Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites.

Healthy energy bites made from 5 simple ingredients. Perfect for on-the-go!

Meet my latest favorite snack.

Made with only 5 ingredients. (5 ingredients that you’ve actually heard of before!)

5 ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now. And 5 ingredients that you can feel good about eating!

There is no added refined sugar, no added oil or butter. You don’t have to turn on the oven. You don’t have to make a mess in the kitchen!

1 bowl. 5 minutes. Flax, oats, peanut butter, and chocolate. (A lot of chocolate.) 

Need I say more?

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites. 5 easy ingredients!


Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

Yield: 14 bites

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Healthy energy bites made from 5 simple ingredients. Perfect for on-the-go! Bites are gluten free if using certified gluten free oats.


  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • dash of salt to taste (optional)
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • cocoa powder, cinnamon sugar, melted chocolate, or toasted coconut for rolling (optional)


In a small bowl, melt the peanut butter and honey in the microwave in 10 second increments, stirring after each increment until completely melted and combined. Set aside.

In another small bowl, combine the oats and ground flax. Pour peanut butter/honey mixture over dry ingredients and stir until fully combined. Add more oats if the mixture is too moist. Stir in the chocolate chips, which will slightly melt upon contact.

Add salt and/or cinnamon to the mixture if you prefer. Roll into 14 balls. I rolled the balls into cocoa powder, but that's optional.

Store the bites in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days. Bites freeze well and are good in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Additional Notes:

*These bites are highly adaptable. Add in you favorite nuts or seeds. Add more oats if the mixture seems too moist and likewise, add more melted peanut butter & honey if the mixture seems too dry and crumbly.

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71 Responses to “Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites.”

  1. #
    luv what you doposted September 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Those look great. I love easy recipes that turn out incredible with incredients you have in the house!


  2. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted September 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

    OOOOOH I love these Sally! That whole “I know what the ingredients are” hits home, I don’t want to have to hunt for random stuff. I’m totally making these this week. Pinned!!


    • Sallyreplied on September 9th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Sometimes I see healthy ball and granola bar recipes like this that call for the STRANGEST ingredients and stuff I never have in my kitchen. Like xanthan gum, protein powder, brown rice syrup, erythritol and all this other crap that the normal human being has never heard of. So yes, these are a WINNER! lol


  3. #
    Keyia Marmolejoposted September 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Perfect timing! A friend of mine is eating healthier and I wanted to make something for her birthday besides cake…this will be a great substitute! Thanks for the recipe :0)


    • Sallyreplied on September 9th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      You are such a good friend! These would be fun for a birthday! You could even add in sprinkles instead of the chocolate chips. 🙂


  4. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted September 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Sally they look awesome. I went through a phase of ball-making and small bites for a couple years. It sort of coincided with when Skylar was a toddler and the little bites were perfect for her little hands. They are a little more time consuming to roll out & that’s why I don’t make as many anymore but yours have me tempted because they look so good!

    Anything with PB & Chocolate is destined to be great! 🙂


    • Sallyreplied on September 9th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks Averie! I feel like my blog/baking goes through certain phases as well. I’m going to have to find some of your ball recipes in your archives and check them out. I know those healthy cookie dough balls are SO popular! And I bet Skylar loved them. What little girl wouldn’t LOVE raw cookie dough balls?!


  5. #
    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girlposted September 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Sally, these sound awesome! I’m loving the “ingredients you’ve heard of before” aspect of this recipe–these are a perfect snack that I don’t feel guilty about giving my little boy (or eating myself!). Thanks for sharing this!


    • Sallyreplied on September 9th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Ashley! Yes, the ingredients that people have actually heard of before is what really got me excited about these. Sometimes I see healthy ball and granola bar recipes like this that call for the STRANGEST ingredients and I’m like.. who actually has that stuff?!?! lol!


  6. #
    Laura Dembowskiposted September 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Those are so cute and bite size. Even better that they’re healthy. They look kind of like bite size granola bars.


    • Sallyreplied on September 9th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Bite sized little granola bars… exactly what they are! Thanks Laura!


