Your snack game will never be the same once you try these no-bake oatmeal energy balls. And with eight flavor options, plus tips on how to make up your own, you definitely won’t get bored!

Hello friends! I’m so excited to finally be getting this awesome post out to you today. I’ve had the recipes done and photographed for a while and then life happened; I had a pretty nasty illness, and spring sprung, which means I’ve been slow getting all these words written for you. Last year’s post about 9 Energy Bites was so well received that I wanted to share with you 8 recipes for no-bake oatmeal energy bites, the cookie-like cousin of the date ball.

We LOVE No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls, and I have been making them pretty much non-stop this year. It’s an easy thing for the kids to grab out of the fridge, they travel great, they are so easy to make, and they taste like a cookie. These are going to become a fast family favorite in your house too – that I guarantee! These are a great, easy, budget-friendly whole food snack you are going to make again and again. If you feel like your kids are constantly asking for food, you are going to love these. Best. Snack. Ever!

What I Love About No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

I have everything on hand to make them.

The base of No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls is oatmeal, peanut butter, and honey. You can mix in a lot of things to suit your taste, but in general, they are made from just a few simple ingredients that I always have on hand. There’s nothing special to put on a shopping list, they can be mixed together in just a few minutes, and my kids are crazy for them.

They are made with “whole food” ingredients.

Oats, peanut butter, and honey are some pretty great simple ingredients. I love that these have a good mix of health fats, carbs, protein, and fiber that help keep my family running. Some of the recipes also include almond butter and I’m sure that they could be made with sunbutter too. If you need these to be gluten-free, find gluten-free oats. I feel like these are very easy to adjust to your dietary needs, which is always nice. That being said, a few of the recipes do have chocolate chips in them and one even has 1/4 cup of mini M&M’s. I know that these aren’t whole foods. You can, however, find some great whole food chocolate chips and dye-free candies, if that’s important to you. Make them work for you and you’ll be one happy camper.

Oatmeal energy bites taste like cookies.

I’m never sad when easy whole food recipes taste like cookies. Neither are the kids. Long live the cookie!

My kids love them.

As much as I’d like you to think my kids eat all the things I put in front of them without fuss, that just isn’t true. These, however, are 100% kid approved. They have been tested by my kids plus about 10 other neighborhood buddies. The Monster Cookie No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls were the favorite… thanks to those M&M’s. 🙂

They can be made on a prep day, store well, and travel well.

Long live a prep day for busy moms! These are great made ahead of time, store well in the fridge, travel well, and are all around awesomeness.

Tips and Tricks for Making No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

  • Rest time is a must. Don’t skip the resting time. This is when the oats will absorb some of the moisture and will help everything stick together. It’s a must.
  • When in doubt, add something sticky. Different factors like the kind of oatmeal and mix-in’s you add are going to affect the “stickiness” of the energy balls. If they are too dry and won’t stick together after the resting time, your best bet is to add a tablespoon or two of something sticky (like the peanut butter and/or honey).
  • Add what you love. Don’t let my recipes stop you from adding what you think sounds good or what you might have on hand; these are just to get you started. You can also add some “superfoods” to these if you are looking to boost the nutrition (always a good idea, if you ask me). A tablespoon of chia seeds, ground flaxseed, and/or hemp hearts can be added to any and all of these recipes. Play with them! I’m going to make some with dried pineapple and cashew butter soon, because we love the stuff.

SUBSTITUTIONS

  • When it comes to the oats: Did you know that quick cooking oats are still a whole grain? Unlike other “instant” kind of things, quick cooking oats are simply cut smaller. If you use quick cooking oats (sometimes called 1-minute oats), the texture of the oats will be softer/less chewy. If you use old-fashioned oats, the texture will be chewier. I found that a mix of the two was the best, though using one or the other will work well too. I like the chewy old-fashioned oats, but my husband thought they tasted too much like raw oats (LOL, because they are…).
  • When it comes to the honey: I did not do much recipe testing using anything other than honey. If you would like to experiment, I think that agave or brown rice syrup might be a good place to start, though I didn’t work with either.
  • When it comes to the peanut butter: You can use peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, pecan butter, sunbutter, and just about any other nut butter that you like, though it will change the flavor of the oatmeal energy balls. I like to use almond butter when I don’t want the flavor of the nut butter to be very strong (like peanut butter). It worked great in recipes like the Blueberry Muffin No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls because the flavor is a bit more mellow than peanut butter.
    Monster Cookie No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Monster Cookie No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

