These Simple and No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites are full of hearty oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips and a few other ingredients. Simple and delicious, this recipe is the fuel you will love to energize you throughout the day!
Peanut Butter Energy Bites–What I live for!
Clearly I have been on a roll in the kitchen this weekend. Cold weather will do that! This recipe is actually by popular demand. I have made these bites at least ten times in the past few months and they never get old. They are so easy to make and are also packed with protein, so it’s a double win.
Typically, I make at least a double batch because they don’t last long. A lot of the oatmeal peanut butter bites that I have seen on Pinterest include coconut. Some of my favorite people do not care for coconut so I adapted and created my own version to suit their tastes.
A few things to note before you venture into this recipe that will take up soooo much of your day. (Ha, not even close, but you can make everyone think that if you’d like!) I have mentioned I don’t care for honey, so to lighten up the honey flavor I basically divided 1/3 cup into half using honey and maple syrup.
If you love honey, go all in at 1/3 cup and leave out the maple syrup. Dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips–whatever you please! These Peanut Butter Energy Bites can be customized to your liking.
Can I make these Peanut Butter Energy Bites Vegan?
You absolutely can! Just use all maple syrup instead of honey and make sure your chocolate chips are vegan. That should do the trick. I know there can be dairy in chocolate chips, so just double check.
I have made these for friends who are vegan and even my non-vegan friends have been so so happy with them. I often make these as a gift for my friends who have had babies recently. Some of them have needed to avoid dairy, so I am able to modify for them as well!
Can I make these Peanut Butter Energy Bites Gluten Free?
Again, yes you can! Use gluten free oats and the rest should already be gluten free.
Can I freeze these energy bites?
I do. I make a TON of these peanut butter energy bites at a time and I want them to last more than a week. My solve? The freezer. I toss them in a sealed container and then grab a few to thaw when I want to snack on them. Sometimes I even eat them straight from the freezer. Mmmmmm, so good.
Pro-Tips for making these Peanut Butter Energy Bites:
- I would say just to double or triple the batch from the get go. It will save you a lot of dishes in the end. You will eat them all, trust me!
- I use creamy, natural peanut butter–the kind you have to stir. I find this kind of peanut butter to be the best for recipes like this. It is so much easier to stir and incorporate into the mixture.
- Seriously, change up the chocolate chips each time you make these peanut butter energy bites. I am obsessed with using white chocolate chips lately. Sometimes, I don’t use any chips either ( I know, I know) just to have something different. You can also add a drizzle of chocolate instead on top.
- If you are having a hard time forming these energy bites into balls, pop them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. That usually helps a bit.
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Looking for more energy bites and no bake snacks? Check out the whole list here! This includes all of my favorites, especially:
- Copycat Perfect Bar Recipe
- Blueberry Lemon Energy Bites
- Pecan Pie Energy Bites
- Carrot Cake Energy Bites
- German Chocolate Cake Balls
- 1 cup rolled oats regular or gluten free
- 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter almond butter will work if you have a peanut allergy
- 1/2 cup flaxmeal
- 2 T 100% pure maple syrup
- 2-3 T honey for vegan version, sub more maple syrup!
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 T dark chocolate chips
Combine oats, peanut butter, flax, honey, maple syrup and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Chill for about 15-20 minutes.
Roll into bite sized balls.
If the mixture doesn't seem thick of sturdy enough, add another 1/4 cup of oats or so. Different peanut butters can alter the thickness of the recipe.