Chewy, sweet and full of plant-based fiber, these 5 Ingredient No-Bake Energy Bites will quickly become a family staple in your home!
For years we've had a batch of these no-bake energy bites in our fridge. No joke. They are incredibly easy to make, require only 5 ingredients (most of which you probably already have on hand) and are perfect for breakfast or snacks on the go. Plus they are super versatile. You can switch up the nut butter, liquid sweetener and mix-ins you use to give you a new, fun variation every time!
What's not to love?!
What are energy bites?
I honestly have no idea who came up with energy bites, but I'm so grateful they exist! Basically, energy bites are no-bake granola bars in ball form. What makes them so amazing is that they often require simple, pantry ingredients, are easy to make and keep well in the fridge. I'll share some of the typical ingredients used in energy bites below.
Different names for energy bites
There are multiple names for energy bites. Some of the more popular names that you may come across are "energy balls", "power balls", "protein balls" and "bliss balls." My niece and nephews like to call them power balls because they give them power (a.k.a. energy)! I too have found that to be true!
What are energy-bites made of?
One of best things about energy bites is that they are versatile, so you can constantly mix and match different ingredients to give you a fun, new flavor every time. Some of the more commonly used ingredients are listed below:
- Oatmeal, rolled or quick
- Nuts and/or seeds
- Nut butter
- Liquid sweetener
- Protein powder
- Shredded coconut
- Chia seeds
- Mix-ins: dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc.
For this specific recipe you will only need 5 ingredients: quick-cooking oats, ground flaxseeds, nut butter, liquid sweetener and a mix-in of choice.
How do you make energy bites?
Thankfully there is no baking involved in making energy bites. Depending on the recipe you will probably mix together the dough by hand in a large bowl or use a food processor to break down tougher ingredients like dates and nuts.
To make these 5 Ingredient No-Bake Energy Bites specifically, you will start by mixing together the dry ingredients so that they are well incorporated.
Next you will pour in the liquid sweetener and nut butter.
Then using a spoon, simply stir everything together until a sticky, uniform dough forms.
Lastly, using damp hands, roll the dough into balls! Wetting your hands keeps the sticky dough from sticking to your hands.
Is it okay to eat raw oats?
Yes! It is fine to eat raw oats. That's what makes energy bites so easy to prepare. They require no cooking or baking!
How long do energy bites last in the fridge?
Fridge: We've kept our energy bites in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 weeks and they've been completely fine. Towards the end of two weeks, they do tend to get harder, but if you let them come to room temperature before eating them, then they will soften up.
Freezer: You can also freeze energy bites in a freezer bag and simply remove as many as you need the night before to thaw overnight in the fridge.
5 Ingredient No-Bake Energy Bites
- 2 cups (scant) quick oats
- ½ cup ground flaxseed
- ½ cup raisins*
- ½ cup nut butter
- ½ cup liquid sweetener
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the quick oats, ground flaxseed and mix-ins. Stir to combine.
- Add in the nut butter and sweetener and stir everything together until a sticky, uniform dough forms.
- Using damp hands, roll the dough into balls. Continue wetting your hands as needed to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.
- Store the energy bites in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.
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