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This no bake energy bites recipe will have everyone asking for more! Peanut butter, oatmeal and honey make the perfect easy snack.

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There’s nothing better than a snack that tastes like a treat: and this recipe covers both. Try these No Bake Energy Bites! They taste like dessert, but they’re a simple combination of peanut butter, oats and honey. Of course, there’s a teeny hint of chocolate thrown in too! Compare them to store-bought energy bites, and there’s no comparison. The homemade version is extraordinarily delicious! Here’s how to make this delicious treat (er, snack).

Ingredients for no bake energy bites

These no bake energy bites take no time to put together and just a handful of ingredients. In fact, you might already have these in your pantry! (Except the mini chocolate chips, though you might already stock those, too.) Here’s what you need:

  • Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • Cocoa powder
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Creamy peanut butter (no sugar added, or tahini or sunflower butter for nut free)
  • Honey (or agave syrup for vegan)
  • Cinnamon and salt

Want a variation without cocoa powder or coconut? Go to our Peanut Butter Energy Balls.

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How to make energy bites: some tips!

The consistency of the dough in these energy bites varies based on the texture of the peanut butter. It can also vary based on the rolled oats. Here’s what to know:

  • Use very creamy peanut butter. We don’t recommend using super thick peanut butter or even almond butter, which can be very thick right out of the jar. Creamy PB is best for this one!
  • Start with a little less oats. Follow the recipe below for quantities! If the dough feels stiff, you can proceed. If the dough feels pretty sticky, add the full amount of oats.
  • Freeze, then adjust. Freezing the dough helps it set and become firm and rollable. If it’s not stiff enough add more oats; if it’s too crumbly add a hint more peanut butter and honey.

Variations: sunflower butter and tahini

Battling a peanut butter allergy? We know some classrooms and schools may not allow it due to allergies. Here are a few alternatives to peanut butter that work here:

  • Sunflower butter: You can try sunflower butter, which is made from sunflower seeds. The flavor isn’t quite like peanut butter in a sandwich, but hidden by the other flavors here it can work.
  • Tahini: Tahini is a great substitute for peanut butter, and it would be fantastic in these energy bites.

When we make these no bake energy bites, we like to use a cookie scoop. Why? It makes for perfectly portioned balls. That’s why these pictures look so uniform! A cookie scoop is also great for making perfect cookies (yep!) and other things like Veggie Dippers.

  • Use a #40 cookie scoop. This makes 1 1/2-inch balls that are 1 ½ tablespoons.
  • Don’t have one? Here’s the #40 cookie scoop we use.
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Storage info for energy bites

These energy bites are good right away after you make them: but even better if you refrigerate for about 1 hour to set the texture. After that, they store well! Here’s what to know:

  • Homemade energy bites last up to 2 weeks refrigerated. They likely last even longer than that. You could freeze them if you like, but we haven’t tested this.
  • Bites last at room temperature in lunches. They become stickier when they’re room temperature, but they should last in brown bag lunches.
  • If transporting, you’ll want to wrap them. If you’re bringing them somewhere as a snack, wrap in plastic wrap. They become stickier as they get warmer, so eat as soon as you can.
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More energy bars and snacks

Oats, peanut butter and honey make magic when it comes to snacking! Here are a few more tasty snacks you’ll love with this combination:

This no bake energy bites recipe is…

Vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, use agave syrup. For nut allergies, use sunbutter or tahini.

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Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x


This no bake energy bites recipe will have everyone asking for more! Peanut butter, oatmeal and honey make the perfect easy snack.


  • 2 ½ cups Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter (no sugar added, or sunflower butter or tahini for nut free)
  • ½ cup honey (or agave syrup for vegan)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, starting with 2 ¼ cups rolled oats. If the dough feels fairly stiff move to the next step; otherwise add the additional ¼ cup if the dough feels fairly sticky. (The texture depends of the dough depends on the type of peanut butter and type of rolled oats. With our very creamy peanut butter it works with 2 ½ cups oats total.) Freeze the bowl for 5 minutes to allow the dough to firm up even more: it should feel stiff and rollable at this point. If not, you can mix in a handful more oats — or if it’s too crumbly, add a hint more peanut butter and honey.
  2. Roll the dough into 20 small balls, pressing the dough together with your hands. A 1 1/2-inch cookie scoop (#40) is helpful to make uniform balls. Store refrigerated to firm up the texture even more, but you can eat immediately. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. (See the Storage Info section above for more on storage and transportation.)
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Monica Vincent says:

    Yum! I love these! Easy, storable, healthy and just finger licking good! Thanks again you two! (BTW, Kosher salt is a must here ;)

  2. Kiersten Wilson says:

    What is the serving size on this recipe? I like to keep track of my macros and didn’t see what an actual serving size was.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      It’s set to 1 ball (out of 20).

  3. Matula says:

    Absolutely the worst recipe I’ve ever made. Ive made hundreds of different recipes of these no bake style treats. SO MUCH SALT, Had to throw away. Absolutely terrible consistency and taste. Super upset about theae

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Hi! Were you using kosher salt? They should be salty at all.

    2. Alex Overhiser says:

      Hi! Were you using kosher salt? They shouldnt be salty at all.