These peanut butter no bake energy balls require only one bowl, eight ingredients and about 10 minutes of prep time. You’ll love having them as a portable snack option!

I’ve been a fan of energy balls for years and they still top the list of meal prep recipes for me. I usually make some sort of energy ball every week and these peanut butter no bake balls are a household favorite.

White bowl full of peanut butter chocolate chip energy balls.

The flavor of the balls is awesome, especially if you’re a peanut butter lover like me. The texture is great too! It’s like homemade granola formed into a ball. The balls hold together well so you can easily toss a few in your bag for school/work or as a travel snack during road trips. I will say that as a nursing mama, I LOVE having these energy balls on hand for snacking. These don’t have brewer’s yeast like my lactation balls, but they still have oats and flaxseed… two foods that are great for boosting milk supply.

No Processor or Protein Powder Needed

The best part about this recipe? All you need is one bowl and there’s no need for a food processor. And these balls have a decent amount of protein (3 grams) without having to add protein powder. I know a lot of people ask about making my protein balls without protein powder, especially if they’re making them for kiddos, and this is the recipe I direct them to!

Glass mixing bowl with honey, coconut flakes, flax, oats, chocolate chips and peanut butter.

Ingredients in Peanut Butter No Bake Energy Balls

The cool part about this recipe is that it only requires 8 simple ingredients, most of which you probably already have sitting in your pantry.

  • old fashioned rolled oats
  • natural peanut butter
  • honey
  • unsweetened shredded coconut – be sure to get unsweetened shredded coconut, not the sweetened coconut
  • chocolate chips – I like using dark chocolate chips from Enjoy Life or Lily’s. Both of these options are dairy-free.
  • ground flaxseed
  • vanilla
  • sea salt

Square food storage container packed with peanut butter energy balls.

How to Make No Bake Energy Balls

Most energy balls need a food processor to mix up… not these! The idea for these energy balls came to me because I wanted to share a simple recipe that you could make if you didn’t have a processor. It just requires one bowl and about 10 minutes of prep time.

To make these energy balls simply place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir well to combine. Place the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes to chill. Once the dough has chilled, bring the dough out of the fridge and roll into balls. It’s that easy!

Added bonus, this recipe is super kid-friendly. Kids can help by mixing all the ingredients together in a big bowl and assist with the rolling as well. They’ll love snacking on the balls once they’re made too!

Square food storage container packed with peanut butter energy balls.

Substitutions and Notes

This recipe is really forgiving and works well with a lot of different substitutions. Here are some common subs I get asked about often:

  • I haven’t tried it, but I’m pretty sure quick oats would work as a sub for rolled oats.
  • Peanut butter can be swapped for another nut butter like almond or cashew butter. Sunflower seed butter also works. Just be sure your nut butter is fresh (kind of drippy) and not super thick/dry. Thick or dry nut butters will make the energy balls dry and they won’t hold together very well.
  • Honey can be swapped for maple syrup, coconut nectar or agave nectar to make these vegan.
  • You can sub 2-3 Tablespoons more rolled oats for the shredded coconut.
  • You can sub chia seeds for the flaxseed or omit the flaxseed all together.
  • Chocolate chips can be left out or subbed for another add-in like raisins, dried cranberries or blueberries.

How to Store Energy Balls

You can store your energy balls in an airtight container. I like using glass storage containers or Stasher bags for storing energy balls. Store them in refrigerator or freezer. They’ll last up to 1-2 weeks in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. That said, they never last more than a week at our house!

Hand holding two peanut butter chocolate chip energy balls.

More Energy Ball Recipes

If you try these peanut butter no bake energy balls be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

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White bowl full of peanut butter chocolate chip energy balls.

