8 No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

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8 No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Ball recipes you will love to make and snack on! Full of healthy whole food ingredients and so easy to make – you won’t regret making a double batch. 

Five of each of the eight no-bake oatmeal energy balls on a white counter.
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No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls are an easy thing for the kids to grab out of the fridge. They travel great, are so easy to make, and taste like a cookie! These are going to become a fast family favorite in your house, too. 

While you’re in prep mode, you should also make a couple of these Salad in a Jar recipes, a few Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt Cups, and these Snacks in a Jar to be a little extra for the week. 

13 double chocolate oatmeal energy bites in a white enamel bowl with a black rim.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These are an easy, budget-friendly whole food snack.
  • It’s fun to get creative with your mix-ins if you want. 
  • Your kids will love making them and eating them.Make a simple breakfast or snack and a great addition to lunch boxes.

Recipe Ingredients 

  • Sweet and Salty: oats, almond butter, honey, pretzels, almonds
  • Blueberry Muffin: oats, almond butter, honey, dried blueberries, cinnamon
  • Peanut Butter Cookie: oats, peanut butter, honey, peanuts
  • Vegan Banana: banana, oats, vegan mini chocolate chips
  • Monster Cookie: oats, peanut butter, honey, peanuts, mini M&Ms, mini chocolate chips
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip: oats, peanut butter, honey, mini chocolate chips
  • Double Chocolate: oats, peanut butter, honey, cocoa powder, mini chocolate chips
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookie: oats, almond butter, honey, raisins, pecans, coconut

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

A collage of each type of no-bake oatmeal energy ball recipe.
  • You can use quick-cooking instead of old-fashioned oats. They are still considered a whole grain because the oats are just cut smaller. 
  • 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.
  • To make No-Bake Oatmeal Energy balls vegan, you could try substituting agave nectar, brown rice syrup, or maple syrup for the honey. (I haven’t tested these but they should all work – you may need to add a little more if the “dough” is too dry.) 
  • 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. 
  • Almond butter works the best if you don’t want a lot of flavor from the nut butter. For example, it works the best in the Blueberry Muffin No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls because almond butter doesn’t overpower the other ingredients like peanut butter would. 
  • Add what you love. Don’t let these recipes stop you from adding what you think sounds good or what you might have on hand; these are just to get you started. 

How to Make No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

A clear glass mixing bowl with honey and peanut butter being mixed together with a spatula with a wooden handle.

Step #1. Put the nut butter and honey in a small bowl and mix them together.

All of the ingredients for one of the no-bake oatmeal energy ball recipes in a clear glass bowl with a spatula with a wooden handle.

Step #2. Add the oats and other “mix-ins” according to the recipe you are following below and mix together well. 

A hand forming some of the no-bake oatmeal energy ball dough into a bal.

Step #3. Let the mixture chill for 30 minutes and then roll a heaping tablespoon of “dough” into a ball.

9 completed no-bake oatmeal energy balls in a clear glass square container without the lid on.

Step #4. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for about a week. Makes about 10 to 12 balls per recipe.

Recipe FAQs

What kind of oats should I use in the No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Ball recipes? 

I have found that a mix of old-fashioned and quick-cooking oats (also called 1-minutes) oats gives the energy balls the best texture. But you can use all old-fashioned oats or all quick-cooking oats if it’s what you have. 

Can I use instant oatmeal in these Oatmeal Energy Ball recipes?

If you want the energy balls to maintain their whole-grain status, you need to use either old-fashioned oats, quick-cooking oats, or a combination of the two. 

What can I add to No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls? 

In addition to the mix-ins in these 8 recipes, you can also add in some “superfoods” if you want to increase their nutritional value. Throw in a tablespoon of chia seeds, ground flaxseed, and/or hemp hearts to any of these recipes. 

Why aren’t the energy balls sticking together?

You may have added too many dry ingredients. The fix is easy – add something sticky like a little more nut butter or honey. 

What do I do if the oatmeal energy balls are too sticky?

Make sure that the mixture has rested for the full 30 minutes. If it’s still too sticky to handle, mix in an extra tablespoon of oats until the mixture has the right level of stickiness to work with. 

A dozen monster cookie no-bake oatmeal energy balls in a white enamel bowl with a black rim.

Expert Tips

  • Make a double or triple batch so you have enough for the whole week – put them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or store them in the freezer for up to three months. 
  • Be sure to measure the oats and add-ins accurately. If you use heaping measuring cups, it will throw off the ratios and the energy balls won’t stick together well. 
  • Rest time is a must. Don’t skip it because this is when the oats absorb some of the moisture, which helps everything stick together properly. 
A hand holding a completed no-bake oatmeal energy ball with the clear glass bowl of dough in the background.