If there were an awards ceremony for No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls, this Monster Cookie version would win the kids’ choice award. What is it about a few pretty little candies that gets them so excited?! Peanut butter, M&M’s, whole peanuts, and chocolate chips all in one place was a big hit with all the little people. And let’s be honest, these were my husband’s favorites too. I couldn’t find any mini baking M&M’s, so I just bought a normal sized tube of the mini M&M’s from the candy aisle and they were just enough for one recipe.

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Monster Cookie No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 14 balls
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine: Snacks

Description

If there were an awards ceremony for No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls, this Monster Cookie version would win the kids’ choice award. What is it about a few pretty little candies that gets them so excited?!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry oats (I like 1/2 old fashioned oatmeal and 1/2 quick cooking)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup mini M&M’s
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add all of the ingredients and stir to combine well. The mixture should be a bit sticky. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the cookie ball mixture into your hand. Roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture. This should make about 14 oatmeal energy balls.
  3. Store the balls covered in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.

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Blueberry Muffin No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Blueberry Muffin No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Blueberry Muffin No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls are often my favorite because I love dried blueberries a whole lot! I used almond butter in this recipe because it has a more natural flavor compared to peanut butter. The addition of a little cinnamon and some toasted coconut really makes this no-bake recipe a treat.

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Blueberry Muffin No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 14
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine: Snacks

Description

Blueberry Muffin No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls are often my favorite because I love dried blueberries a whole lot!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry oats (I like 1/2 old fashioned oatmeal and 1/2 quick cooking)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add all of the ingredients and stir to combine well. The mixture should be a bit sticky. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the cookie ball mixture into your hand. Roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture. This should make about 14 oatmeal energy balls.
  3. Store the balls covered in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.

Keywords: blueberry muffin energy balls, healthy energy balls

 

Classic Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Classic Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

This variety is forever a favorite thanks to the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. It’s simple but always delicious.

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Classic Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Balls


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 14
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine: Snacks

Description

This variety is forever a favorite thanks to the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. It’s simple but always delicious.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry oats (I like 1/2 old fashioned oatmeal and 1/2 quick cooking)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add all of the ingredients and stir to combine well. The mixture should be a bit sticky. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the cookie ball mixture into your hand. Roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture. This should make about 14 oatmeal energy balls.
  3. Store the balls covered in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.

Keywords: peanut butter energy balls, chocolate energy balls

 

Sweet and Salty No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Sweet and Salty No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

There’s something magical about Sweet and Salty No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls. These are made with almond butter, salted roasted almonds, and crushed pretzels. They are sweet but have some great crunchy and salty components that make them stand out from the crowd.

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Sweet and Salty No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 14
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine: Snacks

Description

These are made with almond butter, salted roasted almonds, and crushed pretzels. They are sweet but have some great crunchy and salty components that make them stand out from the crowd.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry oats (I like 1/2 old fashioned oatmeal and 1/2 quick cooking)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted salted almonds
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add all of the ingredients and stir to combine well. The mixture should be a bit sticky. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the cookie ball mixture into your hand. Roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture. This should make about 14 oatmeal energy balls.
  3. Store the balls covered in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.

Keywords: oatmeal energy balls recipe

 

Peanut Butter Cookie No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Peanut Butter Cookie No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Long live peanut butter! This No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Ball recipe has big peanut flavor and crunch thanks to peanut butter and whole peanuts. I’m never sad when I make a batch of these because peanut butter is my spirit animal.

