No-Bake Energy Bites

This no bake energy bites recipe is super simple to make, made with healthier ingredients, and they taste like no bake cookies! Be sure to click around on the site for more delicious and healthy recipes ideas.

No Bake Energy Bites -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | #vegan

Hail to the no bake energy bites!

A few years ago when I first posted this recipe, I had never even heard of the term.  But now after literally millions of pageviews on this recipe, and watching countless other recipes pop up online, and making about 5.2 million batches of these myself, I think it’s safe to say that no bake energy bites are a “thing”.  And they are deliciously here to stay.

I don’t know about you all, but I love these little guys.

Ever since my friend Courtney first introduced me to them on a ski trip in Breckenridge a few years ago, this no bake energy bites recipe has been on regular rotation in my house.  And for someone who doesn’t dig recipe repeats or leftovers all that often, that’s saying something.  I make a big batch at least once a month, and love popping them as an easy breakfast, a quick snack, a pop of protein before a workout, or even occasionally as a sweet dessert.

I’ve also posted about five different variations of this recipe on the site, from Cranberry Pistachio to Almond Joy to Nutella to Trail Mix energy bites.  And I also have all sorts of tips from those who have questions about nutrition and ingredient substitutions.  So scroll on down for the recipe, and hopefully we can answer any or your questions too.  So that all the world can enjoy All The Energy Bites.  :)

No Bake Energy Bites -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | #vegan

I have to say that the original recipe for these No Bake Energy Bites is still my fav.  I originally just slightly adapted it from the blog Smashed Peas & Carrots, who came up with the brilliant idea for these all to begin.  The recipe calls for:

No Bake Energy Bites -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | #vegan

To make the no bake energy bites, just stir all of those ingredients together until combined.  (Or if you get tired of using a spoon, just use your hands.  I do!)

No Bake Energy Bites -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | #vegan

Once the mixture is combined, pop it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes so that it will harden slightly.  This will help make it easier to roll it into balls.

No Bake Energy Bites -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | #vegan

Then once the mixture has cooled slightly, shape it however you please!  I like shaping mine into 1-inch balls.  But you can make yours smaller or larger.  Or if you’d rather, just press the mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper, and you can make energy bars instead.  Whatever sounds good to you!

The best thing about this recipe is that it is super flexible as well.  So if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, or if you are just looking for other substitution ideas, feel free to use:

  • Different (or no) chocolate: I generally use dark chocolate chips.  But you can also substitute in any other kinds of chips (butterscotch, milk chocolate, white chocolate, cinnamon chips, etc.).  Or if you are vegan, I recommend cacao nibs.  Or if you don’t dig chocolate, you can leave this part out all together.
  • Different nut butter: If you are allergic to peanuts, feel free to substitute in any other kinds of nut butter, like almond buttersunflower seed butter, cashew butter, or others.  (For a great tutorial on homemade nut butters, check out this great post from Tasty Yummies.)
  • Different sweetener: I really prefer honey in this recipe.  But agave also works and is vegan, and some readers have had success with alternative sweeteners too.

In general, if you start experimenting with different ingredients or leave some ingredients out entirely, the balance of the recipe may be a little “off”.  So if they get too dry, add a few more of the sticky ingredients like honey and/or peanut butter.   If they get too gooey, add in more oats.

The name of the game with this recipe is customization.  So feel free to give them a try and keep tweaking them to whatever specific combination tastes and feels good to you.  Cheers to more energy bites in our future!

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No Bake Energy Bites

These delicious little no bake energy bites are the perfect healthy snack!


  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  2. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1" in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  3. Makes about 20-25 balls.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

No Bake Energy Bites -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | #vegan

Here’s the original photo from this recipe, circa 2012. :)

No Bake Energy Bites | #glutenfree #vegan

Be sure to also check out my other no-bake energy bites recipes too:

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites Recipe |

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

Almond Joy Energy Bites |

Almond Joy Energy Bites


Nutella Energy Bites Recipe |

Nutella Energy Bites

Trail Mix Energy Bites |

Trail Mix Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites -- these delicious bites are perfect for breakfast, snacking, even dessert! | #vegan

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  1. Chrissy — June 19, 2014 @ 12:02 am (#)

    OH MY GOD I LOVE THESE!! I can’t make enough of these to keep up with the demand in my household! The only thing I did differently is I used rice crisp cereal in place of coconut to trim down the calories. Its really good this way and makes them a bit crunchy…although, I bet its tastier with coconut :) Thanks so much for posting this recipe!!

