These easy no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites are healthy snacks disguised as dessert. Homemade oatmeal energy balls can be whipped up in just 5 minutes! Make a batch today to enjoy all week!
No Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls Snack Recipe
I'm so into these easy no-bake oatmeal balls. They are made with all kinds of whole foods, simple to put together, and just the thing you need in the afternoon when your sweet tooth is making a fuss but you are trying hard to eat well.
These Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites taste a whole lot like no-bake cookies, and my kids (and I) aren't at all sad about it. These are great to make on your meal prep day (along with some snacks in a jar) and keep in the fridge. Then you can pull them out when you need a little something sweet or when the kids get home from school. Who doesn't like no-bake cookies for a snack?
I love to keep a batch of these in the fridge and this Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls recipe is the favorite of my three-year-old. He's one that gets "hangry" really quickly, so I love having these on hand. It helps to get us through the after-nap hump and then again before dinner when he's starving and about to start screaming and I'm 25 minutes away from dinner on the table. They make great on-the-go snacks, pack well in lunches, and are perfect post-workout when you need a little something to keep moving. We love them! I can't wait for you to make these! I'd love to hear how it goes.
What peanut butter should I use?
I used the organic natural peanut butter from Costco; we love it! You can use any natural peanut butter for this recipe. If you use more traditional peanut butter, you might need to increase the amount by a few tablespoons or add a bit more honey so that they stick together. Natural peanut butter has a bit more moisture in it than traditional peanut butter, which helps this recipe form into balls. I'm confident you could use another nut or seed butter in this if you need to, though it will affect the taste.
What kind of coconut flakes should I use?
I get Bob's Red Mill unsweetened coconut flakes online, but I did see them at a bigger grocery store last month. I love these coconut flakes. They are nice chubby flakes which toast up really nicely and are great added to all kinds of things, like yogurt and desserts.
How do I get ground flaxseed?
You can buy ground flaxseed in a bag (also called flax meal), or you can buy whole flax seeds and grind them yourself at home (most people use a little coffee grinder for this, I have this one just for this purpose). Flaxseed that you grind at home is going to be more nutritious, which is true for most things like this, but both options work great. Flax is fun because it is a great source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. I'm trying to use it more and this is an easy way to do that.
These easy no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls are healthy snacks disguised as dessert. Homemade oatmeal energy balls can be whipped up in just 5 minutes! Make a batch today to enjoy all week!
- 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I like old fashioned)
- ⅔ cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup ground flaxseed
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1-2 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add everything to a medium bowl and mix to combine well. Stick the bowl in the fridge and let it chill for about half an hour. This resting time helps to ensure that the balls will stick together when rolled.
- After the chilling time, take a tablespoon of the mixture in your hand and roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining oat mixture. If your balls aren't sticking together after the resting period, you can add a little more honey or peanut butter, stir well, and try rolling again. Sometimes it just needs a little more of the wet ingredients to hold together well.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer much longer.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Snacks
- Method: No Bake
- Cuisine: American
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This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated in July 2019.
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites are an easy snack that fills you up and make you feel like you're eating a dessert, without the extra sugar and with extra fiber and fats.