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Peanut Butter Cookies No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 14
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine: Snacks

Description

Long live peanut butter! This No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Ball recipe has big peanut flavor and crunch thanks to peanut butter and whole peanuts.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry oats (I like 1/2 old fashioned oatmeal and 1/2 quick cooking)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add all of the ingredients and stir to combine well. The mixture should be a bit sticky. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the cookie ball mixture into your hand. Roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture. This should make about 14 oatmeal energy balls.
  3. Store the balls covered in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.

Keywords: peanut butter oatmeal energy balls

 

Oatmeal Cookie No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Oatmeal Cookie No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

I used almond butter, spices, chopped pecans, and raisins to mimic the flavors of a classic oatmeal cookie. The best part about this cookie though is you don’t have to bake it and it’s pretty darn good for you! If you like the classic oatmeal cookie taste but not the raisins, feel free to swap them out for a few chocolate chips.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine: Snack

Description

I used almond butter, spices, chopped pecans, and raisins to mimic the flavors of a classic oatmeal cookie.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry oats (I like 1/2 old fashioned oatmeal and 1/2 quick cooking)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl add all of the ingredients, and stir to combine well. The mixture should be a bit sticky. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the cookie ball mixture into your hand. Roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture. This should make about 12 oatmeal energy balls.
  3. Store the balls covered in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.

Keywords: oatmeal energy ball, oatmeal energy bites

 

Double Chocolate No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Double Chocolate No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Long live the chocolate fix without the guilt. A little cocoa powder and a few chocolate chips turn this no-bake oatmeal ball into a real treat. You can use peanut butter or almond butter. This is a great one to add any superfoods, too, because the dark color makes it harder for kids to detect their presence. 🙂

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Double Chocolate No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 14
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine: Snack

Description

Long live the chocolate fix without the guilt. A little cocoa powder and a few chocolate chips turn this no-bake oatmeal ball into a real treat.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry oats (I like 1/2 old fashioned oatmeal and 1/2 quick cooking)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add all of the ingredients and stir to combine well. The mixture should be a bit sticky. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the cookie ball mixture into your hand. Roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture. This should make about 14 oatmeal energy balls.
  3. Store the balls covered in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.

Keywords: chocolate energy ball, chocolate energy bites

 

Vegan Banana No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Vegan Banana No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

This recipe is a bit different in the fact that it doesn’t follow our honey + nut butter formula. I wanted to try a vegan/nut free option for you. This No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Ball is made with a mashed banana and not much else. You’ll need to let this rest longer in the fridge (more moisture for the oats to soak up), but it turned out great. You can add vegan chocolate chips or skip them. Be sure to use a banana that is nice and ripe, but not so dark that it will taste old. This one was ok, but I didn’t love the banana in it. My toddler however couldn’t get enough. You’re going to have to be the judge on this one.

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Vegan Banana No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 14
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine: Snacks

Description

Be sure to use a banana that is nice and ripe, but not so dark that it will taste old. This one was ok, but I didn’t love the banana in it. My toddler however couldn’t get enough.


Ingredients

  • 1 ripe (but not grossly ripe) medium banana
  • 1 cup dry oats (I like 1/2 old fashioned oatmeal and 1/2 quick cooking)
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (or something similar), optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add the peeled banana and mash thoroughly with a fork. Add the dry oats and chocolate chips and stir to combine. Refrigerate until the mixture holds together when pressed into a ball (this took about an hour for me). Use a spoon to scoop a tablespoon of the mixture into you hands and roll into a ball.
  2. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  3. Store the balls covered in the fridge for a few days, or in the freezer much longer. I feel like the banana started to get brown and slimy much faster than the other recipes, so if you make a couple types, eat these first!

Notes

The nutritional information includes regular semi-sweet chocolate chips. Nutritional details may change with vegan chocolate chips.

Keywords: banana energy balls, healthy energy balls, vegan energy balls

 

And there you have 8 amazing No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Ball recipes! Your snack game will never be the same.

This post is going to be your go-to No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls guide! I hope you use it over and over again. If this post speaks to you, you think someone else might like it, or you want to save it for later, by all means, share it on your social media platforms. Pin it, Facebook it, throw a picture up on Instagram and tag me (#blessthismesseats). All of those things are incredibly helpful to me. There is so much power in your sharing, you literally have no idea how important that is for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Now, which one are you going to make first?!

