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

Directions

1

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together.

2

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

3

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

4

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


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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!

Directions

1

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together.

2

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

3

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

4

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

Additional Notes

Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com

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 Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 121

  1. TabithaD

    Sounds delicious!!

  2. nailpolishlover

    we are going to make these soon thanks:) we were just talking about making the kids home made oatmeal rasin cookies tomorrow lol <3

  3. Heidi

    Yum πŸ˜‹

  4. lisa

    Warning, these are highly addictive! πŸ™‚

  5. Brianna

    I make these all the time! I add in protein powder too.

  6. Jen

    I make these all the time & use 1C protein powder (whey from Sam’s Club) and chia seeds!!!! YUMO!!!!!

  7. Rose

    wowww that lookss soooo yummmy…will try for sure πŸ™‚ Lina long time back u posted overnight oats in milk recipe…its one of the fav breakfast of me and my husbands πŸ™‚ thanks

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! – Sorry I had missed this comment!

  8. Carmen

    I make these with sunbutter and freeze them…. And eat them straight from the freezer. I used to roll them into balls and then got lazy. Now I roll them out and use a pizza cutter to cut them into little 1″ squares.

  9. Jenn

    i add 2 tablespoons of Brewers yeast and they help increase milk production for breastfeeding….and they are so yummy!!!!

  10. Brittany

    I make these all the time! Great for cravings!

  11. algal8

    I melt the chocolate chips and mix with the almond butter to give me consistent chocolate throughout. I’ve also omitted them when I didn’t have and just added chocolate protein powder or unsweetened cocoa.

  12. justme

    I just made these and they are amazing! Already ate 2 ha ha! Tis the weekend

  13. Stephanie

    I’ve used wheat germ and sunflower seeds too.

  14. Sue

    Looks so good can’t wait to make them tomorrow. Yum!

  15. Becky

    Love these. I add in cinnamon and vanilla! My 2 year old loves them

    • Gscribble

      Ooh, great idea!

    • runnergirl838

      How much cinnamon and vanilla did you add?

  16. Jasmine

    I started making these when I was pregnant and then they were great after late night nursing sessions. I suggest using the mini chips as the regular size is kinda hard once refrigerated. I actually prefer to use 1/4 cup of cocoa powder instead of the chips.
    Makes me want to go make some now! Lol! Chocolate and pb is my favorite combo

  17. adriana

    I make mine with cacao powder and sometimes milled flaxseed or hemp protein powder. I also make this in to bowls by shaping them in or over cupcake tins and then freezing. Then I put our whipped coconut cream and fruit inside or banana ice cream.

  18. Darcie

    I make mine with whole chia seed instead of flaxseed and add shredded coconut!

  19. Angela

    We were out of honey so I used homemade maple syrup as a substitute. Soooo good!

  20. Karen

    I add vanilla to this too. My two favorite combinations are chocolate chip with ground-up unsweetened banana chips, and white chocolate chip craisins/cherry craisins. I store in a tubberware container with wax paper. They are great to have around to pop into your mouth throughout the day!

  21. Kait

    These are very good I actually just made them this week. Careful, sometimes if you use flaxseed and eat to much, it can work as a diaretic. 😳 but these are awesome I love them and I use regular peanut butter! Yum

  22. Kylah

    Those look good, I like to add coconut to things like this too. πŸ™‚

  23. Kathy H.

    Just made these using sunflower seed butter. They are fantastic – also added a splash of vanilla extract. YUM

  24. Colleen

    Just made these – OMG ARE THEY GOOD!!! I used peanut butter and thy are seriously delish!!

  25. Kelli

    I found this recipe last year and love it! …however, it never makes it to ball form because we end up eating it with a spoon right out of the mixing bowl- then we’re too full to roll what’s left. <3

    • Kelli

      We also add coconut and it taste like an Almond Joy!!!

  26. Amarylis

    I just made them and they are super delicious!!!

  27. Shannon

    Made these yesterday afternoon and they are DELICIOUS! I used pitted, chopped dates instead of the chocolate chips.

    Thank you for the great recipe! X

  28. Vivian

    Just made this delicious recipe! Can’t wait to have them for an energy boost throughout the week. Thanks!

