Energy Balls

Delicious and easy to make Energy Balls are full of protein and make a great snack that kids love. They almost taste like cookie dough! Make these and stock them in the refrigerator for a grab and go breakfast or snack that will fill you up.

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I’m always looking for healthy snacking options for my kids, and these easy energy balls are one of my favorites. These delicious protein balls are loaded with healthy fats and last for forever since I can store them in the freezer! We love to make an extra large batch and just freeze them until needed. They are a wonderful quick snack that isn’t full of preservatives or unhealthy ingredients.

With rolled oats, creamy peanut butter, chocolate chips and a few other simple ingredients, these delicious bites are loaded with protein and have the most amazing flavor. Whether we make these energy bites or our monster energy bites, there’s always a quick protein packed snack that we can quickly grab when needed!

Why You’ll Love these Energy Balls

  • These are a wonderful on-the-go breakfast or protein filled snack. You can even send them in school lunches to keep your kiddos fueled during the day.
  • This recipe requires no baking, so you don’t have to even turn the oven on! A very kid-friendly recipe that they could make all on their own.
  • You can easily adapt this recipe to make it vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten free. Just use dairy-free chips and a different sweetener option!
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Ingredients for No Bake Energy Balls

  • Peanut butter – I recommend using a smooth and creamy peanut butter, not a chunky one. If you choose to use a natural peanut butter, make sure that the butter and oil are thoroughly mixed together before adding it in with the other ingredients.
  • Old fashioned oats – Oats are main coarse ingredient that will hold the energy balls together. To ensure these are gluten free, make sure that you get gluten-free old fashioned oats.
  • Salt – A little bit of salt will help to balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Mini chocolate chips – Use whatever flavor of chocolate chips that you’d like. Milk chocolate, semi-sweet, dark chocolate — they’ll all work!
  • Honey – To keep these lower in sugar, sweeten the energy balls with honey.
  • Protein powder – I used vanilla protein powder in this recipe, but you can use any flavor that you want.

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How to Make Energy Balls

  1. Add each of the ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl and combine thoroughly with a silicone spatula or mixing spoon.
  2. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop the no bake energy bites and roll into a ball. Place each one onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Each of the peanut butter oat energy balls should be about 1 inch in size.
  3. Place the cookie sheet into the fridge for an hour, or until the energy balls have hardened. Then transfer the balls to a freezer zip top bag and store in the freezer.

How long do energy bites last?

I personally prefer to store energy bites in the freezer since they last up to 3 months when frozen. However, you can also store them in the fridge and they will last up to 2 weeks.

What can I add to energy bites?

These peanut butter energy balls would be tasty with so many different add-ins. Chia seeds and ground flaxseed would be a great way to add more nutritional benefits to these energy bites. You can also make them chocolatey with a bit of cocoa powder!

Add more texture and a variety of flavor to this recipe with things like shredded coconut or dried fruit.

If you have a peanut allergy, you can swap the peanut butter for another nut butter! Almond butter, cashew butter and sunflower seed butter would all be super tasty.

Are energy balls unhealthy?

Depending on the ingredients you use, things like no bake energy balls can be pretty healthy! Use peanut butter that is naturally sweetened and chocolate chips that aren’t sweetened with sugar. Then sweeten the mixture with honey or maple syrup and you’ll have a energy balls that are free from refined sugar!

These are also full of healthy fats and protein, making them a great snack option. Of course, as with everything, eat them in moderation. But they are a much healthier alternative to many other sugary snack options.

Pro Tips for the Best No Bake Energy Balls

  • If you add extra add-ins into the energy balls, just make sure that the mixture is not overloaded. You’ll need to be able to roll up the balls and have them stick together easily.
  • Don’t roll the balls to big or they won’t set in middle. Make sure you keep them in fridge long enough to set before biting into them!
  • While rolling, the mixture should not be dry or overly sticky. If you find it to be too dry, add some extra honey or a dollop of peanut butter. If it is too sticky, a few extra oats mixed in should do the trick!
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These easy energy balls are a wonderful snack option for kids and adults alike!

More Easy Snack Recipes You’ll Love!

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  • Ladybug Oreos are the perfect sweet treat snack for spring and summer. Plus, they’re just adorable!
  • Make Ham and Cheese Rollups as an easy snack or a quick lunch item.
  • Homemade Uncrustables are sure to save you some money on that grocery bill. They’re the best snack and are so easy to make!
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Energy Balls

Delicious and easy to make Energy Balls are full of protein and make a great snack that kids love. Stock them in the refrigerator for a grab and go breakfast or snack that will fill you up.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 24 Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup vanilla protein powder
  • teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ cup mini M&Ms

Instructions

  • In a medium size bowl mix all ingredients together.
  • Use a cookie scoop to scoop the energy balls and then roll them into a ball. Place onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet. They should be about one inch in size.
  • Place the cookie sheet into the refrigerator for 1 hour or until the balls are hardened.
  • Transfer energy balls to a freezer ziploc bag and store in the freezer.

Notes

Store energy bites in the freezer since they last up to 3 months when frozen. However, you can also store them in the fridge and they will last up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Energy Ball | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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