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.

Mama and Kid-Friendly

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.

And for mamas with older kiddos, these balls are super kid-friendly! They will goggle them right up, trust me! Plus, they can totally help you with the process of making these too.

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 Needed

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 – my fave brand is Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats
  • natural peanut butter – I love the flavor that peanut butter adds to these balls but feel free to use your favorite nut butter.
  • honey – honey is the glue that binds these no bake energy balls together.
  • 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 – I add flax in to boost the nutrition, but this is an optional ingredient. Add it if you have it in your pantry and skip it if you don’t!
  • vanilla – this adds a hint of vanilla flavor.
  • sea salt – a little sea salt enhances the flavors in these energy balls.
Square food storage container packed with peanut butter energy balls.

No Food Processor Needed!

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 don’t have a food 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

And be sure to check out all of the healthy snack recipes here on EBF.

No Bake Energy Balls

4 from 135 votes
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!
White bowl full of peanut butter chocolate chip energy balls.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16


  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ 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: 1ball Calories: 112kcal Carbohydrates: 12g Protein: 3g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Sodium: 11mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 7g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter energy balls


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    1. Ashley L Decker
      December 20, 2021 AT 9:35 pm

      Could I sub the coconut with protein powder, or at least add it in?

      1. Shelley
        March 24, 2022 AT 2:47 am

        5 stars
        Can you also turn them into bars?

        1. Brittany Mullins
          March 24, 2022 AT 8:58 am

          Hi, Shelley. I haven’t tried it, but I don’t see why not. I suggest pressing them down with a sheet of parchment paper and cutting them to size. Let me know how they turn out.

      2. Brittany Mullins
        December 21, 2021 AT 12:08 am

        Hey Ashley! If you’re looking for a protein ball recipe I suggest trying one of these protein ball recipes. 🙂

    2. Katy F
      October 17, 2021 AT 3:30 pm

      5 stars
      These were so good! My kids love them too and I’ve already made them several times. They will be in our snack rotation from now on! Thanks for the recipe!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 18, 2021 AT 11:54 am

        Yay!! Happy to hear these no bake energy balls were a hit, Katy. Thanks for the review. It means so much to me!

    3. Gretchen
      October 11, 2021 AT 3:48 pm

      5 stars
      These are so good!!! Perfect pre workout snack with so much good flavor packed in them.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 12, 2021 AT 10:05 am

        Yay!! Happy to hear these energy balls were a hit, Gretchen! Thanks for trying them out and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    4. Avery Eliason
      October 5, 2021 AT 7:11 pm

      No bake protein balls were so good. Can’t wait to make them again. I recommend, they are easy to make and a nice quick snack. All the ingredients are some you have in your pantry and only takes 10 minutes to make. The hard part is waiting for them to set in the fridge😂. Hundred percent recommend!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 6, 2021 AT 12:43 am

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Avery!! Thanks for making it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    5. Andrea S
      September 1, 2021 AT 2:40 pm

      5 stars
      These no bake energy balls are SO delicious. They’re like eating ooey gooey cookie dough, but healthier and a great snack to fix those sweet cravings!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 2, 2021 AT 10:59 am

        Ah yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed these energy balls, Andrea! Thanks so much for the review and star rating. I really appreciate it!

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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