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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    93 comments
    1. Louise Lavoll
      March 31, 2021 AT 9:24 am

      These are awesome!

    2. Nancy
      March 28, 2021 AT 12:34 pm

      I made this did not use the coconut but out punkin seeds and slices almonds. And use chia seeds. They are great and nice easy recipe. Thanks

    3. Erin
      March 6, 2021 AT 1:52 pm

      Ok to sub maple syrup for honey?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 7, 2021 AT 1:17 am

        Yes!

    4. destiny
      March 3, 2021 AT 2:29 pm

      awesome recipe i loveeeee it!

    5. Danielle Galiano
      February 24, 2021 AT 3:57 pm

      Hi! the 12g carb is for how many total balls? All 16? Thank you.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 25, 2021 AT 5:51 pm

        Serving size is for 1 energy ball.

    6. France
      February 11, 2021 AT 7:44 pm

      Looks delicious but I only have regular (Kraft lite) peanut butter, which isn’t as drippy as natural peanut butter. Suggestions?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 11, 2021 AT 11:37 pm

        Hey France, That PB should work just fine. Let me know how these turn out for you. 🙂

    7. Julia
      February 11, 2021 AT 3:38 pm

      So yummy! Perfect for before or after a workout. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 11, 2021 AT 11:39 pm

        So glad you’re loving these energy balls. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it, Julia!

    8. Julianne
      February 4, 2021 AT 12:28 am

      I LOVE these! These are my go-to snack and I make them every week. thank you for this recipe! I did add chia seeds and love the extra crunch 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 4, 2021 AT 1:53 am

        So glad you love these energy balls!! Thanks for the review, Julianne. I so appreciate it!

    9. Taylor
      January 11, 2021 AT 2:26 pm

      So easy to make & so tasty – my husband and I both loved these!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 11, 2021 AT 9:50 pm

        I’m so glad these energy balls were a hit! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    10. Julie
      January 3, 2021 AT 2:57 pm

      Just made the no bake protein balls! Super easy and best of all so yummy! Grab one in the morning and ready to consider the day!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 3, 2021 AT 8:04 pm

        Woo!! So glad you enjoyed these energy balls. Thanks for making them and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    11. Steph
      December 14, 2020 AT 5:33 pm

      I made these with sunflower butter so my kids could take them to school and I subbed hemp seeds for coconut (as I didn’t have on hand) and it was delicious! The kids had fun helping (this is a great one to do with kids). They freeze well and hold together in a lunch box 🙂 5 stars

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 14, 2020 AT 11:36 pm

        Woo!! So glad these energy balls were a hit! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    12. Veronica
      December 3, 2020 AT 5:32 pm

      I’ve made these so many times I have the recipe memorized! My toddler loves them too!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 3, 2020 AT 10:18 pm

        Ahh yay, so glad these energy balls are a hit!!

    13. Sarah Orvis
      November 29, 2020 AT 5:49 pm

      I’ve been making these for my kids forever now. They love them so much that I have to hide them. I substitute sun butter so that they are nut free and always triple the recipe. I also keep them frozen. They almost taste like frozen cookie dough. They think they are having dessert every time they eat them.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 30, 2020 AT 11:47 pm

        Love it!! So glad these have been a hit with your kiddos!!

    14. Linda Winkler
      October 29, 2020 AT 3:24 pm

      I thought these were just ok. I found there was too much oatmeal (dry ingredient) relative to the amount of peanut butter. I reduced the oatmeal by 1/3 cup. The oatmeal needs to be toasted first in the oven since raw oats doesn’t taste great. Also too sweet for me. I reduced the amount of honey and omitted the chocolate chips. I used a few raisins instead.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 2, 2020 AT 12:31 am

        Sorry to hear you didn’t love this recipe, Linda.

    15. Sarah
      October 25, 2020 AT 4:18 pm

      Delicious!! We can’t ever make enough.

    16. 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

    17. 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

    18. 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

    19. 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

    20. 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

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

      So tasty and so easy to make! Yum! 😊

    22. 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. 🙂

    23. 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. 🙂

    24. 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

    25. 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

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