No Bake Energy Balls (Oatmeal Chocolate Chip)

No bake energy balls are delicious bite sized treats filled with oatmeal, shredded coconut, almond butter, flaxseeds, and chocolate chips. It takes just 15 minutes to process, roll, and enjoy! Meal prep these as a healthy snack or to satisfy your after-dinner dessert cravings.

No bake chocolate chip energy balls on a sheet pan.

An Easy Healthy Snack

There’s no doubt that energy balls have become a Downshiftology favorite. They give you just the right amount of energy, are loaded with healthy ingredients, and taste oh so good. So if you’ve never had them before, it’s time to hop on the bandwagon.

Just like my banana bread energy balls or matcha pistachio bliss balls, they’re made from a combination of healthy fats, fiber, carbohydrates, and protein. But don’t worry, all you need are easy pantry staples such as rolled oats, nuts, seeds, fresh or dried fruit, honey, and vanilla extract.

No Bake Energy Ball Ingredients

While the flavor combinations are endless, today is a chocolate chip kind of day. It’s like a healthier chocolate chip cookie, but rolled into an energy ball. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Old Fashioned Rolled Oats: Rolled oats are going to be the best for texture (and I’m making sure to use gluten-free rolled oats here).
  • Shredded Coconut: You can toast your shredded coconut or leave it raw.
  • Almond Butter: Creamy almond butter is my go-to. But you can also use peanut butter, cashew butter, or any other nut butter.
  • Flaxseed: This will give your energy balls a healthy dose of Omega-3s, protein, and fiber!
  • Chocolate Chips: I always love to use Pascha Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. But, feel free to use whichever ones you like.
  • Honey: This is a great choice to help bind the dough together, while adding a hint of natural sweetness.
  • Vanilla Extract: Helps to enhance the rest of the delicious flavors.
  • Salt: A pinch of this to balance out the sweetness.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below

Ingredients for no bake chocolate chip energy balls on a table.

How To Make Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

Yep, this recipe comes together in just 4 easy steps and 15 minutes.

  1. Mix. Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Stir everything together until it’s fully combined.
  2. Roll. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop and roll the dough into balls. Then place onto a parchment lined baking tray.
  3. Chill. Place the tray in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes to let the balls firm up, then enjoy!

Rolling Tips: If you find your energy balls are breaking apart while rolling, add a little more honey or almond butter to the dough. If they’re too soft, place the dough in the fridge for 5-10 minutes before rolling.

Mixing ingredients and making no bake chocolate chip energy balls.

How To Store Energy Balls

To store: You can store these either in the fridge or on your counter at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Either way, just make sure to place them in an airtight container.

To meal prep: If you’d like to store them longer, you can also freeze them! Just make sure to separate the balls with parchment or wax paper so they don’t stick together.

No bake chocolate chip energy balls in a white bowl.

More Meal Prep Snacks

I don’t know about you, but easy and healthy snacks are a must. Especially for busy weekdays when you need that midday fuel. Here’s a few ideas you can meal prep for the week to satisfy any craving!

No bake chocolate chip energy balls on a table.

No Bake Energy Balls (Oatmeal Chocolate Chip)

5 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Chill Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 18 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
Chocolate chip energy balls are delicious bite sized treats filled with easy, healthy and energy-boosting ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup honey , or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir together.
  • Scoop the dough with cookie scoop (it helps to keep them about the same size) and roll them into balls. If the dough feels to dry, you can add more honey. If it's too sticky, place it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
    Chocolate chip energy balls next to a bowl with its ingredients.
  • Place the balls on a plate and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up, then enjoy!
    A sheet pan with no bake chocolate chip energy balls

Lisa's Tips

To store: You can store these either in the fridge or on your counter at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Either way, just make sure to place them in an airtight container.
To meal prep: If you'd like to store them longer, you can also freeze them! Just make sure to separate the balls with parchment or wax paper so they don’t stick together.

