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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  3. Mmmmmm…..yum. This looks totally amazing. I’m just starring at the screen looking at how delicious they look.
    Insanely adorable! I cannot wait to try it out!

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  10. Oh yum, they look amazing…I could eat them now. Thanks for the recipe! :)

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  12. This is ideal for people with a busy lifestyle that are constantly on the go(like myself…). How do you suggest storing them throughout the day, will a week in the fridge before get them hard enough not to fall apart?

    They look delicious as hell by the way.

    • Hi Conor! These will definitely keep longer if you store them in the fridge (and especially if you store them in the freezer — they won’t take long to thaw since they’re so small). We hope you enjoy them! :)

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  14. These look great! I’d love to try them but the coconut kind of throws me off. Do you know of a good substitute for it? If I leave it out and add more oats, will the result be too dry? Or is the coconut needed at all?

    • Thanks, Elizabeth — we hope you enjoy them! You can definitely just leave the coconut out and add more oats and nuts, and/or some dried fruit even.

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  17. I made these today without the chocolate and they were still great! I only had Jif and blue agave nectar. I will make these again and might add different nuts or dried cranberries next time. Thank you!

  18. I use crunchy peanut butter in mine.

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  21. Hi. Can I use steel cut instead?

    • Hi Charlene! You could try steel cut oats but they’re going to be a completely different texture (much firmer and not as soft), so we think regular rolled oats work best. We hope you enjoy these!

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  23. These look great but I have granola not oats at home right now.  Would they work with granola?

    • Hi Cheryl! Because of the texture and sugar of the granola, we wouldn’t advise using that in place of the oats. We hope you can get some oats soon and give these a try! :)

  24. I make this for all my new mom friends and myself! All the time! They’re a staple in our house! ?

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  26. I have made these 3 times since trying them!! Yummy, yummy. I use organic SF peanut butter and sugar free honey. I also use 70% chocolate bc I am trying to do no sugar. What do you think the calorie content of each one is?

    • We’re so glad to hear that, Wendy! As far as the calorie content though, we aren’t sure. 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!

  27. I made these two times this morning.  They become extremely sticky and hard to work with. I am an avid baker and these taste good but they are not easy , extremely messy and dont form nicely.

    • We’re sorry you had some difficulty with these, Dina! Did you try refrigerating them? That always helps us shape them better and makes them easier to work with.

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  29. Hello

    – if i want to replace the chocolate chip with cacao powder how much should i add?

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  31. I made these as a kid with my Mom, THANK YOU, for publishing this, I couldn’t for the life of me remember how we made them. My kiddo is loving them just like my brother and I did at her age.

  32. Can you use steel cut oats?

    • Hi Kaylee! You could try steel cut oats but they’re going to be a completely different texture (much firmer and not as soft), so we think regular rolled oats work best. We hope you enjoy these!

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  34. My kids love,love these!We like to use puffed quinoa (its sooo good) in these instead of the coconut,it tasets like a rice krispie Pb treat!

    • We’re glad to hear that, Denise, and we’ll definitely have to try these with puffed quinoa sometime — yum! :)

  35. Hi, I’m not seeing the link to share to Pinterest etc..? Thanks so much! Love love this recipe!

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  37. What is the nutrition info for the no bake energy bites

    • Hi Sue! 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!

  38. I only have whole flax seeds. Can I just grind them myself before adding them in? Or is ground flax seed different somehow? Thanks!

    • Hi Molly! Yes, you can definitely just grind the whole flax seeds you have for these. We hope you enjoy! :)

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  41. how many does it take to fill you up for breakfast

    • Hmmm, that’s hard to answer, it all depends on the person and how hungry you are! We tend to just eat these for a snack.

  42. Wondering if you know the calorie content?! Thanks 

    • Hi Jen! Unfortunately we don’t. 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!

  43. Hi! I am a health coach and wanted to make your recipe for an event I’m doing this weekend. (Ill give you credit of course :)) Trying to figure out my best option here. It’s a five minute cooking demo, so I’m not going to be able to do the whole process with them. If I have them pre-made, will they be ok sitting in a bag for like 5 hrs not refrigerated?

    • Hi Emily! We’re sorry for just now responding to your comment. These should be fine sitting out, unrefrigerated for 5 hours or so — just make sure you don’t leave them in too warm of a place, otherwise they could get mushy and lose their shape. We hope this helps!

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  45. Are the flax seeds necessary, I know they are healthy and give the protein portion of this snack, but their very high in calories. My peanut butter has added protein, so if that is the only reason the flax seeds are in there, do I have to use them?

    • Hi there! No, you can skip the flax seeds if you like (you just might want to add some extra oats to supplement). We hope you enjoy these!

  46. Made these tonight (minus the flax seed since I didn’t have any) and they are SO GOOD! Thanks for such an easy delicious recipe! Only downside is trying not to eat them all too soon!

  47. Do you have nutritional information for these bites? In particular, a calorie count.

    • Hi Katie! 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!

  48. These are good and easy to make, though, high in calories. Each ball is 200 calories! I could have handled 140 like how the average granola bar from the store is, but 200 is a bit high for me for weight loss. BUT, they would be great for taking along on hikes or training for a marathon!! Which I will do when I train next year. So, big thumbs up for that!!!

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  50. I actually came across this recipe from a friend on fb and wanted to give them a try. All I have to say is I am in love with these❤️ I have tweaked it a bit to add some shakeology to it and it tasted so good. I am sharing your recipe on my fb because everyone should try this. This is so yummy and thank you for this recipe ??