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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites with Chia + Cacao Nibs

No bake oatmeal peanut butter cookie energy bites that taste just like your favorite cookie! These delicious, easy oatmeal cookie energy bites are packed with fiber and protein thanks to creamy peanut butter, oats and chia seeds. Add cacao nibs for rich chocolate flavor in every bite!

Course Breakfast, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, No Bake, Snack, Vegan
Cuisine American
Keyword cookie energy bites, oatmeal cookie energy bites, peanut butter cookie energy bites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 14
Calories 149 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 6 large Medjool dates, pitted (about 1/2 cup packed pitted dates)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs*


  1. In a large bowl, stir together oats, chia seeds and cacao nibs. Set aside.
  2. Add dates and water to the bowl of a food processor and process a few times until dates begin to break down a bit and form a paste. Next add in maple syrup, vanilla and peanut butter; process again until it begins to look like a wet cookie dough and ingredients are well combined.

  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon. I like to use my hands because it's much easier to get everything mixed well. I know it's a little messy, so my advice is to coat your hands with a small amount of coconut oil so that the dough doesn't stick. 

  4. Once the ingredients are well combined, form into 1 inch balls. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Balls will last for 5-7 days or can be frozen for up to a month.

Recipe Notes

*You can always use mini chocolate chips instead of cacao nibs, just know that the nutrition may be slightly different.

If you prefer a quicker way to make these energy balls: feel free to add the oats, chia seeds and cacao nibs directly to the food processor with the peanut butter mixture (step 2). You won't get nice big oat pieces, but they'll be just as tasty.

Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites with Chia + Cacao Nibs
Amount Per Serving (1 energy bite)
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 69
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.7g12%
Carbohydrates 17.6g6%
Fiber 3.9g16%
Sugar 8.6g10%
Protein 4.6g9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.