No Bake Energy Bites


These No Bake Energy Balls have quickly become a reader favorite and a family favorite! They are so easy to make, they’re mostly healthy, and they are oh so delicious.

No Bake Energy Bites stacked in a white bowl

Healthy No Bake Energy Balls

Here’s a snack that passes as healthy but tastes good enough that it could replace your dessert! So who wouldn’t love these no bake protein balls?

Not to mention these no bake energy bites are quick and easy — and they require no cooking or baking of course (as long as you buy pre-toasted coconut, that is).

I could easily finish off the whole batch of energy bites myself. They are so addictive and they really do taste like a treat.

They remind me of something like a granola bar, or even peanut butter oatmeal cookie dough (can’t beat that!). They make for a filling snack or they are great for an on-the-go breakfast for those rushed mornings.

I love that they contain protein and fiber so they curb those afternoon munchies (you know around 4:00 when it’s like, is it dinner time yet?).

I also love that they are a great snack for my kids that’s made with healthy ingredients that they really do love, I’m not begging them to eat them — rather, they beg me to make these all the time!

Try them soon, once you do you’ll want to live on these no bake energy balls!

A close up of No Bake Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Ball Ingredients

  • Peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Old fashioned oats
  • Toasted shredded coconut
  • Ground golden flaxseed meal
  • Chocolate chips

How to Make Energy Balls

  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract.
  • Add the oats, coconut, flaxseed meal and chocolate chips and stir.
  • Chill the mixture for 30 minutes, or until it’s firmer.
  • Roll into bite-sized balls, then store in the fridge.

A close up of No Bake Energy Bites in a white bowl with a couple scattered beside it

Can I Use Instant Oats Instead of Old-Fashioned?

I think instant or steel cut oats would change the texture of these energy bites too much. Stick with old-fashioned oats for the best texture!

Is There a Flaxseed Meal Substitute I Can Use?

If you don’t have flaxseed meal on hand, I’d try using more oats instead. I’ve also had readers report success with sesame seeds or whole flaxseeds, though.

Can I Use Maple Syrup Instead of Honey?

Maple syrup would likely make the energy ball mixture a little looser. You could probably use maple syrup here, but you may need to add additional flaxseed meal to thicken the mixture enough to roll.

Tips for the Best Energy Balls

  • Don’t try to form the mixture into balls until you’ve let them chill. You need the honey and peanut butter to solidify slightly before you can easily roll them!
  • Unsweetened coconut can be used instead of sweetened, if desired. Just make sure to buy shredded coconut and not coconut flakes.
  • Keep these energy balls in the refrigerator, as they lose their shape if left on the counter.

An overhead shot of No Bake Energy Bites in a white bowl

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No Bake Energy Balls

4.89 from 9 votes

These No Bake Energy Balls have quickly become a family favorite! They are so easy to make, they're made with nutritious ingredients (and chocolate for good measure), and they are oh so delicious!!

Servings: 20 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


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


  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. 
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir until evenly coated.
  3. Transfer mixture to refrigerator or freezer and chill until mixture has firmed up a bit, about 30 minutes.

  4. Remove from refrigerator and shape into 1-inch balls. 
  5. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

  • Unsweetened coconut can be used instead of sweetened, if desired. Just make sure to buy shredded coconut and not coconut flakes.
  • Recipe Source: adapted from Smashed Peas and Carrots
Nutrition Facts
No Bake Energy Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 102mg3%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Energy Bites, No Bake Energy Bites
Calories: 130 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Courtney: What is the serving size? Is it each individual 1″ ball? August 15, 2018 at 4:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes. August 22, 2018 at 5:14pm Reply

  • Janet: Make these all the time. My 8yr old loves them! July 26, 2018 at 6:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave positive feedback! July 28, 2018 at 11:59am Reply

  • Elaine Higgins: Silly question is the calories for whole recipe? If not what is serving size? Thanks again Elaine July 13, 2018 at 7:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s per energy bite. :) July 16, 2018 at 12:43pm Reply

  • Vivian Beller: I use the steel oats in place of old fashion. Healthier, easier to form balls and gives a crunch. April 9, 2018 at 9:41am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked these energy bites Vivian! I’ve quickly lost track of how many times I’ve made them! April 9, 2018 at 10:04pm Reply

  • Jeanie R: These taste really amazing and my family is hooked! I highly recommend these; this recipe t is a keeper! February 16, 2018 at 10:52am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Jeanie – so glad your family loves them! February 16, 2018 at 11:19am Reply

  • Cindy Pope: I am in love with these little bites. If I am in need of a quick sugar fix I grab one of these. My kids are in love with them as well! January 19, 2018 at 5:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Win! January 23, 2018 at 2:21pm Reply

  • Sharon: I really hate that I found this recipe. I made them one night for my study group and now I’m making them all the time. Every potluck every meeting every freaking birthday for the last 3 months. “Hey. Sharon bring those chocolate chip peanut butter balls”. All kidding aside. These are really good. I added half cup of chopped pecans to the mix. Yum. November 29, 2017 at 11:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I love this! :) November 30, 2017 at 4:04pm Reply

  • Cindy: They all look so good. Cant wait to make some.Yum! November 3, 2017 at 2:58pm Reply

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