Video: How to Make No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

More Healthy Snack Recipes to Consider

all 8 kinds of oatmeal energy bites all lined up in a 5 by 8 pattern on a white board
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8 No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

8 simple variations to my favorite no bake oatmeal energy ball recipes that you will love to make and snack on! Full of healthy whole food ingredients and so easy to make.
Prep: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 balls

Ingredients 

Monster Cookie Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dry oats, old fashioned, quick-cooking, or a mix of the two
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup mini M&Ms
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Blueberry Muffin Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dry oats, old fashioned, quick-cooking, or a mix of the two
  • 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

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dry oats, old fashioned, quick-cooking, or a mix of the two
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Sweet and Salty Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dry oats, old fashioned, quick-cooking, or a mix of the two
  • 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

Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dry oats, old fashioned, quick-cooking, or a mix of the two
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dry oats, old fashioned, quick-cooking, or a mix of the two
  • 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

Double Chocolate Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dry oats, old fashioned, quick-cooking, or a mix of the two
  • 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

Vegan Banana Oatmeal Bites

  • 1 ripe medium banana, not too overripe
  • 1 cup dry oats, old fashioned, quick-cooking, or a mix of the two
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips, optional
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Instructions 

For the Energy Bites (first 7 sets of ingredients)

  • Add the nut butter and honey and stir to combine well. Add all of the other ingredients and stir to combine well.
  • Refrigerate the mixture for about 30 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Store the balls covered in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

For the Banana Oatmeal Bites:

  • 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, about 30 minutes.
  • Use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the energy ball mixture into your hand. Roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture. This should make about 12 oatmeal energy balls.
  • Store the balls covered in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Notes

  • If your oatmeal bites aren’t sticking together well after the resting time, add another tablespoon or two of nut butter or honey. 
  • If the mixture for the energy balls are too sticky even after resting for 30 minutes, add a few more tablespoons of oats until you can handle the dough.
  • Keep in mind that different factors like the type of oatmeal and the mix-ins you add are going to affect the “stickiness” of the energy balls. 
  • If the energy ball “dough” is sticking to your hands badly, wet your hands lightly with water! The water helps to be able to work the dough into a ball without sticking.
  • You can customize any of these recipes with different mix-ins – use what you have on-hand!
  • To boost the nutrition in these energy balls, add a tablespoon of “superfoods,” such as chia seeds, ground flaxseed, and/or hemp hearts. (You might need to add a little more nut butter or honey if these extra absorb too much moisture). 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 Monster Cookie Energy Bites, Calories: 136kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 341mg, Potassium: 65mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 22IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 0.3mg
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229 Comments

  1. Cynthia Reinhardt says:

    I don’t see anyone mention this, but it is perfectly fine with a person’s digestion to eat raw oatmeal?

    1. Olga says:

      There is a lot of Phytic acid in raw oats. Which essentially means there won’t be any nutritional benefit to you eating the oatmeal.

    2. Heidi says:

      The phytic acid merely reduces the absorption of a couple of minerals. Does not in anyway reduce the nutritional benefits from the fiber, beta-glucan, protein, etc.

  2. Rachel says:

    THANK YOU so much for sharing these recipes. My youngest son is gluten and dairy free. I struggle with finding affordable snacks for him that my other boys can eat and we can all enjoy together. These are absolutely perfect. Thank you!!!

    1. Melissa says:

      Allergy mamas are amazing! I’m so happy this helped friend!

  3. Ischa says:

    I just made them with almonds and cranberries, and because my sister is vegan I used dried-fig jam instead of honey. Works really well and they’re so delicious. Thanks for the easy recipe.

    1. Melissa says:

      Great idea on the vegan subs! I’m going to have to try that, thank you for coming back to tell us your tips and tricks, so useful!

  4. Crystal says:

    My husband and I are trying to eat healthier (not a New Years resolution because they’re meant to be broken…lol) and I have been searching for things to feed him! He hates salads, and gets tired of things very quickly. These energy balls are going to be my saving grace! I know he is going to LOVE these! As will I ?
    Can’t wait to try them all. Picking up ingredients today!

    1. Melissa says:

      I can’t wait for you to get on the oatmeal bite train because they are so good! I’ve been making at least a batch a week for years and there’s no end in sight 🙂

  5. Gwen says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you could add peanut butter to the banana one too? I ate PB& Banana sandwich when I was a kid. My family loves the Monster ones!

    1. Melissa says:

      Yes! That sounds delicious. I’m sure you’ll need to add more oats to the recipe though to account for the additional peanut butter. Just aim for the same textures as the monster bites and you should have great success! Let me know how they turn out!

  6. Crystal Farrell says:

    Love these recipes so much! My kids husband and I go through them so quickly. In fact, we have been a week with out them and just this morning as my son was leaving for swim practice, his last words were: “Make the energy balls you will. WW3 will begin if you don’t!” (Yes he is 17!). I was wondering, and maybe I am dreaming this, that at one point you have all these recipes on a 1 page sheet. If you do, can you link to them. I can’t find my sheet, and we are in the middle of a kitchen remodel and evidently my kids want them. Thanks. Keep up the great recipes coming.

    1. Melissa says:

      That’s so much fun to hear, thank you for taking the time to write. And yes, I do have a one page printable, I’ll email it to you again!

  7. Jennifer says:

    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 says:

      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!

  8. Laura says:

    Your recipes look great. Lo ok forward to trying them.

  9. Amanda says:

    I love the all the variations!

    1. Melissa says:

      Thanks Amanda! You’ll never get in an energy bite rut with this post 🙂

  10. Lauren W says:

    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.

    1. Melissa says:

      Great tips! Thank you so much for helping other people find success too!