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Energy Balls are sweet, no bake treats that take minutes to throw together, are filled with good-for-you ingredients, and make for quick, portable breakfasts and snacks. Today, I’m sharing that master recipe for energy balls, along with all sorts of tasty ways to use it to create different energy ball flavors.

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I have made dozens of batches of energy ball recipes over the years, and while I’m constantly looking for fun ways to vary them up, inevitably, they come back to one simple, foolproof formula.

This is the ONLY Energy Ball recipe you’ll ever need.

Plus I’ve created six easy no bake energy ball flavor ideas!

primary ingredients used to make no bake energy balls

5 Star Review

“This is been my go to snack for over a year! Everyone loves them! Even the picky children in my life. My favorite lunch snack, the opportunities are endless, I just changed it up (nuts, chocolates or fruits) and its a whole new amazing dessert?

— Kelsey —

Types of Energy Balls

Energy balls go by a variety of different names; energy bites, protein balls, power balls, and vegan truffles are but a few.

As much as I love trying different energy ball recipes and techniques, today’s basic energy ball recipe is the little black dress of them all.

Primary Ingredients in No Bake Energy Balls

My tried-and-true energy ball recipe is comprised of four basic ingredients.


  • While you can use other flours, oatmeal is the champion.
  • Rolled oats are filling, inexpensive, versatile, and gives me the sensation that I’m eating oatmeal cookie dough instead of a healthy snack. YES.

Gluten Free Energy Balls

  • One of the questions I receive most often from readers is how I can state that my oatmeal recipes are gluten free, when most oats on the market run the risk of being cross-contaminated with gluten, a real concern for those diagnosed with celiac.
  • My answer is to look for a brand that is labeled certified gluten free.
Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats

Nut Butter

  • Nut butter, like peanut butter or almond butter, helps bind the balls.
  • It adds healthy fats, making the energy balls sustaining.
  • Nut butter is delicious!

Nut-Free Energy Balls

If you have a peanut allergy or just prefer a different kind of nut butter, any sort can be used. Use sunflower seed butter to make the energy balls nut free.

Natural Peanut Butter

If you opt for the drippy “natural” refrigerated nut butter, your batter may be extra sticky. Simply add a few more tablespoons of oats to even it out, and you will be ready to roll.

Sticky Liquid Sweetener

  • Honey or pure maple syrup can be used to bind the energy balls.
  • I use honey the most, but maple syrup is a really nice option if you’d like vegan energy balls or are making a recipe like these Pumpkin Energy Balls where the maple syrup’s flavor complements the other ingredients.

What About Dates?

Some energy ball recipes use dates (like these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls) as the sweetening ingredients.

Dates do require you to bust out the food processor, so when you are in a hurry or want to keep it as quick and easy as possible, energy balls without dates like these are the move.


  • This is where the tasty experimentation begins.
  • I like to do a combination of superfood additions, such as ground flaxseed and chia seeds (or whatever other superfood you bought a giant bag of at Costco on a whim and now need to use up), along with ingredients I love purely for their taste, like chocolate, chopped dried fruit, and did I mention chocolate?
  • Vanilla extract is a must!
  • If you aren’t a big chocolate fan, we can’t be friends fear not. I have non-chocolate options for you too!
No Bake Energy Ball ingredients

How to Make No Bake Energy Balls

  • You don’t need a food processor to make energy balls and no fancy equipment is needed.
  • While there are many other methods to make energy balls that range from soaking and blending dried fruit in the food processor to using assorted grains and nut flours instead of oatmeal, today’s master oatmeal energy ball recipe is the one I return to again and again.
  • This recipe is simple, I always have the ingredients I need to make it on hand, and I only need to wash one bowl at the end.

Just pile everything into a large mixing bowl and stir!

  • Start with the oats.
  • Following the oats, add the binding ingredients: nut butter and honey or maple syrup.

Now that you have your base, you are ready for the good stuff: mix-ins!

  • While I’ve tried enough different mix-in combos to open an energy balls food truck, I most often find myself choosing chocolate chips and…whatever else I can find in my pantry.

Energy balls = legit excuse to eat chocolate at all times of day.

I like this math.

Energy Ball Variations

  • Chocolate Chip. The classic! I like mini chocolate chips for energy balls.
  • Oatmeal Raisin. Especially good with almond or cashew butter. Add a pinch of cinnamon too.
  • White Chocolate Cranberry. Use almond or cashew butter, honey, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips.
  • Double Chocolate. Twice as nice! Add cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips.
  • Almond Joy. Candy bar goes snack. Use unsweetened shredded coconut, almond butter, chocolate chips, and chopped almonds.
  • Trail Mix. A little bit of everything. Use peanut butter, honey, chocolate chips, chopped peanuts, and raisins.
white bowls filled with popular mix-ins for no bake energy balls

A Fast and Fabulous Snack

From back-to-school to the holidays to getting by day-to-day, life is BUSY.

This easy energy ball recipe is here for you.

They take just 10 minutes to prep, can last 2 weeks in the refrigerator or in the freezer forever (or until you remember they are in there and immediately eat them), and are endlessly adaptable, so you’ll never tire of them.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store leftover energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • To Freeze. Energy balls can save in freezer for up to 3 months in freezer-safe airtight container. Ziplock bags work great for this.

More Stellar Healthy Energy Ball Recipes

Even beyond the variations included in this guide, I have these additional healthy energy ball recipes, such as energy balls with dates, added protein powder, and some extra fun flavors!

small white plate with a stack of no bake energy balls with chocolate chips and dried fruits

Below I’ve detailed the energy ball step-by-steps, as well as highlighted a few of my favorite combos.

Once you’ve worked your way through those, be sure to check out the other energy ball recipes linked above.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Energy Balls Good For You?

No bake energy balls are a perfect healthy snack, treat, and breakfast on the go. They are balanced with healthy fats, fiber, and protein. Energy balls for runners, kids, grandma, and anyone between!

How Long Do Energy Balls Last at Room Temperature?

Energy balls will last a few days at room temperature. To make them last longer, store in fridge.

Can I Make Energy Balls Without the Sweetener?

The stickiness of the maple syrup or honey is not just for a touch of sweetness, but also essential to binding together the ingredients.

Energy Balls

4.86 from 225 votes
The only Energy Ball recipe you’ll ever need, plus six no-bake energy ball flavors! Start with this easy base recipe, then add any of your favorite mix-ins.

Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 40 minutes

Servings: 18 (1-inch) balls, approx.




  • Any nut butter honey, 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • Peanut butter honey, 3 tablespoons chocolate chips, 3 tablespoons chopped peanuts, 2 tablespoons raisins


  • Almond butter or cashew butter, honey, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup white chocolate chips


  • Replace 1/2 cup of the oatmeal with 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes almond butter, any sweetener, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 cup chopped almonds


  • Any nut butter any sweetener, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, ADD 2 tablespoons cocoa powder


  • Almond butter or cashew butter, maple syrup, 1/2 cup raisins, ADD 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Place all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl: oats, power mix-ins, nut butter, sweetener, vanilla extract, salt, mix-ins, and any other spices you’d like to add. Stir to combine. If the mixture seems too wet, add a bit more oats. If it’s too dry, add a bit more nut butter. It should resemble a somewhat sticky dough that holds together when lightly squeezed. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set (this will make the balls easier to roll later on).
  • Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and portion the dough into balls of desired size. (I use a cookie scoop to make mine approximately 1 inch in diameter). Enjoy!



  • Store leftover energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • For nut allergies: In place of the almond or peanut butter, try sunflower seed butter.


Serving: 1ball (nutrition info for Classic Chocolate Chip variation)Calories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPotassium: 115mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg

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    1. Marcia, they will be really REALLY soft, but if that doesn’t bother you, I think that could be a good experiment! I’d press them into a pan get them VERY cold, then slice. They will soften at room temp, so I’d take them out of the refrigerator shortly before eating.

      1. My husband makes them into bars by flattening & baking 350° for 10-15 minutes. It dries the mixture just enough to make it congeal, but not enough to dry it out.

        1. Three questions before I try this recipe:
          Can I use Quaker Quick Oats? (Gluten is not an issue)
          I don’t like peanut butter (or any nut butter), what can I used in place of?
          Aren’t the balls very sticky to hold when eating? (I read the comments, and I will likely try baking them as “bars” and even using another commenter’s idea of putting graham cracker on bottom.)

          1. Hi Ro Gard, you can use quick oats here. Instead of nut butter, you could try sunflower butter. I didn’t find the balls to be too sticky once they were formed, but you can try one of the methods you mentioned if you prefer. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  1. I’ve got to confess that I’ve never ever tried an energy bal. don’t hate me. I never buy protein bars either. I’m just not that into that sort of thing. That being said, if I were to ever explore that whole energy snack realm, I would most certainly start with your recipes which have always proven to be well-tested and delicious. 

    I was wondering if you still needed (did you ever?) recipe ideas that could be lightened up or updated? I made an incredible chicken dish on Friday but would love to bring it into 2017 as carefully and thoughtfully as possible because it is one of the best things I’ve ever made. It’s called Chicken Marbella. I’d love to see what you could do with it!

    1. Marina, if you are looking for a healthy snack, energy balls are a great place to start. They don’t taste like typical protein bars. Actually they remind me of cookie dough :) I’m not able to promise anything with specific recipe requests (it’s hard to find time to do as much as I’d like!), but I’m always open to new ideas and would love to see the recipe regardless. You can feel free to email it to me if you like. Erin{at}wellplated{dot}com.

    1. These sound amazing. I recently had bariatric surgery and have been searching for something like these. However, I noticed that the carb/protein ratio is opposite of what I need. Is there anyway to make these low-carb, higher protein?

      1. Hi Jim! I haven’t tried it myself, but you can play around with adding protein powder. You’ll need to add some additional nut butter and/or honey to offset the fact that the protein powder will probably make them more dry. You could also try these cookie dough balls, which already have protein powder added. Since each of the flavor options in this recipe use unique ingredients, I recommend using an online nutrition calculator like MyFitnessPal to find out the exact amount of protein and carbs. I hope this helps!

      2. I had bariatric surgery as well and I made these and used sugar free honey substitute and also added a scoup of protein powder. The almond hot ones are my favorite so far. I haven’t tried the oatmeal raisin cookie ones but I’m trying that next!5 stars

  2. Thank you! I have been looking for a “go to” recipe that didn’t require a food processor. Can’t wait to try these!

  3. This is brilliant! I love how easy the base is to make and all the variations you’ve got here. And I can see so many more possibilities happening, too! So fun! 

  4. Love all the variations — these are my favorite afternoon treat, but I have to say, I want some of those energy balls masquerading as dessert!

  5. Yes, you should definitely open an energy ball food truck!! ;) Also, I LOVE Bob’s Red Mill and all their products!!

  6. Yum! These will be perfect for an upcoming, week long, camping trip full of outdoor fun. And  the little fingers in the family will be inticed to gobble them down too! Bonus; they are diabetic friendly. Perfect timing! 

      1. This is a little late but there are 131 calories per ball (18 balls per recipe). It can be found at the bottom of the recipe!

  7. Thank you for this!! Love having energy balls around for an easy healthy snack and it’s so nice to have these variations! Can’t wait to try them out!

  8. These look fantastic!  One question, is there a way to bump up the protein per ball without adding to many more calories?

    1. Great question, Stacy! I haven’t tried it myself, but you can play around with adding protein powder. You’ll need to add some additional nut butter and/or honey to offset the fact that the protein powder will probably make them more dry. The good news, however, is that nut butter has more protein AND offers healthy fats, so you’ll still be getting a nice nutritional boost. You could also try these cookie dough balls, which already have protein powder added.

  9. I usually grind the flax seeds to a dustbin the coffee grinder because my kids (adults ?) won’t eat them if they see “foreign items” in there ?. I’ve been adding them to their protein smoothies for years ??

  10. I tried this recipe and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was! I made the basic chocolate chip recipe (for an alternative sweet snack) and it was delicious. It really fills you up. I am going to try the white chocolate almond next.5 stars

    1. Janise, thanks so much for giving the recipe a try and reporting back! I hope you love the white chocolate almond just as much!

  11. I’ve made these twice already. They’ve become quite the hit in the house. I love that they’re so easy to throw together. I only use flax seeds as the “power mix-in” and I grind them to get the omega-3 benefits. Have only made them with chocolate chips as the optional add-in.

