No-Bake Energy Bites

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This No-Bake Energy Bites recipe is easy to make, full of feel-good ingredients, and irresistibly delicious!

Easy No Bake Energy Bites Recipe

Friends, have you tried this no bake energy bites recipe? ♡

It’s one of my all-time favorite recipes here on the blog, and one that I’ve personally made about a zillion times since I first published it here eight years ago.

I love these little energy bites because they are easy to make with simply pantry ingredients that I almost always have on hand.  They are super easy to mix up and roll into cute little energy balls.  (Or if you would like to save time, you can press the mixture into a parchment-covered baking dish, and then cut them into energy bars.)  They are the perfect make-ahead recipe to keep on hand for healthy snacking or breakfasts.  And most importantly, they are just irresistibly good.

Over the years, thousands of our readers have made and loved this classic energy bites recipe too.  So I wholeheartedly recommend giving it a try!

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Energy Bites Ingredients

No Bake Energy Bites Ingredients:

To make this no bake energy bites recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Old-fashioned oatsAlso called rolled oats — these will serve as the base ingredient for our energy bites.
  • Shredded coconutWhich I highly recommend toasting — either briefly in the oven or in a sauté pan — before adding to the energy bites.  (Just be sure that they have cooled before adding in the chocolate chips, or the chocolate may heat and turn a bit melty.)
  • Creamy peanut butterI have used both traditional creamy peanut butter and natural creamy peanut butter in this recipe, and both work!
  • Ground flaxseedTo add some extra protein, fiber and omega-3s to our energy bites.
  • Semisweet chocolate chipsI photographed this recipe with standard-sized semisweet chips, but mini semisweet chips mix in easier.
  • HoneyTo add some natural sweetness and also help to bind the energy balls together.
  • Vanilla extractFor a touch of extra flavor.
  • Chia seeds (optional): Feel free to skip the chia seeds, if you do not have any on hand.  But I love adding in a tablespoon or so when I do!

How To Make Energy Bites (Balls)

How To Make Energy Balls:

To make these energy bites, simply…

  1. Stir everything together.  Stir all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.
  2. Chill. Cover the mixing bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, or until the mixture is chilled.*
  3. Roll into balls.  Roll into mixture into 1-inch balls.
  4. Serve.  Then enjoy immediately!  Or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

If you have trouble getting the energy balls to hold together, I recommend adding in more peanut butter to make the mixture a bit more sticky.  Or if you would rather, you can also just press the mixture into a square baking dish to make flat energy bars instead of round energy balls.

Healthy Energy Balls

Possible Energy Bites Variations:

There are all sorts of ways that you can customize this energy bites recipe, so feel free to get creative!  For example, you are welcome to…

  • Make energy barsPress the mixture firmly into a parchment-lined 8×8-inch baking pan, chill, and then slice into energy bars (instead of rolling the mixture into energy balls).
  • Use a different nut or seed butter: Use almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, or any other nut/seed butters that you prefer in place of peanut butter.
  • Omit the coconut: I’ve heard from many of you over the years who don’t love coconut.  If that’s the case, no prob, just omit the coconut and add in an extra shake of oats instead.
  • Add spices: If you would like to give these energy bites some extra flavor, feel free to add in a few pinches of ground cinnamon or some pumpkin pie spice.

Healthy Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips and Peanut Butter

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No Bake Energy Bites Recipe

No Bake Energy Bites

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 20-25 energy bites 1x

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This No-Bake Energy Bites recipe is easy to make, full of feel-good ingredients, and irresistibly delicious!


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Stir everything together.  Stir all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.
  2. Chill. Cover the mixing bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, or until the mixture is chilled.  (This will help the mixture stick together more easily.)
  3. Roll into balls.  Roll into mixture into 1-inch balls.
  4. Serve.  Then enjoy immediately!  Or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.


Notes

Prep Time: The 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 small baking sheet and popping it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes until the mixture is cool.

Source: Recipe slightly adapted from Smashed Peas & Carrots.

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2,669 comments on “No-Bake Energy Bites”

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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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