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. Can you please provide an estimate on how many calories are in 1 and 1/2 inch balls, please?

    • Hi Bonnie! 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!

    • I just looked this up using a nutrition calculator. Here’s the breakdown, if you follow this recipe (with honey and chia seeds) and make 20 balls:

      Per ball:

      Calories: 122
      Protein: 3.3g
      Fat: 6.5g
      Total carb: 13.5g
      Fibre: 2.2g
      Sugar: 8g

      I think the next time I make these I might substitute cocoa nibs for the chocolate chips, or add mini chocolate chips, but only a 1/4 of a cup, just to cut down on the sugar.

  2. Do you think it would work with sunflower butter in place of the peanut butter? I can’t have peanut butter.

  3. Hi, I can’t wait to make these. Has anyone added Brewers a Yeast to the recipe?

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  7. I just made these and I toasted the oats first which added nice flavour. I mostly did it though because I have heard you should not eat raw oats but I don’t know if that’s true (all I can find online is totally conflicting information about eating raw oats). Does anyone know if there is a problem with it? I use old fashioned large rolled oats and I toasted them for five mins at 420 and then let them cool before adding them to the mixture.

    • Oooh we love that you toasted the oats first! We hope you enjoyed these!

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  9. Adding the full 1/3 cup of honey was too sweet for my taste. I ended up having to add about 1/4 cup additional oatmeal to help cut the sweetness. I also didn’t have any toasted coconut available, so I substituted for sliced almonds, and still delicious. This recipe is GREAT, and easy to add/remove ingredients based on preferences. Thank you for sharing!!

  10. How many can I eat a day?

    • Hi Katya! We usually have one or two of these at a time, but it’s up to you! :) As far as nutritional facts and serving size info, 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!

  11. Looking for the nutritionals on the energy bites please?
    Thank you
    Stacy

    • Hi Stacy! 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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  16. I tried it and loved it!  Better and less time-consuming (washing the bowl) than instant oatmeal for breakfast.  Feel like I went longer at the gym when I popped a few before that, too.  Thanks, making my batch for the week right now.

  17. Hi! Recipe looks great, but I’m wondering if it’s safe to eat raw oats? I’ve heard that dry oats should be soaked in milk/water to prevent stomach issues, is the honey and PB liquid enough to prevent any stomach problems from eating oats uncooked? Thanks!

    • Hi Kajal! We haven’t heard that and we’ve eaten these several times and have never had any issues with eating them raw.

  18. Do you have any suggestions for substitutions for coconut? I’i do t like coconut at all, so I’m wondering what is the value the coconut adds? Is it for flavour? Texture? A sweetener? Thanks so much. 

    • Hi Kalyn! If you want to leave the coconut out, you can just add nuts, oats, and/or dried fruit in place. We hope you enjoy!

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  21. I doubled the recipe and they came out deliciouses!

    Rating: 4
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  23. Ok are these still healthy if I eat the whole batch lol??
    These are absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing this fabulous recipe.

  24. Second time making these. Fantastic!! I used old fashioned gluten free oats, local raw honey, mini choc chips, and organic ground flax, chia, almond butter, toasted coconut and vanilla, for my yoga studio peers the first time. I/we got rave reviews and a thank you card. That is the expensive version ;) Just made a batch for son’s lunch tomorrow :) He will be thrilled! This recipe is a keeper :)

    Rating: 5
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  26. Can you freeze these balls?

  27. Hmmmmmmm….love them … thanks for sharing … blessings..
    *joy

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  29. These are my saving grace with picky eater #1 and monkey see monkey do #2. We don’t use the coconut, but I add a scoop or two of veggie powder. Shhh

    Rating: 5
  30. Delicious combination of ingredients, however, I’m not sure if it was the natural simply almond butter I used, but they would not stick. I followed the recipe to a tee. Any suggestions? Thanks for your amazing snack suggestion.

    • Hi Whitney! Oh no, we’re sorry you had a tough time getting them to stick! It sounds like it could have been the peanut butter you used. We would recommend trying adding a bit more peanut butter, and a splash or two of water (until you achieve a good consistency to work with). Putting the mixture in the fridge for a bit can also help. We hope this is useful!

