No Bake 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites. Loaded with old fashioned oats, peanut butter and flax seeds. A healthy protein packed breakfast or snack!


5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites

These energy bites are no bake, super easy to make and take less than 10 minutes to put together. Loaded with protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep you full and loaded with energy throughout the day. Made with only 5 ingredients: peanut butter, old fashioned oats, flax seed, honey and chocolate chips. Everything gets combined in one bowl. Best of all you never have to turn on the oven.

You may have heard of these referred to as power balls, lactation bites or protein bites. Either way they are a healthy 5 ingredient pick me up that is the perfect on the go snack to give you energy throughout the day.

It’s hard to believe these 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Bites are healthy. They taste more like dessert than a healthy protein bite. They also make a great breakfast or dessert when you are craving something sweet!

The best things about this energy bites recipe is that it is super versatile. If you do not have flax seed on hand substitute wheat germ. Try dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet. Add in shredded coconut, cranberries or cocoa powder.

These Peanut Butter Energy Bites could easily pass as dessert. My batch lasted less than 24 hours. They are the perfect mix between a granola bar and cookie dough. Great to curb the afternoon munchies and the dreaded mid afternoon energy slump.

You can even freeze these oatmeal energy bites if you don’t eat them all within a week. Here’s what you’ll need to make these No Bake Energy Bites:


  • Creamy Peanut Butter: You can also use your favorite nut butter as well!
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips: I love using mini chocolate chips if I have them on hand. Dark chocolate chunks are also amazing in this!
  • Old Fashioned Oats: I prefer to use old fashioned oats in this recipe. I would not recommend making these with steel cut oats or instant oats.
  • Ground Flax Seed: Adds a boost of fiber and nutrients. If you don’t have flax seed on hand substitute hemp seed, chia seed or add extra old fashioned oats.
  • Honey: Adds the perfect amount of sweetness to these energy balls. Agave can be used in place of the honey.

How to make No Bake Energy Bites

To make these peanut butter chocolate chip energy bites simply combine all 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes so they are easier to roll. Roll into 12 bites and store in the fridge for up to a week.

Tips for making energy bites

  • Always try rolling the bites after they have been refrigerated. This makes rolling them so much easier. If you are still having trouble rolling them try wetting your hands or adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of water to the mixture.
  • Instead of rolling out into balls the mixture can be placed in a square baking dish lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate and cut to make no bake energy bars!


  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Cranberries
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Chia Seeds

Watch how to make these 5 Ingredient Energy Bites in the video below:

4.8 from 135 votes Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Servings: 12 bites No Bake 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites. Loaded with old fashioned oats, peanut butter and flax seeds. A healthy protein packed breakfast or snack!

  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Combine all 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes so they are easier to roll.
  2. Roll into 12 bites and store in the fridge for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites Amount Per Serving (1 bite) Calories 200 Calories from Fat 117 % Daily Value* Fat 13g20% Saturated Fat 3g19% Cholesterol 1mg0% Sodium 69mg3% Potassium 214mg6% Carbohydrates 16g5% Fiber 4g17% Sugar 7g8% Protein 6g12% Calcium 31mg3% Iron 1mg6% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Course: Breakfast, Snack Cuisine: American Keyword: 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites, Energy Bites, Fit meals, Healthy, Meal Prep

When you need a little energy boost, these peanut butter bits will give you new life.


Peanut butter: Use the natural stuff with no added sugar. It’s better for you, and the looser consistency will make the mixture easier to stir.

Oats: We like the heartier texture of old fashioned oats, but quick cooking oats work well too!

Shredded coconut: These are delicious, and kinda taste like dessert, but don’t forget that they’re meant to be healthy. Use unsweetened shredded coconut—not the kind you use in macaroons.

Chia seeds: These tiny, crunchy seeds are rich in antioxidants and have a ton of fiber. They’re also a good source of protein!

Flaxseeds: We consider this ingredient optional, so don’t stress too much if you can’t find it anywhere. BUT, it is a good thing to have in your pantry for many of the same reasons as chia seeds. It’s also known for keeping hunger at bay.

Honey: For sweetness! If you want to use maple syrup instead, go for it.

Chocolate chips: We wanted these protein balls to taste a little bit like cookie dough (😈), so we added some mini dark chocolate chips. Skip them if you’re really trying to be good.

Milk: Use whichever kind you prefer—almond, coconut, oat are all great dairy-free options.

In this recipe from Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, certified holistic nutritionist and vegan lifestyle coach Deb Gleason writes, “This recipe woke me up at the creative ambrosia hour of 4 a.m., pleading with me to get out of bed and write it down. This nocturnal burst of inspiration led me to create a healthy snack with a taste comparable to the turtle chocolates I grew up with. These delicious little bites never last long, so be sure to make a double batch.”


  • ¾ cup pecans
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 20 large soft Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place the pecans on 1 baking sheet and toast them in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until you begin to smell them (be careful not to allow them to burn). Remove from the oven and place in a bowl to cool.

Place the coconut on the second baking sheet and toast in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on it. When the color starts to change and you can smell sweet, toasted coconut, it’s ready to be removed from the oven.

Place the toasted pecans in a blender or food processor. Blend or process until they are ground into small pieces. Place ½ cup of the ground pecans in a large bowl and ¼ cup in a small bowl.

In a blender or food processor, combine the dates, vanilla, and salt. Blend or process until you have date paste (smooth and creamy looking). You may need to stop the blender a few times during this process to stir the ingredients. Remove the date paste, spooning it into the large bowl with the pecans. Also add the hemp seeds and toasted coconut and mix everything together with your hands until well combined.

