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No Bake Energy Balls With Options

Protein balls, Energy balls, Bliss Balls, Power Balls or Bites. No matter what you call them... this plant-based treat is so good and much better for you than candy or junk food. To make them vegan - make sure to use dairy-free chocolate chips and pure maple syrup instead of honey.
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Plant Based, Whole Food
Keyword: energy bites, healthy dessert, no bake, plant based, power balls, protein balls
Servings: 12
Calories: 159kcal
Cost: $8


  • mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • measuring cups & spoons


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter - I like Santa Cruz dark roasted
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips - any kind you prefer
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 TBS chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Stir everything together until combined. Use your hands to really mix well.
  • Cover the mixing bowl - I use a plate and place in the refrigerator for an hour or until the mixture can be formed into balls without falling apart.
  • Scoop out enough mixture from the bowl to roll out 1-inch balls.
  • To store: Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to a week or store in freezer for up to 3 months.


What makes these energy balls so good is that you can switch out ingredients to come up with new flavors for every batch you make. 
Here are a few optional ingredients you can use:
Choose One Base:  1 cup. Instead of old-fashioned oatmeal, try sprouted rolled oats, finely chopped nuts or seeds like walnuts, almonds, sunflower or pumpkin seeds. 
Choose One Sweetener:  1/2 cup. Instead of honey, try date paste, maple syrup, or agave syrup.
Choose One Chocolate: 1/2 cup. Use dairy free chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, sugar-free chocolate chips, or cacao nibs. 
Choose One Fruit - 2/3 cup. Instead of coconut, try raisins, cranberries or chopped apricots, dates or figs.
Choose One Nut Butter: 1/2 cup. Almond butter, tahini, sunflower seed butter, walnut butter or cashew butter.
Choose One Flavoring:  1 tsp. Instead of vanilla, try cinnamon, peppermint, ground coffee, sea salt or citrus zest.
(Optional) Choose One Coating:  Once balls are formed, roll in finely chopped nuts, chia seeds, sesame seeds or cocoa powder.

To Make Date Paste:  Place 2 cups pitted dates in a bowl and pour 3/4 cup of boiling water over them so that they are submerged in water. Cover bowl and let soak for at least 3 hours or longer.  Once softened, transfer dates and the water to a food processor and blend until smooth. 
Transfer the paste to a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month or in the freezer for up to 5 months. 


Serving: 1 | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Calcium: 32mg