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


  • Lauren: Do you think these would freeze well? I’m wanting to make a double batch and freeze one of the batches. May 30, 2019 at 1:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tried yet because we always eat them too fast but I think they should freeze well. May 30, 2019 at 11:16pm Reply

  • Olfa: Can I used quick oats instead of old fashioned oats ? TIA May 10, 2019 at 9:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The texture will be different but they should work okay. May 11, 2019 at 5:15pm Reply

  • Sheri: How long do these last? Sounds like not long bc they are so good but seriously? Do they dry out or do I need to worry about them going bad? May 8, 2019 at 3:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Probably no more than a week in the fridge. May 8, 2019 at 6:40pm Reply

  • Ganga: What can be used instead of flax seed meal as i do not have it? March 5, 2019 at 2:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d try adding in more oats. March 12, 2019 at 10:48am Reply

      • Judy: What can you use instead of coconut? August 16, 2019 at 3:09pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: I’d probably just add in a little more oats. August 16, 2019 at 5:20pm Reply

    • Maggie Bacher: Whole flax seeds or i use sesame seeds March 12, 2019 at 10:50am Reply

  • Maggie Bacher: i have used this so many times! i use sesame seeds instead of flaxseed flour and regular shredded coconut instead of sweetened. just because of availability. it mails well and kids, teens, adults love them. thank you! December 5, 2018 at 2:25pm Reply

  • Kylie: These are SOOOO amazing!!! Perfect healthier dessert substitute! October 27, 2018 at 4:44pm Reply

  • Kelley: Is the calorie info you loaded per 1 inch bite? September 21, 2018 at 11:35am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes, you could cut some choco chips or swap some flax with oats to bring it down a little. :) September 26, 2018 at 2:26pm Reply

  • hameeda: Can instant oats be used in this recipe? August 15, 2018 at 4:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I recommend sticking with old fashioned for best texture and flavor. It would probably alter the consistency with the quick oats because they absorb differently. August 22, 2018 at 5:14pm Reply

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