No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Bites Make Great Snacks – Only 5 Ingredients Needed!

Oatmeal Energy Bites

yield: 24 SERVINGS

prep time: 1 HOUR 20 MINUTES

cook time: 15 MINUTES

total time: 1 HOUR 35 MINUTES



In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together.


Roll out teaspoon-sized balls and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.


Freeze or place them in the fridge until set, about one hour.


Enjoy as a snack immediately, or keep leftovers in a Tupperware in the fridge or freezer as desired.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 24, Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: 87 Calories | 4.9g Fat | 10.0g Total Carbs | 1.3g Fiber | 6.3g Sugar | 1.9g Protein | 8.7g Net Carbs

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Homemade oatmeal energy bites are an easy snack or treat the whole family will love using simple pantry ingredients!

A bowl of no bake oatmeal energy bites

Having a snack attack?

If you’re looking for a homemade simple snack recipe, try these no-bake oatmeal energy bites. They taste like a yummy no-bake cookie, are fun to make, and most importantly – they are kid-approved! I originally shared this recipe 8 years ago when my kids were younger and they still love them today!

In fact, this oatmeal energy balls snack has consistently been one of our most pinned and visited recipe posts EVER with over 2 million views, so that tells me lots of readers are fans of this snack too! 😋

Just make sure to refrain from eating the mixture. I promise, if you keep waiting, the final product is incredibly delicious.

energy bites on a sheet pan

Honestly, you can use these measurements as a general guide to creating your own energy bites recipe.

These are extremely customizable to your taste buds and nutritional needs. If you think an additional ingredient (think nuts, dried fruits, candies, etc.) would take these oatmeal energy bites to the next level, do your thing, as long as you let us know how they turned out, of course. 😉

Ingredients used to make no bake oatmeal energy bites

Here are a few other oatmeal energy bites “mix-ins” to consider as ideas:

More of a visual learner? Watch Stetson make these easy no-bake oatmeal energy bites:

If you can’t see the video, watch it here on YouTube.

5 ingredients in measuring cups

adding oatmeal to mixing bowl

A mixing bowl and container of honey on a kitchen counter

Adding peanut butter to a mixing bowl in order to make oatmeal energy bites

Pouring a measuring cup of chocolate chips into a mixing bowl with other ingredients for oatmeal energy bites

mixing energy bites recipe

using a teaspoon to roll energy bites

adding energy bites to sheet pan

a bowl full of no bake oatmeal energy bites


Oatmeal Energy Bites

yield: 24 SERVINGS

prep time: 1 HOUR 20 MINUTES

cook time: 15 MINUTES

total time: 1 HOUR 35 MINUTES

If you’re looking for a healthy and easy snack idea, try these no-bake oatmeal bites that are kid-approved!



In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together.


Roll out teaspoon-sized balls and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.


Freeze or place them in the fridge until set, about one hour.


Enjoy as a snack immediately, or keep leftovers in a Tupperware in the fridge or freezer as desired.

Additional Notes

Recipe adapted from

Nutrition Information

Yield: 24, Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: 87 Calories | 4.9g Fat | 10.0g Total Carbs | 1.3g Fiber | 6.3g Sugar | 1.9g Protein | 8.7g Net Carbs

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woman holding a batch of energy bites

Here are a few tips when making oatmeal energy bites:

  • Feel free to swap ingredients based on what you have, like using maple syrup or agave in place of the honey. Or try out crunchy peanut butter instead of almond butter for an added crunchy bite.
  • Having trouble rolling your energy bites into a ball. Some readers have also suggested chilling the mixture a bit before rolling them.
  • Note that there is an hour of chilling time for this recipe that is factored into the prep time. These treats are a great make-ahead snack considering that you can store them in a container and/or ziplock bag in the freezer for months!
  • Looking for some extra flavor? We’ve made these oatmeal energy bites with pumpkin. If you love all things fall-flavored, that version of the recipe is a must-make!
  • Some readers have suggested adding rolled oats to a food processor first for a finer texture.

Two rubbermaid containers filled with no bake oatmeal energy bites

So simple and perfect for a small bite! 