Your snack game will never be the same once you try these no-bake oatmeal energy balls. Includes eight flavor options, as well as tips for making your own.
171 Responses
      1. Leahcbnyc

        Thank you Melissa for this yummy no bake energy balls.
        It will save me money and for sure more delish and fresh than the one I buy in the supermarket.

  1. Beth W.

    These would be perfect for a snack for my kids to bring to school! Do you know if they fall apart easily if they start to warm up? They leave the house at 7:00 a.m. and snack time isn’t until later in the day. They all look so good! Thanks!

  2. serialgriller

    I made your basic peanut butter cookies.
    I’m a cyclist looking for an energy bar to take along for a mid-ride snack.
    I used Natural Grocers in -store ground p-nut butter. Added ground flax seed, diced almonds.
    After the 30 minute rest in the fridge I used an ice cream scoop and rolled into a ball. Definitely need to wet hands to keep from sticking to my hands.
    I found the end product to be really sticky so I rolled the balls in wheat germ and that took care of the stickiness.Then wrapped the golf ball sized cookies in plastic wrap..like popcorn balls and frozen. They should travel okay on my bike rides.
    These are fantastic…better than expensive energy bars !!! I am looking forward to trying the other balls.Next time I might trying rolling the balls in almond flour before packaging.
    These recipes are a keeper and a great substitute to expensive energy bars.
    Thanks Mellissa.

    1. Thank you so much for the review! You can also up your oats a little if things feel sticky 🙂 But it sounds like you have it figured out. I’m so excited you made them and and they turned out well for you!

  3. Kristen

    Do you think these could be frozen? I’m due with my first child in a few weeks and am thinking these would be great to have on hand once he/she arrives.

    1. Melissa

      Yes! I actually like to eat them a bit frozen or cold. They freeze great. I normally make a double or triple batch and keep the bulk of them in the freezer!

  4. Kristin Gonzales

    I made the monster cookie energy balls and it taste great but I had trouble with them sticking to form balls. I followed the recipe and your instructions, any thoughts or suggestions where I went wrong?

    1. Melissa

      Everyone has different peanut butter and even the the brand of oats will change things up a bit. Next time if they aren’t sticking together after the chill time, add a little more peanut butter and/or honey, stir well, and see if they stick together better. They might just need a little more of something sticky! Did they taste great?

      1. Kristin Gonzales

        It was delicious, I’m eager to try the other recipes. I found that leaving them overnight in the fridge helped with them sticking☺

    1. Melissa

      I’d play around with agave or brown rice syrup! I think both should work though you might need to pay with how much you need to use!

  5. emmaleeB

    I made one “healthy” batch with raisins, sunflower seeds, molasses and honey, on, etc. Its okay.
    THEN! I pulled my marshmallow sundae topping, mountain crumble topper (choc chips, cookie crumbles, and hard marshmallows), a big hand full of mini marshmallows, on, honey, oats etc. Its in the fridge resting. Those are going to disappear quickly!!

  6. Sherri

    These look like the right thing for a mod afternoon pick me up but I’m courious as to the protine amount in them?

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  8. Erik Baker

    Just made the PB and chocolate chips. I’m very excited to try them! Any suggestions for a honey substitute that has less sugar?

    Thanks!

    1. Melissa

      I’m am not great at sweeteners other than honey and maple syrup… so I’m fairly useless to you. Maybe try looking up low carb energy balls? I feel like that might send you in the right direction.

  9. Christine

    My 2 kids and I just made the PB Chocolate Chip recipe and it was soooo good. Wishing I would’ve made a double batch because the kids ate most of them already!

  10. Ellen VanDervort

    My nutritionist uses your recipes for the energy balls. She has tried all of them and loves all of them. When I asked her for a healthy dessert she gave me recipes for the peanut butter, chocolate chip and the blueberry muffin energy ball, which I made this morn. Very easy to make and very delicious. It called for 1/4 cup of honey and I only had half of that amount. Still delicious. These will be my go to sweet treats.

