No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Balls

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These tasty bites are easy-to-make, no-bake peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal bites that are perfect for snacks, kids’ lunches, and post-workout recovery.

Easy, no-bake energy ball recipe perfect for snacks, lunch boxes & post-workout recovery. Tasty bites made with peanut butter, chocolate chips & oatmeal!

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Balls

If you have a sweet tooth or a busy life, or both, these no-bake energy balls are for YOU, my friend. They’re packed with all sorts of nutritious whole-foods goodness, but they also satisfy sweets cravings with a little kick of mini chocolate chips. For fans of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, or anything with peanut butter and chocolate, you’ll want to give these guys a try!

I live for no-bake recipes because it often means the recipe is silly simple, which this one is. All you have to do is combine all your ingredients, let the mixture cool in the fridge for a bit, then roll it into tablespoon-sized balls, and enjoy! It really couldn’t be easier, and you’ll love having an no-frills, but super tasty, snack to fuel extra-long days or get the kids through until dinner!

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites are perfect for snacks, dessert, lunch boxes, or post-workout recovery time.

The hardest part about trying to eat only whole foods for me is snacks and desserts/treats. That’s where these little balls of deliciousness come in! Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal 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 a veggie box) 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?

How to make oatmeal energy bites:

  1. Oats: One of my favorite whole grains. They are cheap, easy to find (and easy to get gluten-free if needed), and just plain fun. I use old fashioned oats and they make a chewier, more “toothsome” energy bite. You could use quick cooking oats (still a whole grain, they are just cut smaller) or half and half to change the texture. While my husband likes the quick cooking oats better, I like the old fashioned in this recipe. The flavor will stay the same with either, but the texture will change as the quick cooking oats will make the balls softer. You can also use a combination of the two if you’d like. It all works, it just changes the texture a bit.
  2. Unsweetened Coconut Flakes: 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.
  3. Peanut Butter: My favorite food! 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 a 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Honey: Long live nature’s natural sweetener. I bought a hive 2 years ago and have yet to put bees in it. I can’t wait! Buy local honey when you can, and when you can’t, Costco has it for a great price.
  6. Mini Chocolate Chips: I like the mini chocolate chips in this recipe because they go with the texture and size of the rest of the ingredients better. You can use normal chocolate chips, but I feel like the mini ones distribute the chocolate more evenly through each bite. No matter what you choose, chocolate is always a good idea.

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites are perfect for snacks, dessert, lunch boxes, or post-workout recovery time.

Can you eat raw oats in energy balls?

It is perfectly fine to eat uncooked oatmeal! But some people do experience bloating from raw oats, so if you notice this happens to you, you can always soak your oats in water for 30 minutes before mixing up a batch of energy balls.

Why are energy balls good for you?

Energy balls practically have it all in terms of nutrition! They’re packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats, which makes them an incredible snack when you’re on-the-go.

How long do no-bake energy balls last?

After forming your no-bake energy balls, store them in the fridge for up to two weeks in an airtight container. They won’t hold their shape as well or last as long if you leave them out at room temperature.

Can you freeze energy balls?

Yes, you can! You might even prefer them frozen, if you’re a frozen cookie lover like I am. You can also store them in the freezer to keep them longer than two weeks, and let them sit out for 20 minutes or so to thaw a bit to enjoy them in a softer state.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Balls


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 20 balls 1x

Description

Easy, no-bake energy ball recipe perfect for snacks, lunch boxes & post-workout recovery. Tasty bites made with peanut butter, chocolate chips & oatmeal!


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Ingredients

  • 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
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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. And the moisture in the peanut butter will depend on the brand/type that you use.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer much longer.

Notes

  • If you’d like to add chia seeds, add 1-3 tablespoons depending on your preference.
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: oatmeal energy balls, easy energy balls recipe, chocolate energy balls, peanut butter energy balls, energy bites recipe

Other no bake snack ideas:

You can plan on making these for snacks, dessert, lunch boxes, post-workout recovery time, or middle of the night treats for you nursing moms. I also like to have these on hand for after naps when my kids are super grumpy and need a little something in their system to help them feel happy again. No one can say no to chocolate and peanut butter. No one. ENJOY!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites

These no-bake peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal energy balls are so easy to make, are packed with nutritious goodness, and satisfy your sweet tooth without guilt! That’s a win in my book.

