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.  :)

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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  4. Do you recommend refrigerating these once made? I’m just wondering how long they keep?

    • Hi Leslie! You don’t have to keep them refrigerated but they will last longer (they also freeze beautifully)! If stored in the fridge, they should last for at least a week, if not two. We hope you enjoy!

  5. Can you make these without coconut? or would I need to add something to help keep them together? My family doesn’t like coconut. Thank you

    • Hi Laura! Yes, you can definitely make these without coconut. You could just use extra oats and/or nuts/dried fruit in place of the it if you want. We hope you enjoy!

  6. Your no bake bites sound wonderful, definitely have to make these this week make.

  7. I just made these, can’t wait to eat them!

  8. Made these with the slight adjustment of LSA for flax seed, I had no flax seed, added cranberries, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, and they haven’t lasted …… I mean they have been demolished…onto my next batch. am also looking for no cook bars I can make with dates & other stuff. Cheers J

    • We think your swaps sound great and we’re happy to hear you enjoyed these, Jacqueline! :)

  9. Best recipe!  So easy. I use almond butter due to allergies. 

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  11. These are chilling in the fridge right now! I swapped out coconut for sliced almonds, I can’t wait to taste them.

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  13. We love these and want to share with our friend who can’t eat oatmeal. What  do you suggest?

    • Hi Gisele! Unfortunately we’ve never tried making these without oats (they’re really the main ingredient in the recipe). You can definitely sub out nuts/seeds/dried fruit/chocolate chips, etc., but we don’t think there’s a great swap for the oats (at least not that we’ve tried or can think of). If your friend can’t eat oats because of the gluten, you could just use gluten-free oats, however. We hope this helps!

  14. HI I love this recipe. Do you think it is possible to add protein powder for a little extra protein ?

    • We’re glad to hear that, Noel! And yes, you can most definitely add some protein powder to these! Depending on how much you add, you might find you need to add a bit more peanut butter to help them bind (you can also add a splash or two of water if needed).

  15. Hey! Looking forward to these. Question – I can’t use vanilla extract because it contains alcohol. Any suggestions for an alternative? 

    • Hi Ashly! We would just leave it out, it won’t make a big difference — they’ll still be yummy. If you really want that vanilla flavor though, you can use vanilla bean (scrape the seeds from half a pod, or use vanilla bean paste). We hope you enjoy these!

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  18. If I leave the flax seeds out, will it affect the recipe at all or should it be fine? Thanks!

    • No, you can totally leave those out (you might want to compensate with some extra oats though). We hope you enjoy! :)

  19. How many calories are in each piece using your original recipe? Thanks.

    • Hi Laurie! 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!

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  22. I love this recipe!!!!
    My younger siblings devour these balls! for a family of seven it is a perfect snack!!!

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  25. Do you think I can freeze these? 

  26. These things are amazing! I mean really good. There is one problem with them though…I keep them in the freezer (bottom section of the fridge) and they’re too easy to get to. My wife and I go through these fast enough but now our 3 year old is strong enough to open the freezer and get them himself. They just don’t last. I have to make a double batch every week it seems and everyone who tries them gets hooked.

    These are the best snack I’ve ever made, and I’m not a huge health nut. These taste so good, they’re a great pick me up, they’re easy to keep at work or around the house and they’re the perfect size.

    I’ve just started a new job at a school and it’s nut free so I’m going to try making them with “wow butter” instead of peanut butter. I’ll be sure to let you know how they work out.

    I’ll give these an honest 9.9/10 (they lost 0.1 because they’re so good that we go through them too fast and I have to keep making them)

  27. might as well throw in the chia seeds too as you suggest, I’ve been looking for something else besides energy bars for a lot of these same ingredients, so thank you for these!

  28. Thanks for this recipe!! One day I’ll follow it, but I wanted to make it now, although I didn’t have all the ingredients. So I made my own variation & it’s good. It’s still chilling in the fridge, but ai tasted it, & it’s yummy.

    I used: a muesli cereal that has oatmeal, dates & raisins; raisins; Craisins; Nutella; peanut butter; honey; vanilla; hemp seeds; chia seeds; flax seeds; & teff seeds. I didn’t measure any of the ingredients out, but that’s all right this time. ?

