Simple and tasty No Bake Energy Bites – filled with honey, flaxseed, chocolate chips, oats and peanut butter, these energy balls are great to have on hand!
We love having these bite-sized goodies around that are full of vitamins and are delicious too! Some other favorites include these energy balls, oatmeal cookie energy balls and our peanut butter energy bites.
No Bake for the Win + HEALTHY
Did you know that only 8% of goal setters actually stick to their new years resolutions? That’s a pretty sad percentage! We don’t want you falling into that 92%, so we’re kicking of this year with a practical recipe for No Bake Energy Bites, which won’t add to your love handles. 😉
These energy bites are similar to this recipe, with a few changes. We left out the coconut and blended the oats and chocolate chips, which I think changed the texture a bit. We love both recipes but love to change things up and are glad we tried this version.
This recipe has so many natural ingredients that increase energy but also has that natural fat that is actually good for you.
How to make No Bake Energy Bites
To begin, you’ll grind up the oats and chocolate chips into a powder using a food process or blender.
From there you will mix the ground oats/chocolate chips with the flax seed in a bowl. Add the peanut butter (creamy or chunky) and vanilla.
Heat up the honey for about 15 seconds in the microwave and add this to the mix. Stir until combined. We often just mix with our hands and then let it refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes.
Then, we grab small pieces and roll them into 1 inch bites.
Can I use quick oats? A smaller amount of quick oats can work since they are just cut up rolled oats. Be sure to process the quick oats for a shorter time than you would rolled oats or you will end up with oat flour.
Peanut butter substitute? If you cannot eat peanut butter you can try using a nut butter, such as almond butter, or sunflower seed butter. It will change the taste and may alter the texture a bit, but they are great alternatives.
How do I grind flaxseed? You can find already ground flax seed called flax seed meal, or you can grind it yourself using a food processor, blender, or coffee grinder. I would grind the oats and the flax seed separately as they may require different grind times to get the right textures.
Tips, Tricks + Storing
ENERGY BITE MIX-INS: Be sure to keep the mix in ratio in line with the binding ingredients (peanut butter and honey) or you will end up with a crumbly mixture that will not form balls. But here are some other mix-ins:
- Flaxseeds, chia seeds
- Dried fruits like raisins, craisins, apricots
More Chocolatey base: Adding 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder when you mix in the peanut butter.
- If the balls are not forming well chill them in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
- Unsweetened and sweetened coconut are interchangable. You can also use toasted coconut.
- For them to hold their shape they need to be stored in the fridge. You can also store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure to let them thaw to soften them just a bit.
How do I store no bake energy bites? Store your energy bites in an airtight container. Separate the layers with parchment or wax paper. They will keep 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.
Even though we left out the coconut, you can definitely add it or customize these Energy balls to your liking. We love them as is but may try adding the coconut back in next time for added flavor. 😉
For more energy Bites:
No Bake Energy Bites Recipe
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- With a food processor or blender, grind up oatmeal and chocolate chips into a powder.
- In a bowl, mix well the ground up oats and flax seed. Add peanut butter (creamy or chunky) and vanilla.
- Heat your honey for about 10 sec to thin it out, then add to the bowl. Stir until well combined. Let set in fridge for at least 10 minutes.
- Using your hands, round out to 1 inch bites. Put in the freezer to enjoy later!