What do you get when you combine the hearty goodness of whole-grain oats and the all-day energy of extra protein with a hint of honey and a few chocolate chips?
One of the easiest snacks around — no-bake energy bites!
These homemade energy bites are delicious, adaptable, packed with nutrients, and freezer-friendly!
You’ll love these no-bake energy bites!
No-bake energy bites are a hit at our house… partially because they don’t require baking (so I can whip them up in about 10 minutes), but also because they pack a lot of protein and nutrients into a small package.
They are also SO delicious — it tastes like you’re eating raw cookie dough (without the risk of raw eggs!)
And they are freezer-friendly, so feel free to make several dozen at a time.
If you’re looking to mix up your snack rotation, give these no-bake energy bites a try. I hope you love them as much as we do!
Energy Balls Recipe Ingredients
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
- 2/3 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- 2 cups coconut flakes, wheat germ, sesame seeds, or a mixture of all three (can also substitute oatmeal or protein powder, if you prefer)
- 1 cup ground flaxseed
FAQs about Ingredients
You can substitute maple syrup, but the flavor will be different and the balls might not firm up as well.
You can also substitute brown sugar, but you’ll want to melt it into the peanut butter by microwaving it for a minute or two.
Yes, any of your favorite chocolate chips should work just fine — however, mini chocolate chips are the ideal size for these energy bites. If you need to use larger chips or chunks, you may want to chop them up before adding them to the mixture.
Yes. Our bodies can not properly digest the nutrients in whole flaxseed, so it must be ground in order for us to get the benefits. Also, ground flaxseed absorbs significantly more liquid so it will help to create firmer energy bites.
It can be. If you use certified gluten-free oats and omit the wheat germ, it will be gluten-free.
How to Make Freezer Friendly Energy Bites
1. In a large bowl, combine oats, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
2. Add in chocolate chips and other mix-ins (or more oats).
NOTE: If you only have whole flaxseed, you can use a coffee grinder to grind it (see notes above for why it’s important to use ground flaxseed).
3. When all ingredients are mixed thoroughly, use a spoon or small cookie scoop to create 1″ balls.
4. Place balls on a cookie sheet and refrigerate until firm (30-60 minutes). Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container.
Substitutions for Energy Bites
One of our favorite things about this recipe is how versatile and flexible it is — you can mix up the ingredients to fit your family’s preferences, or just based on what you have in the house.
Here are a few ideas:
- try various types of nut butter, almond butter, or even sun butter
- use maple syrup instead of honey (or a 50/50 mixture)
- add cinnamon or another favorite baking spice
- use almond extract instead of vanilla
- add in raisins, craisins, or other chopped dried fruit
- try a variety of chopped nuts or seeds
- add in your favorite protein or energy powder
- mix up the type of chocolate you use — white chocolate, dark chocolate, butterscotch, etc.
- roll balls in coconut flakes
How To Store No Bake Energy Bites
You’ll want to keep your energy bites in the refrigerator so they stay nice and firm. They will get sticky and soft if you leave them out at room temperature.
How long do Energy Balls last in the fridge?
Energy bites can last for several days in the fridge — at least 2 weeks (if you don’t eat them all first). If you want to store them longer than that, just pop them in the freezer (see question below).
Can You Freeze Energy Balls?
YES! They freeze really well!
Simply freeze them on a cookie sheet for 1-2 hours and then transfer them to a freezer bag or container.
You can eat them frozen (they are delicious) or let them thaw for 10-15 minutes at room temperature.
FAQs for No Bake Energy Bites
Energy balls are an easy-to-make no-bake snack that is packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats to keep you full and loaded with energy throughout the day. They are easy to take on the go and great for all ages.
This recipe makes roughly 36 1″ balls. Of course, if you make your balls bigger, you will end up with fewer. If you make them smaller, you’ll get more.
We typically recommend 3 1″ balls per serving
This depends on what ingredients you use and how large or small you make your energy balls.
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup peanut butter (or nut butter)
- ⅔ cup honey
- 2 tsps vanilla extract
- 2 cups coconut flakes, wheat germ, sesame seeds, OR a mixture of all three (or more oats)
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 cup ground flaxseed
- In a large bowl, combine oats, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
- Add in chocolate chips and other mix-ins (or more oats).
- If you only have whole flaxseed, you can use a coffee grinder to grind it.
- When all ingredients are thoroughly, use a spoon or small cookie scoop to create 1″ balls.
- Place balls on a cookie sheet and refrigerate until firm (30-60 minutes). Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container.
- OR, freeze balls on cookie sheet for 1-2 hours and store in a covered container.
