This recipe for no-bake energy bites is the only one you’ll ever need. This is the magic formula to make your own flavor combinations and your own energy bite recipes! Can easily be made gluten-free and vegan.
So you may have seen many, many recipes like these. But I’ll tell you why this no-bake energy ball recipe is better. You can make it into anything you want!
Add in your own flavor combos and ideas. I’ve seen these kind of energy bites around forever now and all the recipes are very similar, but here is the formula to make your own recipe!
You see, even I never make these the same. The general amounts of things stay the same but the ingredients are always changing so I’ll tell you what are in these, but I’ll also give you my secret formula so you can make your own flavor combinations too 🙂
As you’ll notice, one of my favorite ingredients to add is coconut! Trust me, it’s soo good in these energy balls! 🙂
I originally got the idea from a blog that’s no longer up and running, years and years ago. A good friend of mine would come over to visit when we first moved into our house and we couldn’t keep our hands out of the freezer when there was a bag of these inside.
They are so good. Sweet enough to be dessert but they’re quick and easy and a great source of energy. Plus some healthy fats and a good amount of fiber to help keep you feeling energized and satisfied.
They keep indefinitely in the freezer and I find them so much more addictive when they’re frozen almost solid. But if you’d much rather be able to sink your teeth into them at a moments notice you can keep them in a sealed container in the fridge and I’m sure they’ll last quite a while.
Plus they’re much easier for kids to eat when they’re soft from the fridge. If you are making these no-bake energy balls for little kids I would recommend making them smaller than I did as they do begin to “melt” after a few minutes in warm little hands 🙂
To make these energy bites gluten-free, just be sure to use gluten-free oats. To make them vegan, you can use brown rice syrup instead of honey. And they’re already dairy-free (but check that your chocolate is dairy-free / vegan!).
Make sure to check out the notes at the bottom of the recipe for tips!
No-Bake Energy Bites (gluten-free, vegan)
- 1/2 cup natural nut or seed butter (no added fat / sugar)
- 1/3 cup honey (or brown rice syrup for vegan)
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (use gluten-free oats for GF)
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1-2 teaspoons vanilla
- pinch of sea salt if using a natural nut butter with no added salt
- 1-2 teaspoons your favorite spices or spice combinations, optional
- 1/2 cup other add-ins (roughly chopped nuts or seeds, dried fruit, etc.)
- In a large bowl add the nut butter, honey or other sweetener, vanilla and salt if needed. Use less vanilla if yours is very strong or more if you really enjoy the vanilla flavor and don't buy an alcohol based kind. If all your ingredients are room temperature you should be able to stir to combine. If this is difficult you can warm in the microwave for a few seconds or even place the bowl in an inch or two hot water for a few minutes to soften everything. Once this is combined add the remaining ingredients.
- In this case I used almond butter and for my addins I used equal parts sesame seeds, poppy seeds and mini chocolate chips. Mix well. Once it's all combined place in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Then remove from the fridge, scoop out some dough and roll into a ball. I find it's much easier, and works better to squeeze the handful together to compact it and then roll it into a ball.
- If yours are too sticky you can considering adding more dry ingredients into them or rolling them in something like ground nuts, coconut, etc so they aren't as sticky. Place the balls in an airtight container either in the fridge or freezer for quick and easy snacks.
For the coconut, you can substitute any dry ingredients for this, wheat bran or germ, oat bran, some ground flax seed, any kind of ground nuts or seeds. For a cookie dough type bite try adding a few tablespoon of your favorite whole grain flour.
For a chocolate option, go to my Chocolate Energy Bites recipe 🙂
The photos for this post were updated on February 4th 2016. This is what they looked like before: