No-Bake Energy Bites


No Bake Energy Bites | Cooking Classy Here is a snack that passes as healthy but tastes good enough that it could replace your dessert! So who wouldn’t love this recipe? Not to mention they are quick and easy – and they require no cooking or baking of course. I could easily finish off the whole batch myself. They are so addictive and yes they do taste like a treat. They remind me of something like a granola bar and even more so of a peanut butter oatmeal cookie dough. They make for a great snack or even grab a few on the go for a quick breakfast. These are loaded with protein and fiber so they curb those afternoon munchies (you know around 4:00 when it’s like – is it dinner time yet?). I might just have to make these plenty more often to replace that practically daily dose of ice cream I have :). Enjoy!
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No-Bake Energy Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 20

No-Bake Energy Bites


  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (raw)
  • 2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup ground golden flaxseed meal (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 6 Tbsp chocolate chips (next time I'll use minis)


  • In a mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Add remaining ingredients and stir until evenly coated. Transfer mixture to refrigerator or freezer and chill until set (I actually cheated here and shaped mine before chilling with damp hands but I think chilling would make it easier to shape them).
  • Remove from refrigerator and shape into 1-inch balls. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
  • Recipe Source: adapted from Smashed Peas and Carrots

No Bake Chocolate Energy Bites | Cooking Classy



  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Some of my most popular (and personal fave) recipes are my no-bake bites like this from years ago. I love them because like you said, they curb those 4pm munchies and not having to turn on the oven and just being able to have a quick treat is always awesome. Beautiful pics of a very hard to photograph subject! (at least for me!) April 28, 2014 at 12:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I still dream about those healthy cookie dough bites you have posted!! Those are beautiful. April 28, 2014 at 12:38pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): These bites look so good, just what I need to get me through Monday afternoon! April 28, 2014 at 12:23pm Reply

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks: These look great! They have been on my to make list for some time. April 28, 2014 at 12:42pm Reply

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts: I love these! They look fantastic. April 28, 2014 at 12:44pm Reply

  • Matt Robinson: Quick, easy & healthy. Check, check & check. These are awesome and we would devour these quickly. Love the pics too. Thanks! April 28, 2014 at 12:53pm Reply

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen: Oatmeal cookie dough rules! And, so do these energy bites! :) They’re perfect way to fend off a major case of the hangries. Thanks for sharing, Jaclyn. Pinning (of course)! April 28, 2014 at 2:40pm Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: Life is so busy right now. This is exactly what I need to get me through the afternoons! Pinned! April 28, 2014 at 6:01pm Reply

  • Kristine @ Kristine’s Kitchen: I could just reach into my computer screen and grab one of these little bites! Your photos are lovely. I don’t care for coconut, so I might try adding a few more oats (maybe ground a bit in the food processor) or some finely chopped nuts instead. Or do you think the consistency would work if I just left the coconut out? April 28, 2014 at 9:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I might try toasting and grinding more oats. May 6, 2014 at 6:34pm Reply

    • Nikelle: I’m not a huge fan of coconut either and want to make these! I was wondering what you ended up doing and how did it turn out? June 19, 2014 at 1:18am Reply

  • Chloe @ foodlikecake: I need to make these soon! They look so good :-) April 29, 2014 at 4:12am Reply

  • Mary: We made those with my pre-k class and they were a huge hit! April 29, 2014 at 5:38am Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: I love no bake energy bites! They are perfect for afternoon slumps! April 29, 2014 at 7:06am Reply

  • Carli: Not sure where to get flaxseed meal, can I substitute with anything else? April 29, 2014 at 7:21am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You can usually find it near the health foods section of the grocery store or if you can’t find it you could sub wheat germ. April 29, 2014 at 9:17am Reply

