5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites

No Bake 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites. Loaded with old fashioned oats, peanut butter and flax seeds. A healthy protein packed breakfast or snack!

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These energy bites are no bake, super easy to make and take less than 10 minutes to put together. Loaded with protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep you full and loaded with energy throughout the day. Made with only 5 ingredients: peanut butter, old fashioned oats, flax seed, honey and chocolate chips. Everything gets combined in one bowl. Best of all you never have to turn on the oven.

It’s hard to believe these 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Bites are healthy. They taste more like dessert than a healthy protein bite.  They are the perfect on the go snack.


The best things about this recipe is that it is super versatile. If you do not have flax seed on hand substitute wheat germ. Try dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet. Add in shredded coconut, cranberries or cocoa powder.

These Peanut Butter Energy Bites could easily pass as dessert. My batch lasted less than 24 hours. They are the perfect mix between a granola bar and cookie dough. Great to curb the afternoon munchies and the dreaded mid afternoon energy slump.

You can even freeze these Peanut Butter Bites if you don’t eat them all within a week.

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To make these Peanut Butter Bites simply combine all 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes so they are easier to roll. Roll into 12 bites and store in the fridge for up to a week.

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These Peanut Butter Bites pack a lot of nutrition. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Flax seed: Just 1 tablespoon of flax seed provides roughly 8 grams of fiber. Flax seed is also loaded with healthy fats, fiber and nutrients.
  • Peanut Butter: Filled with healthy fats and fiber. One serving of peanut butter contains 7 grams of protein! Perfect for a quick energy boost and to keep you full throughout the day.
  • Old Fashioned Oats: Rich in fiber, protein and nutrients. Old fashioned oats are a great way to sneak in extra nutrients. They are also known to reduce cholesterol.

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5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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No Bake 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites. Loaded with old fashioned oats, peanut butter and flax seeds. A healthy protein packed breakfast or snack!


  • ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Combine all 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes so they are easier to roll.
  2. Roll into 12 bites and store in the fridge for up to a week.


Original recipe from chefsavvy.com. Please do not publish my recipe or pictures without linking back to the original post. Thank you!

Nutrition Information

  • Serving size: 1
  • Calories: 185
  • Saturated fat: 2.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.6 g
  • Sugar: 6.1 g
  • Sodium: 69 mg
  • Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Protein: 6.3 g
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  • I’ve been wanting to make something exactly like these bites for weeks now! This must a sign that I need to make these asap! I never pack enough snacks for the day and when I get home from work I’m so hungry that I head straight for the chips! These look like they would taste so good and fill me up. Making them this weekend 🙂

  • I just made a really similar snack the other day with some leftover melted chocolate! These look delicious, and I love how simple they are! No bake snacks are the best, so quick and easy and delicious!

  • Peanut butter energy bites are my favorite! It’s such a good way to get a healthy dose of pb. I’ve never tried flaxseed in these before, so I will have to test this out. Gorgeous pictures, Kelley! Pinned!

  • Energy bites are just so great for the times when I need a healthy sugar fix… so this recipe is just ideal for me. Love how easy they are to make and how they only require 5 ingredients!

  • These are amazing! I make these balls all the time because I’m that obsessed with peanut butter. Always switching up the ingredients to give it a new kick 🙂

  • Nicole

    Hello, I did use the quick oats and these are amazing! My family loves them. Thank you.

  • Tina

    Hello, just a quick question – do you think that it is possible to replace the honey with maple syrup? I don’t want to mess it up competely 🙂 Thank you!

    • Hi Tina,

      Yes that would be totally fine. I think it will give it great flavor too. Let me know how it turns out.



  • Leah Neal

    This recipe looks incredible! I was wondering though, could these last longer if they were frozen?

    • Hi Leah!

      Thank you so much! I personally have not tried freezing them before but I think they should freeze well. They will last longer if they are frozen. Just allow them to defrost before serving. Let me know how it works out for you!

      Thank you,


  • Darienne Hartman

    Hi! Just curious. I know the recipe says that it makes 12 bites but how many bites would be considered 1 serving?

    • Hi Darienne,

      I would say 2 per serving. They have a lot of protein in them but also extra calories due to the peanut butter. So I would have 2 is a good rule of thumb.



      • Edward P Voakes

        Have you worked out the math on how many total calories there are per bite? Also sugar? Thank you…

        • Hi Edward,

          Yes you can find that info in the comments section. Lots of other people have asked for it. I will also be putting it in the recipe box for people to have.



      • Nancy

        Please not that recipe currently indicates that a serving is ONE “bite” .

  • Kim

    These are great! I made up a batch last night, they’re so tasty and a great snack to stash in the work fridge! Do you by any chance know the nutrition for each bite? I suppose I could count up the macros myself, but figure if you already have them it would be helpful. Thanks!

    • Hi Kim!

      So glad you liked them! I plugged in the ingredients into the Calorie Count Calculator and got the following. They are about 200 calorie per serving (1 bite). The calories are a bit higher because of the peanut butter. Moderation is key with these I would stick to one as a snack per day.



      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size 106 g
      Amount Per Serving
      Calories 209 Calories from Fat 105
      % Daily Value*
      Total Fat 11.6g18%
      Saturated Fat 3.3g17%
      Trans Fat 0.0g
      Cholesterol 2mg1%
      Sodium 73mg3%
      Potassium 216mg6%
      Total Carbohydrates 20.1g7%
      Dietary Fiber 3.7g15%
      Sugars 8.2g
      Protein 6.7g
      Vitamin A 0% • Vitamin C 0%
      Calcium 2% • Iron 19%
      Nutrition Grade B-
      * Based on a 2000 calorie diet

  • Aly

    I accidentally used 2/4 cup of pb! what to do?? I don’t want to throw them away ?

    • Hi Aly!

      No problem. This recipe is awesome because you can add more or less oats if the mixture is too wet or too dry. So I would add some more oats and combine everything. If you are not able to roll them (still too wet) add some more oats and some more flax seeds!

      Hope you enjoy! Thanks!


