It has been a minute since I made you guys an epic snack but OMG you’re going to love this one. Because I know AK fans love all things peanut butter (and oatmeal, and no bake, etc. etc.) say hello to these incredible no bake monster cookie energy bites.
These little bites are inspired by my famous flourless monster cookies and make the best portable snack or treat. Your kiddos will love these ones and they would be the perfect project to make with them! Store them in the fridge for whenever that 3pm hanger rolls around or any time you’re looking for a sweet treat!
What’s in a monster cookie?
If you’ve never had a monster cookie before, prepare to be blown away. They’re typically made with:
- Peanut butter
- And chocolate chips
My flourless monster cookies also have shredded coconut and chopped pecans for crunch, and the combo is truly incredible.
Everything you’ll need to make monster cookie energy bites
These simple and oh-so-delicious energy bites are made with tons of pantry staples and all of the delicious monster cookie mix-ins. Here’s everything you’ll need:
- Peanut butter: we’re using creamy, natural peanut butter that’s just peanuts and salt. I love Wild Friends, and you can use the code ‘AMBITIOUS15’ for 15% off!
- Honey: these monster cookie energy bites are naturally sweetened with just a few tablespoons of honey. See below for a simple way to keep the bites vegan.
- Vanilla extract: a little vanilla brings out that yummy cookie flavor.
- Oats: the base of these energy bites (and monster cookies) is rolled oats. Feel free to use gluten free.
- Flaxseed meal: I love adding flaxseed meal for a boost of healthy fats. It also helps hold these babies together.
- Shredded coconut: unsweetened shredded coconut adds wonderful flavor and helps the energy bites stay together. My secret ingredient for monster cookies!
- Mix-ins: this is where the party’s at — we’re mixing in raisins, mini chocolate chips and M&M’s or your fav chocolate candies for that true monster cookie goodness!
Looking for an extra boost of protein?
Feel free to add in a scoop of your favorite protein powder! I love Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides and Four Sigmatic Protein Powder. Please note that protein powder will change the consistency of the balls so you may need to add in extra peanut butter or a little extra honey to help them stick together/stay moist enough.
Simple ingredient swaps
Out of any ingredients in this monster cookie energy bites? Here are some substitutions we can recommend:
- For the honey: feel free to use maple syrup or date syrup. Either of these will also keep the energy bites vegan along with vegan chocolate chips or candies.
- For the peanut butter: you can use any nut butter you’d like in this recipe. I think they’re best with peanut butter but any other nut butter should work as long as it’s all natural with no additives (i.e. just nuts + salt).
- For the mix-ins: if you don’t have any M&M’s feel free to just add more mini chocolate chips and/or raisins!
How to make monster cookie energy bites
- Mix the wet ingredients. Start by mixing together the peanut butter, honey and vanilla until it’s nice and smooth.
- Add the dry. Next, mix in the oats, flaxseed meal and shredded coconut until well combined.
- Add the mix-ins. Fold in the raisins, mini chocolate chips and M&M’s until they’re evenly dispersed.
- Form the bites. Use a medium cookie scoop or your hands to roll the dough into 10 balls. Store them in the fridge and enjoy!
Storing & freezing tips
- To store: keep these monster cookie energy bites in an airtight bag or container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- To freeze: you can freeze these energy bites in a freezer-friendly bag or container for up to 2 months. If you’re eating them straight from the freeze I recommend letting them soften up a bit in the fridge or at room temp before doing so.
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I hope you love these easy monster cookie energy bites! If you make them be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked them. Enjoy, xo!
Monster Cookie Energy Bites
No bake monster cookie energy bites filled with creamy peanut butter and your favorite mix-ins like raisins, chocolate chips and M&M's. These easy monster cookie energy bites are gluten free, easily made vegan and packed with healthy fats to keep you satisfied. The best post workout snack or treat!
- ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter (just peanuts + salt)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ cup flaxseed meal
- ¼ cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- ¼ cup M&M’s (or your favorite chocolate covered candies)
Add peanut butter, honey and vanilla to a medium bowl, mix until well combined and smooth. Next add the dry ingredients to the bowl: oats, flaxseed meal and shredded coconut and mix together until combined. Fold in the raisins, mini chocolate chips and M&M’s until well combined. Use a medium cookie scoop or your hands to grab dough and roll into 10 balls then place in an airtight container.
Store in the fridge for up to 1 week, or the freezer for up to 2 months. Enjoy!
Feel free to add in a scoop of protein powder if you’d like these to have an extra boost of protein. Please note that protein powder will change the consistency of the balls so you may need to add in extra peanut butter or a little extra honey to help them stick together/stay moist enough.
To make vegan: use maple syrup or date syrup instead of honey and choose vegan chocolate candies or sub with vegan chocolate chips.
Feel free to use any nut butter you’d like in this recipe. I think they’re best with peanut butter but any other nut butter should work okay as long as it’s all natural with no additives.
How to store & freeze: keep these energy bites in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. If you’re eating them straight from the freezer I’d recommend letting them soften up a bit in the fridge or at room temp before doing so.
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats