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.
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!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 Balls
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 20 balls 1x
Easy, no-bake energy ball recipe perfect for snacks, lunch boxes & post-workout recovery. Tasty bites made with peanut butter, chocolate chips & oatmeal!
- 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
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- 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. And the moisture in the peanut butter will depend on the brand/type that you use.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer much longer.
- If you'd like to add chia seeds, add 1-3 tablespoons depending on your preference.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Category: Snacks
- Method: Bowl
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: oatmeal energy balls, easy energy balls recipe, chocolate energy balls, peanut butter energy balls, energy bites recipe
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- Healthy Granola Bar Recipe
- Healthy Snack Bars
- Extra Protein Oatmeal Bites
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- Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites
- Blueberry Muffin Date Balls (healthy, no-bake treat)
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!
How necessary is the vanilla extract?
It's fine to skip it!
I forgot to add vanilla. The balls were so sweet I did not even miss the vanilla.
I doubled it and did half milk and half semi sweet chocolate and no coconut because I'm not a fan. Idk that it's going to last long enough in the fridge to roll them into balls! ??
Hooray for making it your own! Well done!
Melissa, I have read through the comments, and you have given instructions on how to toast the coconut. Could we also toast the oatmeal before making these beauties? Or would toasting the oatmeal change the texture too much?
I LOVE toasting the oats and coconut before using, I just bake them together on a rimmed baking sheet!
Super good! My first time making these, and they were gone within less than 24 hours... highly recommend this recipe! I, personally, am a chocolate + peanut butter lover, so I added some unsweetened cocoa powder to taste 🙂
These chocolate chip peanut-butter protein balls are AMAZING! They are so delicious and easy to make which is always a plus considering I (age 11) can't make anything without messing it up but somehow I was able to pull these off. My whole family loves these! I will definitely be making these again 🙂
Congrats on a recipe well made! ENJOY!
Jodee Larsen Hassler
I’m curious why it needs to be refrigerated if all of the ingredients are shelf stable?
I bet they're ok for a few days out (if that last that long) but it seems like when you start getting dry ingredients wet, they aren't really shelf stable anymore.
These are delicious! I enjoy baking for my family (I’m 16) and I’m always trying to find healthy-er things to make for my family that my siblings will enjoy and they loved these!! They are also pretty picky about coconut but they didn’t even seem to notice it, or if they did they enjoyed it!
I am also 1 Of 5 kids so my mom always loves it when I can make something that everyone enjoys PLUS the bonus of it being better for you
Tell your mom good job for letting you in the kitchen too! That not something all moms can handle!
Yay! I love that you are cooking for your family! That's how I got my start and look where's it's brought me!
These are soooo good! I always have them in the fridge for a snack. I'm making them today and trying espresso chips. We are bee keepers so it's nice to use our own honey. 🙂
That's so fun you have your own honey! Any books your recommend if I'm wanting to get into it myself?!
great but my chocolate chips were already sweetened so the honey made it too sweet. delicious otherwise!
Thank you so much this my first time making this an it's great for my spouse and I no added sugar an all healthy ingredients... We'll make again
There's one of our favorites and I make a batch about weekly! I hope you start too!
Delish my whole family adores! My children are in charge of making them now. Easy! Thank you!
Go mama go! Knowing how to make something so simple, delicious, and filling is totally a life skill! I appreciate the comment and review too!
I HAVE A MAJOR ISSUE WITH THIS RECIPE. You said it lasts two weeks in the fridge?? It didn’t last 12 hours in mine. I think maybe you have to subtract a week for every teenager that you have living in your house...now I know to double the recipe and hide half!
Bahahaha that's a great comment, they last a few days here too, ours is dependent on the number of little humans that come over to play (normally lots!) because everyone loves them.
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?
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!
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!
Hooray! Thank you for sharing your tips and tricks, always helpful!
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!
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!
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!
Great tips! We love them too!
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!
Those salted caramel chips are my favorite! I bet they were sooooo good in these! Great idea.
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.
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!
I make these peanut free with wow butter! So good 🙂
Great tip! Thank you for coming back to share, is that made from sesame seeds?
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!
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!