    • Grant

      If you used 2/4 (1/2) cup of peanut butter, then you need more pb not less to make the proper ratio of pb to oats. I/2 cup of peanut butter is 1/6 cup less than 2/3 cup. You needed to ADD 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons (8 teaspoons) to achieve the correct ratio of the original recipe.

  • Laura

    What do you do if they are too dry? I followed recipe and mine were just nothing but crumbles. I added some more peanut butter and honey, which helped some, but they are still super crumbly and barely hold together.

    • Hi Laura,

      I’m sorry they came out too dry. You are right by adding more honey or peanut butter which act as a binder. You can also add a bit of coconut oil. You do have to work them a bit into a ball with your hands. I hope that helps!

      Thank you,


    • Mommabear7

      A little water should help too. Just add very gradually as you’ll have a big gooey mess if you add too much!

    • Hi Monia!

      You can add some chia seeds to the mixture 1-2 tablespoons but I would not substitute all of the flax for chia seeds.



      • Is there something i could use instead of flax seed. I tried it once and gave me a migraine?

        • Hi Chris,

          I am sorry to hear flax seeds give you a migraine. I would substitute chia seeds for the flax seed.



          • Darcey

            I didn’t have flax seeds so I used chia seeds. Still super yum!

  • Ruby

    I just made my 2nd batch. I love them, and they are sooo easy and quick to make and store. I freeze them then pop a few into the refrigerator every wk, and eat one before heading to the gym or running every morning. I love that they give me just the right amount of energy I need yet they don’t feel heavy. Before discovering them, I ate a little peanut butter before working out or running. But I prefer these since they have oats and flax seeds; way healthier. I also add a little vanilla, just to kick the flavor up a bit.

    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, I really appreciate it.


  • lauren

    Made these once before and loved them! Was wondering, could I add almonds somehow? Thanks!

    • Hi Lauren!

      I am so glad you liked them! I would try grinding up the almonds in a food processor until they are fine. You can try substituting this for the flax seeds. Let me know how it turns out!



  • Kirsten

    What is flax seed ground? I’m not familiar…..can I buy them at a regular grocery store? Are they expensive?thank you for your time!

    • Hi Kristen,

      Ground flax seed is a good source of protein and fiber. You can by it at a regular grocery store. I know Walmart usually has it as well. It is not too expensive either.

      Hope this helps! Thanks!


  • Rebecca

    I’m making these for the people who come to my Bootcamp class for a protein fix, post workout.
    I used maple syrup instead of honey and added a scoop of peanut butter protein powder too.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Jen

    These look yummy! Have you tried it with ground flax though for digestive reasons? I thought flax seeds can’t get broken down in our systems. I would love to experiment with ground flax but wonder how much to add to it since it might change the texture of the energy balls.

  • TheMrs

    I just tried this recipe! I subbed in 1/2 chia and 1/2 ground flax along with using almond butter, toasted coconut and pecans. Yum! Very sticky so I added a little more oats. Next time I’ll probably add protein powder.

  • Crystal

    I’m wondering if there’s a subsitute for the honey to lower the sugar. Is the honey just for sweetness or to help bind everything together? If just sweetness..can less honey and some stevia packets work? Can unsweetened applesauce help?

    • Hi Crystal,

      Honey is added mostly for sweetness. I would try adding less honey and some coconut oil (not too much) to help keep everything together. You could also substitute agave nectar if you prefer. As for the applesauce I think it would make the mixture too wet.

      I hope this helps! Thank you,


  • liz

    I just made these and they are WAY to go to be healthy for you.. I appreciate the fact that you did a calorie break down. Helps to know to only eat 1 a day. They are a great quick fix for a fast pick me up.

  • Melissa

    These are amazing! Just made my second batch. Do you know the nutritional information on these?

    • Hi Melissa!

      I am so glad you enjoyed them! I plugged in the ingredients into the Calorie Count Calculator and got the following. They are about 200 calorie per serving (1 bite). The calories are a bit higher because of the peanut butter. Moderation is key with these I would stick to one as a snack per day.



      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size 106 g
      Amount Per Serving
      Calories 209 Calories from Fat 105
      % Daily Value*
      Total Fat 11.6g18%
      Saturated Fat 3.3g17%
      Trans Fat 0.0g
      Cholesterol 2mg1%
      Sodium 73mg3%
      Potassium 216mg6%
      Total Carbohydrates 20.1g7%
      Dietary Fiber 3.7g15%
      Sugars 8.2g
      Protein 6.7g
      Vitamin A 0% • Vitamin C 0%
      Calcium 2% • Iron 19%
      Nutrition Grade B-
      * Based on a 2000 calorie diet

        • Hi Carmen!

          I have never tried making these with powdered peanut butter buts its a great idea! You may have to add some more honey to make it stick together. Maybe you can substitute some of the regular peanut butter for the powdered peanut butter instead of all of it.



          • Renee

            Hi there, what is another replacement for flaxseed and China seeds? Thanks

  • Katya Jutras

    Hi! I have tried your energy bites and they are simply DELICIOUS!! Very few ingredients, easy and fast to make; it’s totally awesome!! 🙂

    Have a good day

  • shuly berkowitz

    Can i use natural peanut butter? The recipe doesnt say

  • Lora

    I make a half batch once a week. These are delicious. Thanks so much for this recipe.

  • Kaeti

    These are delicious and just what I was looking for! I added one banana to mine too, it helped them stick together.

  • Rachel

    I made these with chia seeds (soaked) instead of the ground flax seed and they were delicious!

    • Michelle

      The same amount of chia seeds as flax seed called for in the recipe?

  • Kelley, I love these so much! They’re perfect for long overnight hikes – the protein and carbs and calories really keep me going! When I make them for hiking, I use maple and bump that up a bit and also adds some protein powder and salt for the extra electrolytes, but I love making the standard recipe for daily use too. Thanks!

  • Beth Hile

    Do you have the intake values for these bites? (Calorie, fat, carb, sugar…)

    • Hi Beth,

      I plugged in the ingredients into the Calorie Count Calculator and got the following. They are about 200 calorie per serving (1 bite). The calories are a bit higher because of the peanut butter. Moderation is key with these I would stick to one as a snack per day.



      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size 106 g
      Amount Per Serving
      Calories 209 Calories from Fat 105
      % Daily Value*
      Total Fat 11.6g18%
      Saturated Fat 3.3g17%
      Trans Fat 0.0g
      Cholesterol 2mg1%
      Sodium 73mg3%
      Potassium 216mg6%
      Total Carbohydrates 20.1g7%
      Dietary Fiber 3.7g15%
      Sugars 8.2g
      Protein 6.7g
      Vitamin A 0% • Vitamin C 0%
      Calcium 2% • Iron 19%
      Nutrition Grade B-
      * Based on a 2000 calorie diet

    • Hi Lindsay,

      The calorie count breakdown is in the comments. I ran the nutrition facts a couple of times for others.



  • Lissa

    My son does not like oats. Is there something I can use as a substitute for oats? He doesn’t like coconut either. It is a texture thing.

    • Hi Lissa,

      You can try substituting more flax seed or adding raw nuts to a food processor and blending those up and adding them instead of the oats.

      I hope this helps & you enjoy!



  • Paula

    I was looking for a muffin recipe but didn’t want to heat up my kitchen. So glad I found this no-bake, simple recipe on Pinterest. I made a double batch using this recipe but added about a teaspoon of vanilla extract. It tastes great. I filled a gallon zip with tater tot-sized balls and used some crumbly leftovers on top of my greek yogurt. I have been looking for something palatable to eat after I drink my vegan pea protein shakes (yes, it tastes as bad as it sounds) and this will be a perfect sweet treat!

  • Jessica

    I absolutely love these! I substitute the peanut butter with almond butter since it’s better for you, and opted for gluten free all natural extra dark chocolate chips, and let me tell you, they are to die for!! So glad I found this recipe.

  • Kathy Price

    I figured these on the Weight Watchers app at 7 Smart Points for one bite! They better be good!!😍

  • Liz

    What kind I peanut butter donyou suggest? Meaning all natural/freshly ground vs a brand like Jif or Peter Pan?

    • Hi Liz,

      Either should be fine. I personally always make them with Jif creamy peanut butter but that is what I usually have on hand.

      Thank you & Enjoy!!


  • Sarah

    My boys all wrestle and love these quick and healthy energy balls. I use less honey and chocolate and add chopped craisins as a substitute. Best snack every!

  • Katherine

    How did you grind up your flax seeds? Mine won’t grind in a food processor

    • Hi Katherine,

      I usually use pre ground flax seed. If it is not working in the food processor I would try blending it in a coffee or spice grinder if you have one.

      Thank you!


  • Amber

    I’m taking these to my MOPS group, but I may just make some for myself! They would make the perfect pregnancy snack, especially since I’m craving sweets😄

  • If you follow weight watchers these are 7 sp for ONE! Looks yummy, but I’d rather use those 7 points for a meal.

  • Riah

    Hey, I was wondering…are there any other seeds we could use instead of flax seeds?

  • Eva

    I tried making these about 2 months ago, and have been making them every week ever since!
    They are delicious, and so easy to make! Definitely my go-to snack.

    • Hi Brittney,

      The nutritional info is in the comments section. Other readers have asked for it as well.



  • Jenn

    Found these on Pintrest and made them right away! Easy and so very yummy. I added 1/2 of a banana but it made it a little too moist. I think the next time, I’ll add more flax seeds or cocoa powder. Kids said it needed more chocolate flavor.

  • Amelia

    My batch is in the fridge now. Excited to see how my toddler likes these. I’ve been trying to find ways to get more fiber in her and this just might do it!

    • Julianna

      Check out the comment section, as the breakdown is listed several times… Calories are about 209 each and 7 points for Weight Watchers. Many variations and some “problems” are also addressed in the comments. Hope that helps. 🙂 I hope to make these for my calorie-burning, hypoglycemic hubby; he needs to eat so frequently. If I have any hopes of maintaining my weight, I need to eat about 2/3-1/2 of what he eats at meal times only! Not much snacking for me.

  • Melissa

    Yummm yummmm yummm
    I made mine according to recipe but ground thenoatmeal in the coffee grinder for a dough texture.
    Again, yummmmm


    wow!!!! just made these bites, love the taste but wow, just calculated the points for weight watches and each bite is a whopping 8 points!!!!!!!

  • Paige

    These look great! I’m watching my calories for breakfast but want to add these into my morning routine. Do you know the nutrional information for one of these bites? Specifically the calorie count. Thanks so much. Can’t wait to make them.

  • Amy

    Have you ever frozen these? They are great, and I’d love to have some in my freezer!

    • Hi Amy,

      I’ve actually never tried freezing them. I would recommend freezing one to see how it defrosts. Let me know how it works out!



  • Ashley

    Just made these; I put the oats in my food processor for a couple seconds tho. They’re so good! I used honey and chocolate chips in one batch and butterscotch chips and maple syrup in another. These are going to be requested often here.

  • Julie

    I used the PB2 and added Craisons instead of the chocolate chips. Turned out great!! Thank you for the recipe!!

  • Valerie

    Hi – excited to try these out. Will be making as a treat/energy for daughter’s swim team at their conference meet. Do you know if they will hold up (shape wise) out of the fridge for several hours? I plan on placing two in a small treat bag for each of the girls, but worried about them falling apart.

    • Hi Valerie,

      Shape wise these will definitely hold up. The peanut butter does a good job of keeping everything together.

      Thanks & Enjoy!


  • Kristin

    These are wonderful and my busy family loves them!!!
    Will you tell me what the 21 day fix count would be for these?

  • Silke

    I definitely want to try these but would like some suggestions regarding what to replace the chocolate chips with (I already noted craisins in the comments). Any ideas?

  • Kathleen

    These are soooo yummy! Thank you for pinning!! I only had steal cut oats on hand, so I ground them up in my coffee grinder & used them instead of rolled oats. I included dark choclate chips but these are so good, the chocolate is optional. I may substitute raisins for the chocolate chips next time. Thank you!

  • Sharon

    Hi, just wondering if you could offer a substitute for oatmeal (for someone who has an intolerance to oats!)