      • Carli: Thank You :-) April 29, 2014 at 9:33am Reply

      • Bethany S.: Any other gluten-free sub? May 3, 2014 at 11:00pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: I found this on ehow as a sub for ground flaxseed – “Another option is ground oatmeal. Toast regular rolled oats in a hot, heavy skillet over high heat until browned. Grind in a blender to replace the ground flaxseed in the recipe. Other options would be toasted, ground sesame and poppy seeds or cashews, almonds or other nutmeats.” May 4, 2014 at 10:24am Reply

          • Bethany S.: Thank you! May 4, 2014 at 9:20pm

  • anna fletcher: these look so yummy x April 29, 2014 at 3:34pm Reply

  • Ilona @ Ilona’s Passion: I can’t wait to make these energy bites:) April 29, 2014 at 4:13pm Reply

  • Robyn: What are the nutrition stats? April 30, 2014 at 2:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have them but you can find them at May 9, 2014 at 10:54pm Reply

  • Charisse Garth: Can you substitute something else for the flax seed or just omit it all together? May 1, 2014 at 1:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You can substitute it with wheat germ. You can omit it but you may need to add in a little more oats. May 1, 2014 at 3:10pm Reply

      • Charisse Garth: Ok…thank you ;-) May 1, 2014 at 10:24pm Reply

  • Amy @ Amy’s Healthy Baking: Dessert is my favorite meal of the day, and I love how you made it acceptable to eat as a healthy snack too! Those gorgeous chocolate chips are just calling my name… I’m such a chocoholic; I need a little after every meal and with every snack! And why should you have to choose between these and ice cream? I bet they’d taste fabulous paired together! May 1, 2014 at 11:29pm Reply

  • Ed M: Do you have the nutritional information on these? May 2, 2014 at 3:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t but you can find it on sites like May 19, 2014 at 10:12pm Reply

      • Audrey: Assuming 20 servings:

        Total: Calories:2,711 – Carbs:351 – Fat:141 – Protein:56 -Sodium:222 – Sugar:225

        Per Serving: Calories:136 – Carbs:18 – Fat:7 – Protein:3 – Sodium:11 – Sugar: 11

        (give or take) July 2, 2014 at 9:46am Reply

  • Jana: I’m not a huge fan of coconut. Is it really obvious in the taste? May 2, 2014 at 12:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No you barely notice it I think it just adds a nice toasty flavor and light sweetness, mostly you’ll notice the peanut butter and honey flavor I think. May 3, 2014 at 12:28am Reply

      • Denise Stewart: Doing the Energy Balls this week end will let u no how they turn out will be trying the others as well .they look good. Regards Denise .. May 12, 2014 at 6:19pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: I hope you love them Denise! May 12, 2014 at 9:53pm Reply

  • Denise Stewart: These were really lovely will make them again. May 12, 2014 at 6:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for coming back to leave a review Denise! I’m so glad you liked them! May 12, 2014 at 9:54pm Reply

  • Lorene Holderfield: I have made these wonderful bites four times, now! And every time I eat them during my walk to work, I can just feel the energy filling me up. Not only are these healthy and delicious, but they truly give me enough energy to push me through my hectic work day.

    Thank you so much for this recipe! (I’m rather addicted to a lot of your healthy recipes on here…. They’re the best!) ^_^ May 17, 2014 at 1:44am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear it’s not just me – I’m addicted to these things :). Thanks for leaving a comment Lorene! May 30, 2014 at 6:23pm Reply

  • zara: These no bake peanut butter energy bites look amazing! But is it possible for you to convert the cups in to ouncesoe grams? & also what are alternatives if I can’t get hold of Flaxseed meal? May 24, 2014 at 2:23am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m in the process of moving/and on vacation otherwise I’d go make them again right now and give you the weights because I love them so much :). Anyone else have weights? Then for the flax meal please see previous comments above for a few options. May 25, 2014 at 9:19am Reply

  • cyndle mcdowell: How many calories June 3, 2014 at 11:33am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I recommend finding that on a site like June 4, 2014 at 9:32am Reply