    The Hubs really likes them because he’s trying to lose weight and these provide that lovely “sweet-pop” while still be healthy. Thx so much for the recipe! :)5 stars

  12. I’ll be trying these this week – they all look yummy! One note – I redid my oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe to use flaxseed meal, chocolate chips, Bob’s Red Mill unsweetened Flaked Coconut, and dried cherries. You might like that combo in these too. :)5 stars

    1. Hi Lindzy! I like the extra nutritional boost these ingredients add, but you can swap them for additional oats or just omit them if you prefer.

  13. I make the chocolate chip with dairy free chocolate chips and Sunbutter!  I also like them right out of the freezer!  Some days I have 1 or 8.  Lol…

  14. Hi, thanks for these. I have a thing to ask. How we add flavor option? As an example how much we add nut butter and honey to 1/2 cup chocolate chip in 1st flavor category? I mean we have to add only chocolate chip to the base recipe or add more nut butter and honey? If we add what r the quantities?
    All the best!

    1. Mathes, follow the base recipe and swap out the mixins/nut butters for the amounts listed—no need to add more nut butter/honey, as the recipe has accounted for all you need. I hope you enjoy them!

  15. Yum! I made a birthday cake version in which I subbed the peanut butter for almond butter and the vanilla extract for almond extract. I also added sprinkles ?5 stars

  16. These are tasty and easy to whip up BUT i found them quite tricky to hold together while i was forming them into balls. Any suggestions or is this normal?

    1. Hi Jenn, it sounds like you may need a little extra nut butter or honey/maple syrup to help them hold together better. I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  17. I made these today. They are SO good. I added chia and flax, unsweetened coconut, tossed in some dried cherries and a few unsalted peanuts, and added  1/2 t Ceylon cinnamon. The cinnamon adds a  subtle little hint of flavor. Absolutely yummy. Thanks for a great recipe. 5 stars

  18. Delicious! I’ve made many varieties of energy bites, and I think these were the best. I started with your base, using 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed and used chocolate chips and coconut for my “mix-ins.” Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  19. I absolutely love this recipe. So much that i actually used it for a demonstration speech where i taught my classmates how to make it. Thank you! :)5 stars

  20. This recipe is terrible! We ate them all in less than a day lol. Thank you so much for simplifying what I thought
    Needed to be a complicated and expensive 20 ingredient process.  These will be a new stable for feeding my very active teen….and me as a fitness instructor always on the go. 5 stars

  21. I used your basic recipe and added trail mix that I had and added some stevia sweetened chocolate chips.  They were so good that my husband is asking for more.  I love that they don’t need any equipment to make, just a bowl and something to mix the ingredients in.5 stars

  22. I tried the double chocolate energy balls recipe. I used ghiraradeli dark chocolate chips, dark chocolate peanut butter and dark chocolate cocoa powder…it was great!?5 stars

  23. I have now made these several times and they have been a huge hit with my husband.  I even served them as a quick dessert with friends.  Recipe shared.  Today I made a double batch using GF oats, unsweetened coconut, raw almond butter, stevia sweetened chocolate chips, almond extract and walnuts.  I have also used trail mix for the add in in other batches.  This is definitely what we call a “keeper” in our house.5 stars

  24. Thank you for this great recipe! I’ve made it several times. It’s so easy and is also delicious!! Love the variety, too!5 stars

  25. I love the energy balls but need to make them into a bar that doesn’t need to be refridgerated. Can you suggest a modification that would make them shelf stable?

    1. Hi Laura! This recipe may be able to be stored at room temperature, but the tricky part about most no bake energy ball/bar recipe is that the fridge really helps them stay firm. You could take a look at this recipe, which can be stored at room temp!

  26. These are FABULOUS! I just made the chocolate chip ones and can’t get enough! I’ve had the hardest time finding an energy ball without protein powder or coconut flakes as a required ingredient. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!5 stars

  27. I love the variety of your energy balls and the photos. I used your base recipe and pretty much the Almond Joy variation (except instead of almonds, we used ground up pecans). The problem was it would not stick together even though we refrigerated it. I saw your notes, if it is wet do this verses if it is “dry.” I had no idea what was what so first we added more peanut butter and honey mixed it and tried again but it was too sticky with peanut butter on our hands after using a cookie scoop to get the appropriate size out. So then I added more oatmeal and coconut flakes and it was better. It takes a bit to get used to forming tight balls but we did it! We tripled your recipe and ate half of it already. I’m not sure how to add a photo but thank you for your recipe. Your site looks like you’ve been at this a while- great job!4 stars

  28. Great receipe. I made 2 batches in 1 evening I added mini m&ms to one and a trail mix from bull barn to the other.

  29. These were so delicious and easy to make! I plan to keep these in the fridge for an easy zero waste snack. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  30. This is such a great recipe, I use it all the time! Recently I’ve been adding ground ginger to my honey and peanut butter energy balls and they’re absolutely delicious. I think next time I’ll try with other spice combinations, thank you for the tips!5 stars

  31. Thank you so much for these wonderful recipes! I don’t buy protein bars often but when I do I always have trouble with finding bars that have enough protein, aren’t too sugared and don’t taste like fake candy.

    I am looking forward to making these to bring to work for a healthy snack that is an alternative to a protein bar. I am a fan of Bob’s Red Mill too (especially as a gluten free eater) so I am looking forward to using their oats.

  32. I am very excited to try the energy balls. We will be making them for a Well-Being Celebration next week. I have never made them before and am curious on approximately how many 1 inch balls you get out of 1 batch?5 stars

  33. My Mom is loyal to this recipe, and she shared it with me. Now I’m constantly making it. I love mixing it up with variations. I’ve even used dried apricot (super yum!) Thanks for sharing!5 stars

    1. Hi Antonella! I have not tried dates in these recipes, but you could experiment with it. I have multiple other energy ball recipes on my site that use dates, if you’d like to try those. There’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls, Ginger Cookie Healthy Energy Balls, and Fig Almond Energy Balls. I hope this helps!

  34. I roll my energy balls in cocoa powder for the chocolate taste without the chocolate chips, it is amazing

  35. Hello. I am in search for a good food processor to prepare energy balls, that means i will use nuts, dates, seeds etc! Any recommendations? Or i am just wasting my time? :P I will use it for a coffee shop in house preparation of some energy balls, bars etc.
    Looking for a reliable food processor.
    Thank you! Btw, your recipes look delicious!

  36. Hey, I was really excited to try the Almond Joy energy balls but found they were too sticky to form into balls and instead just sticking on my hands. Any advice?