    • Hi Sharon,

      I have not tried making it without oats but I think you could substitute coconut flakes, wheat germ, protein powder, or chopped nuts. You can do a mixture of a couple of them to equal the same amount.

      Thank you!


  • Nio Gio

    I used golden flax seed in this and gave it a more nutter taste. Solid measurements and a great snack when you’re crangry.

  • Jessica

    Hi this might be a stuptid question but when you say 2/3 cup of pb what size cup do you mean???

  • Mary

    I made a batch tonight and we love them. My 8-year-old daughter keeps asking for more! They were very crumbly when I tried to roll them, so I used a Healthy Portions cookie tool with a flexible scoop. Just pack the batter in and press the back of the scoop to release the ball! I did also use slightly more peanut butter than what was called for. With the scoop I made around 13 balls. So easy and yummy 😋

  • Monica Martin

    My daughter would make these for me. She wouldn’t tell me how or what all went into them. I finally found your site and ah ha I’m really happy. If you like to give food gifts this is a good one. My special touch is to dust them with hazelnut, raspberry or chocolate dry cocoa mix. I love this healthy snake.

  • Genna Mairead

    Your claim about the fiber content in flax seed is incorrect. There are on 1.9 g fiber in 1 T ground flaxseed and 2.8 g fiber in 1 T whole. You may want to update that!

  • Ranine

    Hi, can I substitute flax seed for chia seeds instead for this recipe? Thank you!

      • Ranine

        Thanks for replying! I’m trying the recipe out right now and it’s very crumbly? I’ve added more peanut butter and honey but they’re still very crumbly, even when I left them in the fridge for over 30 min. What can I do to save them so I don’t waste it?

        • Hi Ranine,

          I would try then adding a splash of water. I think that will help form everything together.

          Thank you!!


  • Stephanie

    Awesome. Really good tream when you crave something sweet. Easy to make. You can put mixture in a loaf tin and when set, cut into small bars.

  • Emily

    These sound great! Do you think they would work with pb2 instead of regular peanut butter and possibly chia seeds instead of flax seeds? Thanks!

    • Hi Emily,

      I am not sure how the powdered pb2 would work because the peanut butter acts as a binder. I would maybe substitute some of the reg peanut butter for a little pb2. And yes I love adding chia seeds or hemp seeds in place of flax.



  • Anon

    I’ve made the mistake of making these! Now I’m expected to make them all the time! They go down a treat with everyone!

  • Sarah

    Really yummy! I omitted the flax seed as I didn’t have any on hand and wanted to make these immediately 🙂 I also replaced the creamy peanut butter with Organic Fit Powdered Peanut Butter (Costco’s current version PB2 basically) and they were delish! I think the powdered peanut butter saved some major calories so that is a plus too!

  • Ariel

    I made these but without the honey. And added another 1/4 c of peanut butter. I’m trying to find out what the total carbs is for my alteration.
    Please if you could get back to me. Thanks Ariel

  • Jaime

    What is considered a serving for the nutritional information?

  • meg

    I don’t have any flax seeds what can i use to substitute for it?

  • Elizabeth

    I make this every week and it is my favorite recipe! I love it and I really cannot get enough of it! Tastes so good and it’s even better knowing it’s not full of fat and sodium!

  • Tess rivera

    This is great. I would definitely give a try. However, I prefer the old fashion oats to be toasted so that you could get rid of the raw taste

  • Stephanie

    These were great with soy butter (wow butter) instead of peanut butter. We can’t have peanut butter in the house due to my son’s allergies. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Maria Campagnolo

    Instead of making 12 I make 24 so I can be getting less calories. I find that a smaller bite satisfies me. I love the combination of the ingredients. Thank you . I like these better than granola bars.

  • Candice

    My husband loves them! And so easy to make! Thanks so much!

  • Monique

    I made this for my daughter. She loved them. Unfortunately, my mother ate them all!!! 🙂 But I made more for my daughter.

  • Nora

    Wondering if baking them would work? This sounds like a great snack for my toddler (minus the chocolate chips) but I’m not sure if raw oats are edible for young kids. If they can be baked, how long should they be in the oven for?

  • Jen

    Easy, yummy and delicious. Heavy on peanut butter. I stored them in a tupperware, separated by wax paper in fridge for up to one week. That’s as long as they lasted.

  • Ashten

    I make these as a part of our weekly lunch snacks for a bit of energy towards the end of the work day . They are very easy to make and absolutely delicious. I even bring some in to the girls at work because they live them so much! 🙂

  • Tina Griego

    I added sunflower seeds. This is the best snack ever!Love it

  • Jordan Boswell

    Love this recipe–very excited to make it!

    How many servings does this recipe make? I know 12 bites, but curious as to how many bites per serving.


  • Love this recipe–so excited to make them!

    How many servings does this recipe make? I know 12 bites, but curious as to how many bites per serving.


  • Kristy L

    These are incredibly good. I will have to hide them from myself so I don’t eat all of them in one sitting!!

  • I saw this on pinterest. They are very easy to make and absolutely delicious. I even bring some in to the girls at work because they live them so much!

  • Janellis

    Is there a way to make this recipe without honey or will it throw off the taste/texture? I can’t have honey but definitely would like to try and substitute so I can eat it 🙂 looks delicious!

    • Hi Janellis!

      I would try either maple syrup or corn syrup as an alternative. You can also try pulsing up some dates in the food processor and adding that to the mixture to firm everything up and make it stick together.



  • Ginger

    I am frustose intolerant and can’t have fructose or sucrose including honey or maple syrup. I would love to try these, but is there something that be substitute for honey or do you think it will work to leave it out? I can easily you substitute cacao powder or coconut for the chic chips. I really have been wanting to make a bar or bites like these!

    • Hi Ginger,

      I would try dates pulsed in the food processor to thicken them up in place of the honey!