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Diana-Marlen Rüütelmaa says
how long can they be in freezer?
I’ve kept mine in the freezer for up to a month and they still tasted great. But trust me — they won’t last that long! These are sooooo good! 😉 -Meg, MSM Team
Ashton White says
What about adding chia seeds
I am so excited to try these but I was wondering how long they will keep in the freezer (like a best by date). From the other comments it looks as though these may be gone before I have to worry about them going bad but just in case.
Sorry – silly question. What type of oatmeal do you generally use? Also, is the oatmeal cooked or uncooked?
These are one of our very favorite snack recipes! Thanks for sharing! Awhile back I also adapted her recipe into a Paleo version, and it’s been very popular on my blog. You can check it out here: http://www.mommade.org/2012/01/recipe-paleo-snack-bites.html.
Have a great day!
I tried to find the answer to my question in the comments section, prior to asking, but I can’t seem to.
Do you have to grind the flax seeds for this recipe? (Will it affect the flavor of the final product if the seeds are left whole?)
If you don’t grind them, you might as well leave them out as your body can’t receive nutrition from whole flax seeds.
Erin B says
This may be a silly question but is Caro syrup a substitute for honey? I have Caro left over from another recipe and I just ran out of honey making granola bars.
I think it should work.
Erin B says
jen in pa says
i love these! where can you find a decent amount of sesame seeds? my grocery store only had them in small containers in the spice aisle, and it was not very cost effective. is there somewhere you can buy them in larger quantities?
Terra Wiseman says
I made these for our church luncheon today and they were a HUGE hit! Everyone loved them (even the pickiest kid!).
Instead of rolling these into balls, I dump the mixture into the plastic insert from a cereal box. Then I roll it out with a rolling pin (so now I have a big rectangle the size of the plastic lining). I gently open the plastic lining and use a pizza cutter or knife to cut little squares. I fold the plastc back over and place the whole rectangle in the freezer or fridge. This method is a lot faster than rolling balls.
When you say
2 cup coconut flakes, wheat germ, sesame seeds, or a mixture of all three (can also substitute oatmeal or protein powder, if you prefer)—-do you mean 2 cups of each of these ingredients??? Or a 2 cup mixture? Sorry, I have never made anything like this before, but am looking forward to it.
A two-cup mixture. I hope that helps!
Uh, YUM! That’s all I can say. These are incredible! I have them hidden in the freezer, and can sneak 1 or 2 when no one is around. They are super easy to make, and I even had all of the ingredients on hand. I added dried cranberries as well, and they are just delicious. Thanks for the excellent recipe, and keep em coming!
The energy bites are now on my to-try list!
Suzanne @ Penny Jar Sense says
I loved making these! I had everything on hand, didn’t even need to do any cooking which made it doubly awesome in my book.
I don’t do a lot of freezer cooking, but I’ve been following this series as I’ve been looking for some freezer recipes that I can use for our week at camp next month. These will make a perfect camping snack…quick, healthy, no dishes to clean and no wrappers to throw away. 🙂
Joy Ramler says
I made these yesterday and they do taste good, but were SOO crumbly. they wouldn’t roll into balls. I had to squeeze them very hard to get them to adhere at all. What am I doing wrong? I followed the recipe with all the right measurements.
I have found that if I use natural peanut butter (even the no-stir kind) they end up kind of dry. Were you using a natural PB?
Joy Ramler says
Yes, pureed peanuts in fact. 🙂
Joy Ramler says
Using the other kind seems to kind of defeat the purpose of a healthy snack, wouldn’t it? Any ideas?
I haven’t figured out an alternative yet, I just know I’ve made them with both and the natural version was more crumbly. Perhaps trying the technique mentioned in a post above of melting the chocolate and PB and then adding the other items? Haven’t tried that yet, but maybe it might help? Or adding a bit of a healthy oil? Anyone?
Try adding a bit of water. Did the trick for me. I usually skimp on the sweetener and this does the trick, especially with the flax seed.
Kristen @ Trial & Error Homemaking says
I wish there was a diabetic-friendly version of something like this… chocolate chips and honey sound SO GOOD!!
~Kristen @ http://trialanderrorhomemaking.blogspot.com
Just wondering, do you use the old fashioned rolled oats or the quick cooking oats?. Also, my daughter can’t eat flax…any ideas on substitutions for this part?
I would like to know too. I can’t tell if they are the old fashioned or quick oats from just looking at the picture.
I use old fashioned, but quick oats work, too.
