No Bake Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites

This no bake energy bites recipe is easy to make in about 15 minutes with a few core ingredients, and keeps you satisfied when you need an energy boost.


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I have a teenage son who swims over two hours a day for his high school swim team.

He eats a lot! He’s always looking for healthy snacks that are high in protein and give him the carbohydrate boost that he needs. These no bake energy bites are the perfect swimmer snack.

Call them what you want, energy balls, protein balls, protein bites, power bites, they are perfect for breakfast, after a workout at the gym, before a swim meet … you get the picture.

They are really quite easy to make and it was a neighbor who turned my son onto these power balls.

I had never made them for him before because they contain peanut butter, an ingredient my son is not a big fan of. But he loves it in this recipe. Baby steps ?

I followed the directions my neighbor suggested to make a big batch of these no bake energy bites. What’s great about this recipe is that you can mix it up.

You can use any kind of nut butter, any kind of dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts or seeds. The possibilities are endless. It just depends what you’re in the mood for.


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Are energy bites good for you?

Energy balls are loaded with protein, good carbs, healthy fats and are high in fiber. They are perfect for on-the-go snacking before or after a workout.


How do you store energy bites?

In the fridge: Store energy bites in a sealed container or bag in the fridge for a week.

In the freezer: Freeze energy bites on a cookie sheet for an hour before transferring them to ziplock freezer bags.


No bake energy bites ingredients:

To make these tasty no bake energy bites, you will need:

Old fashioned oats: You’ll need about 1/2 cup of original oats, not the quick oats.

Ground flaxseed: The bulk section at my grocery store has flaxseed already ground. If yours does not, simply grind it at home in a food processor or leave it whole.

Peanut butter: Go for the natural variety, crunchy or smooth depending on your personal preference. If you prefer a different kind of nut butter, the possibilities are endless.

Honey: I prefer raw honey because the flavor is simply outstanding but any kind will do. Not a fan of honey? Switch it up with maple syrup.

Protein powder: To give these energy balls an extra boost I like to add unsweetened protein powder.

Chocolate chips: Semi sweet, bittersweet, white chocolate… grab whatever suits your fancy.


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Other variations:

Dried fruit: Raisins, cranberries, dates would all be delicious in place of chocolate chips.

Coconut: I prefer the flaky unsweetened variety.

Nuts or seed: Chia seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans … you get the picture.

Nut butters: If peanut butter is not your thing, give almond butter or even sunflower butter a try.

Maple syrup: Swap out the honey in this recipe for true maple syrup, not the stuff made out of corn syrup.


How to make no bake energy bites:

To make this high protein snack, start by grabbing a bowl.

Add the oats. Start by combining your dry ingredients, including protein powder and ground flaxseed.

Mix in the peanut butter. You’ll need a spoon because this can become a gooey challenge.

Drizzle in the honey. This is where things get a little sticky. Use that spoon to really work the dry ingredients into the wet.

Add the chocolate chips. My son prefers mini chocolate chips. He says they’re the perfect size for these energy.

Roll the mixture into bowls. Use a spoon to scoop the batter into the perfect 1-inch ball.

Refrigerate or freeze. Make sure your no bake energy bites are stored in a sealed container until you need them.


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5 from 6 votes

No Bake Energy Bites

This no bake energy bites recipe is easy to make in about 15 minutes with a few core ingredients, and keeps you satisfied when you need an energy boost.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: No Bake Energy Bites
Servings: 12 balls
Author: Ali Randall


  • 1/2 cup cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1-2 scoops protein powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips


  • Mixed together all the ingredients using a spoon or your hands if necessary. Roll the mixture into 1 inch balls and refrigerate.


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14 thoughts on “No Bake Energy Bites”

  • 5 stars
    We keep these on hand at our house as well. I love eating them for late night snacks when the munchies hit.

    • It is the perfect late night snack. Not to much and enough to satisfy a craving 🙂

  • 5 stars
    I love to make these and have time for a snack! I prefer to freeze them, great classic recipe!

    • When I make them, they don’t last long enough to freeze…but yes freezing is a great idea.

    • Thanks Tawnie….it is so easy to double the recipe too. Plenty for everyone 🙂

  • 5 stars
    One of my girlfriends just got back into swimming (she used to swim in college) and she said how she forgot how hungry she gets! Sending this to her now!

    • Yes it does increase your appetite…these power balls are the perfect answer. Thanks Tracy

  • 5 stars
    I have a very active daughter who would love these! In fact I think the whole family would enjoy them, pinning to make later x

    • It’s perfect for a follow snack after a workout and also just to enjoy if you are hungry and need a snack. Thanks Michelle

    • Yup two hours a day during the school year and twice a day during Christmas break. They are warriors!

  • Can these be left at room temp. Thinking of taking to funeral home for visitors

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