6 Ingredient No Bake Energy Balls


I know what you’re thinking— not another energy ball recipe. But they’re just SO good! I see them all over Pinterest and my mouth waters with every new recipe I stumble upon. Strangely enough, I’ve only made them a few times…. well, ever… so I thought it my be fun to design my own version!

The beauty of these energy balls is that they’re:

  1. No bake! (duhh)
  2. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
  3. Made with only 6 ingredients. Yes, you read that right.
  4. Ready to be thrown into this Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Dough “Blizzard”. I think this is my favorite reason of them all!


6 Ingredient No Bake Energy Balls


I first made these energy balls back when I was creating this Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Dough “Blizzard” (which is one of my favorite recipes on this blog). I wanted to make a “cookie dough” that didn’t contain any crazy ingredients, was reasonably healthy, and could be thrown together in 10 minutes TOPS. That’s not too much to ask for, right? Plus, I’m all about using less sugar in snacks and desserts, so my aim was to cut down the honey/agave, with a goal of reaching that perfect balance of sweet and savory.

As I was making them (cough, cough, eating them), I realized how delicious they were plain (aka, not in blizzard form) and how similar they were to all those beautiful energy balls I’d been seeing all over the place. Well, after a few tweaks and trials with my favorite ingredients, I found a winner combo. A healthy snack that tastes like cookie dough? Sign me up!


6 Ingredient No Bake Energy Balls

6 Ingredient No Bake Energy Balls


So of course I made a huge batch and threw them in the freezer for us to pull out whenever we wanted that sweet pick-me-up, thinking they’d last us a while…. buuutttt they lasted a whole 3 days.

Typical. We can’t keep sweets in this house.

Hopefully they’ll last a little big longer in yours 😉 What’s your favorite snack food to make? Do you have a favorite energy ball recipe?


6 Ingredient No Bake Energy Balls

6 Ingredient No Bake Energy Balls

Prep time 15 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan
Meal type Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (ground)
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 4 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons agave or honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips, use vegan if dairy-free
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (whole)


Step 1
Pour 1 cup of old fashioned oats into your food processor or high speed blender and blend until ground. Add in almond meal, peanut butter, vanilla, honey or agave, and blend until all ingredients are combined. The dough should come together and be pretty sticky.
Step 2
Add in the remaining 1/2 cup of oats and dark chocolate chips, then pulse until combined. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and freeze. If they aren't sticking together very well, add in a little more peanut butter or honey (depending on the taste you're going for), then mix and begin to roll again. You can keep these frozen or keep them at room temperature--- either way, they're delicious 🙂


Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!


  1. Hi Liz. These sound awesome. I was wondering how many of the energy balls the recipe makes- I wasn’t sure how big to make them. Thankks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes.

    • Thanks Mitch! I made mine pretty small, about 1 inch, and that made around 2 dozen. It’s totally up to you how big or small you’d like them, though!

  2. Hi Liz, I’m loving the look of these little energy balls. My boys and I love little no bake bites like these. It always feel like your eating a special treat but it’s great since it’s also healthy! I definitely need to try these out especially after seeing them on top of your delicious looking blizzard recipe!

    • Thanks Vanessa! I actually haven’t made them too often before, but that will definitely change now that I know how easy (and amazing) they are! Definitely try them on the blizzard— takes them to a whole new level 🙂

  3. Love these pictures! I have such a hard time photographing snack balls like this!
    I seriously love the ingredients in these, too! They sound like the perfect mid-afternoon snackage!

    • I have to admit, they took a lot more effort than other things I’ve shot. My camera just could not get a good close up to save my life! But I’m glad you like them 🙂

  4. I’ve made something similar and they were SO GOOD. They had all healthy ingredients and my whole family loved them, which is saying something for my brother and dad haha 🙂

    • I think our dad and brother might be the same people because they are SO hard to please when it comes to healthy cooking. So glad they liked them— they MUST have been good!

  5. These are one of our toddler’s favorite treats now — thank you so much for the recipe. I just started substituting half of the agave with more peanut butter, and he doesn’t know the difference. They taste like cookie dough!

    • That makes me SO happy, Ari! That’s a great idea to substitute half the agave with more peanut butter. I’m going to try that next time I makes them 🙂

  6. Hey Liz!
    I totally love these little energy balls! They are so easy to make and super delicious. I have one question for you: Could I make a video on my YouTube Channel on how to make them? Of course I would name your website and put a link into the description box 🙂

    • I’s SO glad you like them Jil! Absolutely— I can’t wait to see how your video turns out 🙂

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