18 No-Bake Energy Bites That Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Minimal ingredients, tons of protein, and just what you need for an energy boost.

June 28, 2016
No Bake Energy Bite Recipes
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Once that 2 p.m. slump rolls around and you're thinking of reaching for a bag of cookies or another cup of coffee, pause. Instead, it may just be perfect moment to indulge in an energy bite, a no-bake ball of oats and flavor, that is both protein-packed and sweet enough to satisfy that afternoon sugar craving. 

If you haven't hopped on this trend, energy balls are small, ping pong ball-sized snacks that pack a seriously big punch when you need it most. Depending on what flavor profile you're aiming for, you can mix and match tons of healthy ingredients to create your own varieties. And the best part? They can be frozen and enjoyed for up to a seven days, so a Sunday batch can last you throughout the week.  

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Energy bites can be a really tasty, high protein snack, and perfect to breakup your afternoon and keep you going until dinner time," says Alissa Rumsey, a NYC-based registered dietitian. "I also love to eat them for breakfast, and dip them in plain Greek yogurt for some extra protein and fat. They can be chock-full of nutrient-rich foods such as nuts or nut butter, dates, cacao nibs, oats, chia, flax and more. You get protein, healthy fat, fiber and whole grains—all in portable bite size snack."

But as with all great things, they should be enjoyed in moderation. Just a couple of these snack-sized bites should do. 

"Watch the added sugar and choose recipes with no refined sugar and no more than 1/8- to 1/4-cup of natural sugars like honey or agave," Rumsey advises. "Stick to just two bites per serving, as the calories from the ingredients can quickly add up."

Pack a couple in your bag at the beginning of the day, and pop them as a snack between lunch and dinner. Seem easy enough? They sure are. Now check out these 17 no-bake energy ball recipes that’ll help transform your day, one bite at a time:

Chocolate Energy Bites from Cooking Classy
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Chocolate Energy Bites

These yummy treats from Cooking Classy combine almond butter, honey, and oats with chocolate for a decadent-tasting treat.

Banana Bread Energy Balls from Every Last Bite
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Banana Bread Energy Balls

These energy bites from Every Last Bite taste just like banana bread batter without any of the guilt.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Bliss Bites from Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
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Salted Caramel Chocolate Bliss Bites

In this recipe from Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, certified holistic nutritionist and vegan lifestyle coach Deb Gleason writes, "This recipe woke me up at the creative ambrosia hour of 4 a.m., pleading with me to get out of bed and write it down. This nocturnal burst of inspiration led me to create a healthy snack with a taste comparable to the turtle chocolates I grew up with. These delicious little bites never last long, so be sure to make a double batch."


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place the pecans on 1 baking sheet and toast them in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until you begin to smell them (be careful not to allow them to burn). Remove from the oven and place in a bowl to cool.

Place the coconut on the second baking sheet and toast in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on it. When the color starts to change and you can smell sweet, toasted coconut, it’s ready to be removed from the oven.

Place the toasted pecans in a blender or food processor. Blend or process until they are ground into small pieces. Place 1⁄2 cup of the ground pecans in a large bowl and 1⁄4 cup in a small bowl.

In a blender or food processor, combine the dates, vanilla, and salt. Blend or process until you have date paste (smooth and creamy looking). You may need to stop the blender a few times during this process to stir the ingredients. Remove the date paste, spooning it into the large bowl with the pecans. Also add the hemp seeds and toasted coconut and mix everything together with your hands until well combined.

Roll a small amount of the mixture into a small ball in your hands. Then roll the ball in the small bowl of pecans to coat. Continue until you have a plate full of bliss bites.

Warm the chocolate chips in a small saucepan over low heat until just melted, stirring often to avoid burning the chocolate. Dip the bliss bites into the melted chocolate, covering half of each one with chocolate. Place them on a plate lined with parchment paper. Cool in the refrigerator and enjoy.

These can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for several months. Makes 15 to 20 bites.

Pineapple Coconut Protein Balls from Creative Juice
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Aloha Energy Bites

A sweet and nutty energy bite from Creative Juice that will transport you straight to the islands.

Cherry & Tahini Energy Balls from Every Last Bite
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Cherry & Tahini Energy Balls

Tangy, sweet cherries and smooth, nutty tahini paste make for a delicious combination from Every Last Bite.

Almond Joy Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven
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Almond Joy Energy Bites

Gimme Some Oven's recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and ready in 15 minutes flat. Yes, please!

Apple Pie Energy Balls from Every Last Bite
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Apple Pie Energy Balls

The spicy taste of mom's apple pie, but Every Last Bite's version is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and vegan!

lemon pie date balls
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Lemon Pie Date Balls

Make a batch of these lemon pie date balls from The Autoimmune Wellness HandbookThen, freeze them, and enjoy them all week long. 

Oats, Nut Butter & Chia Energy Bites from My Fussy Eater
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Chia Energy Bites

These filling bites from My Fussy Eater combine chia seeds with your favorite nut butters, oats, and chocolate.

Fig Almond Energy Bites from Well Plated
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Fig Almond Energy Bites

Figs, nuts, and flaxseeds combine for a Well Plated bite that's a balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fats.

Lemon Pie Energy Bites from Back for Seconds
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Lemon Pie Energy Bites

These sunny bites from Back for Seconds will trick your brain into thinking you're digging in to a slice of lemon meringue.

Coffee Ground Energy Bites from Blissful Britt
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Coffee Ground Energy Bites

As if the burst of carbs, protein, and fat wasn't enough of a kick-start, these Blissful Britt bites are spiked with coffee!

Key Lime Pie Coconut Energy Bites from Spoonful of Flavor
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Key Lime Pie Coconut Energy Bites

These tangy bites from Spoonful of Flavor are a satisfying alternative to a higher-calorie protein bar.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

With chia, coconut, and plenty of peanut butter, these bites from Gimme Some Oven will break you out of that afternoon slump.

Coconut Ginger Energy Balls from Every Last Bite
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Coconut Ginger Energy Balls

The potent punch of fresh ginger makes Every Last Bite's recipe a powerful afternoon pick-me-up.

Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites from Grace and Good Eats
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Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

Tart cranberries and heart-healthy pistachios join forces for this bite from Grace and Good Eats. If you're feeling a little indulgent, add a few white chocolate chips.

Nutella Energy Bites from The Gunny Snack
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Nutella Energy Bites

These Nutella-spiked bites from The Gunny Sack incorporate crispy rice cereal for a unique crunchy texture.

Coconut Date Energy Bites from Sweet Phi
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Coconut Date Energy Bites

Cashews, coconut, and dates comprise this vegan delight from Sweet Phi.

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