No Bake Cookie Energy Bites – The perfect snack when you’re craving something sweet. These chocolate peanut butter energy bites are gluten free, vegan and taste just like a cookie!
I’m pretty sure Milo’s summer anthem is “I will take all the snacks you have, please.”
He’s growing a TON this summer and, despite eating REALLY big meals, is super hungry all day long. We’ve gotten back in the habit of keeping a stash of energy bites in the fridge so we always have something easy and ready to offer when it’s snack or mealtime.
It’s helped! I can add one of these onto his lunches or snacks when he’s eaten seconds and is still hungry, or I can pull one out if he’s just not going to make it to the next meal.
It also helps that these energy bites taste like no bake cookies. For real.
I love the blend of favors here–the peanut butter chocolate combination is so satisfying! Plus, with oats, flax, and coconut, these get even more filling. It truly feels like you’re eating no bake cookie batter.
I typically pair one or two of these with something like fruit or veggies for afternoon snack, or tuck one into their lunches (they’re the perfect size for packing!). Both kids LOVE them, and I love that they’re so convenient and easy. (Plus, they taste AMAZING.)
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If you’ve got a peanut allergy or prefer to avoid peanut butter, you can sub something else, like sunflower seed butter, this 7 Nut and Seed blend, almond or cashew butter, etc. They’re flexible and easy that way!
Notes on These No Bake Cookie Energy Bites:
Don’t have a food processor? You can mix these up in a large bowl with a spatula. You may find you need to add a little more oats or coconut to keep the mixture from being too wet this way. You want to be able to scoop and roll them into balls easily without the mixture completely coating your hands.
Natural peanut butter – I use natural peanut butter (just peanuts and salt–no sugar or oils added), and have found that different brands vary in consistency. Some are quite runny, others aren’t. You may find you need to add a little more peanut butter or a little more syrup or some milk if your peanut butter is thick.
Add a layer of flavor. When I have time, I love toasting the coconut before making these. It adds another little layer of flavor that’s so satisfying and delicious!
Got texture issues? If the texture of these would bother your kids, you can continue to process them, and add 1 Tbsp of milk or syrup to the mixture to pull the mixture together. They can be VERY smooth when processed this way.
My favorite trick: I swear by using a cookie scoop for these. It’s easy to get them all the same size. I scoop them out, then roll them in my hands to smooth them. I use my cookie scoop for everything from meatballs, to energy bites, to measuring muffin batter and more. It’s one of my favorite kitchen tools!
Notes on Oats (& a Gluten Free Tip): You can use either old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats for these. We’re gluten free, so we buy certified gluten-free oats. Oats themselves don’t contain wheat gluten, but processing and farming practices often cause cross-contamination. We buy certified gluten free oats and have never had a bad reaction. If that’s not a concern, any kind will do!