    1. Hi Maggie! You could try adding a few more tablespoons of oats or coconut flakes to make it more manageable. I hope this helps!

        1. Hi Carolyn, you can use whichever kind you prefer! I’m partial to dark chocolate chips, but if you want the balls to be sweeter, then milk chocolate is perfect. I hope you love the recipe!

  37. I tried these today and they turned out awesome! I mixed and matched ingredients and it still was great! I like the ratio of honey and nut butters. this was really helpful!5 stars

  38. I just made my first batch of these – started simple with chocolate chips and sunbutter. Our gym is nut free and I’m hoping a couple of these will help get the kids through the last hour of gymnastics. I just popped them in the fridge but I took a nibble first. These are SO not what I was expecting – they DO taste like dessert!

    Next I’m going to try chocolate covered cranberry bits, then maybe butterscotch morsels!

    Thank you for this recipe!5 stars

  39. Thank you for the recipe

     I just made these  and they are great!

    Only I added cacao chips and cacao powder for a double chocolate energy treat because my husband has been craving something healthy and sweet lately?
    He lived them too!5 stars

  40. I’m making the energy balls for the first time and love them. Thought I had flax seeds but I didn’t so I just added sunflower seeds for this batch! Next time I’ll have flax and chia seeds on hand!5 stars

  41. Hi, thank you for sharing this recipe it looks so yummy!! Can someone clarify the amount of mix ins? It says 1/2 cup mix ins – so for example for the classic chocolate chip, what do we add onto the energy base? I’m confused as it says any nut butter – honey, 1/2 cup chocolate chips – so do we add all three in addition to the base?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Florentina! For the classic chocolate chip, you will follow the energy ball base list, using honey as your “sticky liquid sweetener” and any nut butter you prefer. Then for your mix-in, you’ll use 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. I hope this helps and that you enjoy the recipe!

    2. Is it okay to put the chia seeds in raw? I thought it wasn’t great to consume them raw because of how much they expand.

      1. Hi Madison! I haven’t heard this before, but you can certainly use one of the other power mix-ins if you prefer. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  42. I followed the recipe but I couldn’t get them to stick together.. any idea how I can make them stick ?

    1. Hi Jamie! Which specific energy ball recipe did you follow? It sounds like they may have been too dry and needed more of the binding ingredient. I hope this helps!

    1. I’m SO happy to hear that this has been helpful, Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  43. I’m confused about the mix-ins.  You said to start with the base, which has measured ingredients, including nut butter and honey, but the mix-ins list nut butter and or honey again, with no measurements.  Is this just an optional extra amount?

    1. Hi Jackie! You’ll follow the base recipe amounts but use the directions under each flavor to tell you which specific nut butter or sweetener to use (since the base recipe lists multiple options). No additional nut butter or sweetener needed. I hope this helps and that you enjoy the recipe!

    1. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the recipe, Patti! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  44. This is the BEST energy ball recipe ever. I have tried many different balls and bar recipes without success, but this one has been a no-fail recipe every time I’ve used it. I’ve even shared it with several friends and posted it on our family’s maple syrup business page. Thank you so much!5 stars

    1. I’m so pleased that it’s been successful for you, Jessica! Thank you for sharing this kind review!

  45. Fantastic recipe, works perfectly and tastes great!! So refreshing to find an internet recipe which actually works. I will take a look at your other recipes!

    Do you have any other suggestions for binders apart from nut butters? And which nut butter has the most neutral taste?

    Thanks :)5 stars

    1. Hi Christine! I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed this recipe! I’ve only tried nut butters in this recipe, but I do have other energy ball recipes on my site that you might enjoy (No Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls, Ginger Cookie Energy Balls, and more!). I think almond butter or cashew butter are two of the most neutral nut butters. I hope this helps!

  46. LOVE these! My faves are using m&m baking bits, peanut butter. Ive also used chopped dried apples and add cinnamon and use almond butter for apple pie ones. Or how about using the caramel bits and sprinkling them with sea salt lightly for a caramel sea salt? I could go on & on…the possibilities are endless.5 stars

  47. I only have quick oats. would it be alright to use them or should I make a point to get rolled oats?

  48. First batch with chocolate chips, peanuts and mini m&ms is chilling now. Rolled out perfectly, I got 17. But now I absolutely MUST make some white chocolate cranberry balls. Doing that as soon as I get back from walking my doggies. Thanks for a simple, yet versatile, recipe. :)5 stars

  49. Energy balls

    I love the recipe’s ease and options for diversity.
    Also love your passion for chocolate like myself?5 stars

  50. Wondering about the portions..based on the chocolate chip version, and making one batch, I get about 19-20 energy balls from my batch…is that about right for the 130 cals per ball or am I supposed to be making fewer or more? I need to be sure I’m not consuming 40000 calories…which is easy to do with these- so good! Definitely remind me of cookie dough!

    1. Hi Erin! The nutrition estimate for this recipe is based on 18 (1-inch) energy balls. If the numbers are important to you, I recommend using an online calculator like MyFitnessPal so you can input your exact ingredients for a more precise number. I hope this helps!

  51. Love this recipe! Made the energy balls for the first time tonight and they turned out great! I have always wanted to make energy balls so I decided to look for a recipe. Upon my google search for a recipe, this was the first one that came up. Definitely a keeper! I made the chocolate chip ones but I am so excited to try a bunch of other mix-ins! Thanks!! 10/10 would recommend. (:5 stars

  52. Thanks so much for making a recipe for these balls that can be used in many ways!  I always see these recipes and want to change some ingredients but am not sure how.  This one is really helpful!  I also made a “fall” energy ball by using some pumpkin pie spice and molasses.  I’m sure it would be even better with more Fall flavors. . . maybe even a little pumpkin??? ;) 5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe, Andrea! Thank you for sharing this kind review! You may want to check out my Pumpkin Energy Balls for a little fall inspiration. :)

  53. Absolutely delicious. Love the sweet and salty taste of it!! I mix dark chocolate chips with frozen cranberry, and i’m definitely making it again!5 stars

  54. I added 1 heaping tsp beet powder, and now they taste like peanut butter and jelly! My son pretty much demands one in his lunch every day. Thankfully my daughter can’t get to them on her own, otherwise she’d eat them all (she routinely steals them from my husband and me).5 stars

    1. Based off the ingredients these sounded like they should be good but I was not expecting them to be this amazing! Last night I made the chocolate chip recipe, exactly as written and my 10 year old and I love them! These are now going to be a staple in our house. Thank you for a great recipe!5 stars

  55. The chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin versions have become a staple in my house! They are the perfect amount to satisfy a sweet tooth. The recipes are so simple, I always have the ingredients readily available. Next week I’ll change it up and add trail mix to the lineup. 5 stars

  56. I multiply these by four and use chunky peanut butter, extra chia and extra flax and make these every three weeks for my kids and husband. They are amazing!!! My son has GI issues – he had a rare and serious health issue (he’s fine now) and this helps with constipation too … TMI I know but thank you!!!!5 stars

  57. Question: making these for my class, but I have a student with an allergy to all nuts. He can only use soy butter, which is more like traditional butter than a nut butter. Do you think this recipe would work similarly with soy butter, or is that TOO different? TIA

    1. Hi Meg! I’m not very familiar with soy nut butter, so I can’t say for certain. However, I do recommend sunflower butter as another nut-free option. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  58. I have made these SO many times and many variations. I make them with and for my kids as after school snacks (in fact they are regularly requested by them!).

    I‘m a pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher and make these for my students as an after class boost. They’re great source of protein – essential for growing babies and hardworking parents. Now classes are online, I share Erin’s recipe with them! Quick, easy and healthy – PERFECT!5 stars

  59. I made the almond joy version and they are “The Bomb!” I used Lily’s stevia chocolate chips to lower the sugar and they taste amazing. I love how you give variations of the original recipe. Thanks so much. Stacy5 stars

    1. Hi Jessica! I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so I can’t say for certain. The oats are a big textural component, so I’m not sure how the recipe would turn out without them. However, these No Bake Cookie Dough Protein Balls do use coconut flour, so you may want to check those out instead.

  60. I’m having a small problem understanding the recipe for the No Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls. After making the ENERGY BALL BASE, the recipe then calls for the addition of 1/2 cup mix-ins.

    Under CLASSIC CHOCOLATE CHIP, TRAIL mix, and WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY, the recipe calls for, respectively:
    “Any nut butter honey, …”
    “Peanut butter honey…”
    “Almond butter or cashew butter, honey…”

    Is the comma missing in the first 2 entries above, or is it really calling for nut butter honey? I just don’t know whether to add even more honey and nut butter than is in the base recipe, or to look for a product called “peanut butter honey.” Actually I looked for a nut butter honey, but haven’t found it.

    1. Hi Suzanne! I’m sorry for the confusion. The nut butter and honey are two separate ingredients. Each flavor option is offering you suggestions about which specific type of mix-ins, nut butters, and sweeteners to use, so you don’t have to add extra. I hope this helps!

  61. These are fantastic and so easy to make. Everyone loves them – even my husband who eats very few sweets. I know –he’s a strange kind of human. LOL! Thank you!5 stars

  62. Hi there! What kind of peanut butter do you use? Do you use a natural peanut butter or a peanut butter like Jif?

    1. Hi Katie! I generally use a shelf-stable, natural peanut butter like Jif, but I think you could use refrigerated natural peanut butter too (you may need to adjust the recipe a little if the peanut butter is very wet). I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

    1. Hi Sylvia! I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so I can’t speak to the results. Are you just hoping to serve them warmed up?

  63. Hi & thanks for the great ideas for making different kinds of energy balls! I love your writing style, my favorite part was where you crossed out ” if you don’t like chocolate, we can’t be friends “… too funny! ?5 stars

    1. Hi Christine! Unfortunately, I don’t have the information for this recipe in grams. You should be able to find some charts online that will help you convert the ingredient amounts. I hope this helps!

    1. Hi Lora! I haven’t tried it myself, so you’d be experimenting. If you decide to play around with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  64. These are so easy to make!!! I already had the ingredients in my pantry. My whole family loves them and we always make a double batch. My favorite mix ins are dark chocolate and dried cranberries.5 stars

  65. I love this recipe! I make them every other week for my midmorning snack at work. I actually take the oats and through them in a chopper so they are ground up. Super yummy!!!!!!
    Candi Billman5 stars

  66. OMG! Where has this recipe been for all my life!?! Thank you so much! I just made these and they are bliss! Can’t wait for my family to try them! Best recipe out of all the protein balls I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot)!

    – Victoria :)5 stars

  67. Is there a chance you could do the nutritional values of the other variations? I recently started keeping track of my food intake and I would love to be able to properly add those values into my health app!!

    1. Hi Lindsay! Unfortunately, I only have the nutrition information listed. However, you could use an online calculator (like MyFitnessPal) to find an estimate based on your exact ingredients. I hope this helps!

  68. Love the options! My son plays base ball at university. It’s nice they provided a Triple recipe option:)5 stars

    1. Hi I would love to try this but in cups measurement I find it confusing. Woyld u mind telling me measurements in grams thanks ?

      1. Hi Samantha! Unfortunately, I don’t have the information for this recipe in grams. You should be able to find some charts online that will help you convert the ingredient amounts. I hope this helps!

  69. Literally ate the whole thing in 2 days, whoops! I made the oatmeal cookie one and words can not justify these energy balls!!5 stars

  70. I have some left over oats, about 1/3 up steel cut and 1/4 cup instant packaged oats. Can I combined these to give me some more oats for this recipe and adjust the other ingredients according to how much oats I have ?

    1. Hi! I wouldn’t recommend using steel cut oats here. Rolled oats are steamed and pressed, and steel cut oats are not. I know that’s not the answer you were hoping for, but I want these to turn out well for you!

      1. Hi! So I already made them using the mixture of both those oats as mentioned in my comment and they turned out perfectly well. They were incredibly good and served as an amazing post-pre workout snack as well as a healthier option when craving sweets. Thanks for the reply

  71. I watched Linda Sun’s video and decided to make this. This recipe is so so so so good! Best energy ball recipe out here.5 stars

  72. These turned out amazing, I made 2 varieties, one with dates & dried cherries and vanilla protein powder – turned out fabulous. For my husband I made a batch with the addition of chocolate protein powder and chocolate chips. These are really good also! Love adding MORE protein! :)5 stars

  73. My Senior Citizen group made these yesterday via a Zoom meeting. There was a nutritionist doing the demonstration from her kitchen. Everyone in the class enjoyed these little bites of deliciousness. Thank you for this recipe. I’ll make these again.5 stars

  74. I have someone in the family with UC who can’t eat oatmeal. What could I use instead? In your muffin recipes I substitute white whole wheat flour for the oats but it doesn’t seem like that would work here. Thanks

    1. Hi Mary! I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so I can’t say for certain. The oats are a big textural component, so I’m not sure how the recipe would turn out without them. However, these No Bake Cookie Dough Protein Balls do use coconut flour, so you may want to check those out instead.

