No-Bake Energy Bites
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!
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.
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
- 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
- mini chocolate chips
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.
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.
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.
Protein Balls & Snack recipes
- Snickerdoodle protein balls
- Peanut Butter Bliss Balls
- Pumpkin Energy Balls – taste just like a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie!
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls (they taste like a Reese’s!!)
- Oatmeal raisin energy bites – taste just like an oatmeal raisin cookie!
- Healthy Almond Joy Bites – if you like the candy bar, you’ll love these!
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No-Bake Energy Bites
- 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
- 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.
77 Comments on “No-Bake Energy Bites”
I made these as a low calorie snack for myself. My husband, who doesn’t care for peanut butter loved them! I used half the amount of flax seed and added 2 T. unsweeted coconut. I flash froze them and then kept them in the freezer in an airtight container. Before you knew it, they were gone.
my daughter loves these
Simple to make and my family loves them!
do i need to refrigerate these?
You don’t have to, but I do.
This are super yummy! They were also really easy but definitely did not make 30 balls like the recipe says. I put some dried cranberries in some of them too and that added a nice touch! My dough was a maybe a bit too sticky but it was okay. Overall, these were awesome and we will be making them again!
easy, cheap, and very good……would love to know how many calories are in each ball though>
Glad you like the energy bites Holly! The nutritional information is located in the recipe card. If you make the specified number of servings you’ll have the caloric info for 1 serving.
I love making these and subbing out chocolate chips for cacao nibs and flax seeds for protein/superfood powder. Makes it super healthy, and convenient for hiking, or after workouts. Grab and go!
I make these energy bites all the time and my family loves them! These have replaced granola bars in our home. So simple and satisfying.
Happy to hear this McKenna! Thanks for the kind comment ❤️
Made these but added some plant protein powder and chia seeds. Made about 25 bites. I may try some almond milk and pb2 powder for half the peanut butter the next time and see what that does.
I love the additions you made. And such a smart call to try some almond milk and pb2 powder. Thanks for taking the time to comment Karen, I really appreciate it!!
Hello. I apologize if this information is already posted and I didn’t see it. Are you able to provide additional nutrition facts, such as sodium and potassium? I am making these for someone that has health issues and needs to be on a minimum sodium diet and we have to balance the potassium intake as well. Looking for some sweet treats to help with the new way they need to eat.
Hi Nikki! Thanks for your question. I just added the potassium and sodium levels to the nutritional information. Note: I only added it for the peanut butter portion. I don’t have some of the other ingredients on hand to reference. Hope this helps a little bit!
There’s no way you are using regular peanut BUTTER as linked to make these and have them be under 100+ cal. This is inaccurate information. Please fix the calories count. These are not “guilt free” but they are delicious.
Hi Jessica! Thanks for your concern. I’m pretty certain the nutritional information is correct, I doubled checked it again just now. I had my tub of Jif Creamy Peanut Butter right next to me to double check the values I put in. Remember, there are 30 servings for this recipe. If you make the energy bites into 30 servings, each will be roughly 63 calories. (These energy bites aren’t huge by any means). Does this help clarify some of your confusion?
This is my 2nd time making these and both times the “dough” is just not right. At first they were too sticky and not forming so I put them in fridge. Still came out and wouldn’t go together. Then not sticky enough. What the heck!!!! Oh but they are very good despite this.
Interesting. If they are too sticky then you can add a little more oats. And on the contrary if they aren’t sticky enough (to hold together) you can add a little more peanut butter, honey, or even water. Glad you enjoyed them though! Thanks for your comment.
So is it really 63 calories? I saw some discussion below and wanted to make sure it’s updated. Thank you!
Yes, it has already been updated.
These are even better than I thought! I used dark chocolate chips and added some dried cherries. I’ll definitely be making them again! Thank you!
Glad you loved them Rebecca!
I just made these and I got 30 balls exactly using a 1/2 tablespoon scoop. I see you adjusted the calories but the fat is way off. I calculated it as I was making them and my fat content comes to 3.6 grams per ball for 30…perhaps you used low fat peanut butter? All that being said, they are pretty tasty.
Thanks Kammie! Yes, it really depends on the kind of peanut butter you use. I think my nutrition fact calculator was a tad off, but the calories and protein should be reflected properly now. Thanks for making the recipe and taking the time to come back and comment!
Your calorie count is way off. The calories for the peanut butter and oats exceeds what is showing for the whole recipe
The calories are per serving. There are 30 servings. Does this help?
She’s right. That’s still wrong. 37×30 doesn’t cover the calories of just those ingredients
thanks Mary! I went in and changed it. Should be reflected properly now.
These notes are absolutely delicious!!
Are these 37 calories per ball?
Yes, if you roll the dough into 30 balls it should come out to being 37 calories each.
I was on the hunt for energy bites without protein powder when I came across this recipe. It’s perfect! Our whole family loves them so much I make them weekly!
Yay! so glad you enjoy them! (We make them all the time too!)
I made the Energy Bites and love them! They taste good and simple to make. Instead of making them into balls I put them in ice cube trays they pop right out! Then I store them. Thank you Whitney!
What a great idea to use ice cube trays! I hadn’t thought of that before.
Thanks for coming back and commenting Gail!