  31. Thank you for this Recipe. It is so delicious. When making choco chip cookies for my husband – I make up a batch of energy bites & store them in the freezer for me.?
    So Good.

    Rating: 5
  32. So Good !
    I make them often, storing in the freezer.

    Rating: 5
  33. These Energy Bites look delicious and a great alternative for a snack or treat! Will definitely give this recipe a try! Thanks for sharing the great post and photos. Rob :)

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  35. Looks amazing!!! Anyway you substitute the coconut???? My husband hates it :(

    • Thanks, Linnea — we hope you enjoy them! And yes, you can simply leave the coconut out and just add some extra nuts and/or dried fruit and/or seeds in its place.

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  37. Can you use steel cut oats?

    • Hi Jessie! You really want to use regular old-fashioned oats for these — the steel cut oats are much smaller, which will throw off the other ingredient quantities, but mainly, they just have a rough texture.

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  39. Hello! These are amazing – nutritious and delicious. Good cold or warm. My question: may I post this recipe on another recipe site while crediting you -Gimme Some Oven -? Thx!:)

    Rating: 5
    • Thank you, Mary, we’re so happy you enjoy them! And thank you for asking our permission, that is fine, as long as you link back! :)

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  41. These were awesome, they taste great!

  42. Hi
    We have loved these for years but my daughter is now not able to eat honey. Would maple syrup be sticky enough? I’m sure there’s an answer but 2,200 comments is too many to dig thru!! I guess the secret is out about how good these are!

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Suzanne! We would actually recommend Agave since it’s not as thin as maple syrup. We hope you guys enjoy them! :)

    • I used maple syrup and it worked fine! You might want to add a little more flax (golden flax is the best)

    • Thanks for sharing, Cammy, we’re glad to hear that! :)

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  44. I tried this recipe using Pb2 (peanut butter powder) and sugar free chocolate chips would that make it less calories? And how much would you say is a good amount to eat for a snack? I had 3 and I feel guilty about it.

    Rating: 5
    • Hello Nour! Yes, that should bring the calorie count down, though we aren’t sure how many calories are in one serving. We generally have one or two of these at a time. We hope this helps!

  45. These are so great! I make these for my family and they love them…it’s so great that they are delicious but also pretty healthy! Thanks for sharing!! :)

    Rating: 5
  46. super easy to make and so yummy! I made a peanut butter base and a sunflower base. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  47. I have made many variations of these energy balls and had great success. I teach 40 K-3 aged kids to cook one afternoon a month and am always looking for healthy kid-friendly and fun to make foods. These definitely hit the mark but the facility is nut-free so I had abandoned the idea until I did some research and found a soy butter alternative and purchased a 5 variety pack online through amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QSP9KPC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    The trick for me is to find something to provide a little “crunch” without using nuts. So excited to share that I now have 3 batches made and will save the original recipe to make with the kids tomorrow. Here are the versions I’ve got done – using the base recipe with the swap outs below
    * Cinnamon-Apple Bites: using the cinnamon soy butter, cinnamon chips, freeze dried apple chips (chopped finely) and maple syrup in place of honey.
    * Tropical Lime Bites: using the natural soy butter, white chocolate chips, chopped banana chips, chopped dried pineapple, the zest and juice of one lime.
    *Double Chocolate Black Cherry Bites: using the chocolate soy butter, adding chopped black cherries for some tang and chopped pretzels for crunch.

    Hope people have fun experimenting like I did, and hope this provides moms with children who have nut allergies a chance to give them a try with their kids.

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for taking the time to comment, Jill! We’re glad you and the kiddos enjoy these, and that you found a soy butter you can use for them. And your variations sound delicious, thanks for sharing! :)

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  50. We have been making these for years. We make a double batch every two weeks. After we roll them we freeze them 4 per small Ziploc (2 balls for each of us) and then just grab and go each morning. We omit the chocolate chips. Have shared this recipe with countless numbers and everyone loves them!!!

    Rating: 5