Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Energy Bites

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on November 27, 2012

These peanut butter cookie dough energy bites are flourless, grain-free, gluten-free and naturally sweetened with honey. You only need 5 ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Energy Bites

These are probably my simplest energy bites yet.  And you would not believe how fast they were eaten.  They’re like cookie dough so I think you can assume how awesome these are.

I realize I usually stay away from anything processed, but in this case we had some Halloween candy still hanging around that I wanted to use up. 

I can guarantee these are just as yummy with your favorite dark chocolate chips, or even cacao nibs.  Or go a completely different route with dried fruit, chopped nuts or seeds.  Really, you can do anything with these.

Don’t they even look like cookie dough?  Yum!

If you missed them, here are my original energy bites(with a kind of “formula” that you can adapt to what you like) and a chocolate version.

Just a quick note, don’t use coconut flour in these.  You’ll need to actually grind up your regular shredded coconut to get the right texture. 

If you don’t mind grains, check out the original energy bites I linked to, or you can always use rolled oats or even oat bran, wheat germ or whatever else you can think of that’s similar.


Grain-Free, Cookie Dough Energy Bites
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Snack
Servings: 1 1/2 dozen
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 1/2 C natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 C unsweetened shredded coconut ground in a blender or food processor
  • 1/2 - 3/4 C chocolate chips cacao nibs, m&m's or smarties, or dried fruit or chopped nuts
  1. Gently warm the peanut butter and honey if needed and stir together. Add the vanilla and sea salt and stir well.
  2. Measure and then grind the coconut just until finely ground. Add the coconut to the peanut butter mixture and stir well adding as much as needed up to 1 3/4 cups. The mixture will still be sticky.
  3. When completely combined, add any extra addins(chocolate chips, etc) and stir in. Cool the mixture before adding chocolate chips if it's still warm as the chips will melt.
  4. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle. Or refrigerate overnight and remove from the fridge for 30 minutes or so until soft enough to roll into balls. Scoop spoon sized pieces and roll into balls.
  5. Place in a container and store in the fridge until ready to enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Mix up these energy bites by adding any kind of different nuts or seeds or even dried fruit instead of chocolate chips or cacao nibs.

Feel free to reduce the amount of honey slightly, just be sure to add a little extra nut butter or reduce the amount of ground coconut and addins. These are fairly sweet so even half as much honey would still be sweet enough.

Almond butter is a great alternative to the peanut butter used in these.

If the bites are too soft to pile up in a container, to store, place on a plate or baking sheet and chill in the fridge before transferring them to a container to store.



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1 Machelle April 4, 2015 at 15:46

SO yummy! Thanks for a quick little cookie dough substitution 🙂


2 Andrea June 19, 2014 at 15:26

Just made these yummo I used almond extract instead of vanilla super good and added flaked coconut along with chocolate chips very good


3 The Healthy Apple December 2, 2012 at 16:52

These look amazing; just found your site through one of my great friends and I love your work and recipes…your photos are beautiful.
Happy Holidays!


4 Erin @ Texanerin Baking December 2, 2012 at 12:26

They’re so colorful! I would happily eat these. Artificial coloring doesn’t deter me one bit. 🙂 And how interesting with the coconut. I would have never imagined that coconut could produce something like this.


5 Anna (Hidden Ponies) November 30, 2012 at 09:22

Ooh, I’m trying these today! Love the ground coconut idea, saves me going to buy coconut flour 🙂


6 Heather November 29, 2012 at 21:14

Love the ingredient list- so simple, these look like they could be addicting!


7 Julie November 29, 2012 at 14:25

Do you think that protein powder could be added to these? The recipe looks great!


8 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) November 28, 2012 at 18:12

These look delicious! I’ve seen many similar recipes around blogland and keep meaning to make some – it would be a perfect treat for my husband!


9 Kathryn November 28, 2012 at 05:23

These sound really delicious. I’ve just a got a food processor too so I can’t wait to try these!


10 chinmayie @ love food eat November 28, 2012 at 01:47

Yum! It looks so good.


11 Ari @ Ari's Menu November 27, 2012 at 22:06

Heidi, these look amazing!! They look so gooey like the perfect cookie dough that you just want to eat straight out of the bowl! I will definitely be giving these a try.


12 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 27, 2012 at 19:52

These look so good, Heidi! The grain free thing is right up my alley right now 🙂


13 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} November 27, 2012 at 18:54

I love this simple recipe! I can tell just by looking at the pictures and the ingredients that I will love these. 🙂


14 Eat Good 4 Life November 27, 2012 at 16:40

I am loving these little balls 🙂 They look much more festive with the M&M’s….today I used M&M’s for the first time ever in one of my cookies and I hate using them because of the artificial colors in them. I need to find a substitute….they just look so good though 🙂


15 Heidi @ Food Doodles November 28, 2012 at 12:18

I feel the exact same way! I never even buy them usually, but since I had them laying around after Halloween…. As much as I hate the artificial colors, I do hate wasting too so I thought I’d use them up instead of just throwing them out. They are so pretty though! I hate it when I feel so conflicted about food, haha!


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