  29. Lindsay

    This is a popular recipe for breastfeeding moms who want to increase their supply. (Oatmeal, almonds, and flaxseed are all attributed to improving milk production.). Don’t worry–if you aren’t lactating, it won’t make you start! πŸ™‚

  30. Ashleigh Whitt

    I just made these earlier today and WOW! I made with without Flaxseed because I have everything but and I didn’t even have a substitute for it so I risked making it without it and it still turned out great! I added a pinch of brown sugar to it.

    • Gscribble

      Thanks, I don’t have any either, and I love brown sugar!

  31. Julie

    These are awesome! My husband and I stood in the kitchen popping these like candy. I used dried blueberries instead of chocolate, and added sesame seeds, chia seeds, flax seed. Yummy!!!

  32. Erin - Suburban Simplicity

    Love this simple and healthy recipe!! Thanks for sharing. Pinned!

  33. Emily @ www.MommysNotPerfect.com

    These look delish and so easy to make!

  34. Paige

    LINA!! I found your Energy Bites recipe today on Pintrest, and pinned it, but have been wanting to make them ever since! Finally, they are done & in the freezer but I couldn’t wait. I HAD to try so I ate the little one and I LOVE THEM! Added dates & chopped orange chocolate bar. THANK YOU FOR THIS!

  35. lori

    I added chia seeds, unsweetened coconut and hemp hearts and they are delicious!!!!

  36. Shara

    I’ve made these 2x now and I love them. Thanks!

  37. Shawna

    Just made these because I actually happened to have everything needed to make them and they were really good! I was short on honey so I added extra peanut butter (all natural) and a bit of milk because they were crazy crumbly at first (probably because of the honey shortage). Delicious. I plan on making more in the future to snack on when I’ve got the munchies. πŸ™‚

  38. Christina Aleman

    My kids loved it. It’s delicious and heal;thy.

  39. RonB

    Sound GOOD…! First off I would toast the nuts and rolled oats – more flavor.
    All else should work fine.
    Date could be used as a binder also.

  40. jjb

    Flax seeds begin to go rancid the minute they are ground, so I wouldn’t suggest adding crushed flax seeds unless you intend to eat them shortly.

  41. clairahart

    These energy bites are so delicious! I made them with crunchy peanut butter instead of almond butter and my husband and I both loved how they turned out! We will definitely be making more πŸ™‚

  42. Court

    I make these every 2 wks, just adding tsp of vanilla extract. I keep them stored in the fridge. Yummy mid-morning snack!

  43. Janice

    These are wonderful! Thank you for sharing

  44. Doug

    I have made these a couple of times now. They are quick and easy and a great snack. I take a few of them with me to play golf. They help take the edge off my hunger. I like to use the mini-chocolate chips.

  45. Nicole

    Just made these and they look and smell delicious! Only thing I ran into was I used a literal teaspoon to measure each ball and by the time I had 24 balls I used about 1/2 of the dough! I ended up taking tiny bits by hand and rerolling the balls.

  46. Andrea

    I have also added ground chia seeds to this recipes which gives it even more protein.

  47. Jessica

    My kids love these! We sub Sunbutter and raisins. I have them help me make a double batch, and they get eaten pretty quickly!

  48. MP

    I dip them in chocolate so they turn out more like candy. My kids love them. I typically just use what I have on hand like a handful of sunflower seeds, raisins, craisins, blackstrap molasses (for added iron),… And I don’t follow any recipe but do it to taste.

  49. Bonnie Davis

    I have made these for years and it’s my afternoon snack. I make 2 double recipes (4x’s) at once while I have all the ingredients out then keep the bites in the freezer ready to go.
    My recipe has: 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted (I like the larger flat pieces of coconut) & 1 TB chia seeds & 1 tsp. vanilla (which I mix with the honey) & 1/2 cup ground flax seed to each batch.

  50. Lisa

    What if I don’t have rolled oats. I have instant oats

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I think those would be great too!

    • brdavis55

      I bought instant oats by mistake and used them which is fine to use it just makes the bites not as oaty I guess you’d say. I like regular oatmeal in this though.

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