Roll a small amount of the mixture into a small ball in your hands. Then roll the ball in the small bowl of pecans to coat. Continue until you have a plate full of bliss bites.

Warm the chocolate chips in a small saucepan over low heat until just melted, stirring often to avoid burning the chocolate. Dip the bliss bites into the melted chocolate, covering half of each one with chocolate. Place them on a plate lined with parchment paper. Cool in the refrigerator and enjoy.

These can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for several months. Makes 15 to 20 bites.

33 Energy Bites for On-the-Go Snacking

1. Cranberry Orange Energy Bites

Cranberry and orange are like peanut butter and chocolate—wonderful alone and even better together. Add some protein powder and almonds for staying power, plus dates to bind everything, and you’ve got a healthy, portable treat that’s super tasty.

2. No-Bake Apricot Energy Bites

These sugar-free bites combine dried apricots, almonds, walnuts, raisins, and flaxseeds to form a perfectly sweet and crunchy treat. Blend the ingredients together in a food processor and roll in coconut, and you’re in heaven. Plus they’re vegan, Paleo, and gluten- and dairy-free, so pretty much everyone can enjoy them.

3. Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls

When you want healthy muffins without the hassle of baking, make these! The tasty duo of lemon and blueberry unites with a base of cashews, almonds, and dates that adds a sweet, buttery flavor. Throw in a little vanilla extract, and you have the taste of muffins in about 10 minutes.

4. Strawberry Shortcake Energy Bites

Who said dessert can’t be healthy? These no-bake bites are perfect for when you’re craving something fruity and delicious. Strawberries sweeten the recipe just enough so that you don’t need added sugar, and the vanilla extract gives it an extra kick. The recipe calls for freeze-dried strawberries, but you can easily substitute the real ones instead—just be sure to refrigerate the bites to keep them fresh.

5. Orange Zest Bliss Balls

Raw, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, these energy balls are as pretty as they are tasty. Unless you have the herb Damiana on hand (we’d never heard of it), feel free to leave it out—the bites may have less libido-enhancing effects, but they’re just as delicious without it. Orange zest and cinnamon add some zing to the typical bite recipe. Roll in shredded coconut for a sweet coating that also makes them look fancy.

6. Lemon Vanilla Energy Balls

This recipe is for all the lemon lovers out there. The tasty combination of vanilla and lemon strikes a balance between sweet and tart, and the nuts and protein powder will keep you full and energized. If you wish, add maca powder, which may further boost your energy (though it’s definitely not vital to the recipe).

7. Apple Almond Energy Bites

Only 10 minutes to make, this recipe is super simple and includes a sprinkle of hemp hearts for a boost of protein. And who can resist the combo of apple and nut butter? Process everything together, roll into balls, and let them set in the fridge—if you can wait that long.

8. Vanilla Plum Energy Bites

The word “prune” probably triggers thoughts of your grandmother and fart jokes. But grandma was on to something: Dried plums help increase satiety, which in turn may help control diabetes and heart disease. Plus these bites are truly delicious and naturally sweetened.

9. Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites

For a healthier alternative to the tasty muffin, try these easy-to-make bites. Combine your favorite protein powder (ideally vanilla-flavored) with oats, poppy seeds, and lemon zest. Water and lemon juice bind it all together and add an extra kick of flavor. They’re just as delicious as the muffins, without all the crumbly mess.

10. Homemade Aussie Bites

With quinoa and sunflower, flaxseeds, and chia seeds, this recipe may read like bird food. However, when you add the oats, maple syrup, and fruit, you’ve got something far tastier and heartier. This one requires a little cooking (making quinoa and baking the bites), but it’s certainly not time-consuming.

11. Chocolate Goji Berry Protein Bliss Balls

Sure, we all love acai berries, but goji berries pack a ton of antioxidants too. This recipe marries them with other super-healthy ingredients, including chia and pumpkin seeds for some healthy fats, and dates and raw cacao to sweeten things up.

12. Pumpkin Cinnamon Raisin Balls

Zero oil and butter make these bites a healthier version of the beloved sweet bread. Raisins, walnuts, and pumpkin puree combine to create a gooey, delicious base. Coconut flour replaces traditional white flour, making these tasty bites gluten-free.

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Have you thought about what you’re eating for race day fuel? So many winter marathons about to go down in January and February including Walt Disney World Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona, Chevron Houston Marathon, Austin Marathon and more. Plus, trail running season and obstacle course racing season (like Spartan Race) will be ramping up soon. It’s time to start thinking about what tasty yet effective running snacks to pack in those hydration packs, running belts and shorts pockets.

Today, I’m sharing a Cinnamon Mocha Marathon Energy Bite recipe I made especially for 2019 race day badassery. Read on for more!

I’ll be sharing Cinnamon Mocha Energy Bites in person (along with a talk on running nutrition in general and, more specifically, “What to Eat During a Marathon”) at Whole Foods 365 in Cedar Park, TX on Jan 17th, 2018. If you’re nearby, register for the free marathon nutrition event – – HERE – – otherwise, check out the recipe and make a batch at home!

So much to LOVE about this DIY race fuel recipe – these running snacks are easy to make, can be stuck in a zip-top baggie and stashed within reach when you’re on the go. They are nourishing with nothing fake, only real food ingredients to help you smash your goals and cross the finish line with a smile on your face.

Each little bit-sized ball has 39 calories and an approximate 6:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio. Most of us know it’s good have protein with our carbs post-workout to help with muscle recovery (usually a little more than this though, like a 4:1 to 3:1 carb/protein ratio). However, it’s also beneficial to have a little protein to go along with your carbs before and during an endurance to help the body more quickly and efficiently stock, maintain and replenish glycogen levels. These little Mocha Cinnamon Energy Bites are a tasty solution to the questions “What to eat during a marathon.”