This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated in June 2019.

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91 Responses
  1. Stacey

    I see the chocolate chips in the photos, but don’t see them listed in the actual recipe :). What’s the quantity you would suggest using?

          1. Melissa

            You can just leave them out and if the mixture is a little too sticky, just add a few more oats. It’ll work great!

  2. deb c

    While rooting around in the pantry for the chips, I stumbled upon MM Baking Bits(mini MM’s) Ohhhh…do I dare? Yup..I dare..They added a fun crunch! I love these energy balls too….maybe I should join both recipes together…Chocolate Peanut Butter MM and Chips Energy Balls…..Oh goodness!!! Happy Munching!!

  3. Lindsay

    I made a few changes(personal preferences) super tasty! I left out the coconut and added 1/3 cup PB2 (dry) and 1/4 cup of coconut oil (melted). And instead of chocolate chips, I did mini m&m’s about a 1/3 of a cup. I did add a bit more than 1 cup of oatmeal and used 1/2 old fashioned and 1/2 organic quick oats.

  4. Amy

    I added Cacao, chia seeds, less honey, and coconut sugar to add a little more wholesomeness. Such a great recipe. You can add/subtract anything and it would still be yummy!

  5. Connie Christian

    14.7 g of sugar per serving is too much for us. If I reduce the honey, do I need to add another liquid type to make up for the lost moisture? Thank you!!

  6. hot rod

    great recipe…i added boiled and drained white quinoa to add more protein…brown sugar instead of honey, and add-on unsweetened coconut flakes, making the layers of taste superb…

  7. Jennifer Davidson

    These were so yummy! I didn’t have regular oats, but had steel cut oats. Wow! These are a perfect healthy snack. And so easy!

    1. Melissa

      I do. I like the texture and the flavor a lot better. I normally toast a whole bag in the oven and just keep it on hand for recipes, feel free to use untoasted if you don’t have a preference.

  8. Shellie

    I made to batches of these today and they are wonderful! The first batch I followed the recipe exactly. The second batch I took the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla and microwaved it for 45 seconds and then stirred until smooth. It was much easier mixing it all together.

  9. LT

    These were great. I toasted the oatmeal for a few minutes too since I was turning the oven on for the coconut flakes. Was out of honey so I used brown rice syrup. I think you hit on the perfect level of sweetness. I used the food processor and the dough came together really nicely that way (and it sliced the oats and coconut up a little, which makes them a bit easier to chew). Will definitely make these again!

  10. Ann

    I just made these today, OMG are they good. These will be my go to snack. They have a lot of really good stuff in them and much healthier than any processed food. I put in two Tbs chopped walnuts and used agave nectar rather than honey and a little maple extract with the vanilla. I will definitely make these again and play with the ingredients. They are great right out of the freezer.

  11. Gretchen

    This is awesome!!!! I never have time in the morning to eat anything but if I make these the night before I can quickly have a few and be ready for the day ahead!!!

  12. Klare

    I LOVE THESE!!! This hits the ultimate sweet spot, not only in flavor but simplicity. Even if I were someone who was not worrying about the nutrition in the slightest, I would think these were awesome! Also, to add some fiber and reduce some sugar, I made these with Sukrin fiber syrup instead of honey and I think its perfect. Also added a few cranks of sea salt, highly recommended if you’re into that kinda thing haha. Truly love this recipe! A permanent game changer for me, and so unbelievably simple. Haha okay you get it, I’ll stop now 🙂

    1. Melissa

      I’m looking up that syrup! Thank you for letting us know that it worked really well, but I’m always looking for great new sweeteners!

  13. Jill

    How many balls is this recipe supposed to make? At the top of the recipe, it says it yields 20. In the Nutrition Information box it says it serves 14.

