No-Bake Chocolate Energy Bites


About two months ago I posted these energy bites here. Since then I’ve probably made them eight times because me and my kids love them so much. Today I’ve decided to mix things up a bit and make a decadent chocolate version. Now I’m sure I will be rotating the other kind out with these at least half of the time. They are amazing!

No Bake Chocolate Energy Bites | Cooking Classy

These remind me a lot of a no-bake cookies, but these are far healthier. It might have something to do with the fact that they don’t have 2 cups of sugar and a stick of butter. So, when you get that chocolate or dessert craving, just pop of few of these and you’re craving will most definitely be satisfied and you won’t have to feel guilty about it. These are also perfect just for a midday snack or even a quick on the go breakfast.

If you haven’t ever made energy bites yet, what better time than now? I mean these are chocolate, how could you not want them :)?

Just try not to get as addicted as I am. Enjoy!

No Bake Chocolate Energy Bites | Cooking Classy


No-Bake Chocolate Energy Bites

Yield: About 20 bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup no stir almond butter (I used Maranatha) or creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Up to 4 tsp warm water , as needed
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (raw)
  • 3/4 cup toasted or raw coconut (I used sweetened)
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
  • 6 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together almond butter, honey, vanilla and cocoa powder. If mixture seems too thick stir in 2 tsp warm water to thin. Add oats, coconut, flaxseed meal and chocolate chips and stir until evenly coated. At this point if mixture still doesn't stick well, stir in up to 2 tsp water as needed. Transfer mixture to refrigerator or freezer and chill until nearly set and easier to handle.
  2. Remove from refrigerator and shape into 1-inch balls. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
  3. Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Smashed Peas and Carrots

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  • Kim Teasdale: These looks simple and delicious. Gonna have to try! June 19, 2014 at 10:55am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I am a chocoholic so I love this version! June 19, 2014 at 11:02am Reply

  • Matt Robinson: These are awesome Jaclyn! A great alternative for the kids. June 19, 2014 at 12:26pm Reply

  • Jessica: This is so funny….I literally JUST pulled out my recipe for the original version as I just had a desire for some and I have none made. I have made them probably 3 times in 3 weeks. I just happened to pull up FB and I see this version – I think I’m meant to try this one now instead! Thanks so much for the amazing recipes, Jaclyn! June 19, 2014 at 12:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the recipes Jessica :)! Thanks for your comment!! June 19, 2014 at 11:14pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: They look so poppable! One after the next :) And they look so chocolaty and decadent but as you said, no 2 sticks of butter and 2 cups of sugar needed! Love that they’re no-bake, too! June 19, 2014 at 1:28pm Reply

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks: I’m loving this chocolate version! Such a good snack that doesn’t make you feel guilty. June 19, 2014 at 7:52pm Reply

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout: The second picture of the chocolate mixture is to DIE for! These look delicious, easy, and healthy. Pinned! June 19, 2014 at 8:21pm Reply

  • Medeja: These energy balls look very irresistible! June 19, 2014 at 8:50pm Reply

  • Chloe @ foodlikecake: These energy bites look so good! June 20, 2014 at 3:47am Reply

  • Eleni: They looks tastefull but here, in Greece, we dont have some ingridients, such as almond butter or June 20, 2014 at 4:19am Reply

  • Suzy: Made the ‘original’ with a children’s cooking class back in the 80’s. Love you update version ;-) June 20, 2014 at 7:21am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I had no idea the recipe has been around since then, so cool :). But yes isn’t everything amazing with a little chocolate :)? June 22, 2014 at 10:00pm Reply

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness: Jaclyn, these look AMAZING! I love energy bites, and these are gorg! Pinned! June 20, 2014 at 11:45am Reply

  • Kathleen: Jaclyn this sound delicious and perfect for post workouts! June 20, 2014 at 3:12pm Reply

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts: these look incredible! since they’re no bake, these are perfect for this super hot weather. yum!! June 20, 2014 at 4:00pm Reply

  • Lindsay Ann @ Lindsay Ann Bakes: LOVE no-bake recipes! These look so moist and filling, too! I wonder if I can use peanut butter instead of almond butter?! June 20, 2014 at 6:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should be fine to use peanut butter, it will probably just have a more pronounced flavor than the almond butter but they should still be delicious. June 20, 2014 at 7:30pm Reply

  • Jolynn: Jolynn: these look absolutely amazing! But what can I sub for flaxseed meal and coconut? its kinda hard to get them at where I live! thanks! June 21, 2014 at 4:46am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could substitute some wheat germ, and if you cant find that you could probably toast and grind some oats. Then for the coconut I can’t really think of a great substitute as it is sweetened, but you could try adding in another filler like sliced almonds and a touch of sugar. Hope that helps! June 21, 2014 at 10:11am Reply

      • Jolynn: you sure did! thanks so much! can’t wait to try it out :D June 21, 2014 at 10:30am Reply

  • Carrie: I am wanting to make these without the oats (a paleo version). What would you suggest in place of the oats? September 11, 2014 at 11:16am Reply

  • Amber @ rick•a•bam•boo: These no bake chocolate energy bites look delicious! I bet my husband would love them as no bake cookies are some of his favorite cookies. I love that these are healthier than traditional no bake cookies. I am definitely going to have to give them a try. September 15, 2014 at 8:42pm Reply

  • Stephanie: I cannot wait to try these! No bake cookies are one of my favorites, but they do have too much sugar and butter. Thanks for sharing! September 16, 2014 at 8:29pm Reply

  • Cathy: These look great,but not sure why you call them energy bites…there is nothing about them ingredient wise that will increase or provide energy. September 27, 2014 at 9:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I actually didn’t come up with the name of these but I personally think it’s safe say they are accurately named because I eat a few for breakfast and I can make it just fine until lunch, and food in general converts to energy so I guess it can’t be totally off :). September 27, 2014 at 9:32pm Reply

  • tracie: I made these yesterday..yummy! I used dried, unsweetened coconut. I tasted it before forming into balls and decided to add a little salt. For me, the salt helped to enhance the chocolate flavor and to offset the sweetness just a bit. Thanks for the recipe! October 16, 2014 at 5:24am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback Tracie! I’m glad you liked them! October 16, 2014 at 10:33am Reply

  • Georgia: These are much better with peanut butter replacing the almond butter and a little bit of cinnamon sprinkled in! October 28, 2014 at 8:24pm Reply

  • Rachael: Can you use regular butter instead of almond butter due tlpeanut allergy January 5, 2015 at 6:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes definitely! January 29, 2015 at 9:31pm Reply

  • irene: They look delish, however are you able to tell me how many caloroes they have or nutritional information. Thanks January 7, 2015 at 4:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t have that info! January 7, 2015 at 5:15pm Reply

  • Andrea lattin: I’m allergic to tree nuts. Are there any alternative ingredients I can use to replace the almond butter and coconut? January 11, 2015 at 7:54am Reply

  • Lindsey: I just made these & entered the recipe into MyFitnessPal & these bad boys are
    177 calories January 15, 2015 at 3:49pm Reply

    • James: They are called Energy Balls… February 4, 2015 at 11:30am Reply

  • Monica: wondering why these have to refrigerated? I drive routes for my job and would love to keep these in the car to help stay out of fast food lines. January 29, 2015 at 10:37am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I kept mine out of the fridge for the day and they were fine, they just keep better in the fridge and I personally prefer them cold. January 29, 2015 at 8:54pm Reply

  • Emily: How would I adjust the recipe to not use coconut? February 1, 2015 at 10:09am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Just leave it out and add a little more oats, I actually forgot it last time I made them so added more oats to thicken it up then suddenly realized what I’d done but they still tasted great! February 5, 2015 at 6:20pm Reply

  • Caroline: Tried these today as I’ve been looking for a homemade version (similar) to clif bars. These are amazingly delicious and will satisfy any sweet craving. I put the information into myfitnesspal for those asking for nutrition info. If you make 20 balls out of the recipe (without choc chips), it’s 104 calories per ball, 6g fat, 11g carbs, 2g fibre, 5g sugar, 2g protein. Thanks for posting the recipe! February 11, 2015 at 3:12pm Reply

    • Jay: Thanks.
      I was trying to track down the nutritional content. I substituted 1/4 cup whey protein powder for 1/4 cup of the 1/2 cup of ground flaxseed November 2, 2015 at 7:35pm Reply

  • Julie: Does anyone know if these can be frozen? Would love to freeze a batch so I don’t eat them all LOL February 20, 2015 at 4:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hi Julie, I’ve never tried freezing them but imagine that it would be ok. Hope that helps! Have a great day! February 26, 2015 at 1:21pm Reply

  • claire Clark: I replaced the honey with date paste and took out the flax seeds (not good for my tummy issues) very very yummy! Next time might use grated chocolate rather than chocolate chips to make them stick together better July 7, 2015 at 6:17am Reply

    • Cindy Reyner: I used mini chocolate chips. They worked great. October 31, 2016 at 3:32pm Reply

  • Lauren: What can be used instead of honey? July 17, 2015 at 4:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Agave should work fine. Maple syrup might work too, I’d probably add a little less since it’s runnier than honey. July 18, 2015 at 10:45pm Reply

  • Kellt: How do I make these for a vegan? November 30, 2015 at 10:21pm Reply

  • Chelsie: Does anyone know the nutrition info for these? Love them! January 20, 2016 at 10:38am Reply

  • Shannon: Do you have the calories and carb count on this?
    Shannon L February 29, 2016 at 7:28pm Reply

  • linnyd: Do u know the calories for the chocolate bites may be? September 23, 2016 at 12:17pm Reply

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