Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

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

peanut butter chocolate energy bites with a bite taken from one showing the inside

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!

peanut butter chocolate energy bites

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?

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Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 14 bites
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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


Ingredients

  • 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
  • optional: dash of salt to taste and dash of ground cinnamon
  • optional for rolling: cocoa powder, cinnamon sugar, melted chocolate, or toasted coconut

Instructions

  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 up to 3 days or in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Bites freeze well for up to 3 months.

Notes

  1. Gluten Free: Bites are gluten free if using certified gluten free oats.
  2. Customize These! 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.

Keywords: healthy peanut butter chocolate energy bites, energy bites

16 Comments

  1. Could you make these into bars?

    1. yes! try pressing into an 8×8 baking pan – they will be quite thin.

  2. 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!

  3. 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?

    Thanks:)

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

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

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

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

  6. 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. 😉

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

    1. You may leave them out.

  9. 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. 

  10. 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.

    V

  11. Should these be refrigerated? Also how long do they last?

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