These Cinnamon Mocha Energy Bites offer more than just carbohydrates and protein. They also have caffeine (by way of espresso powder), sodium and cinnamon to add functional flavor to your DIY race fuel. When I developed this recipe, I knew I needed every little boost I could get on the course, that’s why I’ve put caffeine in it (you can omit, if sensitive). Caffeine is an ergogenic aid, meaning it can enhance performance due to effect on the central nervous system, ability to blunt pain, increase mood, reduce fatigue and improve mental cognition. It makes you feel happier and potentially less phased by difficult efforts. YAY!

Most of the ingredients for the energy bites are pictured about (purchased at Whole Foods 365) .You’ll see some min chocolate chips right up front, I didn’t use them in today’s recipe, but will occasionally stir in a few if I’m making these as a more “treat” kind of snack.

Also, sodium – or salt – is a great for us runners who sweat a lot and/or eat a diet of unprocessed foods that are naturally low in sodium. I like to use a Himalayan sea salt that has a rich mineral content that includes over 84 minerals and trace elements such as: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. And, finally, cinnamon – to me, it’s a feel-good, comfort spice . . .and, justly so, it has been linked to less inflammation and quickened workout recovery.

In addition to being tasty and having so many of the nutrients you need for marathon nutrition and to stayed fueled for the finish, my energy bites also need no refrigeration, can be stashed in a zip-top bag and stashed in a race belt or pocket, are the perfect size and consistency to chew and swallow on the run, can be made ahead and kept in the freezer for long-term freshness, and are quite economical.

And, who doesn’t want to save a buck with DIY race fuel?! This Mocha Cinnamon Energy Bites recipe costed out at about $7 dollars for the entire batch made with quality, organic ingredients from the 365 Everyday Value brand – that comes out to just $0.19 cents per piece! Even if cost isn’t a concern for you, it’s nice to have a say-so over the ingredients going into the body – you can always tweak them to suit your exact needs.

While this marathon energy bites recipe is super simple, you do either need a good but not necessarily expensive food processor or high-powered blender (1000+ watt), like a Vitamix, Ninja or even this professional 1800 watt Hamilton Beach blender (which is what I use and is half the price) These countertop kitchen appliances grind up the nuts in seconds, don’t go too long or you’ll make nut butter, haha! After that, it’s just a matter of tossing in oats and functional flavorings (like espresso powder, cinnamon and salt) and then getting the mash up sweet and workable into balls with pitted dates and honey.

I also like to wash these running snacks down with some Electrolyte Water to help ensure hydration! I found it at my Whole Foods 365 in Cedar Park.

Enjoy! And best wishes on your upcoming race! Let me know if you have any questions on what to eat during a marathon. Plus, I’d love to hear what you’re racing or what your favorite running snacks are. Let’s chat in the comments. XOXO- Jennifer

Also, post contains affiliate links, I make a small commission on sales generated when you visit and purchase — this helps me keep the blog alive, thank you.

Mocha Cinnamon Energy Bites Prep Time 15 mins Total Time 15 mins Servings: 36 bites Calories: 39 kcal Ingredients

  • 12 pitted dates
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 2/3 cup rolled oat
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup honey


  1. In bowl, cover dates with warm water and soak for 10 minutes. Drain off water, set dates aside.
  2. In work bowl of food processor, add almonds, cashews, rolled oats, cocoa powder, espresso powder, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse until ingredients are combined and fairly well ground up.
  3. Add drained dates and honey to nut mixture. Process until incorporated and starting to pull away from sides of bowl.
  4. Use a tablespoon to measure out slightly rounded 1-tablespoon portions of the mixture. Roll together between clean hands to form a tightly packed ball. Repeat with remining mixture.
  5. May be stored on the counter for a couple days, in the fridge for a couple weeks or in freezer for up to six months.

Recipe Notes

Energy Balls | The Ultimate Recipe Guide!

I consider myself a bit of an energy ball aficionado. These sweet, no bake treats take minutes to throw together, are filled with good-for-you ingredients, and make for quick, portable breakfasts and snacks. I have made dozens of batches of energy ball recipes over the years, and while I’m constantly looking for fun ways to vary them up, inevitably, they come back to one simple, foolproof formula. Today, I’m sharing that master recipe for Energy Balls, along with all sorts of tasty ways to use it to create different energy ball flavors.

This handy guide is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.

Energy balls are the perfect healthy treat! No bake energy balls are gluten free and perfect for healthy snacks and breakfast on the go! This is the ONLY Energy Ball recipe you’ll ever need, plus I’ve created six easy no bake energy ball flavor ideas!

Types of Energy Balls

Energy balls go by a variety of different names; energy bites, protein balls, power balls, and vegan truffles being but a few. There are dozens of recipes for energy balls across the web, several of which can be found on a certain website that rhymes with “swell dated.”

As much as I love trying different energy ball recipes and techniques, today’s basic energy ball recipe is the little black dress of them all. It’s comprised of four basic ingredients.

Primary Ingredients in No Bake Energy Balls

  • Oats. While you can use other flours, oatmeal is the champion. It’s filling, inexpensive, versatile, and gives me the sensation that I’m eating oatmeal cookie dough instead of a healthy snack. YES.
  • Nut butter. Nut butter, like peanut butter or almond butter, helps bind the balls, adds healthy fats, and makes the energy balls sustaining. It’s also delicious.
  • Sticky liquid sweetener (a.k.a. honey or pure maple syrup). I use honey the most, but maple syrup is a really nice option if you’d like vegan energy balls or are making a recipe like these Pumpkin Energy Balls where the maple syrup’s flavor complements the other ingredients.
  • Mix-ins! This is where the tasty experimentation begins. I like to do a combination of superfood additions, such as flaxseeds and chia seeds, along with ingredients I love purely for their taste, like chocolate, chopped dried fruit, and did I mention chocolate?

