Home > Snacks > Energy Bites Energy Bites November 20, 2020 | 15 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Easy, protein-packed, granola balls — these Energy Bites make the perfect snack or breakfast on-the-go (no baking required!). We have a few different flavor variations — try these Chocolate Energy Bites, Oatmeal Energy Balls, or these Protein Breakfast Cookies next. Energy Bites Energy Bites are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, quick snack, pre- or post-workout fuel, road trip treat, hiking fuel, or late-night snack. Or….all of the above! You might find these pretty addicting and crave them all the time. This is definitely not a bad thing since these are made with great nutritious ingredients! And because of the natural sweeteners, healthy fats, and overall protein content, Energy Bites can keep you satiated and quell some sugar cravings. How to make these treats One of the great things about this recipe is its simplicity. No baking or stove-top required! Combine peanut butter, honey, salt, and vanilla (see” quick tip” below). Mix until smooth. Add oat flour (blended regular oats), coconut, chocolate chips, and old-fashioned oats. Mix until combined, and then roll into balls and enjoy these tasty Energy Bites! QUICK TIP Different brands of peanut butter can vary quite a bit. This especially happens when you’re using natural peanut butter that requires stirring versus conventional peanut butter with a few additives the difference. I personally use Skippy® creamy peanut butter in these Energy Bites (not sponsored). Skippy is salted, a little sweetened, and it uses roasted peanuts (which adds loads of flavor without any additional effort on your part). So, depending on the peanut butter you use, you may want to adjust how much salt is added. If you’re using salty peanut butter or are sensitive to salt, cut back this addition. Variation Ideas Energy Bites are very adaptable. As long as you can get a consistency that holds together as a granola ball, you’ll be golden. Swap out peanut butter for different nut butter if you have allergies. Other nut butters can be drier than peanut butter — you’ll know you need more if the mixture is crumbly and not coming together nicely. Add additional nut butter slowly; use 1-2 tablespoons at a time. Switch sweeteners. Instead of honey, try maple syrup or agave nectar instead. To make these Energy Bites vegan, you’ll want to use agave or maple syrup. Change up the chocolate. Use coarsely chopped dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet miniature chocolate chips for more nutritious energy bites. Alternatively, replace the chocolate chips with a different mix-in (think finely nuts, chopped craisins, toffee chips, or extra coconut). Replace the oat flour with flaxseed or wheat germ. QUICK TIP For gluten-free no-bake Energy Bites: While the ingredients in these bars are naturally gluten-free, make sure to check all the ingredient labels to verify they weren’t processed in a facility with gluten. Energy Bite Tips Since there can be great variations in specific ingredients (especially peanut butter), you may need to add a bit more oats or a bit more peanut butter/honey to the mixture. If the mixture is too wet and sticky (and not rolling nicely into a ball), add a few more oats and re-mix everything. If the mixture is too dry (and crumbling), add more peanut butter and/or honey and re-mix everything until you can easily roll the balls. Allow time for the oats to absorb the liquid. If these Energy Bites seem too moist, let them sit for a few minutes; they will continue to firm up as the oats and oat flour absorb the honey and peanut butter. Energy Bites FAQs1Are Energy Bites good for you?Energy Bites are typically loaded with nutritious ingredients that contain healthy fats, protein, and fiber. These ingredients make them a nutritious snack that’s great for taking on-the-go and enjoying in moderation. While they’re loaded with good ingredients, they are also typically high in fats (healthy fats) and calories, so if you’re watching calorie or fat intake, you’ll want to limit the number of Energy Bites you consume daily. 