  11. Mysticque

    How long is the keep time before they start to go bad? Also, how long can they be frozen for before they need be used up?

  12. Karen M.

    Could you please fix the nutritional information for the double chocolate balls? There is no way that is correct for 1 ball. I assume it’s for the entire recipe but I can’t be sure. Thank you.

  13. BrittT

    What do you think about using coconut oil in place of the almond butter on the blueberry recipe? Or in place of the honey? Possibly not sticky or sweet enough?

    1. Melissa

      I think that you could replace some of either of those with the coconut oil but I wouldn’t replace all of either if that makes sense… I have definitely added it in addition to those but not as a replacement for them all together. It’s a nice addition, especially when I make them for my kids and I feel like the extra fat is good for them.

  14. Anna

    So good!! Thank you for posting this. I just made the chocolate peanut butter balls and I couldn’t help but take a spoonful before putting in the frig. These really will be our go to snack!

  15. Brandtin

    For the peanut butter cookie balls it says it makes 12, but for the nutritional facts it says serves 14. I’m body building and need a cup of oats to fulfill my intake per meal and about 30+ grams of protein. I’m just wondering if I ate all of them, what would be the total carb and protein numbers?

  16. Sadie

    I love these! On my second batch I tried agave necter instead of honey and the balls were harder to form. The agave necter was not as thick as honey is so I added some extra PB and it worked just fine. This page is a bookmark of mine. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Tina

    I am allergic to nuts so I researched a substitution for the peanut and almond butters and found sunbutter. However, it smelled and tasted just like peanut butter which turned me off greatly. I then found apple butter in the organic aisle of my local supermarket. Do you have any experience using apple butter and whether or not it could be used as a suitable substitution for the no bake oatmeal balls?

    1. Melissa

      Ooooh! That sounds delicious! I don’t really know if it would work but it’s sure try it. Apple butter is super sweet so I’d only add as much honey as you thought you needed!

  18. Kristin

    Do these freeze well? I wanted to make some things for back to school lunches and wondering if they would last that long or should I hold off a little longer?

    1. Melissa

      They hold up super well! I normally make a double batch and keep all of them in the freezer to be pulled out as needed. Freeze away friend!

  19. MeepingMeep

    I needed more recipes like these for my son. It is nice that they share some of the same ingredients. My preteen needs all the calories he can get due to his medications. Thank you

  20. Meredith

    Hi – thanks for these, they look awesome! I’ve seen other recipes like this that process the oats in a food processor before mixing everything together. I’m curious if you’ve tried that and what you think? Thanks!

    1. Melissa

      I have tried that and they taste/feel a bit more like cookie dough instead of a cookie since you are essentially making an oat flour in the blender. I thought they needed a little more moisture to get them to stick together too. It’s all a preference around the texture really, I like mine a little chewy with the whole rolled oats but the blended oats still tasted great. I say give both ways a try and see what you like best!

  21. Abby

    We make these all the time, and have tried several of your variations. I even created a variation of my own. We love them! One we haven’t tried, however, is the Monster Cookie version. My kids are anxiously wanting to make them, but I have never been able to find naturally colored mini M&Ms. I would normally just use chocolate chips, but in this case, that would basically be the classic peanut butter chocolate chip, and they really want that Monster Cookie for a special treat! You mentioned in the post that there are some great dye-free candies we could use…do you have any specific ones or suggestions on a naturally colored version we could use? Thank you, and thanks for the great recipes!

    1. Melissa

      Here’s a popular brand on amazon – http://amzn.to/2woAMkV I normally just go to the bulk bins at one of the more high end grocery stores and get my dye-free candies there so I have no idea what brand they are. That’s the easiest and cheapest option for me that I know of. Maybe your health food or high end grocery store will have some in the bulk food section too!

    1. Melissa

      Really? I’ve had so many people tell me you have to find ones that are specifically grown gluten free? I’ll have to look this one up.

    1. Melissa

      More of anything stick like peanut butter, almond butter, or honey. You can also try adding something like flax meal or chia seeds which help things stick together too (replace a bit of the oats with them). Try again friend, they are so nice when they are in little balls of deliciousness!