  • Marjolijn


    I’m just started with the fodmap diet and I really want to try your recipe. I’ve one question. How much gram is a cup?

    thnx for your respond

  • Ann

    Can this recipe be frozen? Making it for my granddaughter who is in college and plays soccer. This would be a great pick me up. I thought if I froze them, they would stay firm for the hour and a half drive? Thanks

    • Hi Ann,

      I have not tried freezing these so it’s hard to say. It may be better to pack them in a cooler with ice or just freeze them for an hour or two so they stay cold for the drive.

      Thanks & Enjoy!


  • Maria Kathrina Carla Doria

    Can I used ground flax meal instead of flax seeds? Same measurement?

  • Lissa

    Simple, delicious, and addictive!!! Made these several times and they’re gone within an hour. (I stashed some in the freezer for personal use….delicious straight out of the freezer)

  • Janet

    Can you use steel oats (more nutritional) than regular oats? I’ve tried with organic old fashion oats and they are great! They satisfy cravings for junk food!

  • CJ

    Have you tried making these with PB2 instead of Peanut Butter. I am trying to reduce the fat in my food.

  • Christine Brown

    I made these tonight. I added a couple tbs of coconut oil and a half scoop of protein powder. I used certified gluten free oats because my daughter and I have Celiac Disease. They were DELICIOUS and super easy to make! I’ll definitely make them again.

  • Tess K DeOreo

    Delicious! Had no problem rolling them and made it with only the ingredients listed in the recipe with the exception of using quick oats because that’s what I had on hand.

  • Amy Barner

    I also add cocunut flakes to mine when i make them. I love this recipe!!

  • Vikki

    Made these today. Thought I had Flax seeds was out. Substituted with Chia seeds and Pumpkin seeds. Delicious!!!!

  • Julie

    I’ve made similar recipes. This looks delish! Can I ground the oats in a food processor? Would it make a difference in the measurement?

    • Hi Julie,

      I have not tried this recipe with ground oats. I would try grinding them first and them measuring to keep the measurements the same for the other ingredients.



  • Retroarw77

    Yummy. I made them for my
    Middle schooler’s lunch; he doesn’t have much time to eat, and these make every bite count!

  • Kristian

    My kids love these so much so that my 6 year old keeps trying to talk me into making and selling them. Lol

  • Carolyn Boutilier

    I cheat a bit with this recipe. I use the same ingredients for the bites but add 1/3 c coconut to create a crust. I use a large sandwich square quarter round and rather than spend the time forming balls I line the sandwich box with 1/2 of the coconut, press the peanut mixture into the box evenly and top with remaining coconut to form a top crust. I cut into sixteen squares, pop on the top and refrigerate. Use one square per serving and it keeps for a couple of weeks. Hope you find this a suitable addition to your wonderful recipe 🙂

  • Wineymom

    My daughter (9th grader) wanted to try them and WOW! They are yummy with just enough sweetness and so easy to make. We only had reg. size milk choc chips on hand so i chopped them up pretty good. She has never enjoyed oatmeal, especially raw.. Now she eats 2 with milk on her way to school and had a couple late last night while doing her homework. We made 13 balls so we could stretch our calories. Don’t skip chilling them before putting them together and we put a little spray pam on our hands before we rolled them. I did my own calorie count and I think it’s on 111.15 calories each if you can make 13 of them…

  • Cathy

    They are delicious but 185 calories for one little bite. One bite doesn’t satisfy. According to the nutrition link, 1 serving is 1 bite. i’ll find another snack.

  • Vanessa

    Absolutely delicious!!! came out exactly like the picture!!! Used oatmeal to supply for oats, and had not made a difference. Please try!

  • Angela

    Has anyone converted the nutrition facts to 21 Day Fix measurements? Thanks

  • Bec

    Firstly, these are great! Secondly, they look perfect for school lunches – which is always a struggle, and thirdly – recipes I can make in bulk and freeze are always a winner! Thanks!!!

  • Erin Mclaughlin

    These are good I have made them before but your info on flax is incorrect. 2 tablespoon of flax is 4 gm of fiber. Not 8 gm in one tblsp

  • Zel

    The pictures are satisfying. I love how they’re perfectly rolled. You did such a great job ❤❤

  • Dayna

    Made them tonight I thought they were yummy and simple. I used ground flax meal, that’s all I had I hope that’s similar in nutrition! I added chia seeds too. Thank you for this simple recipe I am a nursing momma and I will be grabbing these to munch on when my hands are full!

  • I just made batch of these as I was craving something sweet but didn’t want processed junk! These were super easy and my whole family loved them! I did add some walnuts, vanilla, and some chocolate protein powder as well, and used Lily’s stevia sweetened chocolate chips! Will definitely make these again!

  • Margo Maraquin

    I’ve got to try these my kids are peanut butter junkies and i need some energy.

  • Tracy

    Mine didn’t set they are crumbly! Any idea why?
    When they say a cup is a cup 100?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Tracy,

      I would try adding more peanut butter or honey as a binder to keep them from falling apart.



  • Tracie E.

    Wow! These are amazing and my 6y.o. loves them! I used mini chocolate chips and instant oats and added some vanila. In my opinion, the oats are softer and the mini chocolate chips don’t take up as much real estate so it’s easier to roll into balls. Such a wonderful, tasty snack!

  • Marcelle

    They look delicious! But I’m having trouble getting them into balls and I left them in the fridge for quite a while. Please respond as soon as possible. Thanks!

    • Hi Marcelle!

      I’m sorry these are not sticking together for you. You can add a splash of water to keep them together or more binder (honey or peanut butter).



  • Brittany Minard

    Hello, My husband is deployed. Do you think these would hold up for a couple weeks if I sent them to him?

    • Hi Brittany!

      I usually keep these refrigerated. Would there be anyway to keep these refrigerated to help them hold together? Or maybe freeze them and send to him. Either way I think you should be fine sending!

      Thank you!


  • Meg

    Love this recipe! Great for breastfeeding mommas as the oats and flax help with milk production. A neighbor made a big batch of these when my son was born. Best gift ever for new mommas who have little time or energy to make yummy & healthy snacks.

  • Michelle Stahleker

    How many WW points is one serving please. I’m trying to do WW Freestyle. Thanks!

    • Hi Michelle,

      I do not the WW points for these I’m sorry! The calorie count is included in the post though if that helps.