2Do Energy Bites need to be refrigerated?They do not, but we think they taste best straight out of the fridge. They will also last longer when refrigerated. To store in the fridge: Add to an airtight container or bag and keep in the fridge for up to one week. 3Can Energy Bites be frozen? Yes! This will help them last longer. To freeze: Space The Energy Bites on a lined plate or tray in the freezer. Once firm (about 1-2 hours), transfer to an airtight bag or freezer container. They’ll last up to 6 months in the freezer. To thaw: Simply pull one out and let it stand for about 15-30 minutes. You could also pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. (When these oatmeal Energy Bites are completely frozen through they are very hard to eat, but don’t feel like you need to completely thaw them before eating — we enjoy them still a bit frozen; they’re delicious that way!) 4When should you eat Energy Bites?Any time’s a great time for Energy Bites! Have one… Whenever you need a nutritious pick-me-up! Before a workout for maximum sustained energy. Post-work-out to help with muscle recovery. Energy Bites contain substantial protein and nutrients that can help repair and replenish your body after a work-out. 5Can you eat raw oats in Energy Bites?Yes! Dry oatmeal is perfectly safe to eat raw. The oats have a great chewy texture, and they soften and take on all the amazing flavors of the other ingredients in the Energy Bites. 6What is an Energy Bite?An Energy Bite is a fun name for a snack that’s loaded with ingredients aimed to sustain your body with plenty of energy. Energy Bites typically combine healthy fats, fiber, carbohydrates, and protein to deliver the macronutrients the body needs for energy. More Wholesome Snack Recipes Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins without refined sugars Healthy Breakfast Cookies no baking required Homemade Protein Bars almond-coconut flavored Overnight Oats four different recipes! Lemon Blueberry Bread made with Greek yogurt FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Energy Bites* 5 from 3 votes - Review this recipe Easy, protein-packed, granola balls -- these Energy Bites make the perfect snack or breakfast on-the-go! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Energy Bites* 5 from 3 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Easy, protein-packed, granola balls -- these Energy Bites make the perfect snack or breakfast on-the-go! Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack Cuisine American, Healthy, Vegetarian Keyword energy bites Prep Time 15 minutes Chilling Time 15 minutes Total Time 30 minutes Servings 23 -24 large energy bites Calories 55kcal Cost $4.82 Ingredients1/2 cup (56g) oat flour (blend up regular oats until they reach a flour consistency)1/2 cup (125g) creamy peanut butter (we use Skippy)1/3 cup (106g) honey1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt Note 11 cup (101g) old-fashioned oats, (do not use quick or steel-cut oats)2/3 cup (41g) toasted coconut flakes1/2 cup (90g) miniature chocolate chips InstructionsBLEND UP OATS: In a regular food processor or blender, add in some old-fashioned oats and pulse until the mixture resembles flour. Measure to get 1/2 cup and you'll have oat flour! WET INGREDIENTS: In a large bowl, add the peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir until smooth.DRY INGREDIENTS: Right on top of the wet ingredients, add in the oat flour, old-fashioned oats, toasted coconut flakes, and miniature chocolate chips. Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated. If the mixture is too dry and crumbly, add a touch more peanut butter and/or honey. If it is too moist, add more oats and re-stir.ROLL: Once ingredients are chilled, roll and compress the mixture into even-sized balls. Once rolled, refrigerate to fully firm up (~15 minutes) and then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or freeze (see next step).FREEZE: To freeze, space the energy balls on a lined plate or tray in the freezer. Once firm (about 1-2 hours), transfer to an airtight bag or freezer container. They'll last up to 6 months in the freezer. To thaw: Simply pull one out and let it stand for about 15-30 minutes. You could also pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. When these bites are completely frozen through they are very hard to eat, but don't feel like you need to completely thaw them before eating -- we enjoy them still a bit frozen, they're delicious that way! Video Recipe Notes*To ensure these Energy Bites are gluten-free, confirm your oats are certified gluten-free and all other ingredients were produced in a gluten-free facility. Note 1: Depending on the peanut butter used, you may want to adjust the amount of salt used. If you're using peanut butter with no salt added, you may want to add a touch more salt to the mixture. On the flip side, if you're using salted peanut butter or are sensitive to salt, don't add additional salt. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.5g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 23.5mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 4.4g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.