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!

Looking for more energy bite recipes? Try my Almond Joy Energy Bites or Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites!

5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites in white bowl

5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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.

You may have heard of these referred to as power balls, lactation bites or protein bites. Either way they are a healthy 5 ingredient pick me up that is the perfect on the go snack to give you energy throughout the day.

It’s hard to believe these 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Bites are healthy. They taste more like dessert than a healthy protein bite. They also make a great breakfast or dessert when you are craving something sweet!

The best things about this energy bites 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. If your craving chocolate try my Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites!

You can even freeze these oatmeal energy bites if you don’t eat them all within a week. Here’s what you’ll need to make these No Bake Energy Bites:


  • Creamy Peanut Butter: Helps to bind the energy bites together. You can also use your favorite nut butter as well!
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips: I love using mini chocolate chips if I have them on hand. Dark chocolate chunks are also amazing in this!
  • Old Fashioned Oats: I prefer to use old fashioned oats or rolled oats in this recipe. I would not recommend making these with steel cut oats or instant oats. If you want to keep these bites gluten free make sure to use certified gluten free oats!
  • Ground Flax Seed: Adds a boost of fiber and nutrients. If you don’t have flax seed on hand substitute hemp seed, chia seed or add extra old fashioned oats.
  • Honey: Adds the perfect amount of sweetness to these energy balls. Agave can be used in place of the honey.



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No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bite Ingredients in white bowl

How to make Energy Balls

To make these peanut butter chocolate chip energy 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.

No bake energy balls in a white bowl

Tips for making energy bites

  • Always try rolling the bites after they have been refrigerated. This makes rolling them so much easier. If you are still having trouble rolling them try wetting your hands or adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of water to the mixture.
  • Instead of rolling out into balls the mixture can be placed in a square baking dish lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate and cut to make no bake energy bars!


  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Cranberries
  • Chopped Walnuts, Pecans or Almonds
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Chia Seeds

Can you freeze energy bites?

Yes! These no bake energy bites can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months!

What can I use instead of flax seed?

Chia seed or hemp seed are a good alternative to ground flax seed. You can also substitute the flax for more oats or unsweetened shredded coconut!

Would Maple syrup work?

Yes! Maple syrup can be used in place of the honey!

What are the calories per serving?

This is a question that gets asked a lot. The calories are 200 for 1 serving (1 bite) I know that seems like a lot but the peanut butter in this really adds to the calories. These bites are perfect as a snack or pick me up or a quick breakfast before working out! Some readers have tried using powdered peanut butter to save on calories!

What do I do if its too dry?

If the mixture seems too dry try adding a splash of water. I do 1 tablespoon at a time. This helps bind everything together. Alternatively you can always add a scoop more of peanut butter, honey or maple syrup to bind everything up!

Energy Balls served on white plate

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5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites

4.76 from 204 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 bites

Quick and Healthy 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites. Takes less than 10 minutes to make with only 5 ingredients! The perfect healthy snack!


  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • 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.

Recipe Notes

Calorie count is for 1 serving (1 bite)

Nutrition Facts
5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Serving Size
1 bite
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Energy Bites, Fit meals, Gluten Free, Healthy, Meal Prep


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  • Isadora

    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 🙂

  • Stacey

    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!

  • Gayle

    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!

  • Ashley

    Love these! The perfect healthy treat — and just what I need to get through the day with a toddler and a newborn!

  • Thalia

    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!

    • Hi Nicole,

      I have not tried it with quick oats but I think it should be a fine substitute. Hope this helps!



    • Nicole

      Thank you for your quick response. I’ll let you know how it works for me.

    • Maria

      I have everything except flax seeds. Anything else I can use?

    • Emily Van Weerdhuizen

      Would I be able to use almond meal instead? Where I live flax seeds are hard to come by!

    • Nathan

      Hi Emily,

      Almond meal is a great substitute!
      I hope you enjoy!


    • Crystal

      I live this recipe! It is so easy to make and contains common house goods. These are great snacks for on the go and taste delicious. If you could change on thing, I would add more peanut butter because whenever I make this recipe (at least the past three times) it ends up dry and hard to shape even after chilled in the fridge.

    • Teresa Lane

      That’s all i had. This is my first time making these. I didn’t have flaxseeds, so i used chopped almonds. After i roll them, how long do I wait to try them?

  • karen

    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 🙂

  • Claudia

    Oh wow, these look amazing! I just want to grab one (or many) through my laptop screen right now 🙂

  • 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.



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