  • Avery McClain

    I love the ones with the peanut butter but my sister is allergic so I was wondering if you could make it with sunflower butter instead?

    • Hi Mary Lou,

      I think this should work it still may be a bit dry. I would try maybe adding a splash or two of water or almond milk to add a bit more moisture.



  • Elizabeth

    How many balls per serving? That is a lot of calories and carbs if it is only one ball per serving.

    • Hi Elizabeth!

      Serving size if for 1 ball. The peanut butter ups the calorie content. You can always try adding less peanut butter or using almond butter.



  • Kaylah

    I have the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I know. I have been trying to cut back, and these peanut butter bites have been a lifesaver! Super easy to make, and so delicious! They are always on hand at my house!

  • Sharon

    I made these and they are so good. I put mine in the freezer to store and they were fine.

  • Heather

    I think nuts would be great in here as well.
    Would be a good substitute for chia seed.

  • LJ Allen

    Hi and thank you for sharing. I’ve been looking for a quick and easy grab and go snack. I tried them today using quick oats and they turned out great!

  • Nancy

    these are so good… and filling! I substituted wheat germ for the flaxseed, and added 1/2 cup of coconut!

  • Louis B.

    Have made these absolute gems a number of times. YUM, and that says all that needs to be said about them except that my 34 year old son loves them so much that it’s hismnew afternoon snack at work.

  • Karen

    There was way too much flax seed! I could smell it and it tasted awful. Had to add other things to try and counteract the taste, still isn’t great.

  • Tricia

    Have done this recipe twice now and found that it tastes good with cinnamon! I was wondering how you came up with this recipe or did you find it somewhere. Would love to know.

  • B

    I typically eat GV brand protein bars or granola bars for breakfast. Are these healthy enough that I could substitute 1-2 of these instead?

    • Hi!

      I’m sorry I am not familiar with these bars. I have the nutritional info for these energy bites under the recipe for you to compare with your bars.



  • theresa

    I see these have to be stored in the refrigerator, I’m curious to know how long they can remain outside of the refrigerator?

  • Stacey


    I typically make these one batch at a time, but today I made a double batch and I am not sure they will turn out the same. They are much darker. I think due to the extra flax…should I be changing the ratio of ingredients when doubling?

    • Hi Stacey,

      No you shouldn’t have to change the ratio when doubling. Maybe next time add a little less flax?

      I hope that helps!


  • C Stewart

    I make these every week. I add a couple tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa and instead of balls, I place in a small square pan and make bars. I’m making some today and will try adding unsweetened coconut. I LOVE this recipe. I eat one or two bars a day when I want chocolate. I also made with peanut butter chips and they were delish.

  • Danielle

    These are amazing! I picked up
    Some flax seed at Kroger’s and used the PB protein powder. These are amazing!!! It’s hard to believe these are
    Good for you beause the flavor is so good. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

  • Fermin Camarena

    I can always use a little pick me up before I swim determine Fermin.

  • Fermin Camarena

    Thanks for sharing.I will make some over the weekend. Believe it or not I have a little snack I half an hour before I swim. Determine Fermin

  • Nancy

    These are delicious! My kids and I love them!! Today I added 2tbls of raw organic cacoa and 1 tsp organic cinnamon for extra nutrients and they’re even better 🤗 quick, easy, nutritious, delicious and so convenient running around between my kids sports!

  • Pat

    If I were to add chocolate protein powder, how much would you suggest to still achieve a good consistency?

  • Madonna

    Love them my daughter made them and had me try them. Bought all ingredients making today

  • Natalee paez

    My family went on a diet and when I feel like having a snack I go for junk food so I made these as a snack and the were easy to make

  • Sheila

    Hi, I am on a probiotic and I believe the Flaxseed meal is too much additional fiber, is there a substitute that has less fiber? Would flour work? I wasn’t sure because it is not baked.

    • Hi Shelia,

      You can always leave out the flax seed and add more oats, or substitute hemp seed or chia seeds.



      • Sheila

        Thanks! This is the only way I can get oats in my diet… can’t eat mushy oatmeal!
        Love these … especially just befor or after a workout!

  • Rachel

    My bf loves PB and is trying to work out and stay healthy. Do you think these would be “stable” enough to ship to him ? They would probably get there in two days if I do priority!

    Thank you.

  • Jeska

    I just made them and they’re amazing! I was wanting to find something I could put my doula bag and these are so tasty. DO they’d travel well? I’m a little worried about how they’ll travel. What’s the best way to take these on the go?

    • Hi Jeska,

      These should be fine to put in your bag for the day. I would maybe place them in a cooler for longer than that or put an ice pack in.



  • Tam

    I’ve had these at a friend’s house before and they’re doing delicious! im trying to cut back on sugar and I’m afraid that adding the semi sweet chocolate chips may make this snack too rich for the diet I’m doing. Are there any health benefits to the choc. Chips? Any substitute suggestions? Do you think using chocolate protein powder instead would work? Or is it about the texture? Any input would be awesome! Thank you!!

    • Hi Tam!

      You could always use dark chocolate chips or omit the chocolate chips. They are not necessary just add flavor. You can substitute nuts for a little crunch instead.

      Thanks & Enjoy!


  • Erica

    I just made these and I am in LOVE. I used natural peanut butter (no salt or sugar added), and added vanilla protein powder and honey. I also pulsed almonds and a few chocolate chips together so they blended in easier,

    Will definitely say it is easier to mold into balls once it has been refrigerated for 30min.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Carmen

    Do you have a suggesed swap for the chocolate chips? I know, strange question.

  • Kavita

    These are so delicious !!! Made them last night . Devouring on them !!! Is the nutritional information per one peanut butter ball or is that for the entire serving made ?

  • Beth

    Out of honey, used molasses. I used wheat bran. These are so fast and soooooo good. My new favorite!!

  • Colleen

    These are just delicious, and so simple! I can’t stop eating them…. Exactly the chocolate fix I needed too. Mine wouldn’t quite roll into balls, probably because I don’t measure well, I eyeball. I pressed them into an 8X8 pan and chilled them instead. I would’ve just kept eating them out of the bowl…. 😊😊 Thank you!

