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No Bake Energy Balls

The ultimate easy no bake energy balls. Made with just 6 ingredients and make the perfect healthy breakfast or snack! You can’t go wrong with this simple favorite recipe. 

energy balls lined up on a baking sheet

The ultimate energy ball recipe – just 6 easy ingredients. 

These energy bites taste like cookie dough, have 6g of protein each, and are a cinch to make! 

I have made these countless times over the past few months and as soon as my freezer stash disappears I have to make more.

These delicious little bites are perfect as a healthy snack, breakfast, or even dessert to knock out that night time sweet tooth. 

Great for having on hand when you need something fast!

energy balls in a bowl from the side with chocolate chips in the background

Basic Energy Ball ingredients

Protein Powder – for the basic energy ball recipe, I use vanilla protein powder.

But any flavor will work!

Chocolate protein powder is also delicious, and my personal favorite way to switch things up is to use half vanilla and half chocolate protein powder.

To make vegan – just use your favorite vegan protein powder. 

Honey – the sticky sweetener needed to help it all stick together.

If you want to make these vegan, you can also use pure maple syrup!

Peanut Butter – I use creamy no stir peanut butter which has just a bit of added sugar in it. 

Salt – just enough to make the salty sweet flavors pop!

Rolled Oats – Rolled oats are inexpensive and delicious and help these energy balls taste like cookie dough! 

Chocolate Chips – I prefer to use mini chocolate chips so that there is chocolate and crunch in every bite!

For dairy free, I like Enjoy Life brand. 

ingredients overhead picture - peanut butter, protein powder, salt, oats, honey, and mini chocolate chips

How to make Energy Balls

It is so easy to make energy balls. 

All you need is a rubber spatula and a mixing bowl!

No food processor required. 

ingredients in a mixing bowl

Simply add the peanut butter, rolled oats, honey, salt, chocolate chips and protein powder to a mixing bowl.

Stir with a rubber spatula to combine. 

I do not recommend using a spoon because the batter is very thick and sticky. 

It will take a few minutes to mix it all together. 

ingredients mixed together with a rubber spatula in a bowl

Next, line a baking sheet with wax paper.

Use a mini cookie scoop to drop balls of energy bite batter onto the wax paper. 

If you do not have a mini cookie scoop, just use spoons. 

You want balls around 1 inch in size. 

Roll the energy balls with your hands to form the shape. 

energy bites stacked in a bowl

Once you have put all of the batter on the baking sheet, place it in the fridge for one hour, or until the energy balls are firm to the touch. 

Once set, serve immediately, or store for later!

From here you can now remove them from the wax paper and place into a ziploc bag in the freezer. 

I always have a bag of these on hand for easy snacking. 

energy balls with honey and chocolate chips in the corner of the photo

I love these energy balls because they are easy to make and made with pantry ingredients that I almost always have on hand. 

No need to run to the store!

Most importantly, they are irresistibly delicious!

Honestly, it feels like I’m eating a treat. 

fingers taking an energy ball from the stacked bowl

Are energy balls good for you?


Every bite is filled with healthy fats and protein which will keep you full and satisfied. 

Do I have to use protein powder?

No, you do not, but you will need to replace it with something else so that the batter is not too sticky. 

I suggest using either more rolled oats or oat flour. 

You can even make your own oat flour! 

Just grind up rolled oats in a blender until they turn to flour. 

How long can you keep energy balls?

When stored in the freezer, these will be good up to 3 months, but I doubt they will last that long in your house! 

We usually go through a batch every week or two. 

fingers holding up an energy ball with a bite taken out

Ways to customize these energy bites

These are easy to make your own!

Try adding in:

  • chia seeds
  • ground flax seed
  • chopped nuts
  • chopped dried fruit
  • shredded coconut
  • different kind of chocolate chips

You can also use different kinds of nut butters and different protein powder flavors to switch up the taste!

One of my favorite spin off recipes are these monster cookie energy balls!

energy ball with a bite taken out sitting on a stack of other energy balls

More No Bake Protein Recipes 

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energy balls from overhead

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No Bake Energy Balls Recipe

Yield: 22 - 24 energy balls

No Bake Energy Balls

fingers holding up an energy ball with a bite taken out

The best easy no bake energy balls recipe made with just 6 ingredients!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups no stir creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/3 cups old fashioned oats (rolled oats)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips


  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and use a rubber spatula to mix until the batter is combined
  2. Use a mini cookie scoop or a spoon to drop energy balls with a spoon onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet
  3. Roll the energy balls with your hands to form the shape
  4. Place cookie sheet with the energy bites on it in the fridge for 1 hour, or until the balls are hardened
  5. Transfer energy balls to a ziploc bag and store in the freezer


What kind of protein powder should I use?

Just use your favorite protein powder! I used vanilla protein powder in this recipe, but I love chocolate in it too. My personal favorite way to mix things up is to use half vanilla and half chocolate protein powder.

How many energy balls does this make?

This makes 22 - 24 good sized energy bites. Each one has 6g of protein!

Are rolled oats the same thing as old fashioned oats?

Yes they are! This is the kind of oats that you want for this recipe.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 6g

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Sunday 13th of September 2020

Seriously delicious!! I have to stop my kids, and myself, from eating too many!

Joy Shull

Monday 14th of September 2020

Haha, I know the struggle!


Monday 7th of September 2020

Made these for my daughter who is nursing her new baby! Oats are one of the best foods for nursing and she really appreciates the ease of being able to just grab a healthy, filling snack/breakfast that is ready to go. Thank you!

Joy Shull

Friday 11th of September 2020

What a great idea! I loved these in the early nursing days with my baby too :)


Sunday 6th of September 2020

Love your recipe. I replaced oats with almond flour and protein power with hemp seeds. Delicious!

Mary P

Saturday 12th of September 2020

@Sheila, did you use the same amount vof almond flour as the oats? Thanks, Mary


Tuesday 1st of September 2020

I swear I made something like this as a kid, from a coloring book recipe, and I've been looking for it ever since. Regardless, these are really good and so easy and quick.


Monday 31st of August 2020

what brand protein powder did you use in this recipe?

Joy Shull

Friday 4th of September 2020

I used garden of life raw vanilla protein powder.