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No-Bake Energy Balls

These no-bake energy balls make the perfect breakfast, snack or even dessert. So delicious and only take 5 minutes and 5 ingredients to make!

A bowl of no bake energy balls.
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Family Favorite Snack

We love to make energy and protein balls for a quick grab and go snack. These peanut butter energy balls are one of our favorites, as well as chocolate peanut butter protein balls, almond joy no-bake energy bites and lemon coconut energy balls.

I’m always on the lookout for healthy snacks, and these no-bake energy balls seem to be my go to when I’m craving something sweet. Not only are they absolutely delicious, they’re a great source of protein.

I love to grab them on the go when headed out or when I need a quick boost of energy in the afternoon. Much healthier than grabbing a candy bar. My husband and kids also love these energy bites too, which is definitely a plus!

At the beginning of the week, I like to make a big batch of them and then stick them in the freezer. When I’m in need of a quick snack or energy boost, I can just grab one and go. Seriously so easy and a great healthy snack option!


I like to start with the 5 base ingredients below when making energy balls. There are so many ways to customize them to your taste, like subbing chocolate chips for dried cranberries or replacing peanut butter with almond butter.

  • Old fashioned oats
  • Peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Flax seed
  • Chocolate chips
Energy ball ingredients in a glass bowl.

How to Make Energy Balls

  1. MIX. Mix all ingredients together, roll into balls, then place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  2. FREEZE. Place baking sheet in freezer until energy balls are hard, so that they hold their shape.
  3. STORE. Store in zip top bag or airtight container.

TIP: I like to store my energy balls in the freezer to extend their shelf life. Then I always have a quick snack option on hand!


There are plenty of ways to customize these no-bake energy bites. Below are some of my favorites!

  • 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 or cashew butter
  • Replace the oats with kodiak power cakes mix like I did when making these kodiak cakes protein balls
Peanut butter energy balls.

Storage + Freezing

To store: You can either place them in a zip top bag or airtight container. Just make sure to freeze them for a little bit once you roll them into balls so that they harden up. This helps the energy balls to hold their shape when you add them to the bag.

If storing at room temperature, I’ll typically store in an airtight container so that I can spread the balls out to where they don’t touch too much. This helps to make sure that they don’t stick together. They will keep for about 1 week at room temperature or around 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

To freeze: 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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A bowl of no bake energy balls

Energy Balls Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
These no-bake energy balls make the perfect breakfast, snack or even dessert. So delicious and only take 5 minutes and 5 ingredients to make!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Freeze: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 30


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 pinch of sea salt too. Add in any other desired mix-in's. 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.


    Note: If you add extra ingredients and the mixture feels too dry, add a little more peanut butter and honey.
    If it feels too sticky, add a Tablespoon or two more of oats or protein powder.
    Variation: Recently I’ve been doing 1/2 cup oats and 1/2 cup kodiak cakes.
    Recipe change: I have changed the recipe slightly over the years. Here is the original ingredients. Follow the same instructions: 
    • 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


    Serving: 1ball | Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Snack
    Cuisine: American

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    Grabbing an energy ball from a bowl.

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