Chocolate Oat Energy Bites

No-bake, EASY, and healthy Energy Bites!  You can use one bowl and whip these up in minutes.  This recipe is kid friendly and super fun for them to help you make in the kitchen.

I have been making energy bites for years and years but usually used nuts as a base and it required using a food processor. I decided to create a new energy bite recipe using oats as the base instead of nuts and made sure you didn’t need a food processor! Sometimes it’s nice to not dirty an extra appliance and some people don’t have one in their kitchen.

This recipe is filled with good healthy ingredients and is literally the easiest recipe to make! You only need one bowl, no processor or mixer, and requires no baking. I love having these on hand in the fridge (or even the freezer!) for a quick snack to grab.

This is a perfect recipe to have kids help with! It doesn’t take long and is super straight forward – you literally pour every ingredient into one bowl and mix together. Then you roll them into balls and put them in the fridge. THAT’S IT – then you’re done!

How To Make:

Place all of the ingredients listed into one large mixing bowl!

You can play around with different ingredients if you don’t have certain ones, or there are allergies involved.

This recipe can be made nut free by substituting sunbutter for the peanut butter and using sunflower seeds instead of the walnuts!

After you add all of the ingredients, you can use a wooden spoon to incorporate it all! I’ve used my hands before to make sure everything was evenly incorporated, especially if the peanut butter you are using is thicker.

It will look like the picture just above and will be a bit sticky. Try taking a small amount in your hand and then squishing/rolling it into balls. If it’s too crumbly and isn’t sticking together well, you can just add a splash of water! If it’s too wet, you can add a bit more oats or coconut.

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Chocolate Oat Energy Bites

  • Author: Katie Shmelinski
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 15-20 bites 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-Bake

Description

No-bake, EASY, and healthy Energy Bites!  You can use one bowl and whip these up in minutes.  This recipe is kid friendly and super fun for them to help you make in the kitchen.


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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of rolled oats
    • quick oats will also work
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa
    •  you can also use raw cacao powder
  • 2/3 cups of unsweetened coconut 
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
    • non-natural peanut butter will also work
    • you can also try subbing in almond butter instead, but the recipe will taste a little less sweet
    • substitute sunbutter to make this recipe nut-free
  • 2 TBS hemp seeds (optional)
    • you may need to add a little bit of extra oats or coconut if you omit
  • 2 TBS chia seeds (optional)
    • you may need to add a little bit of extra oats or coconut if you omit
  • 1/4 cups of chopped walnuts (or any nut you choose) 
    • you could substitute sunflower seeds for nut-free
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 6 TBS real maple syrup or raw honey 
    • If you like things a little bit less sweet you can add less sweetener, but then you may need to add a bit extra water to get the right consistency
  • 4-6 TBS water 
    • start with 4 TBS and then see if the balls stick together well enough.  
    • if they are a bit crumbly or aren’t sticking together well, add an extra TBS of water at a time till it’s the right consistency.
    • if it seems too wet – you can add some extra oats of coconut to compensate for that.
  • 1/41/3 cup of chocolate chips (also optional!)

Instructions

  1. Add all of your ingredients except for the chocolate chips to a large mixing bowl
  2. Use a wooden spoon to mix and incorporate all of the ingredients. If this is a bit tricky with the spoon, you can use your hands to mix it all together.
  3. Depending on how much maple/honey, and how many substitutions you make in the recipe you may need to add a bit of extra water to help it all come together
  4. If the “batter” seems a little too wet, you can add in a bit of extra oat/coconut to help that
  5. Lastly, add the chocolate chips if you are using them!
  6. Use your hands to roll the mix into balls
  7. Place them into a container that you can cover and store in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

  • You can make this recipe your own by omitting or adding different nuts, etc.  
  • You can use the water and sweetener to bring the mix to the proper consistency before rolling them into balls!
  • Depending on how big you roll them, you can get 15-20+ energy bites out of this recipe.

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Comments

  1. Lacy

    These are absolutely delicious and full of flavour. I like that Katie added possible substitutions. I opted for more coconut, sunflower seeds (so I didn’t add extra salt), and dried cranberries. Instead of water, I added vanilla.
    These are so healthy but taste as good as a dessert.

    • Katie Shmelinski

      Thanks Lacy! Those sound like delicious substitutions! We will have to give that a try. You can really use this recipe as a base and make it your own depending on what you have in the house. I love that your tried them the first night I posted them 🙂
      – Katie

  2. Sarah Silzer

    YUM! These are so good and quick/easy to make. My son made his disappear very quickly, lol! I love having another quick and healthy snack option (I make my own granola bars too). Thank you so much for another great recipe!

    • Katie Shmelinski

      Thank you very much Sarah! I’m so glad you tried them and thank you for letting me know that you did. What granola bar recipe do you use? I would love to check it out.
      – Katie

      • Sarah

        You bet! It’s just a recipe that my mom got and we’ve both adjusted it a bit. I will send it to you. If you have any suggestions for improvement/making it healthier that would be awesome!

  3. Shelley Patterson

    Great easy recipe Katie!
    I used raw sunflower seeds and 70% chocolate mini chunks as well as sweetened coconut flakes and no salt and they turned out great!
    Thanks for sharing your recipe

  4. Janelle H.

    YUM! These are quick to make and delicious. I love that this recipe uses common, everyday ingredients, but lends well to many substitutions if needed/desired. I was a tad shy on the rolled oats so I added some steel cut… just gave a bit more texture. The kiddos will gobble these up when they get their hands on them! Thanks for the great recipe Katie.

    • Katie Shmelinski

      Thanks so much, Janelle!
      Good thinking usuing steel cut to make up the difference! They weren’t too chewey that way?
      – Katie

  5. Monique

    Made these today for our play group and they were a hit! My daughter (4) keeps saying: “I runned out of energy so I need another energy ball”!😆.

    • Katie Shmelinski

      Oh my goodness that is SO CUTE!! Sounds like something Micah would say! I’m so glad you liked them! The water does really help bring them together without them having to be too sweet.
      – Katie

  6. Monique

    The main difference in your recipe from the one I used to make is less honey and adding water to moisten. I feel these adjustments really make a difference. Less sweet but still moist! Hy didn’tI think of that? Lol!

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