These easy no-bake vegan energy bites are the perfect snack to have around. They are made with wholesome ingredients with the perfect amount of sweet and salty.
Not only are these easy to make, but they are a great snack to have around when you need a little pick me up.
Plus, my kids LOVE them!
If you have picky kids (I have one picky, the other is adventurous), then you know how nice it is to have a healthy go-to snack.
These vegan, gluten-free energy bites are, that’s right, gluten-free as well.
As long as you use gluten-free oats and gluten-free rice Krispies, these will be gluten-free.
They only have seven ingredients and are made with pantry staples.
This recipe is SO easy. You throw everything into a food processor, make them into balls, and you’re on your way.
My kids especially love these before bedtime, and I have no objections to them getting a little protein/fiber/fat and calorie boost before bed.
And anytime I can sneak a little flaxseed in, I’m going to take it!
My adult brother loves these as well as perfect snowboarding fuel.
These no bake energy bites recipe is the perfect snack no matter the time of day.
Why should you make energy ball recipes?
- they are the perfect pre or post workout snacks
- quick and easy snacking
- no added oil
- gluten free if you use gluten-free oats and gluten-free rice Krispies
- can be made for meal prep
- healthy snacking
- It can be nut-free if you use sunflower butter
- Did I mention tasty?
What are no bake energy balls?
No bake energy balls are little balls of goodness.
They are typically made with oats, some kind of nut butter, flax seeds, and all sorts of mix-ins.
Why are they called energy balls?
People call them energy balls or energy bites because the ingredients are supposed to keep your energy up.
These will likely sustain you longer than a candy bar or chips because of the wholesome ingredients.
Are there other names for them?
Yes, energy balls, energy bites, bliss balls, no bake bites, protein balls,
I’m sure there are more names out there. But these are the most common; they are all the same thing but different variations.
Are energy balls good for you?
They certainly can be. They are full of protein, healthy fat, fiber, and healthy carbs.
Not all recipes are created equally, so watch what you’re putting in them if you’re concerned.
They usually carry a calorie punch (thank you, nut butter) so if that’s of concern to you, eat them accordingly.
Can you make different variations of these vegan oatmeal energy balls?
Yes, you can substitute ingredients or add other ingredients if you want.
Here are some ideas-
- Nut butter- almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, macadamia nut butter
- Seed butter- sunflower seed butter. pumpkin seed butter, tahini
- Chia seeds
- Protein powder- you will need to add some liquid if you add this
- Cocoa powder
- Sunflower seeds or different nuts and seeds
- Dried fruit- raisins, dried cranberries, freeze-dried fruit
As you can see, you can make a lot of different flavors of this vegan healthy snack recipe.
What do you need to make these easy vegan no bake energy bites?
Check out the recipe card for full ingredient amounts/ full recipe at the bottom of the post.
All pantry ingredients-
- rolled oats, aka old fashioned oats ( you can use quick oats, but I prefer rolled oats, the amount may differ)
- ground flaxseed
- creamy peanut butter or your favorite nut butter
- pure maple syrup
- vanilla extract
- rice Krispies
- vegan chocolate chips ( regular or mini chocolate chips)
- Vegan milk if too dry
How do you make these vegan energy balls?
Take a food processor and add all the ingredients but the chocolate chips.
Blend until combined well, then add the chocolate chips and stir.
If it’s too dry, add nondairy milk 1 tsp at a time until it sticks together but is not sticky.
Take a small cookie scooper and scoop balls of dough out, and roll to a ball form.
If you don’t have a cookie scooper, you can use your hands.
Place these balls on a sheet of parchment paper.
I often do a double batch when I make these.
How do you store these healthy energy balls?
These should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
You can serve these at room temperature or straight from the fridge.
I’ve sent them in school lunches, and they hold up great.
Can you freeze them?
Yes, they can be frozen in either an airtight container or a freezer gallon bag for up to 3 months.
If you’re going to freeze them get a baking sheet, line it with parchment paper, put the little bites on the baking sheet, and place them in the freezer, then when they are fully frozen, you can place them in the freezer bag.
This prevents them from sticking together.
If you’re looking for some other good vegan snacks try one of these;
- Rice Vegan Rice Krispie Granola Bars
- Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars
- Oil Free Vegan Oatmeal Muffins
- Vegan Banana Crumb Muffins
- 1 cup oats
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 2/3 cup peanut butter or your favorite nut butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup rice krispies
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Vegan milk if too dry
- Take a food processor and add all the ingredients but the chocolate chips. Blend until combined well then add the chocolate chips and stir. If it's too dry add milk 1 tsp at a time until it sticks together but is not sticky. Take a small cookie scoop and scoop balls of dough out and roll to a round shape. Serve the balls and store the remainder in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 17 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g
The calories are computer generated and may not be 100% accurate.
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