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This delicious energy balls recipe is filled with healthy ingredients that give you a little boost to get you through your day!

Similar to our No Bake Energy Bites, these are no-bake and packed with filling flavor!

Easy energy balls recipe filling a red bowl.

Must Love energy balls!

Sometimes you need a little boost to help you tackle the day, and I have a no bake energy balls recipe to help!

This tasty snack is a “healthy” way to keep you going through the day and also a great after-school snack for kids.

Why we love energy balls:

  • Quick! These yummy power bites only take minutes to put together.
  • Delectable. Energy balls are a tasty little treat with a few health benefits.
  • Energy! They will give you that extra energy to get through the day, and I’m sure we could all use that.
  • Great to store. Make a whole bunch and stick them in an air-tight container for healthy snacking throughout the day.
Oats, chocolate chips, and other ingredients mixed in a white bowl.

Simple Ingredients

  • quick-cooking rolled oats – If using rolled oats, pulse them in a food processor a few times to get the flakes into smaller pieces. Do not over-pulse.
  • shredded coconut
  • ground flaxseed or chia seeds
  • mini chocolate chips or use white chocolate, butterscotch, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate
  • protein powder – The protein powder can be vanilla or chocolate. You can also use vegan protein powder.
  • all-natural peanut butter or regular peanut butter. You can also use nut butter like almond butter or sunflower butter
  • honey or pure maple syrup
  • vanilla extract
Mini chocolate chips in a white ramekin.

How to Make Them

  1. MIX. Mix the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add wet ingredients and mix until everything sticks together. Use a KitchenAid or other stand mixer works, or just use your hands!
  2. CHILL. Put the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes so it’s easier to roll it into balls.
  3. ROLL. Use a cookie scoop to scoop the mixture into balls, and roll the scoops into tighter balls if you like and place on a baking sheet.
    • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Oats and other ingredients mixed together in a white bowl.

Recipe Tips

While these balls are packed full of healthier ingredients and can give you a boost of energy you still want to consume them in moderation.

  • Mix-ins. Add in chopped pecans or walnuts, dried blueberries, or cranberries. Do not add too many mix-ins otherwise the balls will not hold together.
  • Gluten-free. To keep these gluten-free use gluten-free oats as well as protein powder.
  • STORE. Place in an airtight container. Separate the layers with parchment or wax paper at room temperature for 1-2 days, in the fridge for 1-2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow the frozen bites to thaw before eating.
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5 from 20 votes

Energy Balls Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
This delicious energy balls recipe is filled with healthy ingredients that give you a little boost to get you through your day!
Servings: 24
Prep: 10 minutes
Refrigerate: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes


  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup milled flaxseed
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips optional
  • ¼ cup protein powder optional
  • ½ cup all-natural peanut butter
  • cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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  • In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, flaxseed, chocolate chips, and protein powder and mix.
  • Add peanut butter, honey, and vanilla and mix well (I often use my hands to mix to make sure everything is combined). Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Once chilled, use a small cookie scoop to scoop out the mixture and use your hands to help roll it into small, bite-sized balls.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Separate the layers with parchment or wax paper.



Make ahead of time. These will keep at room temperature for 1–2 days, in the refrigerator for 1–2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow frozen bites to thaw before eating.
Variations. Substitute your favorite kind of chips (white chocolate, butterscotch, milk chocolate, etc.) for the mini chocolate chips, if desired.


Serving: 1ball, Calories: 119kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 38mg, Potassium: 88mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 11IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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This recipe was first published in 2014 and was updated in 2024.

About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Joy says:

    5 stars
    I absolutely love these!! I try to make them once a month & just keep in a container in the fridge to snack on. They are very easy to make & I love that you can substitute what you like/don’t like in them.

  2. Ana Maria says:

    5 stars
    Much better alternative for energy than an energy drink!

  3. Gisella says:

    The Energy Bites do look amazing! Can you recommend a substitute for the peanut butter?

  4. Katera says:

    These sound fantastic! Oats are also great for milk supply for nursing mommas. And frankly who doesn’t need a quick snack

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      So true!! Thanks for stopping by. 😉

  5. Kendra Simmons says:

    These are absolutely amazing! They do give you that extra bit of energy and I am so glad they are healthy! I swapped the chocolate chips for butterscotch and yummy! Thank you for this recipe!!

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      Oooooh, butterscotch chips sound great! I’ll have to try that next time. So glad you liked them. 🙂

  6. Lee @ tri*inspired*life says:

    Hi! I tried this recipe last week and really enjoyed it. I write a blog about training for an Ironman and maintaining a healthy life inspired by triathlon. I talked about your recipe in my post today and added a link to the recipe on my blog. I will certainly be making them again very soon! Thanks for a great recipe!!

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      Thank you so much for linking to them!