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Delicious Energy Balls are an easy no bake vegan snack you can easily make in just 10 minutes using a mixing bowl.

No Bake Energy Balls are an irresistible snack with a soft texture and cookie dough flavors. Make this energy bites recipe in just 10 minutes for a delicious portable snack or breakfast idea!

Energy Balls made with rolled oats, peanut butter, maple syrup, flaxseed meal, vanilla. A nutritious and wholesome snack that's vegan and gluten-free

Move over cookies! Homemade energy balls are a delicious snack that’s dairy-free with no baking required. The best part? They’re ready in just 10 minutes!

We take these peanut butter energy balls to the gym as well as on excursions and even road trips! They’re filling with a nutritious energy boost to sustain you throughout the day.

Are energy balls healthy?

Energy balls provide balanced nutrition with about 100-120 calories per ball. You get a protein boost that’s low in saturated fat with lots of fiber from the oats, nut butter and flaxseed.

Select ingredients carefully to manage sugar content. For example, using unsweetened peanut butter, unsweetened coconut and dark chocolate chips keeps sugar at 2-3 grams per ball.

No Bake Energy Bites in a serving bowl showing off their ingredients: rolled oats, peanut butter, coconut and chocolate chips

Are energy balls vegan?

Yes! This is a vegan energy ball recipe by using maple syrup instead of honey and semisweet or dark chocolate chips. No compromises! 🙂

For paleo energy balls, you need to switch back to honey, as maple syrup is considered to be refined sugar.

How to Make Energy Balls

Here’s what you’ll need for no bake energy bites:

  1. Rolled oats (old fashioned oats) as the base
  2. Nut butter as the protein and binding ingredient
  3. Liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or honey often with a splash of vanilla
  4. Add-ins such as flaxseeds, chocolate chips or shredded coconut

In this energy balls recipe, we chose peanut butter and maple syrup. Then we added flaxseed meal, chocolate chips and shredded coconut.

Ingredients used in an energy balls recipe in a mixing bowl: rolled oats, peanut butter, flaxseed meal, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, maple syrup and vanilla

For easy preparation, simply mix the ingredients together by hand in a mixing bowl. Then use a spoon or cookie scoop to scoop up a heaping tablespoonful of the dough. Roll between your palms into a 1-1 1/2 inch (3 cm) ball and place on a plate or cookie sheet.

If the weather is humid or the dough seems too sticky, simply add some extra oats. (Alternatively, you can chill for 20-30 minutes to help it firm up before forming.) If the dough is too dry, some extra peanut butter or maple syrup will help.

No Bake Energy Balls on a work surface in a rectangular pattern showing texture

Recipe Variations

There are some great variations on protein energy balls simply by switching up ingredients:

  • Date energy balls: Add 1 cup of pitted dates instead of the nut butter and use the food processor method. This recipe is school-safe since there are no allergens.
  • Pumpkin energy balls: Add ¼ cup of pumpkin puree instead of the coconut oil.

There are lots of other possibilities too, so feel free to get creative!

Closeup of a cross-section of a peanut butter energy ball

This quick video tutorial shows how to make energy balls from scratch:


Energy Balls made with rolled oats, peanut butter, maple syrup, flaxseed meal, vanilla. A nutritious and wholesome snack that's vegan and gluten-free
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No Bake Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites are irresistible snacks with a soft texture and cookie dough flavors. Perfect as portable snacks, quick breakfasts and even party treats.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 16 balls


  • 1 cup rolled oats, old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed meal, optional
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, semisweet or dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened recommended


  • Add all the ingredients to a large bowl. Then mix with a large wooden spoon until it forms a firm dough.
  • Scoop a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll between the palms of your hands to make a 1 1/2 inch (3-4 cm) ball.
  • Place onto a parchment-lined plate and repeat for remaining dough.
  • Chill in an airtight container until serving.


  • You can make energy balls up to one week ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the fridge. It’s also possible to freeze them for up to 3 months.
  • Quick oats can be used instead of rolled oats.
Nutrition Facts
No Bake Energy Bites
Amount Per Serving (25 g)
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: TipBuzz
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: energy balls, energy bites
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