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How to Make No-Bake Energy Balls

If you’re looking for a snack that not only fills you up but also gives you a boost, try your hand at these no bake energy balls! They’re filled with energizing ingredients like oats, peanut butter, and flaxseed. The best part? There’s no cooking or baking involved!

bowl filled with no bake energy bites
These no bake energy balls are the perfect snack!


  • It can easily be doubled or tripled.
  • Energy balls are one of the great back to school recipes and make the perfect afternoon snack, a fun lunch box add-on, or even for breakfast!
  • You won’t have to turn on your oven.
  • It’s made with real ingredients and nothing artificial. 
  • It’s easy to make and even easier to take on the go.


  1. Combine all of the ingredients for your no bake energy balls into a large bowl and mix well with either a wooden spoon or your fingers. Mixing with your hands is the best way to prepare this recipe — don’t be afraid to get messy! And be sure to start with clean hands, of course. 
  2. After you’ve finished mixing, let the batter for your no bake energy bites chill in the fridge. It will make forming the balls a lot easier. 
  3. Now it’s time to form the peanut butter oatmeal balls. Again, use your hands here for the best results. You can make the balls whatever size you want. If you find that the mixture sticks to your hands, you can wet your hands between each ball to make the rolling process easier.
  4. Store: When you’ve finished forming your peanut butter oatmeal balls, place them in an airtight container for storage. You can keep them in your pantry for several days at moderate room temperature. For longer storage, keep them in the fridge.
several no bake energy bites in a bowl
Energy balls are the ideal healthy snack – morning or afternoon!


Why Are My Energy Balls Not Sticking Together?

If you find that your no bake energy balls aren’t sticking together, you can add a bit of moisture to help them hold up. Add a bit of water at a time to get the right consistency. Be careful not to add too much, as this could cause them to become a bit soggy.

Why Are They Called Energy Balls?

To put it simply, they give you energy! Ingredients like peanut butter, flaxseed, and chia seeds are filled with protein and good fats. Old-fashioned oats contain carbohydrates, which are also known to provide energy and stamina. These peanut butter oatmeal balls will fill you up without weighing you down, and you’ll feel a nice boost after eating them. It’s a great pre-workout snack!

Are These No Bake Energy Balls Vegan?

This recipe is filled with whole foods and doesn’t feature any weird additives. It’s super easy to find 100% pure peanut butter in the organic or natural foods section of the grocery store. These energy balls are naturally vegetarian, and you can easily make them vegan-friendly by substituting agave nectar for the honey.


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energy bites in a bowl

No-Bake Energy Balls (GF)

5 from 26 ratings
These No-Bake Energy Bites are chock full of healthy, natural ingredients that form a powerhouse of nutrition with every bite! They taste great and are perfect for lunch boxes, afternoon snacks, or breakfast. Go energize!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 30 servings
Author: Amy Dong



  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well until fully incorporated. Cover and chill for 30 minutes to an hour.
    stirring ingredients for energy bites in a bowl
  • Roll into balls of your preferred size. If the mixture is too sticky, it helps to keep a bowl of water nearby to keep dipping your hands into. Wet palms will make the rolling a lot easier.
    energy bites in a bowl
  • Store in an airtight container. Will keep well at moderate room temp or in the fridge.


  • To toast shredded coconut: in a nonstick pan over medium high heat, stir coconut flakes until lightly toasted and fragrant. Watch carefully so that it does not burn.
  • You can sub agave nectar for honey.
  • Poppyseed can be used in lieu of chia, if you can’t find chia seeds.
  • Sunbutter can be used in place of peanut butter, for a nut-free recipe.
  • If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡

Nutrition (per serving)

Serving: 1g | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7.5g | Saturated Fat: 2.9g | Sodium: 24.9mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 8.2g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: snack
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method: Mixing

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    • Sabrina
    • 5 stars

    Awesome ingredients and they stick together well. Thanks!

    • Katie Crenshaw
    • 5 stars

    I made these for a healthy snack for my husband. He loved them. They turned out tasty!

    • LaKita
    • 5 stars

    These energy bites are so sweet, chewy, and delicious. Love having them as an afternoon pick me up snack.

    • Marie
    • 5 stars

    I never leave the house without a snack in my bag! I love that these energy bites are sturdy enough to be carried around and that they stay fresh if they remain in my bag for a couple of days. So handy! My son loved these too so I have a feeling I’ll be making them again soon!

    • Tristin
    • 5 stars

    These no bake energy bites make a great snack for my kids. I also like to drop them in their lunches for school.

    • nancy
    • 5 stars

    i was looking for a lower sugar and carb energy bar and this recipe is perfect! thanks for the easy recipe

    • Raquel
    • 5 stars

    These are the perfect afternoon snack idea. Delicious and so easy to make.

    • Jan
    • 5 stars

    Easy to make. Great little treat

    • Heather
    • 5 stars

    So simple and tasty! Perfect little afternoon pick me up!

    • Colleen
    • 5 stars

    These worked out perfectly. Easy and delicious!

    • Angela
    • 5 stars

    A delicious snack that you can feel good about.

    • Veronika
    • 5 stars

    These were great to have on hand throughout the week and definitely saved me from eating something unhealthy multiple times. Really tasty and super easy to make.

    • Jeri
    • 5 stars

    These no-bake energy bites were so quick and easy to make, and I already had all the ingredients on hand! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Elizabeth
    • 5 stars

    These energy bites are so delicious and super easy to make!

    • Jessica

    Mine didn’t turn out as pretty as yours because my kids helped form them but they sure were delicious. These energy balls worked perfectly as a road trip snack. The whole family loved them and I felt good about serving them since they are naturally sweetened.

    • Kathryn
    • 5 stars

    I always have a stash of these in my fridge! They make the BEST snack and love how they are healthy too.

    • Devan
    • 5 stars

    I love how quickly you can make these. Anything with peanut butter gets a thumbs up from me too. Keep the great recipes rolling!

    • rebecca

    I entered recipe in My Fitness Pal and for 24 balls they are 144 cals/12 fat/17carb/5protein

    • monica

    How many calories would you estimate 1 energy ball is ? I followed your reciepe exactly and I got about 135. I used dark chocolate also.

    • Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    Isn’t it wonderful to eat something with joy and it’s good for you. Yes!

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