No Bake Energy Balls


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16

Description

These peanut butter no bake energy balls require only one bowl, eight ingredients and about 10 minutes of hands-on prep time. You’ll love having them as a portable snack option!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir together well to combine.
  2. Place bowl of “dough” in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour so it can set up.
  3. Bring dough out of the fridge and roll into balls about 1 Tablespoon in size.
  4. Store in a covered container in the fridge or freezer.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 112
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 11mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: peanut butter energy balls

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    67 comments
    1. Mallory
      September 22, 2020 AT 11:23 pm

      I made these for a road trip to keep us away from too many fast food or gas station snacks and they were a HIT! Hubs requested them for work week snacks and I am so thrilled with how easy they are.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 23, 2020 AT 1:40 am

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Mallory!! I’m so glad these energy balls were a hit. Thanks for making them + for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    2. Jackie C.
      September 21, 2020 AT 10:32 pm

      Best energy balls I’ve found! They are absolutely delicious and unbelievably easy to make – no food processor and no baking! EBF is brilliant for this recipe. Initially made them for me and my husband and now my picky 6-year-old makes a special request for them. We have to limit how many he can have! I’ve even made some batches for friends who raved about them. Just excellent!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 23, 2020 AT 1:47 am

        Woot woot!! This makes me so happy to hear, Jackie! I’m so glad this recipe is a hit with the whole fam. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. The reviews are super helpful for other readers, so I really appreciate it. <3

    3. Missouri Mom
      September 16, 2020 AT 8:11 pm

      I just stumbled across this recipe and am so glad I did!!! I love that it’s so quick and easy, and I love the fact that my 5 year old loves these treats. Thank you for sharing this, I’m going to definitely be checking out the other recipes on this site.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 16, 2020 AT 8:34 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Cassie! I’m so glad you and your daughter are loving these energy balls. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    4. Sarah
      September 14, 2020 AT 1:47 pm

      Um, these are AMAZING. Consistancy of no-bake chocolate cookies but loving the no refined sugar. I love eveything I’ve ever made from your site, and these are are extra awesome because they are so easy to make with my 3 year old. Thank you for creating healthy and delicious food!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 14, 2020 AT 2:55 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Sarah!! I’m so glad these energy balls are a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    5. Clare Leahy
      September 13, 2020 AT 5:38 am

      Made these and they didn’t last long at all, whole family loved them, perfect sweet fix during the working day and so easy to make!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 14, 2020 AT 3:13 pm

        So glad these energy balls were a hit with your family, Clare!! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it. <3

    6. Marija
      September 10, 2020 AT 4:38 pm

      So tasty and so easy to make! Yum! 😊

    7. Sara
      September 6, 2020 AT 4:50 pm

      These are fantastic and so easy!! Thanks for another delicious recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 5:42 pm

        You’re so welcome!! So glad you’re loving these, Sara. 🙂

    8. Cathy
      September 5, 2020 AT 7:37 pm

      These might be the easiest peanut butter balls I’ve ever made. One bowl, simple ingredients I always have in my kitchen, soooo tasty. I’ve swapped almond butter for the peanut butter and those turn out delicious, too. Yummy, healthy treat.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 5:49 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you loved these energy balls, Cathy!! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    9. Alex
      September 1, 2020 AT 12:27 pm

      My favorite energy ball recipe! I made them with my 4 yr old and we both love them. The first words out of my husband’s mouth when he tasted them were “oh, wow!” 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 1, 2020 AT 9:43 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear, Alex! I’m so pumped these energy balls are a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    10. Chelsea
      August 30, 2020 AT 11:56 pm

      So easy to make and a great snack to have in the fridge! They’re so I’ve started making them every week!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 31, 2020 AT 8:14 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you’re loving these energy balls, Chelsea. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    11. Jacquelyn
      August 30, 2020 AT 1:51 pm

      My daughter made these this summer and before she left for college I had her make one more batch for me!! I love them! These will be great for her after a soccer practice as a pickup treat! Couldn’t find ground flax seed so we used my hand blender and it ground them up nicely.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 30, 2020 AT 7:14 pm

        I’m so glad you’ve been loving these energy balls, Jacquelyn! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    12. Cathie
      August 30, 2020 AT 1:24 pm

      My granddaughters and I love these! Make them probably 2 times a week.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 30, 2020 AT 7:15 pm

        Woot woot!! So pumped to hear you guys are loving these. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating, Cathie. I appreciate it. <3

    13. Shannon
      August 30, 2020 AT 11:36 am

      I LOVE these energy balls. They are the perfect afternoon treat for when I am craving something sweet but also need to have a healthy snack.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 30, 2020 AT 7:16 pm

        So glad you’re a fan of these energy balls, Shannon! I appreciate you coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    14. Janelle
      August 30, 2020 AT 11:22 am

      I have a 2 week old baby and this is literally the only recipe I have the energy for . I crave them they are so good!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 30, 2020 AT 7:17 pm

        I feel you mama!! I basically lived off these and my lactation bites when Olivia was first born. They’re so simple to make!!