  • Charlene Stewart

    I make these every week. I put about 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa and add peanut butter morsels instead of chocolate chip. I double the recipe and put in 8×8 pan and cut in squares . They help keep my hunger pain under control and so delicious

  • Becca Ren

    Awesome recipe! So good I keep going back for more! I made my balls a little smaller so they were easier to pop in my mouth.

  • Danyelle

    Just made these but I wanted to comment these are NOT gluten free the oats have gluten in them so please change this in the headline….my grandmother with get very sick of she were to eat this because of the gluten.

  • I just made them, and didn’t have chocolate chips but had Hershey cocoa -special dark. How much do I add??

  • Kelly

    ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
    ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    1 cup old fashioned oats
    ½ cup ground flax seeds
    2 tablespoons honey

  • Layla

    I love these bites. I make them with almond butter and hemp seeds as I can’t do the flax seed. I do add extra honey though as the almond butter is dryer than peanut butter.

  • Paige

    Absolutely amazing!! I just started trying to eat clean and really healthy. And these are the perfect “in between” snack for me. The chocolate makes me feel like I’m indulging, but the oats and flax seed make me feel really healthy. I do eat 2 though instead of 1 LOL I Love them!! Love the recipe!! So easy!! Thank you so much for it!!!

    • Hi Danielle,

      You could always add more honey or a splash of water to help bind it.



  • Gail Tarmy

    Making these now,in fridge for 15 minutes them to make the peanut butter balls.Thank you for this healthy treat.

  • Deborah Hess

    Do you know how many points in the new free style WW program this would be

    • Hi Lorry,

      I think these would be kept friendly. I would check with your doctor or dietician first though.



  • Sarah

    I work out at 5 am every week day so these are the PERFECT snack before I go to CrossFit. My BF and I have been making them every week for like 7 months and I’m still not sick of them. We eat two every morning. I use dark chocolate chips instead of regular ones, and add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Thanks so much for this awesome recipe 😍

  • Tess

    I accidentally bought whole flax seed, should I put them in the food processor so they’re more “ground”, or are these okay?

  • Tamara Sibson

    They’re good. Easy. I can’t believe I used to buy protein bars knowing how easy it is to make fresh ones. Thanks!

  • Chelsea

    what do you think would be the best way to convert these into a protein smoothie/shake?

    • Hi Chelsea,

      You can crumble these on top of your smoothie or add them in and blend.

      Thanks & Enjoy!


  • Amanda

    I switched the flax seeds out for protein powder to boost the protein and they were so yummy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Nicole

    These are delicious!! I found the recipe a few months ago and have been doubling the batch every week or so when I make them ever since. They are the perfect healthy snack, plus my husband loves these and so do my two young boys!!

    • Hi Christine,

      Unfortunately I do not know the weight waters points for this.

      Sorry about that!


  • Summer

    Do these still need to be refrigerated if I use whole chia seeds? Need a snack for the family while on vacation…

  • Marissa

    This is a really good and tastey little snack. I did not put in flax seeds because I simply didnt have them and also added about 3/4 tbs of water in the mixture to moisten it up a little more. I used white chocolate chips as well instead of semi-sweet and still tasted great. If you keep them in your freezer until you want to have one or a two, they stay fresh and it is great to eat in the summer. Five stars!

  • Mindy Tidwell

    What kind/ brand of peanut butter do you use and like best?

  • Savannah Taylor

    So ONE serving is ONE bite and that’s 185 calories??

  • Laurie Guevara

    I love this recipe. I made it today Andy tripled the recipe. I made 43 equal portions using an old fashioned scoop. My family loves it. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • Magali Ayala

    Love this.. been making it for my family… but i have one question a serving size is just one energy ball or is all 12 balls

  • Sky

    These taste so great. I have to stop myself from eating them all at once. Great for my daily dose of pb for my hypoglycemia

  • Phyllis Stout

    My Daughter In Law is on an extremely restrictive diet. I used your recipe as a guide and used the food she can eat to modify, unfortunately I had to leave out the chocolate! I substituted Pecan Butter for the Peanut Butter and used whole Flexseeds. She can have a bit of sugar so rather than honey, I used simple syrup. I rolled about half with those modifications, than for the rest added dehydrated pineapple. Very tasty! She was so happy to be able to eat a great tasting snack. I made your original recipe ( using flaxseeds) too.

  • Missy V.

    So delicious! I made these for a cabin get together with the family and they were a hit!

  • Sareena

    These are awesome. I am make ng my third batch. They are the perfect snack for night nursing sessions. Not to mention the oats and flax seeds are supposed to increase milk supply. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Aimee

    Silly question,
    In the nutrition area it says 1 serving. Is that one bite? Or the whole batch? Thanks

  • sheila

    absolutely delicious! i was sad when i read they are 200 calories per bite, any advice on how to decrease the calorie count? I used the salted trader joes creamy peanut butter, any specific brand of peanut butter that would be the lowest in fat? Thanks!

    • Hi Shelia,

      You could try using powdered peanut butter and mixing it with some water. That should help cut down the calories.



  • Graham Oliver

    I dont under the measurement of cups.

    Can someone give it me in grams

  • Wendy Tilley

    These are delicious. I’m happy to find a snack that is nutritious as well.

  • Linda H

    I made a batch right after I found the recipe. I used Almond butter instead of regular peanut butter. I didn’t have Flax, but I did have coconut. I had dark chocolate morsels. I put it all together, and my husband and I ate half the mix! Next time I will use slightly less chocolate, and a full cup of peanut butter. I like the versatility of the recipe. Dried cranberries? Sure! I wonder what else might be good?

  • Crystal Braden

    So, I found this recipe about two years ago. I have a 3 year old daughter and a husband at home, and we absolutely ADORE these delicious little bites. They are just perfect for those busy mornings when we don’t have time to sit down for breakfast. Or to stave off cravings in between meals. In order to keep a stash of these in the refrigerator, I have to make up a batch every weekend. Well worth it, considering what little effort and ingredients they require. The only change I made, was to use miniature chocolate chips as I have found that they spread through the mixture a little more evenly.