  • Sara: I plugged it into Here’s the breakdown for 20 balls: 119 calories 14g carbs 7g fat 3g protien 41g sodium 9g sugar June 5, 2014 at 8:56pm Reply

    • Courtney: How did you get the facts? I did it and came up with something different but I’m also new to myfitnesspal app so I probably don’t know what I’m doing lol. October 7, 2014 at 9:45pm Reply

  • Laura: Hi Jaclyn, once again, your recipes do not dissappoint. My son and husband loved these. I didn’t have flax so I used krispie rice cereal instead. They had a little extra crunch and were fabulous. June 19, 2014 at 5:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Love the rice krispies idea! Probably makes them more like a granola bar, yum! Thanks for your comment Laura! June 22, 2014 at 10:11pm Reply

  • Scott: They look like oatmeal raisin cookie balls. I want to make these and think I’ll try the Rice Krispie thing and substitute raisins instead of chocolate chips. Do you wrap them up and take them in your pack or are these just for snacking at home ? July 3, 2014 at 7:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I take them around with me all the time, definitely good for on the go! I hope you love them Scott! July 4, 2014 at 12:39pm Reply

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  • Kevin | keviniscooking: No-bake, chocolate and easy – sounds like a perfect way to have that on-the-go healthy snack or office quick fix. Thanks and the Chocolate ones, I could eat my screen the image looks so good! July 10, 2014 at 12:25pm Reply

  • Shari: I just made these for my 7 year old. We loved them. So much better than a granola bar from the store. Thanks for the great recipe! July 22, 2014 at 1:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear they were enjoyed! Thanks for leaving a comment Shari! July 22, 2014 at 11:17pm Reply

  • katina may: I made these twice already & shared the recipe with my sister in Florida. They are a big hit! Thanks, Katina August 13, 2014 at 1:55pm Reply

  • Sabrina: Absolutely delicious! Thank you for this recipe :) I didn’t have flaxseed, so I used chia seeds instead, and they turned out just fine. Looking forward to taking some to work with me tomorrow! August 17, 2014 at 8:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I like your sub of chai seeds, I’ll have to try that sometime! Thanks for your comment Sabrina! August 18, 2014 at 10:10pm Reply

  • Lori: I am always cautious of recipes on the internet when people say that they are fabulous (how I ended up with several packages of Peanut Flour and horrible tasting “coffee mug cake”). HOWEVER! I made these 2 days ago. They ARE FANTASTIC! Even my “selective” 7 year old likes them. I did crunchy peanut butter (it’s what i had on hand) and omitted the coconut – just don’t like it). I did not add more oats and it turned out just fine w/ consistency! I picked up ground flax meal at Winco in the bulk section for really cheap too! My daughter asked me why I bought sawdust. I obviously did not tell her it went into the “bites”. She shoved the whole thing in her mouth. I said, “That’s TOO MUCH!” She said, “Mom, it’s called a BITE!” Anyhow – I doubled batch and made about 40 bites. I will be making LOTS of these for our house and my “munching” family. THANKS! August 25, 2014 at 3:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Ha ha sorry about the “coffee mug cake.” I am so glad you enjoyed these Lori! September 12, 2014 at 3:45pm Reply

  • Cassidy Buser: Hello, I was wondering if you knew how many calories their is per ball? Thanks September 9, 2014 at 3:55am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have that info but there are a few sites out there that you can calculate it like October 9, 2014 at 11:29pm Reply

  • Robin: Can someone tell me what I can use to take the place of a “nut” butter my daughter is allergic to any and all nuts. September 26, 2014 at 12:30am Reply

    • Bethany S: Sunflower butter (SunButter), soy butter, pea butter September 26, 2014 at 11:13am Reply

  • Joy: I make these for my husband. He loves them. I also use the chunky peanut butter instead of creamy peanut butter. That adds a little crunch. Don’t know where I got the recipe from but my recipe also calls for chia seeds in them. They are very tasty! October 3, 2014 at 6:09am Reply

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  • Melissa: Made gluten-free energy bites this weekend by using gluten-free oats (flax is already gluten-free!). They were delicious! Thanks for the recipe! October 22, 2014 at 7:45am Reply

  • Georgianna Baxter: I made these and they were lovely!! I always look forward to my 3pm 2 bites snack during the week. I usually end up having 1 or 2 on the weekends as well.