  22. Celine

    Peanut Butter is not allowed at my daughter’s school. Can we swap it for Sunflower Seed butter ? It is more liquid than PB so want would you add to make stick…

    1. Melissa

      I’d try it and see how it goes, sometimes the oats just absorb the extra liquid. If not, add a few more tablespoons of oats or some chia seeds if it is too sticky. My sunbutter tests turned out great! You are going to love them!

  23. I love energy balls!! My boys eat them like cookies (they taste like them, which helps :)) . My daughter hates PB, so that makes her a no-go. But the rest of the family loves them!
    There are so many varieties here, ones I’ve not thought of before. Guess I need to get out the oats!

  24. Erica

    Just made the sweet and salty version – I’m hooked, so yummy! I didn’t have any pretzels on hand so I threw some chia seeds in instead – perfect compromise!

  25. Carrie

    How long can these be kept out at room temp and still be eaten? I want to make them for some football players and put them in a goodie bag on Wednesday night and they would get them Thursday afternoon,,…

  26. Zena

    Thank you Melissa, I was looking for something quick and easy to make myself a health snack since I’m doing my green smoothies. Going to make the blueberry muffin this weekend.

  27. I just made the Monster Cookie ones and they taste really great. I’m having an issue with rolling them though. They seem really sticky, but they won’t stick after I roll a couple. Do you think it’s the type of peanut butter I’m using (just regular Skippy) or do I need to add more? I would love to make these every few weeks, but I wouldn’t really want to if they are always going to be a headache to roll. Thanks for all the hard work in sharing these recipes!

    1. Melissa

      I’d add a bit more honey and let it sit in the fridge a minute longer or try reducing your oats by 1/4 of a cup. You should have no problem rolling them out, just play with it a bit!

  28. Candace Takacs

    These are great! I also discovered I can press the mixture down firmly into a container, refrigerate and cut into squares. Not as cute but faster for me. Thanks for all the variations!

  29. Jessica

    These are so amazing! I roughly followed the recipe (I didn’t exactly measure most of it, guesstimated it) but boy oh boy did they turn out delicious! I was surprised that the raisin ones were my favorite! I wasn’t a big fan of the monster ones. The double chocolate ones tasted much better than I expected too. Yum!!

  30. Gabrielle

    I used the basic ratio of oats to nut butter to honey and added in toasted almonds, toasted coconut, dried cranberries, and dark chocolate chips. I also toasted the oats for a little more flavor. I doubled the batch and left it as is in my fridge. When the kids, my fiance, or I want them or take them to work/school we just scoop out some and go. It’s a bit easier for my family. They also freeze really well

    1. Melissa

      I think you could if you reconstituted it or if you added more honey. Just the powder wouldn’t probably be sticky enough to hold the balls together.

  31. Kathy

    I just made the PB chocolate chip and I am waiting for them to come out of the fridge. I want to make the blueberry muffin, but I have an almond allergy. Have you tried something else in place of the almond butter for this recipe? I’m guessing PB wouldn’t taste very good with blueberry. 😉

  32. ashley

    Could you just double up the honey instead of using a nut butter?! our schools are 100% nut free, and my kids hate the taste of sun/wow butter 🙁 Would love to make them something like this, but all i find are recipes with nut butters.

    1. Melissa

      Yep, I think it would be great. You just need it to be stick. If you don’t want that much sweet, sometimes I just add a few tablespoons of hot water until it comes together.

  33. Erin

    This is going to sound so dumb, but I am really dumb when it comes to oats. When I go to the store I see steel cut oats, quick 1 minute oats, quick 3 minute oats, old fashioned oats…ahhh! Which ones do I use? I’m guessing its one of the taller canisters?

    1. Melissa

      Get old fashioned or a mix of the quick (1 or 3 minute, either one) oats AND the old fashioned. Just don’t go for the steel cut oats, they are too crunch uncooked.

  34. Jo Ellen

    Just made the peanut butter chocolate chip variety to take to work for a quick healthy snack. They were a sticky mess to make but i tried one and it was good.

