nutrition into on the balls?

  20. These are simply delicious. I make the recipe several times, freeze them and my grandchildren take one overt day or so in their lunch. I recommend toasting the coconut it makes a big difference. Wonderful recipe and works every time.

  21. Diabetic. Very curious on estimate of carbohydrates?

  22. These are delicious! Only thing is that I had to add more peanut butter and honey to get them to stick together (I still had a hard time getting them into balls but I made it work) also, I found that this doesn’t make nearly as many balls as the recipe says. Mine are about golf ball size and I was only able to make 11 out of the amount of ingredients listed in the recipe.

  23. Aren’t you just eating raw uncooked rolled oats in this recipe?

  24. How many calories do these have?

  25. This recipe is absolutely amazing..hubby also enjoyed them..wants me to make more so that he can enjoy in the morning with his coffee at break time. This recipe is definitely a keeper ..than you for sharing

  26. These are delicious!
    I never use coconut or chia seeds. I also used whole flax seeds instead of ground and they turned out great still. I will say these make 12 for me, lol.

    Perfect pre workout snack!

  27. Oh my gosh, these are so good!!!!

  28. Amazing recipe, so delicious and a guilt free treat!!!

  29. Really easy to make and delicious. What is the calorie count please?

  30. I’m using healthy chopped 100% Dark Chocolate instead of chocolate chips. I would like to add hemp seed and some finely chopped nuts, my question is should I add a touch more peanut butter or honey to offset the addition of dryer ingredients

  31. These are really good! I decided to add a scoop of peanut butter chocolate whey protein and it turned out great!

  32. Hi. I was wondering if you had the nutritional information for these no bake energy balls. I just made them and I’m letting them chill now. It’s a very simple and easy recipe to make.

  33. Delicious. My daughter and son-in-law love these when I make them. I use quick oats. Do you have nutritional information about them when completed? Thank you.

  34. was wondering the calorie count on these

  35. I’m on a road trip now and keeping these energy balls in my cooler. Amazing!! I’m gearing up for a surgery and was told to not use any protein supplements along with other restrictions. These energy balls without the addition of a protein powder have saved the day and my sweet tooth. Thank you!! I followed the recipe ALMOST exactly, but made 2” balls and added more of the chocolate chips and PB. Yum! I also only added 1/4 cup of flax seed. These are a must-try!!

  36. Love these. I always have them on hand for a snack. I never chill the batter before rolling because I feel that makes it more difficult for it to stick into ball form. I do use all natural peanut butter so maybe that’s the difference. I also cut down on the honey to only 1/4 cup instead of 1/3 and I add a scoop of chocolate or vanilla protein powder to the mix. DELICIOUS! Thank you for posting.

    • Hi Lisa, does the protein powder give it that weird taste? I can only eat certain protein bars because they all have this odd taste. I’m making these for my 93yr old mom who loves them (orig recipe but without chia seeds) but she could use more protein. Thanks!!

  37. I love this recipe!

  38. Love these. Any idea on calories per ball?

  39. How many grams of sugar are in each one?

  40. Recipe
    Calories 89.98 per ball divided by 25 balls

  41. Do you happen to have the nutritional value on hand? A lady makes these and brings to work and theyre delicious!

  42. Can you get us a nutritional list for these? I make them a lot and really love them!!!

  43. I have been making these for YEARS and I only just figured out the nutritional info with the brand I used today… I hope this helps! 2,802 calories in total, 25 bites = 112 calories. We love these as a pre or post workout snack:)
    Quaker old-fashioned oats
    Harris Teeter sweetened coconut
    Skippy peanut butter
    Bob’s Red Mill ground flaxseed
    Nestle 53% cacao dark chocolate chips
    Nature Nate’s organic honey
    Simple Truth Organic black chia seeds
    Homemade vanilla extract

  44. This energy bites sound wonderful. I will make some soon

  45. Delish. I used Almond Butter instead of peanut butter.

  46. Nutritional values? Calories, protein and carbs, etc..

  47. A #1 hit snack every time ! I am looking for the nutritional facts /serving size but couldn’t find it on the page. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  48. These were absolutely delicious! I would definitely make these again. They didn’t last very long because my family and I loved them so much!!!

  49. i thought these were amazing!! i think there was too much PB and maybe i could have added more chocolate chips—since i used minis. i also added blueberries which was such an amazing burst of flavour with all of those saltier ones it was an amazing contrast! 10/10 recommend