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Energy Bites

4.92 from 24 votes

posted: 01/17/23

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These Energy Bites are easy and such a perfect snack! Made with only five ingredients and no baking required, these help keep everyone feeling full between meal.

Love these peanut butter energy balls, but want a spin? Make my Chocolate Energy Bites. Both are easy to make and even easier to eat.

bowl of five ingredient no bake energy bites

My kids are big big fans of fruit. We go through a bag of apples, two bags of grapes, and two containers of strawberries in the blink of an eye. They also love to munch on crackers and fresh veggies. Really, as far as kids go, I have some pretty healthy eaters.

I also know that to keep them fuller longer, we have to squeeze some protein in there, and that is why I love these Five Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites. They are simple to make, and I can attest to how the crush hunger. The other day I went for a run, so I was extra hungry, but it was still two hours until dinner. I had one of these no bake energy balls, and I was totally satisfied until dinner time.

Reader Review

My boys 4, 4, and 7 love them! I make them on Sunday and it starts their Monday off on a good note. It makes me feel like a rock star mom. Thank you for an easy recipe that my kids love!

How to Make Energy Bites

These come together in a snap! This is a brief overview of the recipe. For the full recipe with all of the measurements, be sure to find the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Combine all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix everything together well with a large spoon, spatula, or clean hands.
  2. Form the mixture into one inch balls. You can see my recommendation for scooper below.
  3. Store them in an air tight container. These can be kept at room temperature for up to two weeks.
honey being poured into ingredients for oatmeal energy bites

One Tablespoon Scoop

This scoop is easy to use and so perfect for making fast energy bites.
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Ingredients in No Bake Energy Bites

As I mentioned, these are only five ingredients, so these oatmeal energy bites are perfect for busy parents.

  • Quick Cooking Oats: The difference between quick cooking oats and regular oats is the size. Quick cooking are smaller and so they work a little better for this recipe. You can take traditional oats and run them through your food processor for this recipe.
  • Creamy Peanut Butter: If you have a nut allergy in your house, I’ve had readers have good results using Wow Butter as a replacement for peanut butter.
  • Honey: Agave is another great option to use in this recipe. Just use the same amount as is called for the honey.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips: These are fantastic in this recipe, but I also have some healthier options listed below.
  • Vanilla Extract
ingredients for no bake energy bites broken down by type in a bowl

Variations on this Energy Ball Recipe

  • Swap the chocolate chips out for something a little healthier. Some great options would dried cranberries or sunflower seeds.
  • Add in some chia seeds. Chia seeds add a lot of nutritional value. You can pull out 1/4 cup of the oats and put in 1/4 cup of chia seeds.
  • Swap the peanut butter for something else. Some great options would be almond butter or sunflower butter. As mentioned below if you have someone with a nut allergy in your house, Wow Butter works great here.
over head view of energy bites recipe in a bowl

Storing and Freezing

Store these at room temperature in an air tight container for up to two weeks.

These also freeze really well. I recommend freezing them in a single layer for a few hours and then transferring them to an air tight container. They can be stored in the freezer for three months, and they will thaw very quickly once pulled out of the freezer.

fingers setting down peanut butter energy balls into a bowl


Can I use something besides peanut butter?

Yes! I’ve had readers have good results using Wow Butter in this recipe.

Can I use Old Fashioned Oats?

Yes! But I would recommend that you run them through your food processor for a few pulses to break them down a little. The energy bites will come together better if you do that.

What can I use instead of honey?

Agave is a great swap for honey here.

Are energy bites gluten free?

Yes. While these are naturally gluten free, please double check the oats you use, as some are cross contaminated with gluten containing ingredients.

In a white bowl, the Five Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites are shaped into little balls and piled on top of each other.

Other Healthy Snack Ideas

If you make this amazing No Bake Energy Bite recipe or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

4.92 from 24 votes

Five Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites

Serves: 20 energy bites
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Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
These Five Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites are easy to throw together and make such a perfect snack!  If you are looking for a snack that will keep the kiddos and you feeling full between meals, these peanut butter energy balls are such a great option. Easy to make and even easier to eat.


  • 2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
  • Form into one inch balls. Store in an airtight container.
Serving: 1bite Calories: 137kcal (7%) Carbohydrates: 17g (6%) Protein: 4g (8%) Fat: 7g (11%) Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 2g Sodium: 42mg (2%) Potassium: 60mg (2%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 8g (9%) Calcium: 10mg (1%) Iron: 1.1mg (6%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American

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  1. Mary Ann says

    Why don’t these stick together? I did the recipe as stated.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I don’t ever have trouble with these sticking together with the ratios listed. But! If you are having trouble, I would try just adding a little more honey and a little more peanut butter.

  2. Mary Ann says

    These did not turn out well for me. Too dry and didn’t hold together much. Would not make again.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so sorry that these didn’t work out for you. I know you mentioned that you would not make them again, but it sounds like the issue was just slightly off ratios. Next time you could add a pinch more peanut butter and a pinch more honey to pull them together.

  3. Tera-Lee says

    They were too dry for me also so I just altered them a little. I added extra stuff too like coconut, flaxseed and chia seed so I also added more peanut butter, more honey and coconut oil

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yup, with those added dry ingredients, it would need more to hold it together.

  4. Sonja says

    These were delicious I substituted almond butter and almond extract Added chopped walnuts and a pinch of salt. Will make again.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear you liked these!

  5. Kelly Ewart says

    The no bake energy bars how many calories do they have in them

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Kelly! You can find nutritional information on my recipes at the bottom of the recipe card by clicking the little down arrow. These have 137 calories per energy bite if you make them the same size as is indicated in the recipe.

  6. Judy Griffith says

    Could you use granola in place of oatmeal
    I really like granola better

    • Lisa Longley says

      I would really need to test to figure out a way to make that work. Granola pieces are much much bigger than regular oats, so I think it would be difficult to roll them into balls.

  7. Wendy Frederick says

    Mine come out a little different each time I make them do I adjust accordingly. Usually add more honey and/or peanutbutter. Out if all the recipes of these on here, we like these the best. Always make a double batch and freeze them. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you enjoy these!

  8. Sara says

    3 stars
    They were a crumbly mess. Doubled the amount of peanut butter and vanilla and they turned out much better. I would have added more honey too but I ran out. They tasted great!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Sara, I’m pretty surprised to hear this! These measurements work out great for me every time. I can totally appreciate maybe needing a teaspoon or two more of peanut butter, but double tells me something else was off.

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5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners



5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners