No-Bake 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. | 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.  :)

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

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. | 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. I made this recipe the first time, it was a big hit at my home with both my kids and hubby. Now I make it regularly and is always there in my fridge for my kids when they are back from school and for me and hubby as a dessert after dinner! Thanks for a super easy and delicious recipe 

    • Thanks for sharing with us, Aparna — we’re so glad you and your family enjoy these!

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  5. Awesome dish……looks great

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  7. Can these be frozen? Would be great to have made ahead for snacks post partum!

  8. Just made these! Super easy and delicious! They’ll be great for my boys pre-game/practice snacks! Thank you! 😀

  9. Do you have the nutritional breakdown for this recipe?
    Sugar
    Protein
    Calories
    Carbs
    Thank you

    • Hi Robin! We’re sorry, but we do not. 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!

  10. Looking forward to trying this but I could only find ground chia seeds – would I need to use more, you think?

    • Yes, we would probably use a little more if using ground instead of whole. We hope you enjoy these!

  11. Hello!

    This recipe looks great! I was wondering what I an use instead of the Oatmeal. Almond meal? What do you think?

    Thanks for your help and creativity :)

    • Hi Sue! We definitely wouldn’t use almond meal instead of the oats in this. Almond meal is much finer, and it will be a completely different taste and texture. We’ve only tried these with oats, and really can’t think of a substitute that would work well. We hope you can still give these a try!

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  13. Sounds so good!  Do these need to be kept refrigerated or can they be tossed in a purse for an on the go snack?

    • Thank you, Shawni — we hope you enjoy them! They don’t need to be refrigerated, but they will last longer if they are.

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  15. I have quick oats at home, will those work or are old fashioned a better option? Not even sure what the difference is..

    Thanks!!! Working retail over the holidays, need some healthy energy!

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  17. Mmmmmm…..yum. This looks totally amazing. I’m just starring at the screen looking at how delicious they look.

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  19. I just pulled the bowl out of the fridge…and it’s delicious, but how the heck do you get it to stick together?? Mine crumbles every time I try to roll a ball together. Should I add some water? Thanks!

    • We’ve never had any trouble getting these to stick together. :( Refrigerating them definitely helps. We wonder if some folks are having difficulty with these because of the type of peanut butter they’re using? Natural peanut butter tends to be a bit thinner and runnier, as opposed to something like Jiff or Peter Pan. If you have trouble in the future, try adding a bit more peanut butter (you could try adding just a bit of water), and just refrigerate for a little longer. We hope this helps!

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  21. Oh my gush, I hope they taste as great as they look. Great photos.

  22. What can you use instead of coconut 

    • Hi Jenn! You could just use extra oats and/or nuts/dried fruit in place of the coconut. We hope you enjoy!

  23. Are the coconut flakes sweetened or non sweetened?

    • Hi Becky! We use unsweetened, but you could use sweetened if you want. We hope you enjoy!

  24. If I’m not crazy about coconut, can I just more oats to replace it or will that mess things up? Thanks!

    • You can definitely do that! Or you can add some dried fruit/seeds, or a combination. We hope you enjoy!

  25. How long do these last in the fridge and how long if left out on the counter?? Thank you! :)

    • Hi Angeal! These don’t need to be stored in the refrigerator, but they will definitely last longer if they are — probably 1-2 weeks. They also freeze beautifully!

  26. Love these! I add hemp seeds, a dash of Perfect Food Super Greens and organic Brown Rice Crisps…delish for a tiny bit of crunch! I also increase the amount of peanut butter as needed to help the crumbling. Thank you for sharing this! :)

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  29. What would you recommend for a flax seed substitute? I am a breast cancer survivor and I avoid flax due to its potential estrogenic properties.

    • Hi Kellie! Instead of flax seed, you could just use extra oats, or you could use almond meal, protein powder, wheat germ, or hemp seeds (or a combo of those). We hope this helps!

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  31. These are delicious. My kids loved them. I bought some to work and the adults loved them too. I didn’t have fresh flax seed. I used bobs red mill. I also only has plain shredded coconut. Recipe is so flexible .

    • Thanks for sharing with us, Christine — we’re so glad you and your family enjoy them! :)

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  35. Made these for my sister to have post partum. :) I taste tested one and it was sooo good. Because I only had unpasteurized honey I opted for a couple tablespoons of maple syrup as a sweetener instead….Perfect!

    I don’t have the nutritional facts but for anyone interested these are four weight watchers smart points each if you make twenty five.

  36. I made these using the same ingredients however I don’t like coconut so instead I used cocoa powder, also my girlfriend is allergic to honey so we used agave. Got a batch of 40 out of it and love them! Good as a breakfast snack or a quick energy snack before gym. 

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  39. Can these be frozen? My friend made these and I can’t easily to make them.

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  41. What’s the shelf life? Should they be stored in the fridge? T.Y.!

    • Hi Jeremy! Yes, these will last longer if frozen or stored in the fridge (though you can totally keep them at room temp if you want). If stored at room temp, they’ll probably last about a week or so. If stored in the fridge, they’ll probably keep for a couple of weeks. We hope you enjoy!

  42. How long do these stay good in the fridge

    • These will probably last about two weeks if stored in the fridge. They also freeze beautifully!

  43. I use mini reese’s pieces for extra peanut buttery goodness <3

  44. Yummy! Thanks. I used Trader Joe’s Almond butter and Blue Agave instead of peanut butter and honey. 

  45. Hi!
    I
    was
    wondering
    how
    many balls you would consider to be a “Serving Size”!

    • We would guess one or two (at least that’s how many we typically have at a time), but we don’t have the nutrition facts on these. 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!

  46. I recommend substituting or adding 1T. Maca powder (for an extra boost of energy) as well as adding sunflower seeds (roasted have the most flavor). Gives them a great crunch and chewiness.

  47. Looks very simple and easy
    Great share 

  48. Have you ever added protein powder to these balls if so what flavor and how much? Thank you

    • We haven’t, but we think that would be a great idea! You could just use a vanilla flavored one, and try adding 1/4 cup (you may need to add a splash of water and/or a little more peanut butter to them if you do, to help them bind. We hope this helps and that you enjoy!

  49. Hi,

    Do you think I can use pure maple syrup instead of honey? If I omit the coconut will that effect the recipe :) thank you!!

    • Hi Stacie! We think you could definitely use maple syrup instead of honey (since it’s thinner though, you may find you need to add a bit more peanut butter or oats to compensate). You can also leave out the coconut – no problem. We hope you enjoy these!