No-Bake Energy Bites

This No-Bake Energy Bites recipe is easy to make, full of feel-good ingredients, and so irresistibly delicious!  (Affiliate links included.)

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.com

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.  :)

 

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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. | gimmesomeoven.com

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. | gimmesomeoven.com

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. | gimmesomeoven.com

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!

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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.

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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.com

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  1. Made these, amazing! But I only got 12 balls. Top tip: used an ice cream scoop and got lovely uniformed balls! Lovely!!

    • We’re glad you enjoyed them Rachel! It sounds like you might have made yours a bit bigger which is probably why you only got 12. Either way, we’re happy you liked them and appreciate you trying the recipe! :)

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  4. I’ve made this recipe so many times we love it and i LOVE cookies so this recipe makes me feel better eating 2 than if i were to eat 2 cookies, delicious and nutritious :)

    • Thanks for sharing Meg — we’re so glad to know you’re a fan of the recipe! :D

  5. These are amazing!! I made them today before our workouts and the boy’s absublutly love them. The health benefits are so good for you as far as all the ingredients you put into them. Chia seeds are great for energy and long stanima and peanut butter and oats are good carbs for lifting . just all around a good source of energy and great taste!! These are a must try for anyone looking for a quick burst of energy before working! ?

    • Thank you Renee! We’re so happy you and your boys love these (they’re definitely our favorite pre and post workout snack)! :)

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  8. Hey what would you say the nutritional info is for a single ball? :) I made and love but am following a close diet regimen! 

    • Hi Meagan! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  9. Do these have a prominent honey taste, as I am not a huge honey fan.  If so what can i use as a substitute? Thanks in advance 

    • We don’t think they do, but you could always use agave instead, if you’re not a big fan of honey anyway!

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  12. Our family loves this protein ball recipe!!! My husband takes them to the gym for his post workout snack & my picky kids LOVE them as a treat. 
    Thanks for all of your great recipes! I suggest your website to many of my friends. 

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  16. I’ve made these several times and love them!  Wondering if anyone has taken the time to calculate the calories? 

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  20. I am not a big coconut fan. Any ideas for substitutes? I thought maybe dry roasted peanuts and flax seed.

    • We think those would be great substitutions, Kari! You can also add in some extra oats if you like. We hope you enjoy these!

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  26. Is it better to use sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

    • Hi Allyssa! You can use either one. We think they’re sweet enough so we tend to use unsweetened but we’ve used both. We hope you enjoy these! :)

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  28. These are fantastic!  For nutrition count:  I did not use the chia seeds. I used honey and 2/3 cup Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips.  I used my 1 TBSP scoop and it made 36 balls.  Plugged the recipe in to My Fitness app and it came up with 69 calories, 7 carbs, 4 fat, 1 protein, 21 sodium, and 5 sugars

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  30. Can steel cut oats be substituted? Thanks!

    • Hi Jen! We think old-fashioned rolled oats work better for these, since they’re softer and are bigger. If you don’t mind the coarser texture, you could use a mix, but we wouldn’t recommend using all steel cut oats. We hope this helps!

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  33. I have been making these energy bites for more than a year now and my husband and I LOVE them!! They are the perfect quick snack to grab on the go from our fridge that is healthy and filling….and sweet too :) One batch never lasts very long – we just can’t resist eating them for breakfast, a snack, or dessert to curb our sweet tooth!! Thank you for such a great recipe blog that I can always rely on.!!!

  34. These are amazing. I make them all the time (with coconut oil instead of shredded coconut) and they are amazing! 

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  36. I love these!! My 16 yr old has football for 5 hours a day for two weeks every summer and I make these for him every year to be a quick and easy and healthy snack! Plus DELICIOUS!! thank you! 

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  38. Why not use dates instead of the honey? Dates are so good and naturally sweet!

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  41. Love this recipe so much and have used it all summer so thought I should write you a thank you for sharing it! 

    • You are so sweet, Claudia! We appreciate you letting us know, and we’re so happy you enjoy these! :)

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  44. These sound amazing but I am out of ground flax seed and oat bran. Is there anything else I can substitute for the ground flax seeds?

    • Thanks Charlie — we hope you enjoy them! You could use ground chia seeds if you have those.

  45. So,so,good!!!!i made these today and there the BEST!!!! Definitely making them again❤️❤️

  46. I just made these as healthy sweet snacks for my husband and I as we start on our fitness kick! I followed the recipe exactly -using agave because I have some I needed to use up – and they turned out delicious! Just sweet enough and not too heavy on any specific flavour. Ie. not too much peanut butter, too much coconut etc. I forgot about the mix and left it in the fridge for a couple hours so it needed quite a bit more work and warming to actually form the balls but they ended up perfect. Sampled a few *ahem* and popped the rest in the freezer! Still good even frozen. I’ll likely put in just a tablespoon or two more liquid (maybe PB since I love!) to help them not crumble as you eat. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks for sharing with us, Erica! We’re so happy you and your husband enjoyed these! :)

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  48. These look delicious! I was wondering – Is it okay to eat raw oats? I’ve heard varied opinions about this.

    • Thanks, Elizabeth — we hope you enjoy them! We haven’t heard that it might not be okay to eat raw oats, but if it makes you uncomfortable, then these might not be for you.

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  50. I worked this out and it’s about 110 calories per ball, if anyone was interested.