Let’s start with the oats. I use and recommend Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten Free Rolled Oats, because they are high quality, high in fiber, and, for those with dietary concerns, truly gluten free. One of the questions I receive most often from readers is how I can state that my oatmeal recipes are gluten free, when most oats on the market run the risk of being cross-contaminated with gluten, a real concern for those diagnosed with celiac. My answer is Bob’s Red Mill. Their oats are produced in a safe, certified gluten-free facility.

Even if you don’t have a gluten intolerance, I still recommend Bob’s, because the company is dedicated to sourcing the best possible ingredients with the highest nutritional profile, including their hearty rolled oats.

Following the oats, we have the binding ingredients: nut butter and honey or maple syrup. I most often use honey and regular old peanut butter, but if you have a peanut allergy or just prefer a different kind of nut butter, any sort can be used. If you opt for the drippy “natural” refrigerated nut butter, your batter may be extra sticky. Simply add a few more tablespoons of oats to even it out, and you will be ready to roll.

Next, flaxseeds. Or chia seeds. Or whatever other superfood you bought a giant bag of at Costco on a whim and now need to use up.

You don’t need a food processor to make energy balls and no fancy equipment is needed. Pile everything into a bowl.

How to Make No Bake Energy Balls

Now that we have our base, we are ready for the good stuff: mix-ins!

While I’ve tried enough different mix-in combos to open an energy balls food truck, I most often find myself choosing chocolate chips and…whatever else I can find in my pantry.

Energy balls = legit excuse to eat chocolate at all times of day. I like this math.

If you aren’t a big chocolate fan, we can’t be friends fear not. I have non-chocolate options for you too!

While there are many other methods to make energy balls that range from soaking and blending dried fruit in the food processor to using assorted grains and nut flours instead of oatmeal, today’s master oatmeal energy ball recipe is the one I return to again and again. It’s simple, I always have the ingredients I need to make it on hand, and I only need to wash one bowl at the end.

With the approach of back to school/life craziness at large, this easy energy ball recipe is also the one that I thought was most important to share with you today. They take just 10 minutes to prep, can last 2 weeks in the refrigerator or in the freezer forever (or until you remember they are in there and immediately eat them), and are endlessly adaptable, so you’ll never tire of them.

More Stellar Healthy Energy Ball Recipes

  • Ginger Cookie Healthy Energy Bites
  • Pumpkin Energy Balls
  • Cookie Dough No Bake Protein Balls
  • Fig Almond No Bake Energy Bites
  • Pistachio Truffles
  • Salted Caramel Truffles

Recommended Tools to Make Energy Balls

  • Stackable mixing bowls
  • Cookie scoop

I have a short video showing you the energy ball step-by-steps, as well as highlighting a few of my favorite combos. Once you’ve worked your way through those, be sure to check out the other energy ball recipes linked at the bottom of the post.

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No Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Yield: 18 (1-inch) balls, approx. Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 40 mins The only Energy Ball recipe you’ll ever need, plus six no-bake energy ball flavors! Start with this easy base recipe, then add any of your favorite mix-ins.


  • 1 1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats — you can also swap quick oats or a blend of half quick, half old fashioned
  • 2 tablespoons “power mix-ins” — chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, or additional rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup nut butter of choice — peanut butter is my go-to
  • 1/3 cup sticky liquid sweetener of choice — honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup mix-ins — see below for flavor options


  • Any nut butter — honey, 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • Peanut butter — honey, 3 tablespoons chocolate chips, 3 tablespoons chopped peanuts, 2 tablespoons raisins


  • Almond butter — or cashew butter, honey, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup white chocolate chips


  • Replace 1/2 cup of the oatmeal with 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes — almond butter, any sweetener, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 cup chopped almonds


  • Any nut butter — any sweetener, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, ADD 2 tablespoons cocoa powder


  • Almond butter — or cashew butter, maple syrup, 1/2 cup raisins, ADD 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl: oats, power mix-ins, nut butter, sweetener, vanilla extract, salt, mix-ins, and any other spices you’d like to add. Stir to combine. If the mixture seems too wet, add a bit more oats. If it’s too dry, add a bit more nut butter. It should resemble a somewhat sticky dough that holds together when lightly squeezed. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set (this will make the balls easier to roll later on).
  2. Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and portion the dough into balls of desired size. (I use a cookie scoop to make mine approximately 1 inch in diameter). Enjoy!
  • Store leftover energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • For nut allergies: In place of the almond or peanut butter, try sunflower seed butter.

Course: Snack Cuisine: American Keyword: Easy Snack Recipe, No Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls All text and images © Erin Clarke / Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 ball (nutrition info for Classic Chocolate Chip variation)) — Calories: 123, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 47mg, Carbohydrates: 16g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 3g

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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!

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. 🙂

No Bake Energy Bites Recipe | 1-Minute Video

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.

The recipe calls for:

  • semisweet chocolate chips
  • toasted shredded coconut
  • vanilla extract
  • creamy peanut butter
  • old-fashioned oats
  • honey
  • ground flaxseed
  • chia seeds (optional)

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!)

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.

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 butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, or others.
  • 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!


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

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  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup toasted shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate chips)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 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 1 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 small baking sheet and popping it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.

