5-minute Protein Peanut Butter Energy Bites

No bake protein packed peanut butter energy bites that taste like peanut butter cookie dough with amazing chewy texture. These healthy peanut butter energy bites are loaded with nutritious ingredients like flaxseed, chia and oats for the perfect no bake snack.

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins

If there’s one thing I learned about myself during my health and fitness journey, it’s that I absolutely must have snacks (like these peanut butter energy bites) available or I become an out of control raging hypoglycemia animal.

Think Tom Cruise mixed with a wolverine. Very scary stuff.

Ever since I’ve been little, my blood sugar has always been on a rigid 3-hour dive schedule. As in, I’m the type of person who has to have something to eat every few hours or I’ll crash. My mom says that when she brought me somewhere, she always had to make sure that she had food with her otherwise I’d ruin the day and throw a fit. Terrible, right?

But it’s true! When I get hungry, I cannot think, make decisions or even pretend to be in a good mood. I’ve seen the doctor a few times about it and apparently that’s just the way my body is. Wacky.

peanut butter energy bites in a bowl

Of course, it I’m working from home it’s pretty easy to grab snacks, but a few times I’ve been in situations where I was far from both home and food (especially when traveling). To avoid a meltdown into hunger oblivion, I started creating my own little energy bites and trail mixes to bring with me anywhere I went. Not only are they a life saver, but they also help me make better food choices (instead of reaching for junk food).

Ingredients in peanut butter energy bites

These wonderful no bake peanut butter energy bites are my latest creation and loaded with some of my favorite things. I highly recommend whipping up a batch of these peanut butter energy bites. They take 5 minutes tops and you have yourself a nutritious, homemade snack with healthy fats, omega-3 (thanks to chia + flax) and over 5g protein per serving!

  • peanut butter: I recommend using an all natural drippy creamy peanut butter with only peanuts + salt as the ingredients. I’ve also made them with almond butter, but everyone knows peanut butter reigns king on Ambitious Kitchen.
  • oats: I recommend using rolled oats, and if you’re gluten free, be sure to use certified gluten free rolled oats.
  • honey, coconut palm syrup or date syrup: either will work! If you want to make these vegan, use coconut palm syrup or date syrup.
  • flaxseed meal: this provides a boost of healthy fats, fiber, protein and vitamins. It’s also great for lactating mamas.
  • chia seeds: a boost of healthy fats and omegas to help keep you fuller, longer.
  • vanilla extract: the one and only (but feel free to skip if you don’t have!)
  • protein powder of choice: I prefer to use unflavored collagen peptides or this vegan protein powder, but you can feel free to use whatever protein powder you prefer.
  • cinnamon: a dash of cinnamon helps these taste like Teddy Grahams, I swear.
  • mini chocolate chips: because who doesn’t love a little chocolate in their life? Feel free to use vegan/dairy free chocolate chips if you’d like.
  • optional: I personally love to add in unsweetened shredded coconut because I’m a coconut addict, but it’s definitely not necessary.

no bake peanut butter energy bites in a bowl

How to make no bake energy bites

  1. With a food processor: add in the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, protein powder, flaxseed meal, oats, cinnamon and chia seeds. Pulse together until well combined. Add in chocolate chips (and coconut if using) and pulse a few more times. Use a medium cookie scoop or your hands to grab dough and roll into 10 balls.
  2. Without a food processor: add wet ingredients to a medium bowl, mix to combine. Add in dry ingredients and mix together until combined. I usually have to use my hands to mix and work with the dough. At this point you should be able to form balls that stick together. You may need to add a bit more nut butter and/or sweetener to help them stick together.

Customize these peanut butter energy bites

  • If you don’t have any protein powder, these balls should be just fine without it too, although you may need to add more oats.
  • Keep these energy bites nut free by using sunflower seed butter and nut free chocolate chips.
  • Make them into bars. Feel free to press the energy bite “dough” into an 8 1/2 x4 1/2 inch loaf pan before placing it in the refrigerator. Cut into bars and enjoy!

How to store energy bites

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.

Watch me make the peanut butter energy bites:

 

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5 minute Protein Peanut Butter Energy Bites

5 from 34 votes
protein peanut butter energy bites in a bowl
Course Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Healthy Treat, Protein, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword peanut butter energy bites, protein energy bites
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Serves 10

No bake protein packed peanut butter energy bites that taste like peanut butter cookie dough with amazing chewy texture. These healthy peanut butter energy bites are loaded with nutritious ingredients like flaxseed, chia and oats for the perfect snack.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup natural drippy peanut butter (or sub almond butter)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or date syrup or coconut syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup protein powder of choice*
  • 1/3 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten free, if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips (vegan, if desired)
  • Optional
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add in the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, protein powder, flaxseed meal, oats, cinnamon and chia seeds. Pulse together until well combined. Add in chocolate chips (and coconut if using) and pulse a few more times. Use a medium cookie scoop or your hands to grab dough and roll into 10 balls, place in an airtight container.

  2. To make without food processor: add wet ingredients to a medium bowl, mix to combine. Add in dry ingredients and mix together until combined. I usually have to use my hands to mix and work with the dough. At this point you should be able to form balls that stick together. Because all peanut butter/nut butter consistencies are different and depending on what protein powder you use, you may need to add in more nut butter or sweetener to help the balls stick together.

  3. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week, or the freezer for up to 2 months. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*For the protein powder, I normally use Aloha’s Vanilla protein powder (vegan) or Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. If you don’t have any protein powder, these balls should be just fine without it too, although you may need to add more oats.

For the nut butter: I used an all-natural drippy peanut butter with only peanuts and salt. The natural kind with no additives is best for this recipe.

This recipe can be made nut free by using sunflower seed butter and nut free chocolate chips.

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.

Nutrition
Servings: 10 balls
Serving size: 1 energy bite
Calories: 150kcal
Fat: 8.8g
Saturated fat: 1.2g
Carbohydrates: 14g
Fiber: 3.2g
Sugar: 7.7g
Protein: 6.6g

Photography by: Sarah Fennel

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