Try these healthy no-bake energy balls for a healthy snack that’s made with wholesome ingredients like peanut butter, oats, coconut flour, and raisins.
I also provide a nut-free option for the peanut butter so everyone can enjoy a bite or two!
Homemade Oatmeal Energy Balls
When you need something sweet but don’t want to grab a cookie, these no-bake energy balls are a delicious option that tastes like oatmeal raisin cookie dough, without the raw egg or guilt.
This snack is also a gluten-free and grain-free recipe made without a ton of added sugar or refined grains. Just clean and simple ingredients.
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No Bake Energy Ball Ingredients
Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to make a batch of no-bake oatmeal balls:
- creamy almond butter: is the glue that holds these energy bites together. It’s loaded with healthy fats to make them more satiating. You can also use peanut butter or your favorite nut butter alternative.
- honey: just enough to bind everything together and give these bites the right amount of sweetness.
- vanilla extract: for extra flavor.
- coconut flour: is a grain-free flour that absorbs excess moisture and provides a good source of fiber.
- quick oats: to add great texture.
- ground flaxseed: it’s primary use in this recipe is to help bind the ingredients while adding omega-3 fatty acids.
- cinnamon & salt: cinnamon for flavor and salt helps to balance out the sweetness from the honey.
- raisins: golden or regular raisins make a yummy add-in.
- chocolate chips: these are optional but add a delicious sweet touch! 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup are all you need to add a bit of extra sweetness!
How to Make No Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls
If you can make oatmeal cookie dough, then you can make these oatmeal energy bites! Let me show you how:
- Grab a large bowl
Mix the nut butter, honey, and vanilla until creamy and well blended.
- Blend the dry ingredients
Combine the coconut flour, ground flaxseed, quick oats, cinnamon, and sea salt in a separate bowl.
- Make the dough
Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients to form a dough. Add the raisins and fold to combine.
- Roll up your sleeves
Using your hands, knead the dough. If it’s too wet, add a bit more coconut flour. If it’s too dry, knead in an additional teaspoon of water.
- Shape them into bites
Using a tablespoon, scoop out the dough and roll it into a ball. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Chill out
Place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
Swaps and Substitutions for No-Bake Energy Balls
Don’t have a few of the ingredients above or need a nut-free alternative to the peanut butter? I’ve got you covered with a few ingredients you can use instead to make these energy bites:
- Almond butter: swap for equal parts soy butter or sunflower seed butter.
- Honey: swap for equal parts maple syrup.
- Raisins: swap for chopped nuts, dried cranberries, or chocolate chips.
A little note about the coconut flour. As with any recipe that uses this ingredient, it’s important to remember not to swap it for a coconut flour alternative. This would affect the amount of liquid needed, and the bites wouldn’t turn out.
Are Energy Balls High Protein?
These energy balls aren’t necessarily a high-protein snack. Each bite provides only 2 grams, but they are perfect for pairing with a protein-rich source such as string cheese, Greek yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, or rolled deli meat.
Are Oatmeal Balls Healthy?
Each oatmeal ball provides complex carbs and healthy fats, a combination that satiates and keeps you full until the next meal. It also helps that they are just as delicious and much healthier than store-bought energy bites or granola bars
How to Store Oatmeal Energy Balls
To keep these oatmeal energy bites fresh, refrigerate them in a sturdy airtight container. I don’t recommend keeping them at room temperature. This will cause them to become too soft and quickly expire.
How Long do Energy Balls Last?
Once refrigerated, oatmeal energy bites will stay good for up to a week if they last that long.