I consider myself a bit of an energy ball aficionado. These sweet, no bake treats take minutes to throw together, are filled with good-for-you ingredients, and make for quick, portable breakfasts and snacks. 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. 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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This handy guide is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.

Energy balls are the perfect healthy treat! No bake energy balls are gluten free and perfect for healthy snacks and breakfast on the go! 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

Types of Energy Balls

Energy balls go by a variety of different names; energy bites, protein balls, power balls, and vegan truffles being but a few. There are dozens of recipes for energy balls across the web, several of which can be found on a certain website that rhymes with “swell dated.”

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. It’s comprised of four basic ingredients.

Primary Ingredients in No Bake Energy Balls

  • Oats. While you can use other flours, oatmeal is the champion. It’s filling, inexpensive, versatile, and gives me the sensation that I’m eating oatmeal cookie dough instead of a healthy snack. YES.
  • Nut butter. Nut butter, like peanut butter or almond butter, helps bind the balls, adds healthy fats, and makes the energy balls sustaining. It’s also delicious.
  • Sticky liquid sweetener (a.k.a. honey or pure maple syrup). 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.
  • Mix-ins! This is where the tasty experimentation begins. I like to do a combination of superfood additions, such as flaxseeds and chia seeds, along with ingredients I love purely for their taste, like chocolate, chopped dried fruit, and did I mention chocolate?

Let’s start with the oats. I use and recommend Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten Free Rolled Oats, because they are high quality, high in fiber, and, for those with dietary concerns, truly gluten free. 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 Bob’s Red Mill. Their oats are produced in a safe, certified gluten-free facility.

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats

Even if you don’t have a gluten intolerance, I still recommend Bob’s, because the company is dedicated to sourcing the best possible ingredients with the highest nutritional profile, including their hearty rolled oats.

Following the oats, we have the binding ingredients: nut butter and honey or maple syrup. I most often use honey and regular old peanut butter, but if you have a peanut allergy or just prefer a different kind of nut butter, any sort can be used. 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.

Next, flaxseeds. Or chia seeds. Or whatever other superfood you bought a giant bag of at Costco on a whim and now need to use up.

You don’t need a food processor to make energy balls and no fancy equipment is needed. Pile everything into a bowl.

No Bake Energy Ball ingredients

How to Make No Bake Energy Balls

Now that we have our base, we 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.

If you aren’t a big chocolate fan, we can’t be friends fear not. I have non-chocolate options for you too!

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. It’s simple, I always have the ingredients I need to make it on hand, and I only need to wash one bowl at the end.

white bowls filled with popular mix-ins for no bake energy balls

With the approach of back to school/life craziness at large, this easy energy ball recipe is also the one that I thought was most important to share with you today. 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.

More Stellar Healthy Energy Ball Recipes

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

Recommended Tools to Make Energy Balls

 

I have a short video showing you the energy ball step-by-steps, as well as highlighting 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 at the bottom of the post.

 

sheet pan full of no bake energy balls

No Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

4.99 from 52 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 mins
Total: 40 mins

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

Ingredients
  

ENERGY BALL BASE:

  • 1 1/4 cups  Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats you can also swap quick oats or a blend of half quick, half old fashioned
  • 2 tablespoons "power mix-ins" chia seedsflaxseedshemp seeds, or additional rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup nut butter of choice peanut butter is my go-to
  • 1/3 cup sticky liquid sweetener of choice honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup mix-ins see below for flavor options

CLASSIC CHOCOLATE CHIP:

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

TRAIL MIX:

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

WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY:

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

ALMOND JOY:

  • 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

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE:

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

OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIE:

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

Instructions
 

  • 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!

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

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! 

  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?
    Thanks
    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?

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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!