The Best Energy Bites Recipe of All Time

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…or at least in the eyes of myself and two little girls. I can never seem to keep these things in the house for more than a week, and my recipe makes a lot!! They fill up at least half of a gallon size freezer bag, and are kept in the freezer.

Classic energy bites with chocolate chips and oats, in a white bowl and some out of bowl.

So, many of you have probably heard of these in some variation or another and may already have a favorite recipe, but I would strongly recommend for you to try mine!!

Those of you who haven’t heard of or tried energy bites, just wait, you’ll love them and so will your kids!!

And, they are versatile enough to fit anyone’s taste buds. You can change them to your liking or swap foods out due to allergies. They are easy to eat and easy to keep. Like I said, I keep them in the freezer, and if they were to last….they would probably last a few months in there. But, let’s face it, they would never make it that long, even if they were shoved to the back of the freezer. My daughters would still find and demolish them.

These have been in mine and my older daughters diet since she was about a year and a half and I wish I remembered where I had heard of them or found the base to my recipe. But, in a busy mom’s world, a memory only goes back so far and so detailed.

I make these at least once a month, sometimes twice. My recipe makes a whole cookie sheet worth of these little balls of joy, with the energy bites practically touching! I keep them in the freezer to help them last longer. But, this only really helps with keeping them good, not preventing my little munchkins from getting to them. But hey, just in case she forgets about them for a week, they will stay good in there.

Energy bites are exactly what they sound like; little balls of energy producing goodness. With protein from almond butter, omega 3’s from chia seeds, fiber from flax-seed meal and oats, anti-oxidants and a little bit of sweetness from  the dark chocolate chips and pure maple syrup. And, they are super simple to make; my five year has been helping with them since she was 2.

If you’re looking for other little delicious ball shaped snacks (or desserts), then be sure to try these peanut butter chocolate balls!

Let’s Make Energy Bites

So, if my five year can make these, I am positive you can as well. First things first, you will need to gather all of the ingredients and a bowl to mix everything together in and a spoon to stir with.

Next, measure out and pour into the mixing bowl all of the dry ingredients except for the chocolate chips. This includes the oats, flax seed meal, and chia seeds. Stir well.

Then add in the almond butter (or peanut butter), syrup, and vanilla extract and stir well. This can be hard sometimes, you need to make sure it is mixed very well before the next step.

And, the last step before refrigeration is to stir in the chocolate chips. Divide evenly through out the dough. This can be tough to do with just a spoon, I usually end up using my hands to mix. Just make sure your children, and yourself, wash your hands well before sticking them in the dough!

Refrigerate for at least one hour, this will make it so much easier to roll into balls.

The final step is, yep, you guessed it, roll the dough into balls and enjoy! Or freeze to keep for a few months and enjoy whenever you feel like having a pick-me-up snack!

The Best Energy Bites Recipe

Shawna Clapper
These nutrient dense energy bites are perfect for moms on the go, to pack in kids lunches, or for those who like munching throughout the day, but want something delicious (and that includes chocolate) but not feel like they keep eating unhealthy snacks.
5 from 1 vote
Course Snack
Cuisine American



  • 3 cups Old Fashioned oats
  • 1 cup flaxmeal
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract optional
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips


  • Mix all ingredients well
  • Chill in fridge for at least 1 hour
  • Roll into balls and enjoy!!


*Or freeze on a cookie sheet and put in freezer safe bag when frozen- they’ll last for a few months in there if they’re not eaten first!!
**This recipe makes enough energy bites to fill an entire large cookie sheet, feel free to cut it in half, like I always do with new recipes, just in case
Keyword chocolate chips, peanut butter
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Ingredients for a half batch:

  • 1 ½ cups Old Fashioned oats
  • ½ cup flaxmeal
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

Don’t forget to share with friends and your own favorite version of energy bites if you have one. I would love to know what you put in your energy bites.

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