No Bake Energy Balls

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.

White bowl full of peanut butter chocolate chip energy balls.

No Bake Energy Balls

Brittany Mullins
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!
4.67 from 48 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 112 kcal


  • 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


  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir together well to combine.
  • Place bowl of "dough" in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour so it can set up.
  • Bring dough out of the fridge and roll into balls about 1 Tablespoon in size.
  • Store in a covered container in the fridge or freezer.



Serving: 1ballCalories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 11mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7g
Keyword peanut butter energy balls
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Recipe Rating

    1. Monica
      June 2, 2021 AT 11:16 pm

      5 stars
      Thank you for the variety in recipes 🙂 They turned out great!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 3, 2021 AT 9:41 am

        Yay!! I’m so glad these energy balls were a hit, Monica! Thanks for the review!

    2. Alana
      May 13, 2021 AT 12:51 pm

      5 stars
      I’m really hoping to make this recipe for my kids, but my daughter is allergic to coconut. Would you recommend omitting the coconut or replacing it with something?Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 14, 2021 AT 2:21 pm

        You can skip the coconut, Alana!

    3. Kim
      May 3, 2021 AT 10:53 pm

      Think I could substitute sunflower seeds for the oatmeal? Or would that affect the consistency?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 4, 2021 AT 12:49 pm

        I don’t know how these energy balls would turn out without the oats. If you’re looking for an oat-free energy ball I have these date energy balls you could try!

    4. Patty
      April 24, 2021 AT 10:53 pm

      Tasted delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 26, 2021 AT 11:08 am

        Yay! So glad you enjoyed them, Patty! Thanks for the review 🙂

    5. Katrina
      April 16, 2021 AT 10:25 pm

      5 stars
      These were so delicious! I followed the recipe to the tee except for the chocolate chips because when I went to find them the bag was nowhere to be found 🤦‍♀️. So I subbed raw pumpkin seeds instead and they were perfect! Such a yummy sweet treat!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 19, 2021 AT 12:24 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Katrina! Thanks for the review 🙂

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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