    1. Hi Francisco! The 131 kcal refers to calories, so there are 131 calories per ball (classic flavor). I hope this helps!

  75. So so good! I used half the amount of honey to make it a bit less sweet and added some whole milk to help hold it all together – which I realize will make them not last as long, but shouldn’t be a problem in our house! I also used flax seeds and chia seeds as mix ins and used half almond butter and half peanut butter with added walnuts for some extra omega 3! Such an amazing base recipe! Can’t wait to try it with protein powder!5 stars

  76. I make the chocolate chip version and this recipe is sooo delicious! I’ve been making and enjoying them for years! It’s such a great snack and kicks my sugar craving!5 stars

  77. Hi Erin,
    These look amazing! But I am a bit the bottom of your recipe (for the base) you say “1/2 cup mix-ins see below for flavor options”. I will use the 1st one listed – Classic Chocolate Chip. Below that you wrote: “Any nut butter honey, ½ cup chocolate chips”. So, am I supposed to make the “base” ingredients for every type of ball? And then in addition add more nut butter, honey and the chips? Or am I supposed to add any nut butter to the base / use honey as the sweetener in the base / and then add just a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips? I apologize, but for some reason I am confused.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Andee. Yes you use the base ingredients to make every type of ball. You are supposed to add any nut butter to the base / use honey as the sweetener in the base / and then add just a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips for the Classic Chocolate Chip Ball. Basically the base will include your choice of nut butter, and your choice of sweetener depending on your preference or the flavor combination you are wanting. For example the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ball will use almond butter (nut butter), maple syrup (sweetener), then ½ cup raisins, ADD ¼ teaspoon cinnamon as your mix-ins. Hope that helps!

      1. Thank you Erin! :) I really appreciate your quick reply. I am thinking of making some of these tomorrow!

  78. I love that no food processor is needed! Plus adding protein powder is just perfect! Awesome 😎!

  79. Thank you so much for sharing your healthy recipes. I was looking for a more healthier snack to make. I was quite surprised that I actually had all the ingredients in my cupboard. It’s tasty healthy and I throughly enjoyed it. Making these for my son’s soccer game so he can score more goals. ⚽😂😍

  80. Hi thanks for the amazing recipe I’m thinking of using these for catering at an outdoors centre, occasionally we have students with nut allergies, can I substitute coconut oil for the nut butter?


    1. Hi Leo! I don’t believe that substitution would work for this recipe. The nut butters are used to bind the balls together. Hope that helps!

  81. These are absolutely delicious! So quick, easy, and such simple ingredients. Will definitely be making these again. Thank you!5 stars

  82. So I just made a dark chocolate raspberry flavor using almond butter and dear God I love these things!5 stars

  83. Make these all the time!! My family loves them and even give some to friends along with a print out out the recipe and link to your site!5 stars

  84. These are really good. I made oatmeal raisin and followed the recipe exactly. To my surprise, even my very picky 3-year-old loved them. I found myself getting frustrated with the dough about halfway through (it was sticking to me more than itself) – popping it back in the fridge for a bit fixed the issue. Thanks for this great nutritionally-balanced, plant-based, no-refrigeration-necessary recipe!5 stars

  85. So good! Too bad I was eating all the ingredients as I made them lol. Thanks for the perfect measurements. And using the cookie scoop is the best! Thanks!5 stars

  86. Can’t wait to try it out! Question, though: I see there are no dates involved, and usually these recipes involve dates. Dates or not, would I be able to use half a ripe banana, or even a whole one, to add to this mix, or would it destroy the consistency? I don’t do enough baking to know! Thanks!

    1. Hi Dan! I’ve only tested the recipe as written, but I would not recommend adding banana. It would change the consistency and might not come out properly. Also I do have an energy ball with dates if you’d like to take a look:

    2. I make these every week and take 3 to work every day for a quick, healthy pick me up. They are delicious and just enough to satisfy a sweet tooth. The recipe is also very easy to veganize.5 stars

  87. Made tonight and my boyfriend and I love them. So delicious and a special healthy treat. Thank you! I used honey, natural peanut butter, dark chocolate, coconut flakes and some chia seeds! Yum!5 stars

  88. We LOVE this recipe! Such a great snack to have on hand. They don’t last long at our house. We stick to the chocolate chip but love the options of different ingredients. My husband says they taste like cookie dough!5 stars

  89. Hi,
    I had gestational diabetes 30 years and need to watch my sugar. Are the energy bites considered diabetic friendly?

    thank you,

    1. Hi Evelyn! I’m not sure if this fits in with many of the guidelines, but since I don’t have a medical background, I’d check with your doctor or nutritionist if you have specific questions or concerns about the recipe. I’d hate to give you advice that isn’t correct and want to be safe!

    1. Hi Nida! I’ve never tested these out toasting them. Do you mean toasting the oats before making the balls? Once the balls are made, they can not be headed up. Hope this helps!

    1. Hi Milu! After you let the page load, click the jump to video button and it will take you to the video. You can also find it under the second photo of the post. Hope this helps!

        1. Hi Meghan! They will be really REALLY soft, but if that doesn’t bother you, I think that could be a good experiment! I’d press them into a pan get them VERY cold, then slice. They will soften at room temp, so I’d take them out of the refrigerator shortly before eating.