I found that recipe several months ago and I’ve made it MANY times. But I’ve never tried freezing them. Thanks for the suggestion!
I love that the recipe is so versatile. One change I’ve liked is substituting carob chips for half of the chocolate chips. I also reduce the honey a bit, because it’s almost too sweet with all the honey. I’ve also tried pressing the mixture into a 9×13 pan and cutting them into raw granola bars.
I was thinking about making them into bars as well. Do you cut and freeze them once they are all set in the pan?
Ha! You’re just like me! I’m so addicted to these and the original recipe never makes enough!! I have to turn it into a double batch also!! We skip the coconut and we’ve started using Sunflower Seed butter (because we can’t find any other use for it) and mix in some ground chia seeds, too. 🙂
Jacqui Gonzales says
Any idea how long these store not in the fridge/freezer? I’m a runner and these sound like a great snack to take on a long run, but only if I’m not going to end up with a gooey mess two (or more) hours in!
Heather @ Family Friendly Frugality says
Jacqui, if you freeze them before your run, I bet they’d be the perfect consistency by the time you need them. IN my experience though, they’d likely be messy if you didn’t set out with them frozen though.
When my husband was training for a marathon, I would make these and he thought they were perfect for his training. He would run by the house and pick up his drink and this snack and keep going. I don’t remember him saying that they got gooey–they might of, but he didn’t say anything. He just wanted more. 🙂
Is there another good way to grind up whole flaxseed if you don’t have a grinder? Would a food processor or blender work?
I’ve been making these forever, my family LOVES them and inhales in seconds…
One thing I’ve discovered that is SO helpful when making these…instead of spending all that time rolling out a hundred little balls (it takes me forever), I dump the whole mixture into a foil-lined 9×13 baking pan, press it down as if I were making granola bars, stick it in the fridge for and hour or so, then lift out the foil and cut them into little squares. SO MUCH FASTER! I wish I came up with this trick a long time ago. You still get the little bites, but it’s a lot easier to cut little squares than rolling little balls. Plus, your hands don’t get messy. YAY!
I LOVE this idea!!! Thank You!!!
Rhonda Morgan says
I am looking to purchase my first coffee grinder and was wonder about suggestions for a good one. Thanks
I have a Hamilton Beach that just happened to be a freebie that came along with a coffee maker and I actually like it much better than the more expensive brands I have owned. Most important thing: make sure you get one that comes apart for washing! That way if you use it to grind spices, seeds, coffee, etc… it won’t flavor your next project. With my old ones, only the lid was submersible for washing. The actual bowl/blades could only be wiped out and it was hard to get it all clean.
cathy S. says
We don’t have a health food store anywhere close so I’ll check in the next town at Publix for the flax seed. I hope they have it already ground because I don’t have any type of grinder or food processor. Thanks everyone I can’t wait to try these!
I’d say to replace the flax seed with something else (wheat germ, more oats, or even flour) instead of making a special trip to go buy some.
I don’t even use flax cause I never have it. I grind up almonds instead. Tastes awesome!
cathy S. says
thank you. . . . I will!
I second Crystal’s suggestion – flax seed is really great for you but only if it’s ground.
Lydia at Five4FiveMeals.com says
My freezer cooking turned into desperate dinner. Any tips on getting my 6 month old to nap?
Where do you get flaxseed?
You can get it at the health food store, on Amazon.com, or probably even the grocery store or Walmart.
Okay, I didn’t see any at Wal-mart last week.
My Walmart has it, it’s in the baking section with all the Bob’s Red Mill stuff.
Do these even have to be refrigerated?
Yes. Because of the honey, peanut butter, and chocolate chips, they get kind of messy and melt if they’re not cold. Also, they’re SO yummy cold, so you definitely want to eat them cold! 😉 -Meg, MSM Team
I buy it already ground from Trader Joes. I use the Bob’s Red Mill brand. I store it in the fridge once opened.
Lydia at Five4FiveMeals.com says
Publix sells it in their bulk section, too.
I made those a while back. Very yummy! I just finished out some burritos and enchiladas as well as some taco meat.
Carrie @ My Favorite Finds says
I.love.these! Especially straight from the freezer!!! My recipe has a little bit of cinnamon in it, too. And I use crushed graham crackers as well. They are awesome!
I found these on smashed peas and carrots last year, and started making them. My hubby and boys loved them. My boys wanted them for football all the time. The team loved them too!
