No Bake Energy Bites – 3 Flavor Options

Energy bites rolled into balls on cookie sheet

These No-Bake Energy Bites are an easy, healthy treat that will keep you energized all day long! They can be made into three tasty flavors – Butterscotch, Chocolate Chip, or White Chocolate Cranberry. Keep them in the fridge for up to one week for a grab-and-go breakfast that is perfectly satisfying. 

I will admit that I almost NEVER eat breakfast. But when I do, I want it to be quick, easy, and healthy. Usually I turn to a green smoothie or an energy bar. Even better is when I sneak in these Blueberry White Chocolate Breakfast Cookies or these Quinoa Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt.

Energy bites rolled on cookie sheet with bowls of toppings next to it.

The newest addition to my list of quick and easy breakfasts (or snacks) is this No-Bake Energy Bites recipe. They are packed with oats, coconut, flax seed, and almond butter for a healthy dose of protein and fiber. But what really sets them apart is the mix-ins! 

You can use butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, or white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. All three flavor options are equally simple and delicious. If you want some of each flavor, you can always make the base of the dough, split it into thirds, and stir different mix-ins into each third.

Energy Bites Ingredients

These No-Bake Energy Bites only need a handful of ingredients.

For the base of the dough:

  • Oats
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Almond butter
  • Flax seed
  • Agave
  • Vanilla
  • Salt

Flavor mix-ins:

  • Butterscotch chips
  • Cinnamon
  • Chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Cranberries

Mix-ins for energy bites in small bowls on counter

How to make No-Bake Energy Bites

Don’t be alarmed at how simple this recipe is. It comes down to three simple steps.

  1. Stir all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
  2. Chill in the fridge for at least a half hour. This makes them easier to roll and helps them hold their shape.
  3. Roll chilled dough into 1-inch balls.

Recipe variations

  • Almond butter – This can be substituted with creamy peanut butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter.
  • Agave – You can substitute with honey or maple syrup.
  • Mix-ins – You can really use whatever mix-ins you’d like! I most often use chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, and dried cranberries. You can also try dried blueberries, dried strawberries, chopped nuts, or chocolate chunks.

How long do energy bites last?

You can store no bake energy bites in the fridge for up to 1 week. Keep them in a sealed container or a zipper bag.

Can energy balls be frozen?

Yes!  You can store them in a zipper bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Then grab one out of the freezer and let it thaw for about 10 minutes before eating.

Pro-tip: To prevent the energy balls from freezing in one giant clump, I suggest lining them up on a cookie sheet (not touching), freezing until solid, then storing in a zipper bag. Now it will be super easy to just grab one and go!

No-Bake energy bites on corner of cookie sheet with cookie scoop on counter

Hand picking up no-bake energy bite from cookie sheet

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No-Bake Energy Bites - 3 Flavor Options

These No Bake Energy Bites are an easy, healthy treat that will keep you energized all day long! They can be made into three tasty flavors - Butterscotch, Chocolate Chip, or White Chocolate Cranberry.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20 -25 balls

Ingredients

Energy Bites Base

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes (toasted)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (or other nut butter (see notes))
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup agave (or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt

Butterscotch Mix-Ins

  • ½ cup butterscotch chips

Chocolate Chip Mix-Ins

  • ½ cup chocolate chips

White Chocolate Cranberry Mix-Ins

  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Place all the base ingredients and mix-ins of choice in a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
  • Place bowl in the fridge for at least a half hour.
  • Once chilled, roll into 1 inch balls.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Notes

Variations: 
  • Almond butter - This can be substituted with creamy peanut butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter. 
  • Agave - You can substitute with honey or maple syrup. 
  • Mix-ins - You can really use whatever mix-ins you'd like! I most often use chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, and dried cranberries. You can also try dried blueberries, dried strawberries, chopped nuts, or chocolate chunks. 
Freezing:
Store in a zipper bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw for ten minutes before eating. 
Pro-tip: To prevent the energy balls from freezing in one giant clump, line them up on a cookie sheet (not touching), freeze until solid, then store in a zipper bag. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.6mg

This recipe was originally published in March 2015. It was updated in January 2021 to add new flavor combinations and photographs. Enjoy!

23 comments

  1. Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom

    Pinned because these are one little snack I can’t wait to nibble on!

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    1. Erin

      Butterscotch chips are a downfall of mine! These make be feel a bit better about snacking on them!

      Reply

  2. heather @french press

    these would be perfect as a grab and go breakfast!!

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    1. Erin

      You’re right Heather! I need grab and go in the morning – I’m not one to fuss over scrambled eggs on the weekdays! I’d rather sleep in 😉

      Reply

  3. Amy Basso

    What a perfect healthy, on-the-go snack!

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    1. Erin

      On-the-go is perfect for breakfast! I don’t have the energy to cook!

      Reply

  4. Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life

    I never eat breakfast either, although I do love bacon and eggs…I’m just too lazy in the morning to cook them for myself. LOL My kids though are constantly on the go though (as am I)…these are perfect for when they don’t have time for breakfast or need a quick snack as they are running out the door! Can’t wait to try them!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Michelle – I think the kids will love these for sure 🙂

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      1. Lori

        I wonder if you could freeze these to make ahead and eat at a later date?

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        1. Erin

          I think that these would definitely stay fresh in the freezer for a few months Lori.

          Reply

  5. Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom

    When I was in 3rd grade, my teacher let me choose a Dairy Queen Sundae every month for good behavior. My best friend always got butterscotch flavor and convinced me to try–I have been in love with the flavor ever since. Love these and so much cleaner eating than a sundae (which I have not had since 3rd grade I do believe!)

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    1. Erin

      That’s such a great story Kristen! It’s been a loooong time since you had a butterscotch sundae – That’s some strong willpower! But, these are definitely a healthier option!

      Reply

  6. Kim

    Hi, These sound great, but do you think they would also work as bars instead of bites? I’d like to try putting them in a baking dish but I’m not sure what size, or even if the recipe would still work.
    Thanks!

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    1. Erin

      Hi Kim – You could definitely make these into bars. I would prepare them in the style of this recipe.

      Reply

      1. Kim

        Thank you! 🙂

        Reply

  7. Kristin

    Hi! These look amazing, can’t wait to make them! But do you think there’s a different substitute for the coconut, or if the balls would still hold together without it? We have an allergy in the family, but these look delicious so I’m hoping it won’t affect the flavor or consistency if it’s missing!

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    1. Erin

      Hi Kristin – I would add in a bit more oats to get the correct consistency, but otherwise, I think you’ll be OK without the coconut. Hope this helps!

      Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Betsy – I calculate them to have about 115 calories each.

      Reply

  8. Barbara

    I want to make sure when you say dry oatmeal does that mean uncooked. What brand do you use.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Barbara – Yes, uncooked oatmeal. Any quick cooking oats will work!

      Reply

  9. Mindi SMITH

    They are so very yummy…but how are they healthy?

    Reply

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