***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!

  • Sweet and Salty Energy Bites
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites
  • Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites
  • Nutella Energy Bites
  • Almond Joy Energy Bites
  • Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites
  • Trail Mix Energy Bites

posted on February 5, 2012 in Breakfast / Brunch, Desserts, Miscellaneous, No Bake, Snacks

Enjoy these Oatmeal Energy Balls for breakfast! With one batter, you can make four different types of energy balls. This recipe is quick and easy to make, and you can make it ahead of time, so breakfast is ready by the time you wake up.

Oatmeal Energy Balls are a quick and easy breakfast idea

Who’s a big fan of quick and easy breakfasts? Oh, me too! With these Oatmeal Energy Balls, we are now at a whole new level of grab-n-go breakfast.

Think the convenience, variety, and tastiness of donut holes except healthy! Rather than get a sugar rush from donut holes, you’ll be cruising through the morning with these Oatmeal Energy Balls.

Use different mix-ins to make four flavors of Oatmeal Energy Balls with one batter

The best part of this no cook Oatmeal Energy Ball recipe is the amount of variety you can get out of one kitchen session. Whether you have family members who each like different flavors or you just like having some options, you won’t be adding on much work for it.

For my batch of Oatmeal Energy Balls, I chose to make four different flavors:

  • dark chocolate chip oatmeal energy balls
  • banana chip oatmeal energy balls
  • apple cinnamon oatmeal energy balls
  • coconut oatmeal energy balls

How to make Oatmeal Energy Balls

You start with one main batter, and then you divide the batter into as many different flavors as you would like.

To make the main batter, you simply mix a handful of ingredients into a large bowl and mix. The mixture will be a little sticky, so I find it best to use a fork or silicone spatula. You can dig in and use your hands to make the recipe though!

I’ve given you four ideas that are favorites around here, but I definitely encourage you to experiment to make your own favorite mix-ins. The possibilities are endless with this basic and easy Oatmeal Energy Ball recipe.

Oatmeal Energy Balls are packed with protein and energy to get you through the day

Although they may taste similar to a no cook energy bar, the size and shape of these Oatmeal Energy Balls offers a different type of eating experience.

Since these Oatmeal Energy Balls are small, you can mix and match different flavors of Oatmeal Energy Balls at breakfast for variety. Each bite also feels more substantial and flavorful than energy bars because of the density of ingredients in ball-form rather than in bar-form where there is more surface area.

I like to have 2 – 3 each time, but that depends on how much self- control I have that day! I can easily sit down and eat many many many of these Oatmeal Energy Balls at once.

Keep that in mind, and don’t make this recipe while you are hungry, or you might be tempted to finish the entire batch. Just trying to watch out for you!

Oatmeal Energy Balls make a great grab and go breakfast for the entire family

It’s best to store Oatmeal Energy Balls in the refrigerator, but you can leave them out at room temperature if you are going to eat it that day. They are easy for a grab and go breakfast, and you can pack them as a high protein snack for after the gym.

One tip though: although they’re easy to pocket as you’re rushing out the door, I wouldn’t recommend it!

TIP: Here are some great little containers to transport the energy balls so they don’t get smushed in the commute. On rushed mornings, I pop a few energy balls in a container, then I’m out the door.

Oatmeal Energy Balls

4.75 from 31 votes Serves: 24 1-inch energy balls Prep: 5 mins Enjoy these Oatmeal Energy Balls for breakfast! With one batter, you can make four different types of energy balls. This recipe is quick and easy to make, and you can make it ahead of time, so breakfast is ready by the time you wake up.

Base Mix for Oatmeal Energy Balls

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (jumbo rolled oats)
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseeds (milled flax)
  • 1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspon salt (if using an unsalted peanut butter)

Dark Chocolate Mix-in (for 1/4 of the batter)

  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Banana Chips Mix-in (for 1/4 of the batter)

  • 2 tablespoons crushed banana chips

Apple Cinnamon Mix-in (for 1/4 of the batter)

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dried apple slices
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Coconut Mix-in (for 1/4 of the batter)

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut (desiccated coconut, or finely crushed toasted coconut flakes also work)
  • In a large bowl, combine everything together using a spatula. It should all come together and form a sticky but slightly crumbly batter. If the mixture is too dry, add a bit more peanut butter and honey. If the mixture is too sticky, add a bit more oats. See notes.
  • Divide the batter into 4 medium bowls. If you have a scale, each bowl should weigh 95 grams, but it’s fine to just estimate. You can also make these Oatmeal Energy Balls with one mix-in. Skip this step, and make sure you adjust the mix-in recipe accordingly.
  • For each bowl, add in the mix-in of choice, and mix until everything is well combined.
  • Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. This will make it easier to press into balls.
  • Press and roll the batter into roughly 1-inch balls. You should be able to make 6 Oatmeal Energy Balls with each mix-in. Enjoy immediately, and store any leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Because different brands of peanut butter vary in consistency, you may need to make slight adjustments to the exact amount of peanut butter, honey, and oats that you use. Course: Breakfast, Oats and Grains, Snack Cuisine: American Keyword: Oatmeal Energy Balls Special Diet: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian Author: The Worktop Cal : 85kcal Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate. Tried this recipe?If you loved making this recipe I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! I’d love to see it too – snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using #theworktop and tagging me @theworktop.

If you are looking for more energy ball recipes, try these Almond Butter Energy Balls. These energy balls are made with almond butter, coconut flour, chia seeds, maple syrup and cinnamon. It’s a vegan, gluten free, paleo and high protein recipe.

You may also love these Easy Peanut Butter Balls. This healthy recipe is made with peanut butter, oats, flaxseeds, maple syrup and vanilla powder. It’s vegan, gluten free and high protein.


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These No-Bake Energy Bites are a low calorie snack that utilizes healthy ingredients. We love these protein balls because they’re portable, guilty-free (not that you should feel any sort of guilt when eating food), energy boosting, and delicious! If you’re constantly battling an unhealthy snacking habit or you need to curb your sweet tooth, this recipe will be your saving grace!

