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


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!


  • 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


  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


  • 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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

    • 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. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!” 🙂

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!!

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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 🙌🏼

  15. 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!

  16. 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

    • 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. These are delicious! I am on the TIU plan and needed a sweet treat that would be approved. I didn’t have any ground flaxseed, so I added some chia seeds instead. Yum! Thanks for all of the healthy recipes 🙂

  20. These little energy balls sound wonderful and are like oatmeal in a portable form! Happy 3 year Anniversary to you and Isaac and congrats on his new job – finding work in one’s passion is a true blessing! Wishing y’all much happiness!

  21. I was stunned when I woke up yesterday and heard the news… I was at the club last October after my team played in the softball world series down there. It’s unthinkable that could happen…

    But on to happier things, like your balls. 😉 They look amazing! Also, congrats to your man! He has Vegas’ dream job.

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