Easy, No-Bake Energy Balls
(with Endless Add-In Ideas)

Life is crazier than ever these days and occasionally you need a quick, healthy snack idea to fall back on.
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By Katherine Andrew, MPH, RD, LDN

Life is crazier than ever these days and occasionally you need a quick, healthy snack idea to fall back on. It helps if it’s a snack the whole family can enjoy.  


If you’ve never tried No-Bake Energy Balls you are in for a real treat. The best part is the endless array of add-ins which means you can make this delightful snack taste a little different each time you make them!

Life is crazier than ever these days and occasionally you need a quick, healthy snack idea to fall back on.


1/2 cup any nut or seed butter of choice, preferably without added oils or sugars 

3 tbsp coconut oil 

1/4 cup honey (substitute maple syrup if you prefer)

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1/4 cup ground flax

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (can omit and add more oats instead) 

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Optional add-ins: protein powder, collagen, shredded carrots, chopped nuts or seeds, spices (ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, etc), dried fruit (blueberries, mangos, dates, prunes, raisins, carrots).


  1. Place coconut oil in a microwave-safe measuring cup and heat for 15-second increments until melted. 
  2. Stir in the nut or seed butter and honey. Allow to cool for a few minutes.  
  3. In a medium bowl, combine oats, flax, and coconut flakes. 
  4. Add nut butter mixture to oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon, or with hands (hands work best). Note: the dough needs to be mixed very well to come together. If balls do not easily form, add 1 tbsp. of water at a time until it starts sticking together. You should not need more than 1-2 Tbsp. of water. Sometimes it helps to chill dough briefly as well.  
  5. Mix in chocolate chips and any additional add-ins. 
  6. Lightly coat hands with oil and roll dough firmly into small round bites. Alternatively, you can press the entire batch of dough firmly into an 8×8 baking dish. 
  7. Store in the refrigerator or freezer for at least 1 hour before devouring.  Balls can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months, although I doubt they will last that long!

Katherine Andrew, MPH, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Masters degree in Public Health with nearly fifteen years of experience in community public health and private nutrition counseling. Her work experience includes individual and group health counseling, interactive workshops, food systems consulting, non-profit program development and management, and safe skin care advocacy and promotion. She approaches each client individually to help create a realistic and sustainable plan. Gut health, food sensitivities, hormones, family food dynamics, and intuitive eating are a few of Katherine’s passions and specialties.

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