I made these with sunnut butter and without the flax (I was out). I went to sparkpeople and entered the recipe to find the calories, fat etc. I made a triple batch which made about 52 bites:
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 56.7
Fat 6.3 g 10 %
Saturated Fat 2.6 g 13 %
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg 0 %
Sodium 11.2 mg 0 %
Potassium 58.3 mg 2 %
Carbohydrate 17.6 g 6 %
Dietary Fiber 1.4 g 6 %
Protein 2.3 g 5 %
We love making this recipe too! One thing we did that really put these over the top was to melt the chocolate and peanut butter on the stove, then mix in the dry ingredients. This helped everything stick together and made every bite full of chocolately goodness 🙂
Oh, I LOVE this idea!
Thanks for the tip! I was dreading the search for mini-chocolate chips, but if I melt them I can use the regular ones I have on hand!
Hi — does anyone have a nutrition analysis for these and other high-protein treat/bars/snacks? My 17-year old son is a swimmer and water polo player and needs to eat 5000 calories and 200-225 gm protein a day. He needs the nutrition, but my wallet needs some RELIEF!
Sarah G. says
Putting the recipe into the CalorieCount.com recipe analyzer, using wheat germ, it comes to 157 calories, 8.2 grams of fat, 3.4 grams fiber, and 5 grams of protein per ball. With sesame seeds, it makes it 179 cals, 11.5 grams of fat, 3.3 grams fiber, and 4.6 grams protein.
Hope that helps! I’ve found the recipe analyzer to be extremely useful, and it’s free to sign up for that site. 🙂
It’s hard to just eat one of these, so for a teenage boy I would multiply these amounts by a few! 🙂
Looks similar to the homemade granola bars Andrea makes at simpleorganizeliving.com. Delish!
I couldn’t believe how yummy these are while containing such good for you ingredients. What a great treat to take camping/hiking for a burst of energy!
“good for you ingredients” – well, mainly, but there’s chocolate chips!
Victoria @Snail Pace Transformations says
I have never thought of grinding my own flax seeds, I always buy them already ground but I bet they would have more nutrition left whole longer. I have made these before, they are good!
Actually, they are not digestible in raw form, so grinding is good. 🙂 They do, however, store in the frig or freezer longer if left whole. I am def. trying these out soon.
We made these and my son kept asking when we were going to bake them. He thought they should be baked like the cookies we made earlier in the week. When we had the energy bites done I let the kids sample them. At first my son made a funny face. I think he was still thinking I was forgetting to bake them. But once he tasted them he really liked them. The rest of us all liked them quite well too.
Nicole S@saveliveeatlove says
Hello deliciousness! I’ve got flaxseed in the freezer. I’m so trying this very soon.
I made some of those and they are SOOOO yummy! Bet your little ones will LOVE them!
Lois Ridley says
Hi there, Visiting you….from Blog talk Radio…then Facebook and now Im here!
I am allergic to nuts so I wonder how you’d substitute?
I will look for more recipes =)
Is it just me, or is Mr. Linky acting up? 🙂
These are SO good! I shape them into “bars” and wrap in plastic wrap for my kids lunches/snacks 🙂
Love this recipe, I make it all the time! Today I subbed almond meal for the flax… Divine!!! I may make that change all the time.
Loraine Guerrero says
I have lots of Bobs Red Mill Granola that I bought when I found a great sale on it. Well needless to say no will eat it but me. Do you have a recipe for bars or bites that I could maybe incorporate it into so as not to waste it. They all love granola bars just not the cereal.
I made both these recipes yesterday (using Kashi Puffs for the cereal):
Either one should work with the Bobs Red Mill Granola. Don’t make the same mistake I did and try to stir in the chocolate chips before pressing in the pan. They melt and don’t get distributed evenly.
I make these Energy Bites all the time for my boys. I noticed you’re using less honey than I do (Maybe I was doing the math wrong?) which I need to start doing. I wasn’t going to make them for awhile because they’re so sweet.
Look at you and your photography skills! Oh, and I love these energy bites…they are ADDICTING! 🙂
Angelia Sanders says
This can Be GF TOO! SUPER yummie sounding. Will be something we try!
Oh my. Looks great and sounds great. Ingredients to help with lactating for a breastfeeding mommy!
Suzanne @ Penny Jar Sense says
I can’t wait to try making these tomorrow! It is so quick and easy. And since I’m a breastfeeding momma too I will pass on the yummi goodness to baby!
Amanda Campbell says
Oh boy do these ever look so good! Might have to substitute the peanut butter with some sunbutter though.
Will be making these this weekend! Thanks!
Try using WOWBUTTER i have a peanut allergy and my fiance says it tastes almost identical to peanut butter and has more protein!
Yes we use it all the time as we have 3 people with nut allergies.