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!
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. So yummy!
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 these peanut butter energy balls 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! I like to make a big batch of them at the beginning of the week, 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!
Ingredients for energy balls
I like to start with the 5 base ingredients below when making energy balls. There are so many ways to customize these energy bites to your taste, like subbing chocolate chips for dried cranberries or replacing peanut butter with almond butter. You can easily adjust based on preference!
- Old fashioned oats
- Peanut butter
- Flax seed
- Chocolate chips
How do you make an energy ball?
These no bake energy bites are so easy to make and will come together in minutes. Scroll down for the printable energy balls recipe.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix all ingredients together, roll into balls, then place on baking sheet.
- Place baking sheet in freezer until energy balls are hard, so that they hold their shape.
- 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!
Energy ball variations
There are plenty of ways to customize these no-bake energy bites. Below are some of my favorites!
- Add in a 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
- Add in your favorite seeds, such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds
- Replace the peanut butter with almond or cashew butter
How do you store energy balls?
To store the energy balls, 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. 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.
How long do homemade energy balls last?
These peanut butter energy balls will keep for about 1 week at room temperature, around 2 weeks in the refrigerator or a couple of months if stored in the freezer.
Can you freeze energy balls?
Yes! I actually prefer to store these energy balls in the freezer. It helps them to keep their shape, plus it’s perfect for an easy grab and go snack. I typically always have some sort of homemade energy ball in the freezer. That way I have a healthy snack option versus grabbing something that’s not as good for me!
No-Bake Energy Balls
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 6 Tablespoons vanilla protein powder , about 1 1/2 scoops
Optional: splash of vanilla, pinch of salt, pinch of cinnamon, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, 2-4 Tablespoons ground flax seed, 1 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 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. Stir until combined. Use a small cookie scoop or Tablespoon and round them into balls.
- Place pan in the freezer until hard. Then store in a zip top bag or covered container for up to 3 months.
Adapted from All Recipes