  7. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted September 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Um, these look delish! I really need to make these energy bites because lately I’ve been super low on energy (and surprise, surprise–time!) so if I whipped these up, hopefully their delicious magic could help me get me stuff together the rest of the week. They ARE made of magic, right?? 🙂


    • Sallyreplied on September 9th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      You’d love them Hayley! So quick which is perfect for your busy schedule and full time blogging! Plus there’s PB and chocolate… umm hello?! Love!


  8. #
    Back For Secondsposted September 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    These look delish, Sally! Love that they’re healthy too!
    I am so behind in blogging and catching up on my faves…glad I saw these today!


    • Sallyreplied on September 9th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      I love that we both made healthy peanut butter balls recently lol! I made them last weekend but just got around to posting them! I am behind too!


  9. #
    Mercedesposted September 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Yum, I cannot wait to make these! I love the wholesome ingredients!


    • Sallyreplied on September 9th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Definitely! No crazy weird ingredients here, which I love.


  10. #
    Meghan @ After the Ivy Leagueposted September 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Five ingredients you’ve actually heard of before hahahah so true! These look like a cinch to put together, but with a huge payoff because who doesn’t swoon over chocolate and peanut butter? Love that they freeze well too…I can make a nice big batch and they won’t go bad!


    • Sallyreplied on September 9th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Exactly, Meghan! I can’t stand it when I see a healthy and delicious looking recipe and it calls for 10000 different things I’ve never heard of before! lol!


  11. #
    Bethany @ Sweet Georgia Sweetposted September 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Easy recipes with ingredients I already have are THE BEST! Thank you for sharing! I’m pinning this one so I can remember to get more PB. 🙂


    • Sallyreplied on September 9th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      I agree, Bethany! I wanted an easy healthy recipe with simple ingredients. Glad this one turned out!


  12. #
    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)posted September 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I have a new appreciation for quick, easy and healthy snack recipes now that it seems as though I’m constantly on the go with school. And I bet you could do all sorts of variations with rolling them in different things at the end!


  13. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted September 10, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I do love that these are made with household items that yes, I do have on hand! Most of those recipes with crazy things I don’t own I just bypass and never finish reading!!! I could use a few (or a few dozen) of those energy bites so I can get caught up on some house cleaning and laundry tomorrow!!!


    • Sallyreplied on September 10th, 2012 at 6:04 am

      Thanks Jocelyn! Yes, easy ingredients that most already had eon hand. Nothing strange in these at all!


  14. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishesposted September 10, 2012 at 4:09 am

    “5 ingredients you’ve heard of before” hahaha love it!


    • Sallyreplied on September 10th, 2012 at 6:05 am

      hahaha… it’s so true! I always get so frustrated when I see a yummy healthy recipe call for the strangest ingredients! Thanks Ashley!


  15. #
    dixyaposted September 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    thanks for sharing all the great recipes! I cannot wait to try the peanut butter energy bites- looks addicting though! will let you know how it turned out


    • Sallyreplied on September 14th, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Hey Dixya! Let me know when you try those pb energy bites. I love them! They are so easy.


  16. #
    Lily Erskineposted January 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I use these as my pre-workout snack and they are amazing, makes me feel like I am cheating! I tend to frequent your more indulgent recipes on a more regular basis however…


    • Sallyreplied on January 31st, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Hey Lily! I know, I love these energy bites. They feel like a treat. And yes, my more decadent recipes are much more popular but these deserve some love too. They are too good to ignore! Love peanut butter and chocolate together 🙂


  17. #
    Amandaposted January 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Could you make these into bars?


  18. #
    Ella-Home Cooking Adventureposted February 6, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Sounds veeery good to me – small CHOCOLATE energy bites:) will have to make this ASAP.


    • Sallyreplied on February 6th, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Let me know how you like them Ella 🙂 thank you!


  19. #
    Fairlieposted February 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Sally,

    These look great 🙂 Have you worked out a calorie count on them? (I have to count my cals per day) – I adore PB and Choc together!!


