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”
My whole family loved these and it was great they lasted a whole week in the fridge! We used them in various different ways – as a breakfast item with yoghurt and fruit, a mid morning snack or just when energy was on a bit of a slump.
This site was a great find and I definitely want to try more of Whitney’s recipes! This energy bites were just so darn delicious! Had to swap linseeds for flax seeds as I couldn’t find any….
For the 1/2 peanut butter, I used 4 tablespoons PB2 and 3 tablespoons water and 1/4 cup of tahini (personal preference) I also used sugar free syrup instead of honey and 1/4 cup of chips instead of 1/2. This made 12 balls and came to 93 calories a piece.
this recipe is PERFECT! i eat these every morning for breakfast and they never get old! i don’t use flax seeds in my recipe, but i do include everything else. i separate them into 30 individual balls, and then ziploc 4-5 of them together and stick them in the freezer. super easy to take out in the morning and eat before school! i love light breakfasts as well so this is perfect for me, and it’s amazing how low calorie they each are!! i calculated all of the ingredients myself, and they really are just around 60 calories each if you divide them into 30 balls. they taste amazing and, despite being small in portion size, always fill me up! 10/10 recommend!!
Recipe looks delicious! Can maple syrup be used instead of honey?
Just tried these subbing in maple syrup instead of honey. They are delish!
Satisfies my craving for something sweet without the guilt.
Wow! My comment didn’t make it past the “moderator”. Seriously though I’ve been using your recipe for over a month assuming each time I had an oatmeal ball it was 63 calories. I have been trying to watch my calories and do not appreciate that this recipe is not straightforward about what is consumed.. . .okay if you make a small bite size “ball” it might have 90 calaries instead of 190 for a regular ball .
. . .than why not have a cookie?! That would be less calories then than this “low calorie” snack. Ridiculous. Wow. Lesson learned.
This are indeed delicious! The 63 calories per ball is VERY misleading. I thought I was doing well and have been making these for a while. Came back to make sure I was counting the calories correctly and found that they have to be very tiny to get the 30 yield of servings. Even if I made them that small, I still did not get 63 calories a piece when dividing up my total ingredients. This is very disappointing and I feel very aggravated that it’s labeled this way.
Hi Marah! I’m glad you love these! We use a third party nutrition calculator that fills out the nutrition facts. Because of this, everything is an estimate and not exact for the very reason you mentioned: each person will make the energy balls different sizes!
Then maybe you shouldn’t allow the title to pull up (63 calories!). And maybe you shouldn’t tout them as a low calories snack.
I think what it missing is how many your recipe makes in order to reach the 63 calories. That would clear a lot of this up. How many does this recipe make? Thanks, M
It’s under “servings.” So 30. They are small!
Wow! These are sooo satisfying. I stored mine in the freezer but a few hours later wanted to try one. Since they don’t freeze solid they just get really cold and firm so I like them best straight from the freezer. They start to melt quickly in your hand and the texture is both chewy and melty! I didn’t have flax seed so I used coconut flour and this is my new favorite treat! Definitely go ahead and double this recipe!
I make these often and absolutely love them as a snack. I have become addicted to them. So easy to make and keep.
So good!!! I made this at 9pm when I was craving something easy and sweet to make! Wow these blew my taste buds away! I made 6 small balls into 2 bigger sized ones because they were just that good! Way better than any store brought
I find the energy bites/protein balls are the perfect late night treat! So glad you loved them Olivia!
Love these, great for my diet and easy to make!
How do I make these crispy ?
Not sure you can make it crispy because we aren’t baking these. But you can make it crunchier by using crunchy peanut butter.
Can these be made with sunbutter or similar to make them nut free?
Yes of course!
Let me know if you have any other questions.
These taste wonderful! I don’t believe they’re 63 calories/each. I calculated different variations of oats, nut butter, honey, etc and the lowest I found when divided by 30 is 149 calories. Aside from that, they taste absolutely fabulous. By far my favorite protein balls but I make them less now that I realized how high they are in calories. Thank you for the recipe!
We love these! So easy to make and so easy to pop in your mouth! I didn’t add all the flax and added a little chia seed and some wheat germ. Still sooo yummy! Thanks Whit!
So delicious! My family loves these. I keep them in the freezer and feel like they taste even better.
Hi there they are definitely tasty but I am so confused at how it makes 30 balls? I’d love to see a true pic of how small you need to make them to get 30? I doubled my recipe and thought they were small but looking at the yield my balls need to be less than half of what they are. Are they supposed to be the size of marbles? Mine are 1” but I only got 12 for one recipe.
Thanks for the feedback Robyn. I use a really small cookie scoop. Yes, if you make them into 30 they will be small and bite-size. I will adjust the recipe notes to say 1/2″ inch sized balls. The 1″ balls are bigger and will yield about 12 like you noted. But really you can portion them however big or small you’d like! That’s the joy of using a recipe… adjust to your liking.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Hi! I would like to try making these! They sound wonderful! One question….do you think I can use PB fit instead of the peanut butter? I think that may make it lower calorie….but not sure how it will affect the taste?
You can make it with PB fit, that will definitely reduce the calories. I would mix the PB fit with a few teaspoons of water to get it sticky. The peanut butter is how we get the energy bites to hold together, so you just need use enough pb fit and water to get that same consistency.
Let me know if you have any other questions. And I’d love to hear how it goes after you use the PB fit!
This tasted amazing! i enoued masking it and it was definitely a quick recipe. The only problem which i’m really upset at myself for not paying more attention to is that it says 63 calories per ball so i was like oh wow that’s really good, so i made my recipe and i got ab 8 balls from a smaller sized ice cream scoop but then ate ab 6 of them. I looked back at the recipe because i felt so full and realized her recipe made 30 balls, so i consumed about 2,000 extra calories today when i’ve been cutting for two weeks and already had my cheat day. Oops!
Tasted delicious! However, the first time I made it they were a bit too sticky and heavy on the peanut butter so I made them again and only used half the amount of peanut butter (1/4 cup). Perfect! Also cuts down on calories quite a bit. Also I used a small cookie scoop to portion out but I only got about half the number of balls stated. This makes the calorie count per ball a bit deceiving.
Thanks for your feedback!
Is the nutrition info per 1 energy ball? I’m trying to track macros.
Yes, per 1 energy ball.