  2. Bunny — June 19, 2014 @ 6:18 pm (#)

    For extra nuttiness, try lightly browning the oats in a cast iron skillet. I also substituted toasted whole wheat Cream of Wheat because I didn’t have wheat germ. Perhaps not as nutritional, but added an extra crunch. My whole family loves them.

  3. Shauna — June 22, 2014 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    Hey! I have made this with only peanut butter, muesli, sugar, and vanilla extract! Its really good! I make this in the night ( the mixture) and make balls.. then freeze throughout night and pack them in morning for school!!! Really good! and doesnt become sticky! Must try!

  4. Calixa Akmon — June 25, 2014 @ 9:34 pm (#)

    I absolutely love how many variations you can make for for this recipe! I particularly like adding unsweetened 100% cacao powder into the mix for a healthy, chocolatey flavor without a huge amount of added calories or fat, even the picky eaters in our family love it :) I’ve tried adding whole nuts to the recipe but I found that they can make it slightly cumbersome to roll it into balls so I chopped them up instead and found that they give it a nice crunch :D

  5. Marsha — June 26, 2014 @ 8:28 pm (#)

    Made these for the 1st time last night. They are GREAT especially after 24 hrs in the fridgerator where they really firm up. I added 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries to them and used dark chocolate chips. Will definitely make them again.

  6. Linda C — July 5, 2014 @ 8:54 am (#)

    I am making these for my grandson who is a runner. So calorie count and substitutions arent my concern! In fact, the more good fats, calories, carbs, protein, the better! Making them today!

  7. Kelli — July 6, 2014 @ 11:58 pm (#)

    Can these be frozen and stored?? We are going camping in a few weeks and if I can do some snack prep ahead of time it will really help.

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 2:54 pm (#)

      Yes they can. Just be sure to store them in a ziplock bag that has had the air squeezed out of it.

  8. Angela — July 7, 2014 @ 4:27 pm (#)

    Any ideas to fit more protein in without adding more carbs?? I made as is without the coconut and used flax seed instead of wheat germ. I’d love to get more than 2 grams of protein per ball. Thanks!!

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 4:45 pm (#)

      You could add in some more nuts or nut butter!

    • nr — August 15, 2014 @ 12:56 pm (#)

      Add some pumpkin seeds. They’re full of protein!

  9. Valerie — July 9, 2014 @ 9:31 pm (#)

    I just made these this evening and wowzers!! They are so good. I can’t wait to grab a couple for my morning workout.

    Thanks for this easy and delicious recipe.

  10. Sara — July 11, 2014 @ 9:57 am (#)

    I wish the recipe contained proper portion information ie 1lb of oats etc as opposed to cups. Cups come in all shapes and sizes. Would also make it easier to work out the calorie content.

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 10:58 am (#)

      Hi Sara, 1 cup of old fashioned oats will equal 2.8 ounces (dry).

    • Catherine — July 29, 2014 @ 12:55 pm (#)

      When recipes call for a cup or any variation such as 1/2 or 1/4 they are talking about actual measuring cups. Not just cups you use for drinking out of. All measuring cups are equal no matter what they look like. The only difference is if you are measuring liquids versus non-liquids. Glass measuring cups are best for liquids because you can fill the cup all the way to the exact line. With a metal measuring cup you always lose a small amount because if you filled it all the way it would spill.

  11. Cheryl — July 22, 2014 @ 12:57 pm (#)

    Do you have an approx. calorie count for the original energy balls?


    • Ali — July 22, 2014 @ 4:41 pm (#)

      Hi Cheryl,

      If you read through the comment section, quite a few readers have calculated nutrition facts. You can calculate approximate facts at, although I don’t trust its accuracy so hesitate to publish them on the site. Good luck!


  12. Neelam — July 25, 2014 @ 6:56 pm (#)

    I made these with almond butter and added a little cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Also used maple syrup instead of honey and I toasted the oats a little. Oh these are so good! Thanks for such a simple, yes delicious recipe!