  35. Carol

    Love the idea. Would request the fiber count on the nutrition chart for carb watchers. Would love to incorporate them into my diet!

  36. Dayka

    It says –> Want all 8 recipes in one easy printable? You can get it for free here!

    But there doesn’t seem to be a live link… Am I just not seeing it? …. #ThereAreCookiesToMake 🙂

    Thank you for these recipes! They look so easy and SO yummy!!

  37. Judy

    I have so much oatmeal…I don’t like just cooked oatmeal so this gives me an alternate use for them and a very great snack

  38. Jillian

    These look great and I can’t wait to try them out. I was wondering, would they still hold if I use chunky peanut butter instead of creamy?

  39. Hazel Winston

    I started making bento lunches for my husband to take to work a few weeks ago. I saw these and decided to try them. I have my first batch of monster cookie in the fridge. Instead of mini m&m s I found chocolate candy coated sunflower seeds at my local whole food store. I used those and figured they might add a bit more protein.

  40. I’ve made the PB chocolate chip recipe a bunch and love it! Super simple and super tasty. Great quick snack before a run. I will be trying the other variations!

    1. Melissa

      Yep, I keep a batch in there all the time and just pull them out as needed (they thaw really quickly), I’d say up to a month if the container is pretty airtight.

    2. Melissa

      Yes, they freeze great and thaw really quickly when you want to eat them (and I like them cold too). They’d keep up to a month in a container that was pretty airtight!

  41. C

    I was wondering if you have to use nut butters to make these, they look so good but my son is allergic to all nuts just wondering?
    Thanks

  42. KJ

    Is there a reason the recipes yield 12 but the nutrition info says it serves 14? Seems a little misleading. I didn’t notice until I input the recipe into myfitnesspal and the calories were more than I had expected. When I made these they were fairly small so not sure I would be able to stretch it down to 14. Sure are delicious though!

  43. Janice L

    Hi Melissa,
    Gee, I must have missed something…where might I find the nutritional information for your energy bites? Thank you 🙂

    1. Melissa

      They are all so different I didn’t include it, just pop it into a free app like My Fitness Pal, according to how you end up making your batch!

  44. Heidi

    Has anyone come up with a version of these where the oats are “soaked” to neutralize phytates and unlock more nutrients (also contribute to better digestion/absorption)?
    These ALL sound delicious! We are big PB and oats fans in our home, so excited to try!!

    1. Melissa

      I wonder if you could soak and then dehydrate, isn’t that how they make things like sprouted wheat bread? That’s a great idea though, I’ll work on it! I bet you could soak your oats and nuts together and then dry it all so that it’s ready to go?!

  45. Summerjess

    I love these recipes! I’ve already come back to this post many times. They are so easy to make and healthy and taste delicious! Thank you for putting this together!

  46. Julia

    I love these! They turn out perfectly everytime and it is one of the simpler recipe bases that I have found.
    I love adding chia seeds and coconut flakes to mix things up too!

    1. Melissa

      They freeze awesome! And thaw quickly too (and are delicious cold). Great option for making a lot and keeping them on hand.

    1. Melissa

      I’m going through some site changes and updates. Thank you for letting me know, I’ll try to get to the bottom of the problem!

  47. Lauren W

    Delish! New to these treats and loving how simple and easy they are to make and grab and go. The 1/2 quick oats and set time make all the difference! For easier rolling, try getting your hands a little wet.

  48. Jennifer

    Thanks for sharing! An aunt of mine used to make these when my sisters and I were small. When she passed, a lit of her recipes went with her since “everything is up here, I don’t need to write it down.” I thought her recipe was similar to no bake cookies, but when i tried that recipe, it was just messy.

    So I’ve been craving them recently and found this linked on Pinterest. I doubled the double chocolate batch and added some flax seed. IT WAS AMAZING! This taste like what my aunt used to make, but the honey makes it a bit sweeter. Either way, it’s a delicious trip down childhood memory lane!

    1. Melissa

      Thank YOU so much for sharing! When your email came in I stopped and read it out loud to my family because it was so special. I appreciate you taking the time to share that with me. Food certainly can bring people together!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.