    Thank you, Kelley! I’m sure these will be a staple in the Braden house for many years to come.

  • Stephanie

    Dumb question…no bake recipe. Does this mean do not cook old fashioned oats?

  • Nicole

    We love this recipe! Especially how versatile it is. Any oat works well, plus we usually add a variety of extras… hemp hearts, chia seeds, shredded coconut, chopped dried fruits. Just need to adjust PB & honey when you add extras to help it all stick together.

  • Jennifer

    I think I put in too much peanut butter but I followed the recipe and put 2/3 cups

  • Nancy Y Wechsler

    I wanted to make these for my daughter at college. Do you have to keep them refrigerated? Could I send them through the mail? Thanks and excited to try these!

    • Hi Nancy,

      I would recommend keeping them refrigerated. You could always send all the ingredients and she could mix them up herself. Or you could mail frozen and when they get there they should be good!



  • Audrey

    My husband and daughter love sweets, so I’m always looking for healthier alternatives… I made these and, oh my gosh, they were a HIT!! They literally couldn’t be easier to make and they are delicious. Will definitely be keeping this one on hand for a quick and easy sweet treat – thank you!!

  • Julie

    What’s the serving size for these delicious little nuggets! I could easily go way overboard they are so tasty :))

  • DG

    What Is a good substitute for honey? I a man fructose intolerant so honey is not my friend. all other ingredients sound good.

    • Hi DG,

      I would suggest maple syrup or dates as a substitute but both have fructose. I would suggest adding a bit of water or maybe coconut oil to help blend everything together. They won’t be sweet but will still be good!

      I hope this helps!


  • Susan Irene Corwin

    These are my favorite snacks, sometimes meal
    go to. So glad your recipe was on here. I have lost two copies of the recipe.
    I read that peanut butter is sppose to be a fat belly buster. My goal last December was to look down and be able to see my toes, I can see 1/2 of my foot now. Yeah! The PB energy bites were a huge factor in my Vission.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Hi Susan,

      I am so happy to hear you enjoy this recipe & congrats on all your success, that’s amazing!



  • Tammy Ormsby

    Delicious!! I was looking for a snack to carry with me on long runs and these are perfect!! Simple and tasty and easy to store in a fanny pack for running.

  • I’ve been looking for ideas for energy bites and this definitely is what i needed. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will be giving it a try.

  • DISH and DASH

    I make these for my high school aged athletes! They are a perfect snack before any sport! They love the flavor. I love the ingredients and simplicity! THANK YOU!

  • Sara

    I’m interested in making these but nutrition facts is that for just one ball ..?

  • Mamaogre

    Careful, y’all. These are very high calorie. Almost 200 Kcal per ball. One, 2 at most, is a snack. My teenage kids would eat 4 or 5 if they were allowed!

  • Sandra Mcmahon

    I make a similar version of this with the option to add flaked coconut. I also prefer to use mini semi sweet chocolate chips in mine.

  • Brooke

    This is a fantastic base recipe. I was so happy to come across something that didn’t require dates or a food processor, because dates don’t last long in this house and I can make a bigger batch easily if it’s stirred together. I doubled the recipe and instead of twice the peanut butter did 2/3 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts instead of double choc chips, 1/2 cup chia seeds instead of double ground flax, and I toasted the oats and nuts in a dry skillet while I dumped the rest of the ingredients in the bowl. Gave them a nice flavor/texture and also made it easier to mix everything together with the heat. I also added some cinnamon and rolled them in coconut once chilled. Perfection!

  • Tammy Morgan Mort

    Hi is there a receipt with not a lot of Sugar or carbs for a person that is a diabetic.

    • Hi Tammy!

      Unfortunately I don’t have a sugar free or carb free energy bite recipe.

      Sorry about that!


  • Karoline

    I make these a few times a month and then freeze them. My kids love them for a school snack and my hubby loves them anytime!!

  • Sarika

    I accidentally bought whole flax seeds and not ground up ones. Can I use those instead or do they need to be grounded?

    • Hi Sarika,

      I would recommend running the whole flax seed through a spice grinder if you have one to grind them up. I would not recommend using whole flax seeds in the recipe.



  • Abbie

    These are a favorite snack for me and my husband! So easy to make and tastes so good!

    • Hi Jess,

      You could always use almond butter if you prefer or even powdered peanut butter. I think almond butter is pretty similar in carbs to regular peanut butter so I would just check your label to make sure.

      Thanks so much!


  • Kim Dunford

    If I don’t have the chocolate chips can I just use cocoa powder and if so, how much???

    • Nathan

      Hi kim,

      You can add cocoa powder to this recipe if you would like but you will need to add some wet ingredient to balance out the texture.

      If you would like, Kelley did make a recipe for a chocolate version that has cocoa powder in it, here is the link

      Recipe: https://chefsavvy.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-energy-bites/

      You can follow this recipe and just leave out the chocolate chips.

      I hope you enjoy!


  • Karen White

    Love this recipe. I make a double batch, refrigerate to set and then put in a gallon freezer bag and freeze. Take two every day in my lunch and use for a midday snack if I need to. One can really curb the appetite if I don’t get lunch or just need an extra something.
    I use whole oats, and always the ground flax. sometimes I use almond butter/peanut butter mixture.
    They are delicious every time! Keep well in freezer.
    Kids could easily make these. Grandkids think it’s candy.

    • Nathan

      Hi Karen,

      I’m so glad you and yours like these!

      Thank you for commenting!

      Have a great day!


  • Teresa

    These are amazing. I make a new batch as soon as they’re gone!

    • Nathan

      Hi Teresa,

      I’m glad you enjoy them so much!

      thanks for the comment!


    • Nathan

      Hi Gigitt,

      I hope you enjoy the bites!

      Thanks for commenting and trying out the recipe!


  • H. Grossman

    I tried this recipe for the first time tonight! They were so good and I cannot wait to make them again! The taste was sweet but not overpowering.

    • Nathan

      I’m so glad you liked them!

      Thank you so much for trying them and for commenting!