  13. maddy — July 26, 2014 @ 8:26 pm (#)

    I brought these to a long swim meet (6+ hours!) For a quick burst of energy, and to share with my teammates. Left them unattended for 5 minutes, and they were gone! I made these with half maple syrup and half honey, but they didn’t stick together well. Also had whole flax seeds and a few sunflower seeds. Using cocoa nibs also gave a good caffeine dose, as coffee doesn’t bode well before races. Great, even in crumble form (had to pinch some out)!

  14. LeeAnn G Taylor — July 28, 2014 @ 4:42 pm (#)

    This is my absolute favorite recipe and I make it weekly. Since I’m currently pregnant and will be nursing, they are a fabulous way to get a quick healthy snack in on the go. I love that if you’re in a hurry, they can be made with just six ingredients and the recipe is simple enough to substitute out things if you happen to be out of something. 5 stars in my book for sure!

  15. Barbara — August 13, 2014 @ 12:23 pm (#)

    Can you tell me how many calories would be in a 1-inch ball of the original recipe?

  16. antonia canjar — August 15, 2014 @ 6:04 pm (#)

    will try no bake energy bites only issue l have is peanut butter

    • Ludicrous Mama — August 22, 2014 @ 2:55 am (#)

      Use almond butter, cashew butter, soy butter, sunflower seed butter…

  17. Ludicrous Mama — August 22, 2014 @ 2:58 am (#)

    FYI, chocolate IS vegan. Many BRANDS are not, if they contain milk, but the cacao processed into chocolate that is sold to confectioners is dairy-free. Each company adds their own mix of fillers and emulsifiers and such.

  18. Annie — August 25, 2014 @ 6:01 am (#)

    Is the original recipe gluten free? My friend is allergic to gluten and expecting, I’d like to make her a batch or two but I know nothing about what contains gluten and what doesn’t. Thanks!

    • Ali — August 27, 2014 @ 11:09 pm (#)

      Yes, it is. Enjoy!

    • Emily — September 6, 2014 @ 3:56 pm (#)

      If it has oats in it… It is not gluten free

    • Ali — October 18, 2014 @ 6:24 pm (#)

      If you buy gluten-free oats, it is gluten free. Enjoy!

  19. Mary wikswo — September 4, 2014 @ 6:13 am (#)

    I wanted more of a recovery bite- we live 40 minutes away from where we bike and I prefer to eat as soon as I put the bike up. I don’t want the ready made stuff with preservatives, so I made these, deleting the chocolate ( I am sensitive to caffeine). I add a scoop of protein powder, about a quarter cup of ground nuts( I used almond left over from another recipe) and maple syrup for the extra liquid needed to make it stick together. All the other ingredients stay the same. To me, they taste like cinnamon rolls.

  20. Chrissy — October 11, 2014 @ 8:15 am (#)

    Did peanut butter drop off the recipe?

    • Ali — October 11, 2014 @ 10:47 am (#)

      1/2 cup. Sorry about that, the recipe somehow was mistakingly edited when we copied it over to the new design yesterday.

  21. Leanne Dolan — October 11, 2014 @ 8:37 am (#)

    How much peanut butter do you use? It’s not listed in the ingredient list!

    • Ali — October 11, 2014 @ 10:47 am (#)

      1/2 cup. Sorry about that, the recipe somehow was mistakingly edited when we copied it over to the new design yesterday.

  22. Liz Haley — October 11, 2014 @ 8:44 am (#)

    How much peanut butter?  

    • Ali — October 11, 2014 @ 10:47 am (#)

      1/2 cup. Sorry about that, the recipe somehow was mistakingly edited when we copied it to the new design.

  23. Kim — October 13, 2014 @ 6:07 pm (#)

    I just saw these on Merideth Viera TV Show. They put in protein powder for a more healthier option.  Yummy

  24. Heather — November 15, 2014 @ 10:10 pm (#)

    What is the nutrition info for this recipe? I saw a reference suggesting I check the comments, but there are over 1,100. I’m specifically interested in the carb to protein ratio. Thanks. 

  25. Lisa — December 4, 2014 @ 9:54 am (#)

    These all look delicious! But I was wondering what the approximate calories were. Thank you. :)


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