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 12mg, Potassium: 116mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 11IU, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip energy balls, energy balls recipe, no bake energy balls
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46 comments on “No Bake Energy Balls (Oatmeal Chocolate Chip)”

  1. This recipe has been a life saver! It totally satisfies my cravings for something sweet. I’ve made it using honey and maple syrup…both are delicious. My husband doesn’t like coconut, are there any substitutions?5 stars

    • Happy to hear this recipe is a sweet snack lifesaver! :) As for the coconut, it’s a big component to this recipe unfortunately. So I would suggest to try my banana bread energy balls or mango date balls instead.

  2. Love this recipe! I make it at least once a week so as to have something to snack on thats more nutritious than processed snacks. Great pre or post workout! I generally sub peanut butter as thats what we keep in the house and sometimes use a bit less chocolate but I imagine theres so many variations you could do with these! Would love to see more energy ball recipes – the banana bread ones are also great!5 stars

  3. Is there a substitute for the coconut or is it okay to leave it out? My family are not big fans. Thanks!

  4. Hello Lisa,

    I would love to try this recipe but do not have ground flaxseed. What can i use instead?

    Thank you!

  5. So easy and quick to make, and the perfect snack! For a new mom with little time on her hands, this was perfect to make in between my son’s naps. Definitely making this more!5 stars

  6. Energy balls look amazing. What can I substitute for rolled oats? Thanks

    • Hi Angela – Unfortunately this recipe calls for oats. But you can try my mango date energy balls or matcha pistachio bliss balls. Those don’t have oats in them :)

  7. i keep a batch of these or the banana bread energy balls in the frig at all times.  such a handy snack size and nutritious to boot.5 stars

  8. The perfect thing to have when you get hungry between breakfast and lunch while at school! :)5 stars

  9. Such a great snack to make while meal prepping for the week. I can go into my fridge when that chocolate craving strikes. Very easy to make and always have the ingredients on hand.5 stars

  10. Quick and easy. I use maple syrup in place of honey to cut the sweetness a little (my husband prefers the sweeter honey ones though) and they are SO GOOD! I love that they are quick to make when we need a fast snack for the week. 5 stars

  11. We make these regularly at my house. So simple, and they’re a great way to get kids involved in making something wholesome. Wonderful for breakfast or for a snack. Thx Lisa!!! :)5 stars

  12. Another yummy recipe. Used peanut butter in place of almond butter for these, but oh so tasty.5 stars

  13. I made these about 2 weeks ago and this recipe is a winner! They make an excellent snack that actually satisfies and gives a bit of energy. I might have used a hand mixer as my hands are starting to get arthritis but same good looking result! I am grateful for your healthy and easy to make recipes!5 stars

  14. Any suggestions for how to get these to stick together without the nut butter? I can’t have any nuts or seeds =(

  15. Hi! Do you ever soak your oats for this recipe?

  16. Made these today ,my hands were messy but it was worth it,they are lovely I had them by with Earl Grey tea with warm cream.Divine they hit my sweet tooth it’s my treat starting from today.Thanjs Lisa I’ve tried most of your recipes they are all divine How many of the energy oats balls cannot have per serving.
    Thanks5 stars

  17. Can I make these with Peanut Butter? I don’t have Almond Butter and would like to try these today.

  18. Hi is this 141 calories per ball? Thank u

  19. My family is a pretty snack obsessed bunch. And this no-bake chocolate chip recipe is quickly becoming one of our favorite treats.5 stars

  20. I think I need to make a big batch of these and enjoy throughout a day – they can surely keep you energized at all times!5 stars

  21. Could SERIOUSLY do with these in my life – the kid keeps waking me up at night. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  22. These look so delicious and tasty! My family is going to love this recipe! I can’t wait to give this a try!5 stars

  23. Hi Lisa. This looks amazing!! Definitely going to make this soon. Please can you advise on the nutritional side if it is per energy ball or per batch? I’m currently on a weight-loss journey and I’m calorie counting and a bit new to it. Sending best wishes from Southern Africa!

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