  14. I was skeptical at first when I was rolling the balls but once after taking them out of the freezer, I was definitly in looooove!! Added a little more organic pb than on the recipe and I also rolled the balls in crunched organic peanuts for more crunchiness and BAM!! Perfect recipe!!
    Thanks for sharing??

  15. Erika

    Going to try this recipe with my kiddo tonight! Just curious (this may be an odd question), but I don’t typically like a strong coconut flavor in most dishes….would you say it’s more subtle in this recipe or noticeable enough that it may be best to omit it ? Any substitution suggestions? Thanks so much!

    1. Melissa

      It’s not a noticeable flavor but feel free to leave it out and sub in about half of the amount of coconut for more oats, it’ll work great still!

  16. LeAnne

    Tastes great and was so simple to make. I use them for an energy boost throughout the day or before a workout, and my kids love this as a snack as well!

  17. Ida Mari

    They’re super good. I love them but how did’nt you make a mess rooling them? Had to wash a away lots of batter cause it stuck to my hand 🙁

    1. Melissa

      If you wet your hands slightly before rolling it really helps or you can add a few more oats next time so that it’s not quite so stick too!

  18. Sandra Dungan

    I not a huge fan of coconut so I used granola cereal (Nature’s Path organic Hemp Heart) in place with the same measurement. Yum!!! Ty for this amazing recipe.

  19. Sarah Batson

    Do you have approximate nutritional info breakdown? I made them as directed with natural creamy pb and instant oats. Thanks!

      1. Desiree

        I’ve made these countless times and figured I should contribute to the rating. So delicious and versatile!

        1. Melissa

          Thank you! Ratings definitely help me out so I really appreciate that! And I’m glad you make them as much as we do!

  20. Colleen McCullough

    I took the advice of one commenter and made these in the food processor. It was a snap! Didn’t have flax meal, so I used almond flour as a low-carb/protein-boosting alternative. Also added a few pinches of pink sea salt. I put all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips in first and pulsed until it came together, then added the chocolate at the end. Used a little cookie scoop and put them on a cookie sheet right after before chilling. Worked like a charm!

    1. Melissa

      I’m so going to try that next time! How is the texture? Do you like the oats in smaller bits since it went through the food processor? Sounds so good I might just try it this afternoon. THANK YOU!

  21. My daughter told me about these. i suppose chocolate chips would be easy, but I cut up a thin small bar of 85% cocoa candy (from Aldi, 5 bars to a pack) to about the same size as the mini-chips. I’ve always got them on hand as I know the dark chocolate is actually beneficial and I snack on half a bar almost every day except when I have these great balls on hand.

    1. Melissa

      Ohhh thank you for the tip about cutting up a chocolate bar, that’s a great idea. I do wish I had an Aldi close to me. I love that store!

  22. I made these tonight with all ingredients in the recipe, including flax seed meal. I made half of the small chocolate chips by chopping bittersweet chocolate, plus added the other half as chopped salted caramel chips. Great combo!

  23. Sara McGinness

    I’ve been making these for a pre workout snack since you posted this so long ago! I love them! I don’t toast the coconut and I don’t like coconut flavored things….but you don’t even taste it!

  24. Meg

    These are the best! I made them almost every week and have made them for lots of friends and everyone asks for the recipe. They are a perfect snack or in addition to a meal. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Melissa

      Woohoo! I love getting people on the oatmeal bite bandwagon! I love and make them weekly and just love that you are eating them in your home too!

  25. Leigh

    I added 2 tbs chia seeds and swapped out the 1/2 cup chocolate chips for 1/2 cup unsweetened cacao powder and it turned out great!!!!! Love this definitely making more!

  26. Leah

    These look super tasty, I am definitely adding this to my to do list! would maple syrup work instead of honey? also just wondering if you would like to tell me how long to toast coconut in the oven/what temperature?
    Thank you!!

    1. Melissa

      Toasting the coconut is optional, about 10 minutes at 350 or until golden brown and yes, maple works great, you might need to adjust the amount of oats a little (it might need a few more) since maple is thinner than honey!

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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.

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