No Bake Energy Balls (Monster Cookie) are easy, delicious and made with simple, real ingredients! Perfect for meal prep, these easy energy bites are going to become a family favorite!
Easy Energy Balls (aka Energy Bites)
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This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill, the opinions are my own.
I have tested these a few times now and every time a full batch lasts no more than 48 hours in my house, so I know they are good! I love how easily these no bake energy bites come together, they are customizable and hard to mess up and packed with flavor – plus, who doesn’t love a good monster cookie in bite-sized form! Kid-friendly and perfect for a quick meal-prep action item on Sunday afternoon. I also love making a batch of one of my kids has a sports event all weekend and we need to have some yummy snacks on hand! They are a healthy treat everyone can get on board with!
One reason these are SO delicious – Bob’s Red Mill! We are using Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats, chia seeds, ground flax and almond flour in this recipe – a special thanks to them for sponsoring this post! If you haven’t gone out and stocked up on your favorite Bob’s Red Mill products lately … here is a good reason to because you are going to want to make these again and again!
What You Will Need
- Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats: if you are gluten-free ensure that you get a gluten-free certified rolled oat!
- peanut butter: grab a creamy peanut butter here! If you can’t do peanuts, most if not all creamy nut butters would work here just fine (almond butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter all work well).
- real maple syrup: honey would probably also work, but it is a little thicker than real maple syrup so just watch the consistency and adjust accordingly.
- vanilla extract: this adds just a bit of sweetness.
- Bob’s Red Mill chia seeds + ground flaxseed + super fine almond flour: these all help bind everything together.
- pinch of sea salt: a little salt just helps accentuate all the flavors.
- collagen or protein powder: this is optional – if you don’t want to add this ingredient in then just add in a bit more almond flour.
- chocolate candies: I love using this brand, but use whatever you like.
- mini chocolate chips: not too many, but they ARE monster cookie energy bites so we gotta add both chocolate chips and chocolate candies!
How to Make No Bake Energy Balls
Gather your ingredients.
Add together everything except the chocolate candies. Test the texture and ensure it is sticky enough – you can always add a bit more maple syrup if you need to.
Gently fold in the chocolate.
Use a cookie scoop to create even-sized balls. Place on a cookie sheet and put in the refrigerator so they can chill just a tiny bit.
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No Bake Energy Balls (Monster Cookie) – all the amazing flavors you love in a monster cookie wrapped up in a delicious energy ball recipe!
- 1 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup real maple syrup (more, as-needed)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon Bob’s Red Mill chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon Bob’s Red Mill ground flax
- 2–4 tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill super fine almond flour
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons collagen or protein powder
- 1 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chocolate candies
- Combine oats, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, chia seeds, ground flax, 2 tablespoons almond flour, salt, collagen and mini chocolate chips in a large or medium bowl. Stir to combine.
- Ensure the consistency of the mixture is sticky enough to form and hold a ball-shape. If too sticky add in the other 1-2 tablespoons of almond flour. If not sticky enough add in a little more maple syrup.
- Gently fold in chocolate candies.
- Use a tablespoon-size cookie dough scoop and create evenly shaped ball.
- Place them on a small cookie sheet (line with parchment paper if you want) and then set in the refrigerator for approx. 20-30 minutes or until they harden just a bit.
- Move them to a reusable silicone bag or glass container and store in the refrigerator.
- Collage/Protein Powder: if you don’t want to add either of these I would just increase the almond flour a bit so the texture isn’t off.
- Other add-ins: you can add in whole flax seeds if you prefer or even a little shredded coconut if you want.
- Storage: for best results store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a week. You can store on the counter-top but ensure it is in a cool place – even then if they are piled on top of each other they may start to meld together. They will hold their shape much better in the refrigerator.
- Freeze: to freeze place in a freezer-safe container and seal, removing as much air as possible. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Place in the refrigerator overnight to thaw.
- Gluten-Free: ensure your oats are certified gluten-free and use gluten-free alternatives for chocolate candies.
- Dairy-Free: to make this dairy-free use a dairy-free chocolate candy or sub for dairy-free chocolate chips (and omit the mini chocolate chips).
- Peanut Allergy: you can use any type of creamy nut butter in place of the peanut butter. In place of the almond flour you could use a cassava flour or oat flour. Also ensure any chocolate candies or chocolate chips are peanut-free.
- Chocolate Candies: I love using this brand.
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