This no-bake energy balls recipe is the perfect breakfast or portable snack loaded with good for you ingredients. Made in one bowl in only 5 minutes with 5 ingredients!
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No Bake Energy Bites
I’m always on the lookout for healthy snacks, and these 5 ingredient protein balls seem to be my go-to when I’m craving something sweet. Not only are they absolutely delicious, but they’re also a great source of protein.
Why You’ll Love These Energy Balls
- Quick boost of energy: Made with simple wholesome ingredients, these balls are a cross between granola bars and cookie dough.
- Family friendly: My husband and kids love these 5-ingredient protein balls for healthy on-the-go snacks.
- Make ahead: Make these oatmeal energy bites at the beginning of the week and store in the fridge or freezer.
I like to start with these 5 pantry ingredients below when making energy balls. The best part is you probably already have them on hand!
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
- Old-fashioned oats: These are dry oats that are flavorless with a thick texture to them. They are also known as rolled oats. Use gluten-free oats if needed.
- Peanut butter: Binds all the ingredients together and adds flavor!
- Honey: Gives the energy balls a natural sweetness.
- Flax seed: This is a hidden ingredient that helps add healthiness but doesn’t have much flavor.
- Chocolate chips: Always a favorite to add into energy bites for a hint of chocolate!
Substitutions and Variations
There are plenty of ways to customize these no bake energy balls. Grab a bowl and start adding in your favorite variations!
- Add in an additional scoop of protein powder or collagen for extra protein.
- Add a Tablespoon or two of chia seeds for a boost in antioxidants.
- Mix in 1/4 cup coconut and 1/4 cup dried cranberries in place of the chocolate chips.
- Use half chocolate chips and half mini M&M’s like I did when making these monster energy balls.
- Add in your favorite seeds, such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds.
- Replace the peanut butter with almond butter, nut butter, sunflower seed butter, or cashew butter.
- Replace the oats with Kodiak power cakes mix.
- Omit the flaxseed and chocolate chips for 3 Ingredient peanut butter oatmeal balls.
How to Make Energy Balls
These energy balls are a quick and easy snack that are made with natural ingredients, healthy fats and loved ball all!
- Mix. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients together, roll into balls, then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Freeze. Place baking sheet in the freezer until energy balls are hard so that they hold their shape.
- Store. Store in a zip-top bag or airtight container.
- Chill dough before rolling. If time permits, chilling your dough before rolling into balls makes it less sticky! Wetting your hands also helps.
- Use a cookie dough scoop. This will help form evenly shaped balls. It’s also faster to form the bites this way!
- Too dry. The mixture should be slightly sticky. If it’s too dry, add more honey or peanut butter. If it’s too wet, add more oats.
5 star review
“We love these energy balls. Perfect size to quench that sweet craving. Lots of great ingredients. Thanks for recipe. Also my grand girls love them too and they have no idea it’s healthy. Yeah!!”-Fran
Yes! Energy balls are protein-packed and healthy to eat. They are high in fats and fiber making them a go-to snack!
For sure! These little bite-sized energy balls do just that! Give you energy! They are supplied with a bunch of good fats and energy to help you keep going throughout the day.
Yes, try hemp seeds or chia seeds. You could even just add more oats or unsweetened shredded coconut.
Pure maple syrup can be used instead of honey to make vegan energy bites. I do think that honey binds a bit better. If you mixture seems dry you may need to add water.
You can either place them in a zip-top bag or an airtight container. If storing in a bag, I like to freeze them a little longer initially so they retain their shape when placed in the bag.
If storing at room temperature, store them in an airtight container so that the balls don’t touch or stick together. They will keep for about 1 week at room temperature or around 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
I actually prefer mine frozen. It helps them to keep their shape, plus it’s perfect for an easy grab-and-go snack. Simply add to a zip-top bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
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Energy Balls Recipe
Optional add in's: splash of vanilla, pinch of salt, pinch of cinnamon, ground flax seed, chia seeds, protein powder, rice krispies, coconut
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Combine the old-fashioned oats, peanut butter, honey, and chocolate chips. I like to add a splash of vanilla and a pinch of sea salt too. Add in any other desired mix-ins. Stir until combined.
- Use a small cookie scoop or Tablespoon and round them into balls. Place pan in the refrigerator or freezer until hard. Then store in a zip-top bag or covered container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/4- 1/2 cup dark or semi sweet chocolate chips
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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