Protein Balls & Snack recipes

Snacks are inevitable. I can’t be the only one fighting off hunger pains come 10am and 3pm! If you’re like me, I have some portable, healthy(ish) recipes for you to try:

  • Pumpkin Energy Balls – taste just like a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie!
  • My husbands personal fave – Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls (they taste like a Reese’s!!)
  • Beet hummus served with homemade naan bread
  • Oatmeal raisin energy bites – taste just like an oatmeal raisin cookie!
  • Homemade Granola Bars – so easy to make, and they taste like a hug; a food hug. Dead serious.
  • Healthy Almond Joy Bites – if you like the candy bar, you’ll love these!
  • Baked oatmeal cups– a delicious and easy meal prep breakfast option
  • Healthy Breakfast Cookies – cookies for breakfast?! Yes!

Being a busy mom, I’m DESPERATE for snacks that are filling, healthy, and not fruit snacks. These no-bake energy bites check all of those boxes PLUS they’re delicious! It’s true! My son and I crave them all the time.

I love this recipe because it’s the perfect serving size and curves my appetite, but they taste good enough to call “dessert.” I mean truthfully they have everything I want in a cookie: chocolate and peanut butter.

Healthy No-Bake Energy Bites

No-Bake Energy Bites are also referred to as protein balls or protein bites, and for good reason. These small balls are loaded with protein, healthy fat, fiber, and great flavor.

They’re delicious, portable, and healthy.

And easy. Like, super easy. 10 minutes easy.

No-Bake Energy Bites ingredients:

I have good news, you probably have all of the ingredients you need to make this recipe in your pantry. These no-bake energy bites utilize common household pantry staples.

  • rolled oats
  • honey
  • ground flax seed – you may not have this, and if you don’t that’s ok. You can omit the ground flax seed if you’d like, or substitute it for more oats or kodiak cakes mix.
  • peanut butter
  • vanilla
  • mini chocolate chips

How to make energy bites

In a medium bowl combine the oats, flax seed, peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and mini chocolate chips.

Stir to combine.

Using a small cookie scoop portion out the dough into 1-2 inch size balls.

Place the balls on a baking sheet or plate, then set in the refrigerator or freezer to set.

Pro tip: If you find the dough is sticky, you can cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in the fridge to chill. I would only chill it for 15 minutes. Once chilled, remove the plastic wrap and portion the dough into small balls.

How to store energy bites

Do energy bites have to be refrigerated? No. They will keep at room temperature just fine, however, they will be quite soft and might stick together.

Can you freeze energy bites? Yes! These are freezer friendly. Once rolled into balls and slightly chilled, you can place the balls in a freezer safe ziptop bag. The peanut butter protein balls will last in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Whether you’re storing them in the refrigerator or the freezer, be sure to place the energy bites in a ziplock bag or airtight container to maintain freshness.

Energy bites will keep in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Tips for making energy balls

  • If the “dough” is too sticky and it’s hard to roll the energy bites into balls, place the “dough” in the refrigerator to chill for a few minutes.
  • On the contrary, if the dough is too dry add a tablespoon of peanut butter or a little more honey to the mixture.
  • If you’d rather not use a liquid sweetener you can replace the honey with dates. Simply pulse the dates in a food processor and then mix that with the remaining ingredients.
  • Rather than roll the energy bites into balls you can place the mixture into a parchment-lined small pan and cut them into bars/squares. I would use a bread pan if you want the bars to be thicker in width.
  • For added convenience some readers have placed the energy bites in ice cube trays! They then pop them out when ready to store or devour.

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4.6 from 5 votes A perfectly portioned healthy snack. One that’s portable and delicious. prep time 10 mins total time 10 mins servings: 30 servings calories: 63kcal author: Salt & Baker


  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/2 heaping cup peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Mix to combine.
  • Roll into 1-1 ½ inch size balls. *
  • Place the energy bites on a baking sheet or plate and freeze or refrigerate until fully set, about 30 minutes-1 hour.
  • Place in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Store the energy bites in the fridge for 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


*I use a small cookie scoop to help portion out the bites, and then roll them into nice round balls. If you find the dough is a bit sticky, prior to rolling the dough into balls, you can cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes. Then continue portioning out the dough into small bite size balls.

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Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg Course: Snack Cuisine: American Did you make this recipe?Leave a comment or share a photo on Instagram and tag @saltandbaker and hashtag it #saltandbaker.

This post was first published January 9, 2019 and has since been updated to include more information and helpful tips.


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Peanut Butter, almond butter, cashew butter…all the butters are just wonderful creamy, gooey, spreadable goodness. Tasty and filling, peanut butter is chock full of heart healthy stuff. Spread on toast, paired with jelly, crushed on pad thai noodles. There are so many applications. When it comes to that time between lunch and dinner, Peanut Butter Energy Bites will have you zipping through the rest of the day.

What’s the deal with powdered peanut butter?

The science of how this magical powder has come to exist is beyond me. Ok, perhaps not beyond me thanks to the powers of the almighty Google.

Regardless, the concept of ‘powdered peanut butter‘ is strange at first. PB2 and other powdered peanut butter brands provide all the creamy, sticky goodness of regular fresh ground peanut butter but with up to 85% less the fat calories.

By pressing the fat calorie producing oils from the peanuts and leaving them in powdered form, you can slather up your morning toast without the guilt. All it takes is just a little h20 and four ingredients.

Ok…but an energy bite?


Well, maybe more than just one bite please if you’re in the company of others. These things will SAVE you.

