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Yummy no-bake energy bites – healthy snacks for kids (and parents, too)

No-bake energy balls recipe - healthy snack for kids

This yummy energy bites healthy snack is easy to make and doesn’t need to bake. It’s a whole-food snack that tames tummy grumbles *and* tastes delicious. Make this simple no-bake energy balls recipe for after-school snacks that both kids and parents like to eat.

Healthy snacks for kids

We’ve had this tattered, printed energy balls recipe on the side of our refrigerator for the past 3 years. Liam took a “Little Chefs” cooking class at his Montessori school. The class focused on making easy snack recipes for kids, and this energy bites recipe was his absolute favorite. In fact, we’ve made this after-school snack so often that our school’s printout is getting a little, um, worn so I thought I’d post their recipe online (and now I can remove this peanut-butter-stained recipe printout from the side of our fridge, yay for decluttering).

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No-bake energy bites recipe

This yummy energy balls recipe has just a few ingredients — oatmeal, peanut butter, unsweetened coconut flakes, raisins, honey, vanilla, and chocolate chips. The ground flax is optional to add protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. And sometimes, we add a little bit of ground cinnamon or chopped walnuts.

Ingredients to make healthy energy balls snack

Yummy no-bake energy balls

We had always used the school’s printed recipe to make energy bites so little did I realize that energy balls are all the rage! I started searching for healthy energy balls recipes and there are so many. I couldn’t find this exact recipe that we got from Liam’s school so thought that I’d just post their energy bites recipe here. Why tinker with something that’s already great?

No-bake energy balls recipe with oatmeal, coconut, raisins, chocolate chips, honey

The kids request this energy bites recipe so often that I have them making their own energy balls now. Liam’s become a pro. I think that baking is great for practicing fractions and it’s good for him to learn how to cook. Plus making energy bites is pretty fun.

Liam pouring honey to make energy balls recipe. Copyright Merriment Design Co. Do not use without written permission.

Energy bites after school snacks

I keep the ingredients in my pantry at all times so it’s easy to make energy bites when the mood strikes. One thing to note: There’s a bit of refrigeration time so be sure to start early so the energy bites are ready for after-school snacking. I’ve also been known to sneak one here and there as an evening treat after the kids go to bed. Shh, don’t let them in on it.

Energy bites recipe - healthy snack for kids

How to make energy balls

Making energy bites is really easy. You basically mix the honey, peanut butter, and vanilla until creamy and then add everything else. Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes, scoop into balls, and store in an airtight glass container in the fridge. It’s so easy that you can have the kids make them for you. 😀 Stir it up, Liam. Stir it up.

Liam making energy balls. Copyright Merriment Design Co. Do not use without written permission.
No-bake energy balls recipe - healthy snack for kids

Yummy No-Bake Energy Bites

These no-bake energy bites (AKA energy balls) are yummy and healthy snacks for kids — and parents, too.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Whole Foods
Servings 24 servings


  • Large bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Large spoon
  • Optional – Small ice cream scooper
  • Optional – Coffee grinder or small food processor to grind flax seeds


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter creamy or crunchy, your choice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds or ground flax Ground flax is more digestible. Grind seeds in a coffee grinder or small food processor.
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips We prefer dark chocolate and often use regular size rather than mini
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter, honey, and vanilla until creamy.
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Roll into bite-sized balls. We use a small ice-cream scooper and then roll slightly to form a ball.
  • Store in an air-tight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
  • Enjoy!


You can add 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or almonds (and reduce the flax seeds to 1/4 cup).
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