    The only things I did differently are I added 3 tsps of chia seeds and 1 tsp of whole flaxseeds for a little crunch. Even with the added ingredients, the balls hold together very well. They weren’t too mushy, but weren’t dry at all. November 5, 2014 at 5:39am Reply

  • ALyssa: I have made these a couple times, and they’re so yummy and easy to make! However, I had a hard time shaping them into balls and ended up with a mess on my hands. I discovered a trick that works wonders! I used 2 1-Tbsp. measuring spoons, scooped up some batter and rolled it between the two. Perfect sized balls! November 8, 2014 at 2:06pm Reply

  • Becky: I’ve made these several times. I am not a coconut fan so I omit that but add Brewer’s yeast. I dont measure anything, but probably added 2-4 tablespoons. This is an amazing recipe for a lactation boost for breast feeding mommas!! Good energy boost as well as milk boost (oatmeal, flaxseed and Brewer’s yeast boost milk production). December 23, 2014 at 8:21am Reply

  • Sam: How many servings is in this recipe? Does one ball equal one serving? January 1, 2015 at 8:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes, one ball is one serving but I always eat two. Too hard to resist and I don’t feel guilty about it anyway since they are packed with good for you ingredients. January 29, 2015 at 9:14pm Reply

  • Michele: I’ve made these often. We’re not fans of coconut so I omit that. My recipe also calls for 1/2-3/4 cup of protein powder for added protein and energy! Our protein powder is bought from a nutritionist (my husband had weight loss surgery a couple years ago and protein shakes were/are part of his diet). I’ve used several flavors (vanilla, chocolate, banana). Our favorite combination is half vanilla and half chocolate protein powder and I typically use about 1/2 cup. They’re great pick-me-ups after school for my kids in sports–enough energy to get them through practice! January 12, 2015 at 4:54pm Reply

  • Stacy: I made these last weekend and while it is absolutely delicious, I could not get them to even remotely stick together. Anyone else have this issue? Any suggestions on how/why this happened? I checked the recipe and many others on Pinterest, they are all the same and I followed it exactly, so I am stumped as to why they didn’t stick together? January 20, 2015 at 8:40am Reply

    • Alison: I ended up adding a spoonful more of peanut butter when mine didn’t stick together. January 25, 2015 at 2:07pm Reply

  • Tammy: Hi, I was wondering if you know about how many calories are in each ball? January 28, 2015 at 4:29pm Reply

  • Sarah: How many calories are in each one ? February 4, 2015 at 5:39am Reply

  • Aaryn Souliere: Theses are great! Thank you so much for the share. Thinking of making them without chocolate next time as it will cut back on sugar and calories. So good! Dangerously good ;) February 5, 2015 at 9:48am Reply

  • Heather: I want to make these but I can’t stand the taste of honey or agave. Do you think i could substitute a pure maple syrup? February 27, 2015 at 1:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that should be fine. They might be a little harder to stick together though since the maple syrup is runnier. March 19, 2015 at 9:57pm Reply

  • Joy: Could I substitute steel cut oats? March 12, 2015 at 1:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend it because the texture would be off and they likely wouldn’t even hold together. March 15, 2015 at 1:35pm Reply

  • christina: THESE ARE NOT GOOD!….. well they taste awesome but if you have no will power like me you will eat more than you should. I have reduced myself to mixing the ingredients in a small bowl instead of making the full recipe! March 14, 2015 at 5:06am Reply

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