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!

A black plate with no-bake energy bites stacked on the plate.

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:

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.

Overhead view of the ingredients needed to make no-bake energy bites; honey, oats, flax seed, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and vanilla.

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

A glass bowl with oats, chocolate chips, peanut butter, flax seed, honey, and vanilla; prepping to make no-bake energy bites.

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.

A glass bowl with no-bake energy bites ingredients mixed together.

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.

Small no-bake energy bites on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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.

A no-bake energy bite in the foreground of the photo, with a stack of energy bites in the background.

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A black plate with no-bake energy bites stacked on the plate.
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No-Bake Energy Bites

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

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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.

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RECIPE NOTES

*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. 

Suggested Equipment

Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
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This post was first published January 9, 2019 and has since been updated to include more information and helpful tips.

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