Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

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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

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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Recipe 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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  1. 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?

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

  2. 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?

  3. 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. 

  4. 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!

  5. 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?)

    1. 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.

  6. One of my kids really enjoys eating “dough balls” when I make cookies and is disappointed when I bake the cookies. So we are making these together so he can eat all the dough balls he wants! Ha! 

    1. So, he absolutely loved stirring these up and making his own doughballs! The flax is great, I am wondering what else I can sneak in them to fill him up before school!

  7. Hi, Sally! These Energy Bites are great. When I make them, I “toast” the chopped nuts and oats on top of the stove until they smell “nutty” (4-5 minutes on medium setting). Remove toasted nuts and oats from heat and add in peanut butter and all other ingredients except the coconut.

    Allow above to cool x 5-10 minutes. Form into bite size balls and roll into coconut.

    Ditto, your storage directions.


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