Looking for healthy snack ideas? Try these no bake energy bites made with oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruits! They are perfect for clean eating or nutritious snacking!
Why make these no bake energy bites?
Easy recipe – anyone can do it!
Perfect grab-n-go snack – If you are in a hurry, these no bake energy balls with dates are definitely the way to go. Grab some with you and eat on the way or whenever you find time. However I don’t recommend eating these instead of breakfast. If you want to enjoy them in the morning, I suggest adding another source of energy – smoothies (like Spinach Cucumber Smoothie), toasts (Ricotta Chocolate Banana Toast).
Energy balls recipe – full of nutrients, fiber, antioxidants and more.
Refined sugar free!
How to make no bake energy bites?
All the ingredients stated in the recipe go into a food processor. Then they are processed until the soft ingredients turn into a paste and blend everything together.
Then all you have to do is roll this paste/mixture into balls and you are good to go!
Are energy bites healthy?
Yes, they are. These no bake energy bites are made of oats, dried dates, figs, nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seed, sesame and chia seeds. I used honey to sweeten them.
All these ingredients are nutritious and contain a lot of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and vitamins.
What kind of oats do you use for energy balls?
Use either rolled oats or instant oats.
Can you freeze no bake energy bites?
Yes, you can. Place them in an air-tight container or a Ziploc bag and freeze. When you decide to take them out, let them sit at a room temperature for a few minutes before consuming.
- Storage – either fridge (up to 1 week) or freezer (up to 1 month).
- Substitutions – you can omit or substitute some of the ingredients with the ones you have on hand or you like more. Brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, mixed nuts are all great options and you can choose what you like the most. Also their ratios can be adjusted. Just note that there has to be something that will help the balls hold their shape – in this case it’s the dates and figs. Also some dried fruits might be drier than others so you might need to add more.
- If you feel that your no bake energy bites are dry, add more dates or figs.
- I highly recommend drinking some water after taking one or two balls. This is because they are rich in fiber and fiber needs water in order to do its “job” properly. To learn more about this nutrient, you might find this article helpful: Why is fiber good for you?
- The amount of energy balls you get out of this recipe will depend on their size. I made small ones as that is what I prefer and I got 20 pieces out of this recipe.
- Place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until they turn into a sticky paste-like mixture.
- Take a little bit and roll into a ball. Repeat until you have used up all the mixture.
- Transfer them into the fridge or freezer until they harden slightly or until you are ready to enjoy them (see notes 4 & 5).
- Some dried fruits may be drier than others so the balls can turn out dry. If this is the case, I suggest slightly increasing the amount of dried fruits.
- The number of energy balls can vary depending on their size.
- Use any nuts you like (walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts ...).
- Store them in an air-tight container in the fridge (for up to a week) or freezer (up to a month).
- While these energy balls can be enjoyed right away, you can place them in the fridge or freezer for a while (15-30 minutes) so they harden slightly. Note that the overall preparation time does not include this time.