Easy Snack: No-Bake Energy Bites

Need an easy on-the-go snack packed full of energy?

No Bake Energy Bites - MOMables.comCan you guess what the favorite snack among the kids in our test group was? “Bars.” These included protein bars, energy bars, fruit bars, and all sorts of packaged “bars,” promising to be nutritious.

When parents were asked the #1 reason for purchasing them prepackaged: convenience. 

Most of the snack bars and protein bars those kids were eating were primarily designed for adults, and the only nutrition was the added vitamins. To give parents credit, when shown this recipe of how easy it is to make your own energy bars, most made the switch. In addition, the packaged snacks get expensive!


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Lunch Box Snack: No-Bake Energy Bites
Cuisine: Snacks
Serves: 18-20 bites
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup ground flax seed
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut/non-nut butter)*
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, coconut flakes, flax seed, mini chocolate chips, and raisins.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
  3. Pour the peanut butter mix into the oat mix, until thoroughly incorporated. Let it chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll it into balls. Store in an airtight container, and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
* The peanut or non-nut butter you use will make a difference in how well these stick together. If they are not holding together well, add 1 to 2 tablespoons more peanut butter. My creamy peanut butter holds these just fine with ½ cup.
*you can use quick oats for this recipe, however, you might need to adjust the quantity since the mixture might be a tad sticky. If so, add more oats.

Of course, her photo sold me immediately too! Kids LOVE bite-size things, and they were a huge hit!  You can double the recipe and freeze some. I put some in the lunch box, and they are ready to eat by snack time.



  1. Amber says

    Hello! I’m looking for things my husband can take to work and eat on the go. These seem perfect. Do they have to remain refrigerated at all times?

  2. Katie says

    Hi Laura,
    I ordered your book recently and love it!

    I tried making this recipe two times this week and both times the mix crumbled and I couldn’t roll it into a ball. I used sunflower seed butter since my son can’t eat peanut butter. I used additional sunflower seed butter and honey but it still crumbled. I used old fashioned oats (maybe they aren’t a quick oat). Any ideas? I am not giving up on this recipe.

  3. Winnifred says

    Thanks for the great recipes, Laura!

    Trader Joes has a new Peanut Butter with added flax and chia seeds. This can be used beautifully in this recipe.

  4. Michele says

    I realize this recipe has been around for a while and I’m just way behind the times but I thought I’d share a couple adjustments I made to this recipe. My kids LOVE them and I feel so good about them eating them over the processed things found in the store that don’t even help with energy at all!

    First,..I did not add the raisins or coconut as my kids aren’t fans of those. Second, I added about 1/2-3/4 cups protein powder to the mixture. I typically stay around 1/2 cup. If the bites are too dry to roll into balls I add a little more honey. I just love peanut butter and chocolate so our favorite is to mix 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder and 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder. I’ve also used banana flavored powder with the vanilla and those were delicious too (I mean, who doesn’t love peanut butter and bananas, right?).

    With the addition of the protein powder these delicious bites give an even longer lasting energy boost! I even asked our Dr. about all the added vitamins my kids were getting (from the protein powder) and whether that could potentially cause health problems and she assured me that unless they were eating in excess of 5-6/day they should be fine. Not only are they perfect for snacks but they can serve as a healthy breakfast alternative when you’re running late (which of us mom’s are never running late when we’ve got a houseful of busy kids?!) !!!

    If anyone is still reading about these delicious bite, I hope this helps if you decide you need to change them up a little once in a while!

    • Kristi says

      I’m not familiar with protein powder. Where do you buy it? Can you give me a little more information about cooking with it?

      • says

        Kristi, the protein powder in this recipe can be omitted or substituted with milk powder. You don’t actually cook with it it’s for added nutritional benefit.

      • NoAdditives says

        Protein powder is what you use to make a protein shake. You can find it pretty much everywhere, Target, GNC, I think even grocery stores. Most brands use artificial sweeteners, but there are some good natural brands. I like Now Sports or the natural line from Optimum Nutrition. There are all kinds of ways to add it to cookies and other foods, do a google search for recipes.

  5. Martha says

    I’m planning on making these, they sounds great but I have a question. The last ingredient is vanilla. Is that vanilla extract?

  6. Alejandra Pazos says

    I’m trying to figure calories before making these… On average how many balls do you get from a recipe?

  7. Ilissa says

    I just made these today. They were not holding together as some other people had also indicated so I added more peanut butter. They rolled together much easier after that. I think the recipe should call for 1 cup of peanut butter instead of 1/2.

  8. Elizabeth says

    hi I made these last night. put them in the fridge overnight. I made some balls input the rest into a pan and covered it. thinking I could make those into bars. They weren’t sticking this morning so I put that tan in the freezer. I read a comment I need to add more liquid than? I will try this again I tasted it and it taste yummy.

  9. Michele says

    I have made these twice now. They are very good, but the first time I really struggled to get it all to hold together for balls and this time I can’t get the balls to form at all; it’s too crumbly. Obviously it needs more liquid, but at this point what should I add, and how much?

  10. Renae says

    Not sure what I did wrong….they tasted wonderful but there’s no way I could have rolled them into balls, they just all fell apart. I did omit the raisins, would that have been the problem?

  11. Jenny says

    Do you think they are really only good for a week? All the ingredients are shelf stable much longer then a week! Just trying to get as much out of them as I can!

  12. Becca says

    I think I’ve burned my kids out on snack cookies that use raw oats. Have you tried doing this with toasted oats? I’m wondering if it would give it enough of a cooked flavor that my kids would eat it.

  13. Kim says

    Hey! I’m wanting to try making these right now but I don’t have any flax seed. Can i just leave it out this time? Or use something else to replace it?

  14. Cynthia says

    Wondering if you might know the answers to these questions. Can ground flaxseed be made by taking flax seeds and grinding them in a mini food processor? Can flaxseed be toasted, or is it better to use as is?

    I want to try this substituting the raisins for cranberries! Thanks!

    • Jay Melo says

      I grind flax seeds in my blender. It works great. Just an old blender no special kind. I have not tried toasting.

  15. Newbie says

    I tried to make these, but because the oatmeal I made was fresh …thus warm, it melted all if the chocolate chips and turned into a gooey, sticky chocolate mess. Is the recipe supposed to say just oats or do you use oatmeal from the fridge?

    • says

      I apologize, the oatmeal is dry. or, Dry oats. What you have you can warm a serving in a bowl and serve with milk. We call that an “energy bowl”

  16. sarah says

    I really want to make these, but would probably end up freezing them, since we have a small family! Anyone know how long they will keep in the freezer? Thanks in advance!!

  17. Beth says

    We love these at our house! I use a small ice cream scooper, it’s a little bigger than a melon baller to make these. I do the scooping part and my 4yo makes them into the little balls! She loves to help and is always so proud when we are done. The last few times I made them I added a couple Tbsp. of melted coconut oil and they tasted just like an Almond Joy!


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