With minimal ingredients, low effort, and no baking involved, these poppable energy bites are perfect. They can make a great afternoon snack and are also handy to take along when traveling. I typically throw them in a cooler for my daughter’s softball tournaments instead of buying granola or protein bars.

Try our 3-ingredient chocolate peanut butter banana bites next!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 121

  1. jen13289

    WARNING: These are soooo dangerous!!! I’ve been making these for years, I also add 1/4 cup of raisins, and 3TBS chia seeds. Enjoy😊

  2. jen13289

    And 2TBS of the mini chocolate chips instead, not the regular size

  3. Rachel

    Anything you can sub for almond or peanut butter, like something not from nuts

    • jen13289

      Are you allergic to tree nuts? Maybe you could use the SunButter, idk, I never tried it, might be worth a shot…

    • Jackie

      I use sunflower seed butter instead. It’s so amazing!!!

  4. Ruth

    Iv just made these for the first time, i havent even tried the finished result and the bowl mixture tasted amazing! And sooo easy to make

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! Enjoy them Ruth!

  5. Tammy

    I added 1/4 cup protein powder. Yum, like eating cookie dough.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good! Thanks for letting us know 🥰

  6. Sabine

    I put the mixture in the fridge for about an hour, makes it easier to roll.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great idea!! Thanks for sharing 🥰

    • KKStanley

      I do the same thing and wow does it make a huge difference when rolling👍

  7. Melissa Rivas

    Can i use 1/4 of chia seeds instead of flax seeds ?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure that sounds great!

  8. Sita

    Hi! What’s the serving size?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      1 – makes 24 bites.

  9. Leane

    Yes what is serving size and calorie count or fat content carb count? I’m not sure I could eat these in moderation??? Maybe a meal🙄.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      We have updated the nutrition – see above.

  10. Kim

    I use a similar recipe but I have coconut oil in mine. You can’t taste it and it keeps the littles regular too!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Awesome 👏 thanks Kim!

  11. Bonnie Davis

    I make 2 separate double bowls since I have the ingredients and mess so this makes like 80 bites to last me and my husband 1 1/2 months worth in the freezer.
    I also add chia seeds and mini ch. chips work better, stays in the bites better.

  12. A.B.

    I make a similar recipe with 1C. PB, 1 C. Honey and 2 C. Powdered milk. Over the years I’ve found that if I keep the moist (sorry, I know people hate that word!) to dry ratios the same, I can tinker with the ingredients and still have delicious treats! I’ve used wheat germ, and ground flax, in place of some of the powdered milk. It’s really fun to experiment! Thank you for sharing H2S! And thanks to everyone who shared their ideas! I love these posts! 💕

    • Kristi

      I wonder if you could put malt powder in for a different flavor? Has anyone tried this?

  13. mary

    What can I substitute for oats? I’m allergic but would love to make these.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh man.. well maybe some sort of millet cereal or buckweat. I would go with something like that – and maybe even add coconut.

  14. Tammy

    Ha, just came on to get the recipe to make and voila, it’s on the first page. We must all be craving these today, lol…Thanks for this great recipe!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      sure! Thanks so much for the feedback!

  15. KKStanley

    These are so delicious! I’ve used a different recipe for years, but it’s almost identical to this one. I have also added a scoop of protein powder, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, chopped apricots, flax seed, hemp seed, chopped cranberries and and even mini chocolate chips. But not all at the same time😊It’s really fun to change it up and do something a little different. My nieces are on the high school golf team and their #1 request is my protein balls👍They go crazy over them!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for sharing! This would be a great golf snack 🙌


    What is the calorie intake?

  17. Clarissa

    I’ve made these multiple times and they’re always SO good! Tried again today and added cranberries, pumpkin seeds, crushed walnut pieces and a dash of cinnamon🙌

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow so yum! Thanks Clarissa!

  18. MacKenzie

    Thank you for reposting these. I’ve been trying to come up with some good snacks to take to the hospital when my daughter is born. Would these do well to stay frozen for several weeks and then to keep them unrefrigerated for a couple of days? Seems like the ingredients would be okay with being left out, they may just get soft?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ya soft is fine! They can keep for a couple of days I am sure.