When that post lunch snack craving comes around or maybe you’re stuck in traffic and didn’t have time to make breakfast. Store a few of these round snack savers in your center console or purse to keep bad decisions at bay. Particularly when someone puts out a cookie tray in the conference room or driving past your favorite fast food stop.

A combination of oats, peanut butter powder, raw honey and chocolate chips all rolled up in one or two sweet and satisfying bite. The PB2 brings all the peanut butter flavor your could ask for along with creamy texture. Raw honey adds just a touch of sweetness and natural antioxidants. Oats aide to silence embarrassing stomach growls and chocolate chips…because chocolate. duh.

Highly recommending the ‘Enjoy Life’ brand of mini chocolate chips for your bites. The ‘mini’ shape ensures chocolate in every nibble and the ‘Enjoy Life’ brand ensures safety for any gluten, dairy or soy allergies. Sounds like a win to me!

Need more powdered peanut butter recipes in your life? Try these!

  • Low-Calorie Spicy Thai Peanut Dressing
  • Totally Wholesome Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

The same peanut butter energry bites you love with way fewer calories!

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  • 3/4 cup powdered peanut butter (such as PB2 brand)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. In a bowl, add first three ingredients and whisk together. After ingredients form a paste, switch to a spatula and stir vigorously until mixture is ‘creamy’ and there are no clumps.
  2. Add oats and chocolate chips. Stir well to combine. Oats should be evenly coated with peanut-honey mixture.
  3. Let chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, take about 1 tablespoon of energy bite mixture and form into balls.*


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*If hands become to sticky and mixture sticks to hands instead of rolling into a ball, wash and thoroughly dry your hands before resuming.

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No bake energy bites packed with protein and nutritious ingredients for your on the go lifestyle. These healthy little snacks offer a quick boost, perfect for slow afternoons or recovering from a workout.

No bake energy bites are a tasty solution for a quick boost of nutrition. Just eat one or two of these protein-packed balls and you’ll be ready to tackle the next task. This healthy snack recipe is made in just one bowl and makes a large batch so you can meal prep and have them ready whenever you need it.

Instead of spending a fortune on Power Bars or Cliff Bars, these no-bake energy bites are perfect for that one-handed grab-n-go snack to get through the day. By making your own, you’ll know exactly the ingredients that are going into your body and you can tailor the flavor to your satisfaction. A winner for my busy family and I know you will love them too!

I made these amazing snacks for the first time many years ago when my running buddy Anne shared her homemade energy bites with me, I was instantly hooked!

It is the perfect amount of nutrition needed, and I always take a couple with me during long workouts or eat one to tackle the mid-day slump at work. When I don’t have the time to cook my healthy oat pancakes, these little snack bites satisfy that craving when I want to eat something tasty but without the huge calorie overload.

Using this base recipe will allow you to substitute any ingredients for creating different flavor combinations.

  • Nut Butter: Use 1/2 cup of nut butter like peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter. This helps bind all of the dry ingredients together and adds extra protein to each serving. I have seen sunflower seed butter available at the market if you’re looking for a nut-free option.
  • Natural Sweetener: Use 1/3 cup of honey, pure maple syrup, or agave to add natural sweetness.
  • Fiber: Use 1 cup of whole rolled oats to create the bulk of the recipe. This provides soluble and insoluble fibers to your diet. Oat bran is also added for additional fiber and chewiness. Whole flaxseeds add a nice crunchy texture in addition to fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and lignans.
  • Protein: Ground almond flour adds extra protein, with 1/3 cup added. You can substitute protein powder if desired. I add 1 tablespoon of whole wheat flour to the mixture for extra chewiness and better binding when formed into a ball. This is due to the proteins in the flour exhibiting gluten formation when mixed with the honey.
  • Flavor: To make the flavors pop, pure vanilla extract or almond extract is added. Warm spices like ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cardamom can delightfully transform the taste.
  • Mix-in’s: Chopped dried cranberries, cherries, pineapple, raisins or mango are nice fruit options. Chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and seeds are also tasty adds. You have 1/2 cup to play with, so have fun with the flavors.
  • Coating: This is optional but you can add finely chopped nuts like almonds, peanuts, cashews or some ground oats to the outside of the energy bites.

Once you have chosen the ingredients you want to use for the energy bites recipe, it’s time to mix the ingredients together and roll! This is really fun to make with your family or kids. My son loves to help me add the ingredients to the mixer and roll into golf ball sized pieces.

If you want to add some extra texture, roll and coat the outside of the energy bites in nuts or oats, or an even mixture of both. If you have any issues with the coating not sticking, mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 2 tablespoons of water. Dip the bites in the honey mixture, then roll in the coating.

Drop the bag of chips and grab these healthy energy bites instead! My recipe is only 80 calories per snack bite, so one or two is the perfect snack serving. I store these no-bake snack bites in an airtight plastic container in the fridge, so they stay fresh. I just grab one when I need it, although I have noticed Jason and James nibbling on them too! What flavor combination will you make for your energy bites recipe?

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What is considered a healthy snack for children?

Now that I have a toddler, I like to keep eye on his snacking. According to California’s nutrition standards by the California Department of Education, “Healthy snacks give youths the energy they need to participate in after-school program activities. Nutritious snacks also help youth feel satisfied longer so they can focus and grow in healthy ways.” They are typically 175 calories or less per snack for elementary schools or 250 calories or less per snack for middle and high schools. USDA guidelines limit snacks to no more than 9 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat and 15 grams of sugar.

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No Bake Energy Bites

No bake energy bites recipe packed with protein and nutritious ingredients for a healthy lifestyle, make a big batch of these snack and just grab and go! Prep Time30 mins Cook Time15 mins Total Time45 mins Course: Snack Cuisine: American Servings: 20 balls Calories: 80kcal Author: Jessica Gavin

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, or almond butter
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, or honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup almond meal, or almond flour
  • 1/3 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 cup whole flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour, or all-purpose flour (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds, chopped (optional for coating)
  • In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and salt on medium speed until combined, 30 seconds.
  • In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients; oats, almond meal, oat bran, flaxseed, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cranberries.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix on low speed until combined, 30 seconds.
  • Roll mixture into firmly packed balls about a heaping tablespoon in size and place on a sheet pan.
  • If desired, prepare the nut coating. In a blender, chop almonds into small pieces and transfer to a small bowl.
  • Roll each snack bite into the almonds, gently pressing to coat.
  • Refrigerate tray of snack bites for 30 minutes.

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Store in an airtight plastic container for up to 1 month. Nutrition Facts No Bake Energy Bites Amount Per Serving Calories 80 Calories from Fat 36 % Daily Value* Fat 4g6% Saturated Fat 0.5g3% Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g Sodium 27mg1% Potassium 28mg1% Carbohydrates 10g3% Fiber 2g8% Sugar 5g6% Protein 2g4% Calcium 10mg1% Iron 0.7mg4% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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No-Bake Protein Energy Balls


A high-protein no-sugar-added snack made with oats, nut butter, honey, protein powder, and additions such as dark chocolate chips, and toasted coconut.

I am one of those people who can’t go very long without food.

I become “hangry” and there is no turning back. When I was a young girl, I would go shopping with my Mom. She loves to tell stories about how we could be in the middle of shopping when suddenly I would become hungry. All shopping came to a halt! Food had to be found right away! Forget the clothes….bring on the food.

Thankfully, I have become smarter and now pack snacks! Snacks and shopping are the perfect combination. The problem is that snacks are usually not the healthiest foods on the planet. Finding healthy snacks that will actually satisfy can be a difficult task.

Let me introduce you to a snack that will keep you full and satisfied and give you the burst of energy you need to get through your day – Protein Energy Balls.

When my kids were young, I wanted to create a recipe that had a good balance of protein and good carbs but wasn’t loaded with sugar. I started playing around with a recipe for energy balls that my mother-in-law made for her six kids growing up in Lake Havasu, Arizona. She is one of the healthiest ladies I know and has always inspired me with her healthy eating and living. She used powdered milk, but I decided to use whey protein powder instead and the results were downright amazing. My kids ate the entire batch and I knew we were on to something!

These No-Bake Protein Energy Balls are so simple and can easily be whipped up in a few minutes. They are made with all-natural ingredients – rolled oats, nut butter, honey, protein powder, dark chocolate, and even toasted coconut.

The beauty of these Energy Protein Bites is that they are so versatile. You can use any type of nut butter – peanut butter, almond butter, or even cashew butter. I use all-natural peanut butter that I find at my local Fry’s store. Have you seen the machine that literally grinds peanuts right in front of you? I always have natural peanut butter and natural almond butter on hand at all times. It is a healthy kind of fat that keeps you satisfied. Plus there’s no sugar added! You can find all of these all-natural ingredients in the Natural Foods Section at your local Kroger store. Find out more information by visiting

Honey is called for to add not only sweetness but to bind the ingredients together. I love providing homemade snacks for my kids with no-sugar-added, plus I know every ingredient that goes into these protein balls.

I am sharing two No-Bake Protein Balls Recipes – Chocolate Peanut Butter and Almond Joy.

How to make No-Bake Protein Energy Balls:

  1. Start with Rolled Oats. This is the base of the energy balls. You may want to pulse in food processor or high-powered blender. I make my protein balls in a food processor and pulse the oats, peanut butter, and honey 4-5 times to slightly blend the oats.
  2. Use Nut Butter. Depending on preference, use peanut butter or almond butter for this recipe. I use all-natural, no-sugar-added peanut butter for these energy bites.
  3. Add Honey as a sweetener. You may add a little less or a little more, depending on preference. You need to add enough so that it binds all of the ingredients together.
  4. Throw in some add-ins. Dark chocolate chips, toasted coconut, sliced almonds, and even dried cranberries are perfect additions.
  5. Roll into balls, cover, and chill for at least 20-30 minutes. If you are in a hurry, you can even throw them in the freezer for 10 minutes. Store in a bag or tightly covered container.

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5 from 4 votes No-Bake Protein Energy Balls A no-bake protein energy ball made with all-natural ingredients Course: Snack Cuisine: American Author: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey Ingredients

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Energy Balls:
  • 2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
  • 3/4 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Chocolate Chips
  • Almond Joy Protein Energy Balls:
  • 2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Natural Almond Butter
  • 3/4 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla or 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1/3 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 cup Toasted Coconut Flakes
  • 1/4 cup Sliced Almonds


  1. In a large bowl or a food processor, stir together *oats, peanut butter, honey, chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla.
  2. *If you want a finer smoother protein ball, lightly pulse oats in a food processor or high-powered blender.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips and any other accompaniments.
  4. To make Almond Joy Protein Energy Balls: stir together oats, almond butter, honey, chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder, and almond extract. Stir in chocolate chips, toasted coconut flakes, and sliced almonds.
  5. Roll into balls and place on wax paper-lined baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes to allow time to set-up.
  6. Keep tightly covered or in a Ziploc bag to keep them moist.
  7. **To toast coconut: Set oven to 325 degrees. Place coconut flakes on a baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes until golden, watching carefully to keep from burning.

I hope you love this healthy, energizing snack that has a good balance of protein and carbs. Happy Healthy Eating, my friends!

This post is sponsored by Kroger but all of the opinions are my own.

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