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

No Bake Energy Balls

4 from 95 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. 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!

    2. Meredith L
      August 31, 2021 AT 10:39 pm

      5 stars
      I’m obsessed with energy balls now! So easy to make and perfect to eat in between teaching classes. Such a great recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 2, 2021 AT 11:03 am

        Yay!! So glad to hear you enjoyed these energy balls, Meredith! Thanks so much for the review :).

    3. Sarah Lisabeth
      August 31, 2021 AT 5:28 pm

      5 stars
      I’ve made this recipe multiple times! It’s so customizable – I’ve substituted different nut butters, and have used different mix-ins such as dried cranberries! SO YUMMY!

    4. Lacey
      August 30, 2021 AT 10:46 pm

      5 stars
      Love these! I like to make a double batch and have them for breakfast or as an easy snack. Unfortunately they don’t last long in my house between my husband and I!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 31, 2021 AT 10:42 am

        So happy to hear these energy balls have been a hit, Lacey! Thanks so much for the review 🙂

    5. Amanda Ortega
      August 27, 2021 AT 7:49 am

      4 stars
      These energy snacks are great especially for someone who is trying to curb their sweet tooth! My energy balls came out a little dry, but actually got better after a day stored in the fridge. Between my boyfriend and I the energy balls only lasted 5 days in our house! So they were a major success. I only took off one star because they were a little dry, but the flavor was like eating a Reese’s and I was so happy!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 27, 2021 AT 11:57 am

        So glad you enjoyed these energy balls, Amanda! Sorry they were a bit dry, you could always add a bit more honey or a splash of almond milk if this happens again. Thanks so much for the review!

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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