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.
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.
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.
- Combine all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix everything together well with a large spoon, spatula, or clean hands.
- Form the mixture into one inch balls. You can see my recommendation for scooper below.
- Store them in an air tight container. These can be kept at room temperature for up to two weeks.
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
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.
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.
Yes! I’ve had readers have good results using Wow Butter in this recipe.
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.
Agave is a great swap for honey here.
Yes. While these are naturally gluten free, please double check the oats you use, as some are cross contaminated with gluten containing ingredients.
Five Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites
- 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.