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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2,773 comments on “No-Bake Energy Bites”

  1. I made these balls and my family loved them. The balanced taste of everything is just amazing. They finished it in the gathering when I made it the first time and I was asked to make it again the next day

  2. This recipe is so great and you can customize it to your taste! The first time I made it, it was too sweet for me so I reduce the amount of honey/agave/maple syrup. Rolling them in cacao powder is a great idea so I will try that next:)

    • I made this, but did not use the coconut. I added a packet of my vanilla protein shake mix instead and extra oats. It is soo good!

      Adding the nutrition content for macro tracking would be helpful for the original recipe.

  3. I love these as a quick grab snack…added craisins for a little more chew value. Is there a way to get nutrients info to put in my fitness pal food diary?

  4. They’re great tasting and easy to make!!

  5. Has anyone tried this omitting honey, not replacing it? I want to try this with sugarless chocolate chips and without honey or other added sugar (even if it is natural).

  6. Could you provide the calorie count?

    • Yes what are the calories per ball?

    • Hi Jen,
      I was looking for the same info so I went to the “Smashed Peas and Carrots” blog (referenced as the source for this recipe) and in the comment section on that blog,
      Here’s what another reader calculated for this whole recipe as written (divide total calorie count by the number of balls you make):
      Calories 2358
      Fat 178.9 g
      Protein 53.8 g
      Fiber 37 g
      Another reader calculated the calorie count to be approx 65 calories (if making a single batch with 36 balls)

  7. I tried it for the first time and I love it! Trying to eat more healthier snacks so this fits in perfect with my eating & exercising regiment. Super simple, it’s so tasty. I’m gonna modify it a bit to reduce the sugar but other than that they taste amazing!!!

  8. These are yummy!

  9. Can quick oats be substituted?

    • Yes. The difference is in the texture. It will be softer and less of a crunch but my husband prefers it that way. I like to mix half quick oats and half old fashioned oats.

    • I used quick oats! I’ve never tried with old fashioned but mine were delicious. First time I made them today, next time I need to add more peanut butter so they stick better.

  10. I’ve made this recipe dozens of times and just like everything I’ve made recently, it was a complete and utter fail (rolling them into balls). BUT that didn’t stop me from putting it all into an 8×8 pan and turning it into “granola” and putting it in my yogurt and wow, game changer. I’ll have to try again to see if I can actually get them made into bites but if not, I’m fine having some yummy granola to enjoy :)

    • I find putting them in the freezer makes them hard to squish and form into rounds (rolling like dough is not possible). I let the mixture set at room temp for about 10mins then I quickly squish them so they stick together and form them in to rounds. I set them on a tray, into the fridge and voila! Perfect!

    • Maybe add a little more of something… if the mix is too dry, add a little more peanut butter or honey, if the mix is too wet, add a bit more oats or flax seed. The bites are so easy and fun to grab from the fridge & go, I would hate for you to miss one of the best parts! 😄

  11. My family loves these! I was wondering if you could tell me the nutrition information, like how many carbs per bite?

  12. What is the recommended serving size?

  13. Hi, I made this recipe but the result was a bit “wet” like a bit melting, so when we hold the energy ball it makes our fingers dirty. Is it the correct result just like that or did I do something wrong? Thank you.

  14. What is the calorie count for these energy balls?

  15. Tried it cuz I didn’t have dates! Delicious!

  16. These are great! We also found them too sweet so we opted to omit the chocolate chips. Has anyone tried replacing the peanut butter with soy butter to make these school friendly?

  17. What are the calories for this?

  18. LOVE these! Can you provide the nutrition facts or just the amount of calories, carbs and fat? Thanks!!

  19. Do you know the nutrition value of these?

  20. This has been a family favorite for years. Just introduced my partner & his kids to them last night and they were blown away! Second and third batches starting today. I like to add raisins as well and sometimes white chocolate or peanut butter chips if I’m feeling super indulgent.

  21. These are delicious! And my kids LOVED them.
    Would be nice to have calorie info though.

  22. Have made these
    They are fantastic

  23. These energy bites sounds so yummy! I would like to know what the carbs count is? Being a diabetic I try to keep that in balancing.

  24. Would maple syrup work in place of honey or not binding enough? What about date paste or soemthing else vegan friendly? Thanks

  25. Perfect granola bar

  26. I love how they tasted and how easy they were to make! This will definitely be my go to recipe for a quick healthy snack or dessert.

  27. What is considered a serving?

  28. This taste amazing! The balance between sweetness of honey, creaminess of peanut butter and mild bitterness of dark chocolate is really splendid!

    My only problem is I cut the recipe in half. I wish I made more.

  29. I just made these and they are SOOOO good! I love toasted coconut and chocolate, so these are going to be my new favorite snack. I substituted protein powder for the ground flax (because I didn’t have any) and it turned out great!

  30. Hi there! I have been making these energy balls for YEARS. We are currently staying with my future-in-laws at the moment and my FMIL had made it a point to say although she enjoys the flavor of coconut, she would need eat these because she doesn’t like the texture of coconut. (That last sentence doesn’t give her justice for the theatrics imposed upon me while making them. I love her but facts are facts!) You’d think I’d play the obedient future daughter-in-law and take out the coconut, but nope, and guess what – she loves them so much that she’s made them TWICE now. I think every ingredient in this recipe absolutely complements the other and I wouldn’t change a thing!

  31. These are SO DELICIOUS!
    I substituted the honey with SUGAR FREE/Imitation Honey by Honey Tree (can be purchased at some Walmart’s, Grocery Stores OR on Amazon) and I used SUGAR FREE Chocolate Chips! My family loves these & I can hardly keep them on hand! THANK YOU for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  32. Can I use Almond extract instead of Vanilla?

  33. I’ve had this saved for a long while, finally made them today. Even my husband loves them! I did add chopped slivered almonds, just because I had some. No coconut, my husband can’t stand it. But I might try another batch with coconut soon!

  34. I love these energy bites! My husband loves them too- I leave out the chia seeds and coconut. Planning on making and freezing a bunch before we have our baby in May, so we can have some easy snacks for when we’re new parent zombies 😉😁

  35. I have recently joined a nutritional program where tracking Macros is important. I’m a scientist, and good with Excel so I decided to measure/weight all ingredients while baking. I found the calories to be higher than what other commenters have reported in the comments.

    If links are allowed, I uploaded a screenshot of my Excel Spreadsheet here:

    But essentially, for a 14.3 gram ball size, there are 78.4 calories, 4.7g of Fat, 8.5g of Carbs, and 1.5g of Protein.

  36. How many calories per bite?

  37. How many calories are these?

  38. Trying to see what a serving size is and the approx calorie intake per serving.

  39. Amazing!

  40. These are on regular snack rotation in our house! Thanks for creating a recipe that comes together so well – they are enjoyed by everyone (2 year old, 4 year old & husband!).

  41. I made this without the coconut, and half as many chocolate chips (I used mini), and with the ingredients I used I made 23 energy balls. Roughly 178cals/2 balls or 265cals/3 balls! Very good.

  42. I gave these a try and I LOVE the taste! Sweet enough to satisfy my sugar cravings, but not so much like cookie dough that I’ll eat it all at once. I discovered though that I’m pretty sensitive to flaxseed even when only having 2-3 balls a day. Is there a specific substitution for flaxseed or can I just add a bit more oatmeal?

  43. What is the calories on this energy ball

  44. I recommend this 10/10!! I’m 13, and I want something quick and delicious for breakfast, and I just decided to make these and they are SO GOOD!! Thank you so much to the person who made these!! ♥️

  45. I love this recipe and make it often especially during the winter ski season. My family and ski friends like it when I substitute Almond flavoring for the vanilla.

  46. You can create a recipe in My Fitness Pal by adding your ingredients manually or copy the website link and paste it if you have a premium account (which is what I did today). Either way you’ll need to adjust it to the brands you use.

  47. Can you leave out the flaxseeds?

  48. I love these!! I used almond butter and white chocolate chips and they turned out amazing!

  49. So yummy!! I make these all the time for my family. Do you have any idea how many calories there are per ball?

  50. Love them make them often