One of the easiest healthy treats to throw together are No-bake Energy Bites. There are so many varieties out there these days, but I find myself always turning to peanut butter chocolate chip. These No-bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls are perfect for after school snacks, lunch boxes or just to keep in the fridge for when the munchies are coming on and you need something to tide you over until dinner.
I made this recipe years ago and posted it on The Mother Huddle. If you know what The Mother Huddle is, you have been here for a LONG time. Thank you. Bless you for sticking with me all these years. If you don’t know what it is…..The Mother Huddle was where I got my start posting recipes on the interwebs. It was my friend Destri’s blog and it was awesome! The Mother Huddle no longer exists, but I am trying to get all the recipes that I originally posted over there, posted on Real Life Dinner so they aren’t lost forever.
My son Trever (he is six) came in the room while I was shooting the pictures for this post and said, “Mom, you made my treat balls.” LOL! He loves to make these energy balls and has a reputation for making them softball size and wanting to watch me eat the whole thing. I always have to tell him it’s just too good and I want to save it in the fridge to eat a little bit every day (wink, wink).
It’s adorable how excited he got to see that I made his No-bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites, but he was also really worried that I had made them so small. HA! I use my 1 1/2 tablespoon size cookie scoop to make them and I happen to think that is the perfect size for an energy bite.
More Must-Make Awesome and Healthy Afterschool Snacks:
- Mango Lassi with Buttermilk
- Texas Caviar
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snack Cake
- Dole Whip
- The Best Toddler Muffins
- Whole Wheat Grape Nut Banana Muffins
Step by Step Pictures for How to Make No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Tips for making No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites
- Use Quick Oats instead of Old-Fashioned Oats.
- Make sure the coconut oil is smooth and soft, or melt it a little. If you melt it, make sure it is cooled before stirring it into the rest of the ingredients.
- If you use a food processor, wait to add the chocolate chips until the very end and hand stir them in.
- Use a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop them out, and then use your hands to roll them into perfect balls
- If the mixture isn’t sticking together as well as you would like, add a tsp of water to the mixture.
- Place rolled energy bites on wax or parchment paper (I line a glass baking dish that has a lid with wax paper and place them directly in there. Makes it very easy to transfer them directly to the fridge.)
- Keep refrigerated in an airtight container.
- 2 cups quick oatmeal
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ⅓ cup flax meal
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ⅓ cup honey
- ⅓-1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, smooth (no chunks, or melted and cooled)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup
- mini chocolate chips
- Line a baking sheet or glass baking dish with wax paper or parchment paper. Set aside.
- Place all ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Mix well until everything is distributed evenly and holding together.
- Use a cookie scoop to scoop out mixture and then use your hands to roll it into a smooth ball.
- Set the rolled bites into the lined pan, making sure they do not touch. Once all of the energy bites have been formed, cover the dish and refrigerate them. Once they are set they can be stacked on each other if desired.
- Keep covered and refrigerated.