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!

No Bake Energy Bites Recipe | 1-Minute Video

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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2,690 comments on “No-Bake Energy Bites”

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  4. 5 stars
    I’ve loved these in the past, but now I’m out of flax seeds in any form. Is there something I could substitute for the flax?

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  8. 5 stars
    Would these engery bites be a crossover on THM? I’ve made them several times and love them, but am concerned that they are a crossover. I’ve been using them as an “E” snack on THM.

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  10. 5 stars
    I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never had no-bake energy bites! This recipe looks great though so hopefully that will change! Thanks for posting it Ali!

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  12. 5 stars
    this was a famly favrit

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  14. 5 stars
    Would replacing flax seeds with almond meal still work? Or what else would work as a replacement for flax seeds? Thanks! These bites are husband approved – one of our favorite snacks!

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  18. 5 stars
    These are amazing!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe 🙂 will definitely be a staple in my kitchen!

  19. I make these all the time. I sub the sweetener for ground dates (about half a cup) and add cacao nibs as well as chia seeds instead of coconut flakes. My husband loves them.
    My only question is, do they freeze well? I haven’t tried freezing them yet.

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  21. 5 stars
    These are the ones I make at 9pm, when I remember I said I’d bring something to the tennis morning tea. Everyone loves them.

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  26. It seems like all of the no-bake energy ball recipes require coconut … nobody in my family (including myself) will eat coconut. We all agree that the flavor is delicious, but the texture is like chewing on apple peels – yuck! What can I use to replace the coconut? My toddler is requesting sprinkles as a substitute, but I’d like to substitute the coconut with something a bit more … nutritious. Any recommendations?

    • I’m the same way! I get the bobs red mill brand and it’s much finer and doesn’t have that bad texture! :)

    • I don’t like coconut so I just add more oats in place of it.

    • It’s way better if you toast the coconut and let cool before mixing with the other ingredients :)

  27. 5 stars
    There wouldn’t be any issue with freezing some of these, right?

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  33. 5 stars
    I’m really impressed by this and I know my son will love this treat. The No Bake Energy Bites look delicious. Will try this recipe and give feedback. Thank you

  34. I’d love to make these for my camping trip these weekend! Do you think they’ll hold up alright/won’t melt? Thanks!

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  36. 5 stars
    These are delicious 😋 so easy to make & love the no bake, especially in the summer!!

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  38. 5 stars
    Delicious!! Didn’t change a thing. Question though – how many bites on average should the recipe make?

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  40. Do you know how many carbs these are?

  41. These look good, and were certainly easy to make (appreciated by someone who is inept in the kitchen).

    Anyone try them on long rides and have an opinion as to how they hold up after a few hours in the jersey pocket?

  42. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious! Made this on Sunday and you will have breakfast all week! My boyfriend loves them too!

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  46. 5 stars
    I have used this so many times! I use sesame seeds instead of flaxseed flour. Just because of availability. It mails well and kids, teens, adults love them. Thank you!

  47. 5 stars
    Thank you for this!! Love having energy balls around for an easy healthy snack and it’s so nice to have these variations! Can’t wait to try them out!

  48. Looks delicious but what is the calories and protein grams for this recipe in each energy ball

  49. Just made these then realized I just dumped in unsweetened coconut… was I supposed to toast it first?

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