    15. Lou
      August 25, 2020 AT 10:49 am

      These energy balls are super delicious and simple to make, I’ll surely make them often and will share the recipe with everyone!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 25, 2020 AT 8:58 pm

        Woot woot! So glad you’re loving these energy balls, Lou. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    16. TARA
      August 22, 2020 AT 11:35 am

      I am obsessed with these No Bake energy balls! They are so easy and OMG, so delicious. I made a double batch and took a container to work to have throughout the week!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 22, 2020 AT 3:50 pm

        Ahh yay! So glad you enjoyed these energy balls, Tara! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it. 🙂

    17. NAOMI
      August 17, 2020 AT 9:47 am

      Do you think I could substitute chia seeds for the flaxseed? We love these at my house!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 17, 2020 AT 3:08 pm

        I think that would be just fine! 🙂

    18. Erika
      August 11, 2020 AT 2:37 pm

      Yum! These energy bites are perfect for an afternoon snack! I appreciate that the ingredients are pantry staples and that I don’t have to pull out my food processor to make them 🙌🏼

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 11, 2020 AT 6:06 pm

        Aren’t they the best?! 🙂 So glad you’re loving these energy balls, Erika! I appreciate you making them and coming back to leave a comment + star rating.

    19. Sam
      August 10, 2020 AT 9:18 pm

      These are so easy and so good. Perfect snack during the workday!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 10, 2020 AT 9:42 pm

        So glad you’re loving these energy balls, Sam. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    20. Brooke
      July 4, 2020 AT 1:39 pm

      These protein balls were so easy! They’re very sweet so they make for a tasty mid-day treat or healthy dessert, although I did eat one for breakfast this morning 🙂 Yum!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 5, 2020 AT 6:15 pm

        So glad you’re enjoying these protein balls, Brooke! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it.<3

    21. Meg S
      June 2, 2020 AT 4:47 pm

      Just made these!! So easy and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 2, 2020 AT 5:10 pm

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed these energy balls, Meg. Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

    22. Esther Wong
      February 25, 2020 AT 11:58 pm

      Just made them and they’re amazing! They’re so easy to make and go answer your question they’re very popular with kids. The difficulty is trying to keep my kid from the plate! I do have a query tho: I managed to make about 24 uneven sized balls and there are enough for a couple day’s worth of eat. How would you store them? Do they need to be refrigerated? Xx

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2020 AT 2:05 pm

        Hey Esther – I’m so glad you and your kids are enjoying these energy bars! You can store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week or else in the freezer for up to 3 months!

    23. Jess O
      November 7, 2018 AT 11:17 am

      I was looking for a quick, easy and yummy recipe to bring in for a co-worker’s bday and these no-bake PB balls was exactly what I was looking for! Several people have come up to me saying how delicious they are and asked for the recipe! 🙂 Birthdays aside, I will definitely be making these for snacks in the future!

    24. Carla D.
      February 3, 2018 AT 10:14 am

      I’ve made these many times since you posted this recipe in 2016. I’ve tried different variations based on what I had on hand (e.g., chia seeds or vanilla hemp protein powder instead of ground flax, etc.), and they’ve always turned out.
      I just wanted to add that these are definitely kid approved – my kids love them! The only drag is that they can’t take them to school because of not being peanut-free. But they make great after-school snacks, and I’d rather they eat these than store-bought cookies or chips.

    25. Kathleen
      July 8, 2016 AT 8:40 pm

      OMG can’t wait to make these!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 9, 2016 AT 11:16 am

        Yay! You’ll have to let me know how they turn out. 🙂

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