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No Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

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4.5 from 20 reviews

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 25-28 balls 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


No Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls are a healthy lunchbox treat! Crushed nuts, chocolate chips, rolled oats, creamy nut butter, and dried cranberries come together to taste just like oatmeal cookies. Vegan-friendly and kid-friendly!


Units Scale
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup crushed honey roasted nuts. Regular crushed nuts may be substituted.
  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats (we use Bob’s Red Mill)- If using quick cooking oats, you will need 1/4 to 1/3 cup more.
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (we use Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup natural no-stir nut butter or sunflower seed butter (adjust depending on the brand of nut butter you use)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup (see notes)
  • optional 2 tablespoons gluten free flour or protein powder if batter is too sticky.


  1. Crush the glazed nuts by hand or in a blender, set aside. May also use packaged chopped nuts.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the rolled oats, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, nuts, and cinnamon. Mix to combine.
  3. Next, add the creamy nut butter and vanilla. Stir again.
  4. Gradually add the honey (or maple syrup), mixing with a spoon between pours. Adjust the amount of honey used depending batter’s thickness.
  5. If batter is too sticky, add a few tablespoons of gluten free flour or protein powder. Mix with spoon.
  6. Before rolling, chill batter in fridge for 20 minutes. That way, it’s easier to roll later.
  7. Roll into 1-1 1/2-inch balls and place on a cookie tray with parchment paper underneath.
  8. Place in freezer for 20-30 minutes then transfer into a Ziploc bag. Keep in fridge or freezer for up to 6 weeks.


  • We use Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips, which stir well and are vegan.
  • If you want a thinner batter, blend the oats with the nuts in a food processor so it’s a chopped texture. Will probably need less honey/nut butter.
  • Pro Tip Add in your nut butter and honey a little bit at a time until you find the right consistency to roll into balls. Each batch will be different depending on how fine you blend the nuts and the type of nut butter you use. Pretty easy to adjust though.

Nutritional information

  • Nutrition shown below is for 1 bite. 3-4 bites are equivalent to a nutrient-dense energy bar.
  • Prep Time: 10 -15 min
  • Category: snacks
  • Method: no-bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 energy bite
  • Calories: 79
  • Sugar: 5.2 g
  • Sodium: 23.6 mg
  • Fat: 3.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.6 g
  • Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.1 mg