No-Bake Energy Bites

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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. |

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. |

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. |

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. |

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!


No Bake Energy Bites

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x


These delicious little no bake energy bites are the perfect healthy snack!



  • 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


  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.

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. |

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  3. 5 stars
    This is by far my favorite energy ball recipe out there and it comes out right every time! Love it!

  4. Awesome! These energy bites taste great. I couldn’t find ground flaxseed so put flaxseed in my coffee grinder….perfect solution.

  5. 5 stars
    I have made these energy balls many many times before and I have also shared the recipe with a lot of people. It really is the perfect recipe though I do add in many extras. I add in ground seeds: sunflower; pumpkin, sesame and watermelon. I also add extra ground nuts: Brazilian, almonds and walnuts. Basically u can add in whatever u want but make sure the dried ingredients is so much that it doesn’t allow the balls to hold together.

    I also usually make 4 times the batch and freeze them, and eating them straight from the freezer is the best!!! Though u can keep some in a container and will keep in the fridge for about 5 days, maybe longer but I have only tried 5.

    Super healthy and super nutritious.

    Thank you very much for creating and sharing this wonderful recipe!

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  10. 5 stars
    I have 2 young wrestlers in the house and these treats keep them going during long days at tournaments. I always take extra, because their friends love them as well. Very fast and easy to make. Love this recipe.

  11. These are yummy!! Good for breakfast, snacks and dessert! So simple too.

  12. 5 stars
    These are so good. I take them to work and my non-vegan people eat them up. I use maple syrup instead of agave. They are a quick and easy snack.

  13. 5 stars
    Amazing Love It, Thanks for sharing :)

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  17. 5 stars
    …great recipe. Make it every other day for a quick snack on the go. Great job

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  21. 5 stars
    I… LOVE.. these! I’ve been making them for several months (sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to posting a review)

    I leave them in the fridge for over an hour to chill before I roll them up and it’s SO much easier then when I was leaving them in for 20 minutes.

    These are great when my stomach grumbles at that 2:00 hour at work and I also have one on my way to a run.

    WONDERFUL recipe!

  22. 5 stars
    What is the calorie count on one ball?

  23. 5 stars
    These Energy Bites are delicious. I substituted the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips. They provide me with a a snack that is healthy and can serve as a quick breakfast bite, snack, or even dessert. I always double the recipe. Thank you.

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  29. 5 stars
    I make these energy balls all the time. They are delicious and easy to make. They make you feel full as well.

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  33. 5 stars
    Delicious and healthy
    Cranberries were added this time

  34. 5 stars
    This recipe is AMAZING!!!! I have made these now twice in less than 2 weeks because they’re so good!!! I’ve used a cashew chia seed peanut butter and it works perfectly. Sometimes I have to add a bit more peanut butter or honey to make them stick to roll them, but otherwise, this is hands down my favorite recipe for energy bites!

  35. 5 stars
    Has anyone made the original classic recipe and figure the calories and what’s a serving?.? I made them a couple years ago but I’m low cal now & really need the cal count. I’d love to eat them again!

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  37. These look so yummy! I would love to make them for my grandchildren but I’m not sure if they all like coconut. Any suggestions? Would they be okay without refrigeration for a few hours until you were able to eat them? Thanks in advance!

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  42. 5 stars
    Really awesome energy bites. It’s so easy to prepare and yummy too.

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  44. These look so yummy + fast!! 💞

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  47. 5 stars
    We have made these lots of times, with many variations (including your version and the one from Smashed Peas & Carrots). We’ve had to omit fructose from my child’s diet, so recently tried with brown rice syrup and they worked beautifully — I think it’s my favorite combination, actually, because it’s less sweet! Love these!

  48. 5 stars
    I made this today and its so good. Easy to make and easy to grab it when need a snack. Thank you.

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