  19. Amyarlene

    I add cinnamon and chopped walnuts, too! My five year olds favorite snack!

  20. Nancy

    Do these freeze well?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yep! Just keep them in a covered container or sealed bag and they can last for a few months.

  21. Sherrys100

    My teenager has been making these for a long time to pack in her lunch to eat after working out. We all love them!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay that’s so great!

  22. Glenna Rominger

    I have started blending/processing/grinding the oats before adding them in & they are so much better that way!

    • Kristi

      I do the same thing, sometimes I’ll grind 1/2 the oats and put the other 1/2 in whole for a little texture. Either way you can’t go wrong.😊😋😋

  23. Mary

    For those who asked here is the break down for one bite cookie. 1.8g fat. 0.8g Saturated fat. 4mg sodium. Total carbs 8.7g. Dietary fiber 0.8g. Total sugars 5.7g. Protein 1g. Calcium 9mg. Iron 1mg. Potassium 40mg.
    If anyone has a homemade recipe and wants to know the stats go to: very well Then under tools pick the nutrition calculator. Follow directions for serving size, and ingredients and it will give you the guide. Happy Holidays!

  24. Bridget

    We also mix in unsweetened coconut flakes

  25. Jessica

    Can you sub packets if instant oatmeal for the rolled oats?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I haven’t tried, but let us know how it goes. Assuming that’s fine.

  26. Jane

    I have another add in, I tried just a small spoonful, like half teaspoon? of cocoa powder. Unsweetened, because I wanted more chocolate without the extra sugar and they are awesome! This was my 1st time making these and I will use a full teaspoon next time. Try it, even my husband loves them!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good thinking Jane! That sounds yum!

  27. emily

    do they have to stay in the fridge or can they stay out on counter for a few days after you make them? I don’t like eating cold snacks. Thank you! recipe sounds delicious and can’t wait to try!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      If it’s not too hot in the kitchen, yep they can stay out a couple days I would think! if they start melting, maybe just toss in fridge.

  28. Janet

    So I ve Made these several times, handed them out to friends who were running races with me. They just love it, I use my friends honey from her bees and also loved all the additional suggestions from previous people. Thank you for sharing this delicious healthy snack !!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh we are so glad you love this idea!!thanks for sharing Janet!

  29. Eva

    Not sure if this has been mentioned, but oats and flax seed increase lactation, so these are great for breastfeeding mamas! I’ll have to give them a try.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      I do remember hearing about that, Eva! Thanks for mentioning it!❤️ Good to know! 🙌

  30. J H

    I love this recipe. I’m not a honey fan, so I use agave syrup. I’m thinking of making my peanut butter by using the PB powder so I can reduce the calories. I’ll post if it works out. Might lose the flavor some.

  31. Fran

    I’ve made these once and am making them again today. This time doubling the recipe. These energy balls are fantastic, especially when you want something quick and don’t have the time to prepare something else. These are my “go to “ snack and sometimes even eat a few for breakfast. They freeze incredibly well. I have shared the recipe with my friends and they love them as well.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! That is so great to hear Fran! I do love these lots too.

  32. Teah

    I’ve made many variations of these but don’t always have time to roll them into balls (or just feeling lazy) so I press them into a 9×9 pan and chill them then cut them into squares. lining the pan with wax paper makes it easier to get them out.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Great idea, Teah! Thanks for sharing how you’ve made them! 🙌

  33. Dee

    Can I use natural peanut butter?

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey there, Dee! Yes, natural peanut butter will also work! 😊

  34. Jean

    Thanks for reposting. Great reminder. And so good to see Stetson in the video. Hope he is well. We miss him💜

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome, Jean! Stetson is doing well! We sure miss him too! ❤️

  35. Gigi

    My daughter just asked me to make something like this and you posted it at the perfect time. Thanks!

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! So glad this popped up at the perfect time, Gigi! Enjoy! 💖

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