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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Feel free to check out these other no-bake energy bites recipes too!

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. I used myfitnesspal to calculate about 92-100 calories if you end up with 15 rolled energy balls at the end. This recipe is so good! I used cacao nibs and they added a tart element to all of the sweetness. Just 2 of these give me a boost of energy, getting me through the afternoon slump. Thanks for sharing!

    Rating: 5
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  6. Love! I made a few substitutions: instead of 1cup of oats I used 1 cup of cashews, almonds + pumpkin seeds (all raw + unsalted) into the food processor first. I also added 1 tbsp cacao powder (no sugar) and 1 tsp of coconut butter. I used just under the recommended 1/3 cup honey and these were almost perfect – just a tad too sweet for me! Next time, I’m going to decrease honey to 1/4 cup and try 1tsp of cinnamon. Thanks for the recipe – I’m loving making all the tweaks to find my perfect fit!

    Rating: 5
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  11. These have been a go-to for months now. Make them at least every other week (takes 10 mins). Constantly giving them away and always being asked for the recipe. They adapt well to substitutions (depending on my food mood) but I keep coming back to the original recipe. Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  12. You may want to note that if making for a celiac, the oats need to be certified gluten free. Oatmeal itself has no gluten but are typically cross-contaminated with wheat when processed. My friend didn’t know when she made these for me. (I am celiac)

    However, they are very yummy!

    Rating: 5
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  14. Great no bake energy snack bites recipes.😉😁😀😊☺😆😇4 any one interested in it.******

    Rating: 5
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  17. How long will these last in the fridge?

    Rating: 5
    • Depends how fast you eat them!! :-)

      There’s nothing really risky in them so probably 2 weeks.

  18. Great recipe, except I found it a bit dry by the end of the bowl.

    Rating: 5
  19. These turned out so delicious and flavorful!

    Rating: 5
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  22. I only found this recipe online after years you made it :) but how delicious they are ! I hope you are still keep doing what you have done and enjoying every single day of cooking great food and sharing them. I am making these balls from China and shared with my friends…I am so thankful I found this site and I have tried several versions using similar ingredients before, I have to say this one tastes best!
    Hope I can find more treasures here , and thank you so much for sharing them!

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  29. I make these they are great pre workout snacks. I add a scoop of protein powder to mine for added proteins.

    Rating: 5
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  37. These are amazing

    Rating: 5
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  40. I’ve been making this recipe for years substituting Sunflower Butter and my kids love them. I just linked to your recipe on my blog! Here’s the link. https://hoorayforcoffee.com/2018/02/10/2-surefire-recipes-picky-eaters/

    Rating: 5
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  46. I was wondering if the could be kept unrefrigerated for a day or so. I need some high protein snacks for a trip. Would they be too soft? The recipe sounds delicious. I am looking forward to trying it.

    Rating: 5
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  49. I love these protein balls! I make them all the time. Super easy and the family loves them too.

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