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chia banana bread energy bites drizzled with chocolate

Chia Banana Bread Energy Bites

Delicious and easy chia banana energy bites that taste like a slice of your favorite banana bread! These no bake peanut butter banana energy bites are made with creamy peanut butter, banana, heart-healthy walnuts, oats, chia seeds, protein powder and a drizzle of chocolate. Easily vegan & gluten free for the perfect on-the-go snack or breakfast!

Course Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Healthy Snack, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword banana energy balls, banana energy bites, chia banana bread energy bites
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 18 energy bites
Calories 129 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • ½ cup mashed ripe banana (from 1 medium ripe banana)
  • 1/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter (or almond butter or pecan butter)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or sub pure maple syrup or coconut palm syrup)
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts (or pecans)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, gluten free if desired
  • Optional add-in
  • 2 scoops (1 serving) Vital Protein Collagen peptides (about ¼ cup protein powder)*
  • For the drizzle:
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips, dairy free if desired
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil


  1. Add all ingredients (besides ingredients for the drizzle) to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until they are well combined and come together like cookie dough. You should still have some chunks of nuts. FYI: you may need to stop a few times and scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Process again until combined.
  2. Use a medium cookie scoop to grab dough and then roll into balls. You should get about 18 balls. Place energy bites on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals until chocolate is melted. Drizzle over balls, then place back in the freezer for 10 minutes. Balls should be kept in an airtight container in the freezer and will last up to 3 months. Enjoy them straight from the freezer. If they are too hard, let them sit at room temp for 5-10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

*Feel free to omit protein powder or use any protein powder you'd like.

To make vegan: use maple syrup or coconut palm syrup as well as a plant-based protein powder like Aloha or Bob's Red Mill vegan protein powder.

To freeze: the energy bites are delicious straight out of the freezer. If they get too hard, let them sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before eating.

Nutrition Facts
Chia Banana Bread Energy Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 energy bite)
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 62
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.9g11%
Saturated Fat 1.4g9%
Carbohydrates 15.1g5%
Fiber 2.6g11%
Sugar 6.3g7%
Protein 4.2g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.