    • Sallyreplied on February 14th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Hi Fairlie! No, I haven’t – we don’t count calories so it’s not something I put on my own website. You may try an online calorie counter tool. I’m in love with chocolate and peanut butter too. 🙂


  20. #
    Crystalposted February 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    My 4 and 6 year old daughters and I just made these and we love them! I just found your website and can’t wait to explore more fun recipes!


    • Sallyreplied on February 23rd, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Hey Crystal! That’s so wonderful. These are perfect for kids – you don’t have to worry about any strange ingredients in them. 🙂 Let me know what else you all make!


  21. #
    Kelly K @ Dances with Chaosposted July 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Did you use sweetened or unsweetened cocoa for rolling?

    These look awesome and because they have “known” ingredients I can actually make them tonight!

    I’ve been poking around your website since I found it and so many things look wonderful, but I’m particularly interested in the healthy sweet options for my pick 3.5 year old. These fit the bill.


    • Sallyreplied on July 21st, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      That’s great! I mean unsweetened cocoa for rolling. Enjoy!


      • Kelly K @ Dances with Chaosreplied on July 22nd, 2013 at 9:35 pm

        These get two thumbs up from the whole family. My 3.5 year old loved it. My 6 year-old loved them. My husband and friend also loved them and the latter prides herself on not typically liking healthy food.

        My recipe changes: I tend to notice an odd taste/smell to ground flaxseed, so I only used about a tablespoon (plus my grinder takes forever to grind them). I put this tablespoon in a 1/4 measuring cup and filled the rest with half chia seeds, and half wheat germ.

        Then I used a knife to chop up a handful of almonds and pecans and tossed them in.

        There was just enough sticky peanut butter and honey to hold them together with the chocolate chips that melted once added.

        Next time I’m doubling up the batch and will probably put them in a pan to make bars, because they were soooo messy to roll into balls (the children loved that part though).

      • Kelly K @ Dances with Chaosreplied on July 22nd, 2013 at 9:41 pm

        Oh, and they weren’t rolled into any topping because I didn’t get the message about the unsweetened cocoa in time. Plus, I’m really trying to find things they can eat I don’t have to feel guilty about feeding them, as too often, dinner runs to “typical unhealthy kid fare they will actually eat”, especially for my 3.5 year old. I love the irony of the desserts/snacks being the healthy part.

        Meanwhile, I’m drooling over your cinnamon sugar nutella muffin recipe (those are done in large muffin tins, yes?) for when the weather cools down a bit. If I can resist that long. I’ll be sure to report back on any other recipes I make too.

        I also appreciate the photo tutorial you wrote. I never thought of myself as a food blogger (I really love the writing part of blogging), but love to share successes, but because my kids often “help” me, getting a decent photo has been impossible. My tripod might have to get moved to my pantry…

        • Sallyreplied on July 23rd, 2013 at 11:14 am

          Hey Kelly! I love your version of the bites and they will be very tasty as bars! Those Nutella muffins are so darn good! Definitely one of my most popular recipes. They are baked in a regular muffin tin, not a giant one. And I’m glad you liked the photo tutorial. Thanks Kelly!

  22. #
    Gloriaposted August 13, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Hello! These look amazing:)

    I searched and I couldn’t find ground flax seeds, are they absolutely necessary? Can I buy whole flax seeds and chop them into tiny pieces?



    • Sallyreplied on August 13th, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Hi Gloria – you can just leave the flax out. Maybe add about 2 more Tablespoons of oats instead. Enjoy!


  23. #
    Faeposted October 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I tried these today my dad who suffers from some health issues that make him unable to eat any pastries/sweets because of all the butter/sugar/flour and OMG everybody loved them, so easy to make and so delicious! And my dad had no problem to digest them at all, i’m so glad! I’ll be making them again, thanks a lot for the recipe 🙂


    • Sallyreplied on October 6th, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Hi Fae! I am so happy to hear that. I love these easy energy bites – healthful ingredients, quick to make. They’re great! Everyone always loves them. Glad that you all did too!


