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Five Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites

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posted: 03/27/19

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These Five Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites are easy and such a perfect snack! These 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

Please raise your hand if you have a kid who refuses new clothes? I do. WHO IS THIS CHILD?!? I have never passed up new clothes ONCE in my life. But this particular child loathes getting new clothes and will wear pants that look like he or she (identity hidden to protect the guilty) is about to be caught in a flood. I’m talking about a solid 3 inches of bright white ankle staring me in the face. And yet, I get a look of, “Who cares? I’m good,” with a well timed shoulder shrug.

It is not the least bit surprising that we go through this battle all the time, because this kid will finally give in to new pants, and then a month goes by and there are those ankles again. These kids! They grow like weeds. Which is probably why I am always on the prowl for delicious and healthy snacks to give them.

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!

Five Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites are the Perfect Snack

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. But 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.

honey being poured into ingredients for oatmeal energy bites

Ingredients in No Bake Energy Bites

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

  1. quick cooking oats
  2. creamy peanut butter (or you could use this almond butter)
  3. honey
  4. mini chocolate chips
  5. vanilla extract
ingredients for no bake energy bites broken down by type in a bowl

Variations on this Energy Ball Recipe

My Family has a Peanut Allergy, What Can I Use Instead?

I love working with sunflower butter as a substitution to peanut butter. It is perfect for this recipe because it has the same amount of protein as creamy peanut butter, which is what we are going for here. Almond butter would be another great option here.

I Only have Old Fashioned Oats on Hand, Can I Use Those?

You can! I like the quick cooking oats because they aren’t as hearty as the old fashioned, which makes them a little easer to eat raw, but the old fashioned oats will still be fine. Don’t let that be the reason you don’t make theses.

What Can I Use Instead of Chocolate Chips?

If you want to make these a little healthier, I would swap the chocolate chips out for raisins or dried cranberries.

What Can I Use Instead of Honey?

I’ve used agave nectar in this recipe instead of honey and it works really well.

over head view of energy bites recipe in a bowl

Do I Have to Keep Energy Bites in the Refrigerator?

Nope, these can be kept in a sealed container on the counter for about one week.

fingers setting down peanut butter energy balls into a bowl

Other Great Snack Ideas

In a white bowl, the Five Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites are shaped into little balls and piled on top of each other.
5 from 8 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. Bethany says

    This recipe has quickly become a family favorite. I just made a double batch today.

    I chose to add dried cranberries as well for a little extra something.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Oooo, I love the idea of the cranberries! Thanks Bethany!

  2. Sarah W says

    Thoughts on using almond butter in lieu of peanut butter??

    • Lisa Longley says

      I would have to try it before I could say for sure, but I think it would be fine!

  3. ashonti says

    can you use maple syrup?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried maple syrup, but I think it will work fine!

  4. Sharon Wood says

    5 stars
    I made these Five Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites yesterday, they went like ‘hotcakes.’ I made a double batch thinking that they’ll last a few days, I was so wrong. I didn’t have quite all the ingredients so I subbed quick for rolled, mini chocolate chips for a few chocolate covered pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and regular chips.
    The good thing about this recipe is diabetics can have 3 a day to meet dietary standards.
    Thanks, Lisa

    • Lisa Longley says

      So happy to hear this!

  5. Hannah says

    I eyeballed my measurements and they weren’t staying together so I added in almond flour until I could form balls. Just a tip if you hate measuring lol!

  6. Sarah W says

    5 stars
    Oh my word!! Where have these been all my life? I made these today for the first time and I’m obsessed! Such a quick, relatively healthy snack! Thank you!

  7. Mary says

    5 stars
    I love this recipe. I add flax seeds to mine, and sometimes coconut. I keep mine in the freezer at home and at work. I love eating them cold.

  8. Meika says

    Could you use granola and cut oats to half?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I wouldn’t recommend that for this recipe. Granola is a lot drier than oats, and I’m worried they wouldn’t hold together.

  9. Lucy Sanspariel says

    like doing a easy and fast little thing with the kids age 10 an 4 for our snacks. ty

  10. Melody Mackey says

    Can you freeze these? If so how long are they good for?

    • Lisa Longley says

      These would freeze great! I would recommend flash freezing them in a single layer for an hour and then transferring them to an air tight container for up to 5 months.

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