  90. Delicious and so easy! I made the almond butter oatmeal raisin. I can’t wait to try other flavor combinations! Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe.5 stars

      1. I make these every week and take 3 to work every day for a quick, healthy pick me up. They are delicious and just enough to satisfy a sweet tooth. The recipe is also very easy to veganize.5 stars

  91. Love this recipe! Perfect snack for the kid, lunch, and hubby!
    Enjoyed this recipe two different times;
    Using oats, honey, peanut butter, nuts,
    And, I added (no substitute anything) 1/4 cup of chocolate protein
    That extra powder really helped it roll nicely.5 stars

  92. It was super easy and everyone loved the recipe. We added choc chips and we will definitely be making another batch soon.5 stars

  93. What’s the best way to store them for the week? I’m thinking in a container in the fridge? Or freezer? I’m a teacher, so I’m thinking if I put them in the freezer they will be defrosted by the afternoon when I will want them. Any suggestions?5 stars

    1. Hi Jenni! Store leftover energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months. Hope this helps!

  94. A weekly staple! I make them for pre-breakfast and mid-day snacks. Also great for kiddos-taking current batch for soccer games and cross country meets.5 stars

  95. I’ve been making these for a few years now. They are a staple in my home and every time I share I get a request for the recipe. This year they are going to be my ‘cookie’ for a cookie exchange in my new neighborhood! I like to use cocoa nibs instead of the chocolate chips for the double chocolate. I made the white choc/cranberry for Christmas. SO GOOD and easy to grab and go on so many occasions.5 stars

  96. I just started making energy truffles last night and I am hooked!

    You wonderfully answered my question about freezing them so now I’m wondering how I could ship some to my mom who is a diabetic. She turned 80 years young last July.

    She was eating a Butterfinger when I called her tonight and was rather reluctant to say so because another family member gets upset.

    My mom also loves chocolate covered cherries. I have some dried cherries that I need to use up.

    I’m also looking for a energy truffle recipe using dried pears.

    Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Roberta! I’ve never tried using dried pears but they could likely work if chopped us into small pieces like the size of dried cranberries. So glad you enjoy them!

  97. So yummy and versatile! I am a teenager that was looking for a satisfying snack in between extracurriculars. I’ve made a couple of variations but my favorite so far is the almond joy! Sometimes I also blend half the oats and leave half the oats whole to give them a more cookie-dough like consistency.5 stars

    1. Hi Sue! You could try adding a few more tablespoons of oats or coconut flakes to make it more manageable. You do not need to grind the flaxseed. I hope this helps!

  98. Haven’t made this yet, but don’t have any seeds in my pantry, so can I use oat bran instead? Or walnut pieces?

    1. Hi Janet! If you don’t have any seeds to mix into the base of the ball then add additional rolled oats. Hope you enjoy them!

  99. Really easy and adaptable recipe for no bake energy balls. All the family love them and really helps when you want to reach for a sweet treat and you have the balls made so quickly to hand! Thanks Erin!5 stars

  100. This recipe is so great! I used chia seeds for the “power mix-in” and mini chocolate chips and coconut flakes for the “toppings.” It is uber peanut buttery for nutrition and to help everything stick together. My 8 year old really does not like peanut butter, but she has been loving these energy balls! I will keep using this recipe for snacks and breakfast :)5 stars

  101. These were a huge hit in our household. Delicious and convenient snack. Will definitely make again. Can’t wait to try different mix-ins.5 stars

  102. Hi Erin.
    I need some clarification for oatmeal raisin … So we make the base first then put in the mix in which contains cashew butter, raisin, and all… Or we use cashew butter as the nut butter replacement?
    (I’m not a native speaker so sorry for the “lost in translation”)

    1. Hi Yayi! You’d make the base using almond butter (or cashew butter if you’d like). Also in the base you would use maple syrup as the sweetener. Then you would mix in 1/2 cup raisins, ADD 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Hope this helps!

  103. A little too sweet for me & I only used half the chocolate chips.. probably would use less honey next time and more peanut butter but still overall a good recipe that you can very easily tweak to your liking! Best part is you don’t need to wait till it’s cooked to find out, just snack as you go ;)4 stars

  104. This is my go to snack for any and every occasion! I’ve been making these for years, because of the simplicity and taste.5 stars

  105. Hey! I’ve been doing your recipe for about a year now and I’ve gotta say, THESE ARE DELICIOUS! Im always dissapointed when it comes to cooking recipes that are “no-bake”. But these didn’t, keep up the good work!

  106. This is a fantastic and super simple recipe! We make these in large batches and freeze. I skipped the “chill before rolling step” and they still formed up beautifully. These energy balls have become an on-the-go staple for our entire family including our toddler! ❤️5 stars

  107. Made the Almond Joy version and OMG they are so good and can’t wait to make the others! This is now my ONLY go to!!! <35 stars

    1. Hi Judy, I’m sorry but for these energy balls there are no substitutions for the oats. It’s the main ingredient. Here are a few other energy balls that I have that do not include oats: or or

  108. These energy bites are delicious. The proportions of each ingredient is perfect for the consistency that I like. Thanks for including different flavours! Bookmarked*!5 stars

  109. I have made these energy balls with normal breakfast oats and they come out perfectly. My local shop only had loose bio oats so I used those. I put in nut butter, maple syrup and honey but the mix won’t bind. I think the oats, which are whole pieces, no powdery bits, are too dry. Now I have a very expensive mix in the fridge, but how can I make it bind without adding more sweet ingredients? Could I add some water?

    1. I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the mix, Marian. You could try adding some blended oats to create an oat flour, which should help bind the ingredients together better. I hope this helps!

  110. My sister-in-law recommended this recipe and I have been making it regularly for a long time with quick oats, regular smooth peanut butter (e.g., JIF, not runny peanut butter), honey, chia seeds, and mini chocolate chips. We *absolutely* love these and find it hard to not go through them too quickly! They are so great to add into my husband’s packed lunch or as a small sweet addition to my toddlers’s lunch. I do have a question though – curious if you could form the balls and then freeze them? I would love to make a bunch of batches ahead of time as we are having a baby soon and it would be great to have a stock to pull from in our deep freezer!5 stars

    1. Hi Abigail! Yes you can! I have the information listed in the blog post and recipe card about how to store them. So glad you enjoyed them!

  111. I noticed for each of your 6 types, your add ins include more nut butter and more honey/syrup, but I don’t see and amount. Do we need to add more butter and honey in addition to the base recipe, and if so, how much?
    Thanks! Carla

    1. Hi Carla! It actually doesn’t say to include more of nut butters or sweeteners it’s just telling you which to use based off the base recipe. For example for the white chocolate cranberry: the base recipe says 1/2 cup peanut butter but for this one you are using 1/2 cup almond butter or cashew butter instead. Also the sweetener for this one is honey so you are using 1/3 cup honey. Then you are including the add ins of cranberries and white chocolate chips. Does that make sense?

  112. Can you not use any sweetener? Will it still be good/hold together with almond butter if I don’t add sweetener? Honey and maple syrup are pretty expensive to use that quantity regularly, and we are also trying to cut back on sugar in our house. Thoughts?