  24. #
    Kimposted October 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Have you tried these almond butter in place of peanut butter?


    • Sallyreplied on October 25th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Yes. I make these with AB all the time. They’re wonderful.


  25. #
    Tiandaposted January 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    hi I was just wondering if I could substitute the flaxseed for hempseed? I don’t have flaxseed in my cupboard but I do have a whole bag of hempseed!


    • Sallyreplied on January 22nd, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Hey Tianda! I’ve never tried it before, but it’s worth a shot. I’m sure it would be just fine. Enjoy!


      • Tiandareplied on January 22nd, 2014 at 4:28 pm

        okay great thank you!

  26. #
    Rachaelposted February 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Hi Sally,
    I was wondering if you could use quick oats for these? When should you use quick oats vs. regular rolled oats 9in regards to other recipes)?


    • Rachaelreplied on February 7th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Specifically the Healthy Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars an d those of the like.


    • Sallyreplied on February 8th, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Using quick/whole oats really depends on the recipe, Rachael. Quick oats are more powdery and bind wet ingredients together more so than whole oats. But in this energy bite recipe, you could use quick oats.


  27. #
    Biancaposted March 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I just made these and they were wonderful! I rolled half of the bites in cocoa powder, and the other half in sprinkles. 🙂 There’s nothing like a bright pop of colour to cheer people up. Thanks for the recipe!

    P.S. The monogrammed notebook paper with your blog’s name on it in the second photo is too cute for words! The font colours make them look like funfetti sprinkles. 😉


    • Sallyreplied on March 28th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Bianca, I love the addition of sprinkles! Great choice. 🙂


  28. #
    Jaclyn Looposted November 9, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Hey Sally!

    I make these often and they’re amazing! I’ve memorized the recipe already. The first time I made them, I rolled them in cocoa powder like you mentioned but they didn’t turn dark and smooth like the ones in your photos. They stayed powdery and you really couldn’t eat them. Any advice?


    • Sallyreplied on November 10th, 2014 at 5:44 am

      Sounds like your bites weren’t moist enough– a couple extra teaspoons of honey/pure maple syrup in the food processor will help.


    • Jaclyn Looreplied on November 10th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Awesome, thanks! I’ll try that.


  29. #
    Emmaposted January 7, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Wondering if i could make these with out flax seeds? I am currently working in china and unable to find flax seeds. Would they still turn out okay? or is there something basical and simple i could use instead?


    • Sallyreplied on January 7th, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      You may leave them out.


  30. #
    Angieposted June 22, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I just made these, and they’re awesome! Can’t even taste the flax! I only made half a batch cause I wasn’t sure how I’d like them…but I really wish I made more. 


  31. #
    SallysbakeblogLoverposted August 24, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Hey sally thanks for posting this! I ate like 5 in one sitting although I did change a couple of things: No chocolate chips, used quinoa instead of flax, and added peanuts. Also i tried rolling them in unsweetened cocoa powder but I found it was much too bitter for me! overall, these are a great pre-study/pre-workout snack!


  32. #
    Lisa L.posted May 10, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I just made these and they are WONDERFUL!! I’m trying to stay off refined sugar as much as possible, so these treats are perfect. I used organic natural peanut butter, and I had a hard time getting it to melt in the microwave, so I added some coconut oil and that really helped.

    Also, just an FYI– I have a very hard time finding recipes on your website. For example, I typed in the search: Peanut Butter Energy Bites, and I couldn’t get these to come up, though every other random recipe w/ the word peanut butter in it did come up! I’ve had this happen several times if I don’t know the exact name of the recipe, I can’t really search for it. I wind up doing a google search instead and I can usually find it that way. I’m just wondering if you can tweak the search part to find recipes a little better. (BTW, this happens on other food websites as well– Pioneer Woman is hard to search, but a little easier than yours, so maybe it’s a website issue?)


    • Sallyreplied on May 11th, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks for reporting back about these, Lisa!

      And we’re currently working on improving the search, hopefully have something a little better soon! Thanks so much for your feedback.



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