No-Bake Energy Bites aka Protein Poppers

These babies are one of the best snacks that I have found.  They are packed with Protein, Omega 3, and Fiber.  I am always running out the door to my gym class in the morning and these are perfect to grab on my way out before my workout!  I love that they are no-bake and so easy to make.   I doubled the recipe so that I could keep some in the fridge for when I need them!  My kids loved them too!  These would also make a great after school snack!

4.7 from 3 reviews
No-Bake Energy Bites aka Protein Poppers
Delicious snacks that are packed with omega 3, protein, and fiber!
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup nut butter, I used natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup ground flax seed
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, optional
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix rolled oats, coconut flakes, nut butter, flax seed, honey, and vanilla. Make sure it is mixed well so that you can form the balls easily. Add chocolate chips if using or other desired mix ins.
  2. Chill the mixture in the fridge for an hour so that balls will bind together.
  3. Roll the balls into about a 1 inch diameter.
These would also be great with almonds, white chocolate, raisins, dried fruit, pecans, walnuts, the possibilities are endless!
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  1. These look like something I could make and eat before I go for a run. I am really bad about eating before a run. This looks fast enough that I might actually eat, which would be way better for me.

    • Yeah so am I! And I feel like you can’t eat anything to heavy before a long run but your body needs protein! Make them in advance and put them in the fridge like I did, and let me know if you like them! 🙂

  2. Sarah Carletti says:

    These do sound easy and good!

  3. These look lovely and also very easy to make and keep on hand for whenever hunger strikes. Also customisable – which is always good.


  4. I’m stopping for a visit from Six Sisters’ Stuff today!
    I’m having so much fun visiting the participants of this blog linky party.
    So many wonderful and creative ideas.

  5. This is such a great idea! I am always just grabbign stuff too…
    And so are the kids….
    This will be perfect!

    I pinned it…

  6. What would you suggest using instead of the nut butter for someone who’s allergic to nuts?
    & if possible, what would you switch the coconut for?

    • Hi! I have heard that sunbutter is a good substitute for someone who is allergic to nuts because they use seeds not nuts, and still has a sweet flavor. (Im guessing you could buy this at a whole foods or even online!) You really don’t need the coconut, you could try another substitute such as raisins, dried apricots, anything that is your favorite! Hope this helps! Let me know how they turn out! 🙂

    • If you have a Meijer’s near you, they carry the sunbutter!!

  7. What could you substitute for the flax seeds if anything?

    • Hi! Flax seed is added in this recipe mostly for benefits of having omega 3s, fiber, and is good for your heart. You could not add it and just put a dried citrus fruit for added fiber and vitamin C. Or I have heard that chia seeds or even pine nuts can be added to this. Hope this helps! Let me know how they turn out! 🙂

  8. Thank you so much for linking up last week at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new link party is now up and I’d love it if you joined us again. Have a great week!

  9. Debbie Lyman says:

    How many servings does this recipe make?

  10. I made these last week – they were a huge hit with my kids (and all the neighbors!). I forgot the peanut butter, and they still held together great. I’m making them tonight and remembered the peanut butter – and doubled the recipe so they will last longer. All my kids can take a mid-morning snack to school and these are perfect. 🙂

  11. I love these! I added chia seeds to mine

  12. Can these be frozen?

  13. Can these be frozen if made in bulk?

  14. I made these with almond butter & they are delicious, but I had to use twice the almond butter to keep it all together. Left out the choc. chips & vanilla. Delicious! I have had 3 as my breakfast today!

  15. Sounds great! going to give these a try!

  16. Nutrition information?

  17. Do you have nutritional info for those?

  18. diet trends says:

    Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a
    sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and
    said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the
    shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off
    topic but I had to tell someone!

  19. How many calories?

  20. I LOVE protein bites! I can’t wait to try these! They sound amazing!

  21. did you credit the original recipe anywhere? i can’t seem to find it..

  22. these look very good Looking forward to making and eating them.

  23. Adam Anderson says:

    These sound amazing! What is the nutritional information, please?

  24. Rebecca Bier says:

    are these instant or old fashioned oats?

  25. How many bites roughly does this recipe yield?

    I’m looking for a packaged granola bar substitute for morning snacks that is low sugar and low calorie but still filling and giving energy. These sound great but just wondering if I should double up on batches and freeze some or if they make a good amount?

  26. Sorry I mean I used half honey and half maple syrup! Sorry for the confusion!

  27. Just made these… Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good! I seriously don’t think they’ll last until tomorrow… Thanks for the recipe!

  28. Do you have to ground the flax seed or can you use them whole?

  29. I made these last night and they were so good!!!! I will be making them again!

  30. How terrible is it to roll these without chilling first? I am planning a healthy snacking event for a girl scout troop and want to do these, but concerned about the time it would take to chill these.

  31. One more many poppers does the original recipe yield?

  32. Betty Hubble says:

    What could you sub for the coconut. And what kind of peanut butter do you use?

    • I just used natural peanut butter. There are so many things that you could sub out for the coconut or just leave it out all together.

  33. I would like to know how much protein these have in them ?

  34. Why work so hard? Just smoosh them into a pan and cut them small like fudge!
    I make so many things that need rolled into balls (buckeyes, oreo truffles, etc) that when something like this that doesn’t need dipped can be shaped like little squares 🙂 Just a thought (and what I plan to do with these!)

  35. I was wondering, how many balls are one serving? Also, mine dind’t seem to want to stick together–could it be from chilling too long? Or because i used chunky peanut butter as well as I added in sunflower seeds (like too many chucks made it not hold together?) Should i use double the amount of honey then or how would i fix that? I also did try smooshing it in a pan to just make bars, but again, they dont’ want to completely hold together. They are delicious though.

  36. I made these a few minutes before my kids got home from school. They were a big hit! I melted the peanut butter and honey together and then added everything (I used unsweetened coconut) and stirred them up. I scooped them out with a small cookie scoop, pushing them against the side of the bowl to pack it in. I then chilled them in the freezer for a few minutes, and they were perfect when my kids walked through the door. Thanks for a great healthy recipe with natural it!

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