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.

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 200 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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  • 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” .

    • Tonyna Anderson

      It says Serving Size: 1g
      Which stated above is 2 bites.

  • 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,


    • Melinda Jones

      Do these need to be kept chilled? Was thinking of making for a cheerleading bake sale.

    • Nathan

      Hi Melinda,

      These do not need to be kept refrigerated. I Hope you enjoy! Have Fun at the bake sale!


    • 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!



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