No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites – The Tailored Spoon


Are you ready for simple, kid-friendly and no oven required? Do you enjoy seeing those words? Then keep reading! This is a recipe that I posted on another blog that I had a few years back. Since then, I have made a few tweaks and changes.  Who doesn’t want an easy “go-to” recipe that you can make in about 10 minutes and be done.  The kids can help you make them! I am a fan of teaching my children some life skills. Since we have a child with Autism and another in college, life skills are important. Get the kids in the kitchen and they will thank you for it later.

This recipe is perfect for hot days when switching on the oven is a curse. Music to my ears! My kitchen in the summer is a hot box and I try to avoid turning on the oven at all costs.

Also these No Bake Peanut Butter Energy bites are not only can be made Gluten Free, Dairy Free, but can be also made Vegan.  My friends with special dietary needs can jump for joy!

They are rated 10 points on the yum-yum scale. Made with creamy peanut butter, crushed Rice Chex cereal, rolled oats and chocolate chips. Great for a quick breakfast on the go as well. Your kids are going to devour these energy bites by stealing them from the fridge while you are not looking. Then you may be sneaking some from the refrigerator while they aren’t looking. They are like potato chips, you can’t just have one. 😊

Energy bites are easy on the wallet as well.  Buying snack bars can add up. I think you could double recipe and freeze them is an option too.  Those bars also have a bunch of ingredients that I can never pronounce and the Peanut butter bites only have 7! If your kids are like mine they go through them like toilet paper.

There are many recipes out there like this one.  I have adapted the recipe but I don’t claim it as my own.

Let’s Begin!

Just Skip to the Recipe!

Gather your ingredients. And I should say most of these ingredients you will probably have in your kitchen.

Get a large bowl and start prepping the ingredients. First you will add the Rolled oats.  I don’t think it really matters if you use the quick or old fashioned rolled oats.  I have used both and in my opinion either would work just fine.  Gluten Free Oats can also be used.  Your preference!

Now for crushing the Rice Chex, it is very simple!  Place about two cups into a food processor, blender, or anything that grinds. (Not your teeth, thank you.) But if you prefer, the good old fashion way. Get a plastic zippered bag, or wax paper and crush the cereal with a rolling pin.  This ingredient is actually something I found on a whim. Really! I went looking for rice krispies in pantry because that is what the original recipe called for.  But the box had been invaded by moths, so I threw it out. I thought, “hey!, I have some rice chex cereal, why not use that?” They were staring me in face. Eureka! They have worked out fine. I think using the crushed rice chex give the bites a nice crunchy texture.  Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe. Tell me what you think about using the Rice chex cereal.  I’d love to know.

Rice Chex Cereal ready for crushing

Next add the Flaxseed meal. You can buy already ground, but it’s so much cheaper to…

Grind it Yourself.

It’s simple to do: Take about 1-2 cups of the raw flaxseed and place it in a blender (this is what I use) or food processor. Grind up for about 15 seconds and instant ground flaxseed meal.  Then measure a ½ cup and add it to the bowl.

Finished Ground Flaxseed meal.

Tailored Tip:  Always refrigerate or freeze your leftover flaxseed for freshness and of course from those darn pantry moths.

Fold in the chocolate chips. You can pretty much add whatever you like.  I go with mini chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips. Or if you are Vegan these Chocolate chips are good. Gluten, Dairy and Nut Free!

Then grab a smaller bowl and put in the wet ingredients: 1 cup of peanut butter, ½ cup honey, and vanilla extract. With a spatula fold the ingredients until well blended.

Now take the bowl with the wet ingredients and combine it with the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir until you have a stiff batter-like consistency.

When you have a good mixture, Using a teaspoon or a small cookie scoop as a portion, start by shaping the batter into balls with your fingers.  It should yield about 16-20 one-inch balls.

Helpful Tailored Tip: Have a very small bowl of water handy, about 2 tablespoons. Periodically dip your fingers into the bowl to prevent your hands from sticking to the batter.

Prep 10 mins

Total 10 mins

Author Karen from the tailored spoon

Yield 16-20 Bites

  • 2 cups of rolled oats or quick oats
  • 1 cup crushed rice chex cereal*
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons water

In a large bowl measure oats, crushed rice chex cereal, and chocolate chips. Stir together and set aside.

In a smaller bowl measure nut butter, honey and vanilla.  Stir together until blended.

Then take the smaller bowl with the wet ingredients and add it to the bowl with the dry ingredients.

With a spatula, fold together until all ingredients are well blended.

Then using your fingers and a teaspoon, form the shape of a ball with your hands.  Using the water periodically to dip your fingertips in the water to prevent sticking.

Place bites in the refrigerator to chill for 1-2 hours to harden.

These bites can be made with all variations of ingredients. 

Gluten-Free Option: Substitute Gluten-Free Oats, Enjoy Life Brand Chocolate Chips or some other add-in. 

Vegan Option: Use maple syrup instead of honey.

*Rice Krispies can be used in place of Rice Chex.  Try shredded coconut instead. 

Courses Breakfast, Snacks

Cuisine Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and Vegan Friendly

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