    I look forward to eating the yummy balls, & thanks again for your recipe. ?

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  30. These have become a favorite in our house! All four kids love these and I love how easy it is to sneak in so much goodness! 

  31. I have been struggling in my 5:30AM spinning, and weight training classes, and realized it was because I was not eating before the class. I made a batch of these yesterday (batch of 30, so very small), leaving out the flax seed (did not have it on hand) and adding in a little more oatmeal as suggested. These were the perfect small snack to eat with coffee before the class, and I kicked hiney in my weight training class today (if I do say so myself); I also came home feeling energized. Thank you so much for this recipe! Personally, I found them slightly too sweet, so I’ll cut back the honey to 1/4 cup. Making them very small also made the reasonable with respect to WW SmartPoints.

    • Thanks for sharing with us, Jen — we’re so happy you enjoyed them and that they helped you out before your class! :)

  32. I have been making these (among other of your recipes) and sending them to my daughter and her sorority sistsers. One of the girls asked me the calorie count in these. Do you know? I told her I would check but that I don’t count calories, but concentrate on what goes into the food I make. Thanks! Love your recipes!

    • Hi Amy, we’re so glad to hear you enjoy the blog! As for the calorie count for these though, we’re sorry but 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!

  33. I am curious about the calories per ball (I make mine about 1 inch as suggested) I am trying to use the calorie tracker on my fitbit and have no idea what these count as…. any help would be apreciated ?

    PS these are amazing recently brought some to work and everyone loved them and all wanted the recipe

    • We’re so happy these were a hit with folks, Christina! As for the calories though, we’re sorry but we are not 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!

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  35. I love this recipe but would really like to know the calorie content.

    • Hi Charlene! 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!

  36. I made these today and they were easy and delicious! The next time I make them, I’m going to try using mini chocolate chips instead of regular size, and reduce the overall amount that I add- I made my balls smaller than the recipe called for (I ended up with a 35 ct instead of 20-25) so some of them had trouble sticking together with too many chips. I also omitted the chia seeds since I’m not fond of them. For storage, I put them 3 at a time into paper cupcake liners to make them easy to stack in tupperware in multiple layers without sticking. For the amount of time it took shaping and rolling them into balls, I might try pressing them out into a cookie sheet and cutting them into bars next time. Great recipe! I did enter it into the new feature on MyFitnessPal where you can enter recipes from scratch, and while it doesn’t have a share feature yet I hope it will soon so that I can come back and post nutritional information. Depending on how large you make them, they seem to have 80-138 calories in them (80 was for my 35 ct, 130 was for a hypothetical 20 ct).

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  38. On my fitness pal, each bite is 107 calories if you made 30 bites per batch.

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  42. Great recipe! We make bars pretty often, but I like these ingredients & the idea of shaping them into 1″ bite size balls makes them more fun!

  43. These are delicious! I used only 1/4c honey & they were plenty sweet. Did have troubles shaping into balls – not sure how much was due to less liquid or to not waiting for them to chill. Might add some coconut oil next time & see if that helps. These remind me of the raw granola I used to eat by the (small) bowlful when my mom made granola.
    Btw, your yield says 3 dozen (must be really small balls!) but at the bottom of the recipe it says 20-25 balls (which is more like the yield I got).

    • Thanks for sharing, Julie, we’re so happy you enjoyed these! We’re sorry they were a bit tricky to shape — it does sound like they were on the drier side with less liquid, which can make them more difficult to work with. Coconut oil would definitely help! And oops, thank you for pointing out that yield inconsistency, we’ll fix that!

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  45. I have made these so many times and shared the recipe tons too.
    Posted it on Facebook today because I made more and felt compelled to let others know a great place to find yummy recipes!

  46. I do not have flaxseed with me and I can’t easily get to a store. Do you have any suggestions or is this even necessary?

    • Hi Kenli! No worries, you can leave the flax out and supplement with oats. We hope you enjoy these!

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  48. Omg just tried these so good, instead of the coconut flakes I added crushed almonds! amazing thank you.

  49. Just curious, do you sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

  50. Hi! I am looking forward to making these! Has anyone tried making them with maple syrup instead of honey? My husband is allergic to honey and I don’t have any agave on hand.