Peanut Butter Energy Bites with Chocolate chips – No Bake – made with ONLY 5 ingredients make the perfect healthy snack on the go! Best of all, this recipe is so easy to make with a step-by-step video to follow along!
Energy bites are one of my favorite healthier snacks to make. They make the perfect little pick-me-up for before or after a workout. The best part is, you can easily make them ahead of time and pack them for on the go.
We make a few batches every week and a few of our favorites include these:
No Bake Energy Bites – 12 Ways – different flavors for everyone
These No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Energy Bites clock in at just 94 calories are gluten-free, loaded with protein, fiber and best of all, they come together easily in just one bowl!
They contain NO refined sugar but are still decadent enough to satisfy any sweet tooth cravings.
I made them the same day as these No Bake Cranberry Coconut Energy Bites and they’re a delicious way to fuel up when you need a little something to hold you over until your next meal.
How to make No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites:
For the base recipe you’re only going to need 5 ingredients:
- old-fashioned oats (use gluten-free if necessary)
- shredded coconut (I used unsweetened but you can use any you have on hand) – or use ground flax seed, oat flour or protein powder instead
- peanut butter (swap with for your favorite nut or seed butter – almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter or pumpkin seed butter)
- honey (can also swap with maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave or date paste instead)
- chocolate chunks/chips (you can use chopped fruit or nuts instead)
These simple pantry ingredients can be swapped out with whatever you like or have on hand to suit your tastes.
ARE ENERGY BITES HEALTHY?
Yes, homemade energy bites are much healthier than the store-bought granola bars that have a million ingredients. As long as you don’t eat the entire batch in one sitting. Energy bites make a great snack if you’re trying to cut back on processed ingredients.
ARE THESE ENERGY BITES SUGAR-FREE?
These energy bites are refined sugar-free but if you are looking for a snack without any added sweetener, you can use banana instead like I did in the Cranberry Energy Bites and feel free to swap out the chocolate for nuts instead.
Or for a lower carb option, try experimenting with liquid monk fruit or stevia for a sugar-free option.
DO YOU BAKE PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BITES IN THE OVEN?
These particular energy bites are completely NO BAKE so you can leave the hot oven off during the hot summer months. They make a delicious and healthy snack for after school, a post workout or in lunchboxes.
Make a double batch for meal prep Sunday and you can enjoy them straight from the fridge throughout the week when we need a quick pick me up.
5 Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites make the perfect grab and go snacks for on the go with easy to find pantry ingredients.
- 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter almond, cashew butter OR sunflower / pumpkin seed butter work as well(heated slightly until liquid-y)
- 1/4 cup liquid honey brown rice syrup, agave syrup or date paste will work as well
- 1/4 cup grated coconut swap with ground flax seed, oat flour or protein powder instead if you are not a fan of coconut - you might have to adjust the amount of sweetener to your taste
- 2 cups oats - [1 cup rolled oats and 1 cup quick oats] use gluten free if necessary
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips or chopped chocolate chunks* plus more for studding, if desired
- pinch salt optional but highly recommended for offsetting the sweetness
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds or ground chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil
- *raisins or dried fruit cranberries instead of or half with chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, mix together heated nut butter and honey until smooth.
- Stir in shredded coconut, oats, and salt and mix until well combined. Add optional add-ins if desired. Fold in chocolate chunks/chips.
- Wet hands slightly and form dough tightly into 1" - 1.5" balls. If the dough doesn't stick together add 1/2 tablespoon water (or melted coconut oil) at a time until dough comes together or place dough in the fridge for 30 minutes prior to forming dough balls so it's easier to handle. Press additional chocolate chips evenly around the dough, if desired.
- Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy.
**You can form these into cookies or granola bars by flattening the dough in an 8x8 square pan if you prefer not to roll them out. Store in an airtight container for up to one week in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer. months. Allow to sit out for 10 minutes from the freezer before serving.