    1. Hi Megan, I’ve only tested this recipe as written but I do know you’ll need a liquid sweetener for them. I do have other energy ball recipes that call for less honey/maple syrup that you might like:

  113. This is been my go to snack for over a year! Everyone loves them! Even the picky children in my life. My favorite lunch snack, the opportunities are endless, I just changed it up (nuts, chocolates or fruits) and its a whole new amazing dessert5 stars

  114. This looks like a great recipe, and I’m intrigued to try it for my grandkids. I’m a little confused about the options for the different flavors, such as this one for the Trail Mix version :
    (Peanut butter honey, 3 tablespoons chocolate chips, 3 tablespoons chopped peanuts, 2 tablespoons raisins)
    What is peanut butter honey? And it doesn’t say how much peanut butter. Each of the flavors start out with this type of wording, and it’s not clear what you mean. Also, the video tutorial you mention is not on the page.
    Thanks, and glad I found your sight! Lot’s of great, healthy recipes!! :) Linda

    1. Hi Linda! For the trail mix version you will use the energy ball base which calls for 1/2 cup of nut butter (in this case it’s peanut butter) plus your add-ins which start with the honey, 3 tablespoons chocolate chips, 3 tablespoons chopped peanuts, 2 tablespoons raisins. Hope this helps!

  115. This is dumb so please forgive me – I’m an energy ball newb. Do you cook the oats at all first? Or just use them raw from the container?

  116. Do you have to refrigerate? I find the end result to be as stiff as a brick and very hard to eat. Will they keep unrefrigerated in a well sealed container? If yes, for how long?

  117. Tastes like childhood! I happen to have had the ingredients on hand after trying these at a party last week. My friend shared the recipe and I’m now excited to try each variation of this technique. Easy and messy but quick! Try the Almond Joy one!!5 stars

    1. Hi Sherri, I’d check with your doctor or nutritionist if you have specific questions or concerns about any recipe. I’d hate to give you advice that isn’t correct and want to be safe! Also I haven’t tested this with chocolate rice krispies so I can’t say for sure if it would work.

  118. Great recipe and it’s been fun to try different combinations including those listed as well as being adventurous and trying our own. I have a question, the ingredients are shelf stable so I’m trying to understand why they are only good for 1 week in the refrigerator? We store ours in the fridge so they maintain their shape but seems they should be fine for much longer than 1 week. Our favorite is the Almond Joy and none of the Ingredients are stored in the refrigerator. Thank you for sharing your recipe, it’s a keeper!5 stars

  119. I apologize, I just submitted a question about refrigeration and misstated that your blog indicated they were good in the refrigerator for 1 week. It states 2 weeks but I still have the same question as to why the energy balls should only be stored in the fridge for 2 weeks when all the ingredients are shelf stable (don’t require refrigeration). Thank you, we live this recipe!!!!5 stars

  120. Mmm reminds of Cookie dough without all the terrible things for your Body 😂 super delicious! And easy to make5 stars

  121. Hi Erin! Excited to try this recipe! I was wondering if you had tried using melasses as sweetener in this recipe?

    1. Hi Stéphy! I have not tried it myself but another reader has with success. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to know how it goes!

  122. Hi, can I used rolled oats? I did it for 2x with rolled oats and I’m wondering if it will come out the same? If not, I read someone baked them?

    1. Hi Vicky, I’m a little confused. These are made with rolled oats. Also I give in the recipe card ways to swap out the oats if trying to use a different variety. Enjoy!

  123. The ultimate energy ball recipe!!! I love that this recipe includes SO MANY variations. The directions are clear, easy to follow and there are options to make them using the ingredients you already have. We love energy balls and this is the very best recipe out there! Thank you for simplifying this for all of us to enjoy.5 stars

  124. These did something I thought energy balls never could, taste like what they are called. Just did the oatmeal cookie one and omg it was like eating oatmeal cookie dough. I used almond butter and it complimented the oats really well ( made them more oaty) and used cranberries as raisins not very popular in my neck of the woods.

    Made a bit smaller so could feel like I was having more.5 stars

  125. What a wonderful easy to make treat. I’ve made several of the variations, and all of them are delicious! I’ve been sharing them with friends and they all want the recipe. With the weather being so warm I don’t have to heat up the oven , and they are such a nice change from the usual no bake treats.5 stars

  126. I loved these base recipe ideas. I made one that was a mixture or two recipes and the kids tasted it and were like mom, never make it any other way again! I’m excited to experiment and get some different flavor combinations going. I typically make these in bulk to being to events when we need a healthy meal on the go and just pack fruit and veggies to go with the energy balls. They do not disappoint.5 stars

    1. Hi Sammie! I haven’t used dates in this particular recipe but I do use them in this one: Hope this helps!

  127. Delicious! Using sunbutter and hemp seed, my add ins were chocolate chips and pepitas. So delicious and an easy go to for breakfast on the move. Much appreciated…5 stars

  128. When using maple syrup, can it be substituted with a sugar free syrup? Also, does protein powder mix in well with these?

    1. Hi Heather! I haven’t tried it myself, but you can play around with adding protein powder, others have tried it. You’ll need to add some additional nut butter and/or honey to offset the fact that the protein powder will probably make them more dry. The good news, however, is that nut butter has more protein AND offers healthy fats, so you’ll still be getting a nice nutritional boost. You could also try these cookie dough balls, which already have protein powder added.

  129. This is my go to recipe for energy balls. I’ve recently discovered using unsweetened applesauce in place of maple syrup or honey. It works perfectly. Less sugar! I also use natural peanut butter. Thank you for such a versatile recipe!5 stars

  130. Hi Erin,

    Love the recipes!

    Any advice on how to make it shelf stable in room temperature? Will storing it in vaccum packs help? Thanks!

    1. Jen, these will get soft at room temp, so it just depends on how much that bothers you. I don’t think you need to vaccum seal.

  131. Perfect recipe! Just tried this recipe last week using the chocolate chip version. So great & will be making more if the others as my go to snack. Thank you so much!

  132. Total hit with the chocolate chip version my 9 year old has one before and one after cheer practice!…she loves them!5 stars

  133. Thank you, Fabulous recipe! Subbed 1/4 c of oats for protein powder. Needed a bit more almond butter, but held together well. Great base for a variety of mix in options. These are even better than the ones they sell at my gym!5 stars