no-bake peanut butter energy bites

by Amy on 19 July 2012

every day, around 3 PM, i get hungry. i rummage through the cupboards + fridge, + more often than not, i opt for something like potato chips or m&ms. i ain’t proud, but it’s the truth. much of the time, i actually prefer healthier snacks over junk food-type snacks, but unless something healthy is already prepped + ready to be eaten, my laziness gets the best of me + i opt for the easier route.

the other day, like clockwork, my mid-afternoon hungries crept up, but i wanted something healthy. i turned to pinterest, saw these energy bites + decided to give ’em a try. they looked mighty tasty + were no-bake, which sounded perfect for the hot, humid weather. and? they are fantastic! so easy + amazingly delicious, like a peanut butter oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips, made into a bite-size ball. you can make a big batch each week + guarantee that you’ll have a scrumptious AND healthy snack on hand. i’ve surprised myself by continually reaching for these (instead of potato chips!) every time i’ve needed a snack over the past few days. hooray for healthy snacks that taste great!

no-bake peanut butter energy bites

makes about 20-25 bites, adapted from smashed peas + carrots


1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes (i used sweetened, but you can use unsweetened if you prefer)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla


mix all ingredients in a medium bowl until well-blended. let chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour (it makes them easier to form into balls).

once chilled, roll into heaping tablespoon-sized balls + enjoy! stored in an airtight container, these will keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

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51 amy January 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

Hi Kellie, it depends how big you make them (meaning, how many bites you get out of each batch). I tend to make mine on the smaller side, getting about 25 bites per batch. At that size, each bite has about 100 calories, + a little over 2 g of fiber. Basically, i used the nutritional facts found here, but converted them to reflect a 25-bite batch, rather than an 18-bite batch. Hope that makes sense!

52 Daniela June 15, 2015 at 12:40 am

Can you replace peanut butter for soy butter so that it becomes a peanut free snack for kids?

53 Amy June 15, 2015 at 7:26 am

Yes, you absolutely can. I have not personally substituted soy butter, but I have subbed almond butter + sunflower seed butter, and both have turned out great. If soy butter is a lot thinner than regular peanut butter, you may need to add slightly less. However, if the consistency is pretty similar to peanut butter, you can keep the amounts the same, no problem. Give it a try, and report back!

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