Sure, popping oatmeal in the microwave and adding a few key ingredients (like brown sugar and raisins) makes a super nutritious meal in two minutes. But it’s hard to eat breakfast with a spoon while also running out the door with your hands full and no time to waste.

Grabbing a cookie may feel like a safer choice, but it’ll likely leave you feeling both sluggish and ravenous by noon. Unless there’s a batch of homemade breakfast cookies to chow down on or ample time to eat a leisurely breakfast, oat-filled goodness isn’t realistic for those with places to go and people to see.

But before grabbing a granola bar and throwing up your hands in despair, set your sights on no-bake energy bites. Often filled with chocolate, covered in rainbow sprinkles, and loaded with all kinds of (legitimately) healthy ingredients, these filling bites are some of the healthiest and easiest snacks to make and then eat on the go. Roll with us—and the dough.

9 No-Bake, No-Fuss Energy Bite Recipes

1. “Sugar Cookie” Energy Bites

Always in search of an excuse to eat a cookie? You’ve come to the right place. The buttery taste of ground cashews perfectly mirrors a typical sugar cookie, and it’s even topped with rainbow sprinkles. We’ve never been more excited for a pre-workout snack.

2. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Protein Bites

Gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar free, and full of peanut butter and chocolate... Dreams do come true! (For our taste buds, at least.) Made with chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and a few other healthy add-ins, these snacks taste more like dessert than a healthy bite. But we’re totally OK with that.

3. Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

Fall brings pumpkin, apple, and maple to mind, but one of the best (and most underrated) flavors of the season is actually cranberry. Full of antioxidants and disease-fighting powers, the tart fruit is a perfect addition to these breakfast bites. Mixed with oats, pistachios, honey, and flax, you’ll be fueled for any kind of day—a work marathon or an actual race.

Coconut Lime Energy Bites Photo: Paleo Grubs

4. Coconut Lime Energy Bites

If a lighter, more refreshing bite is what you’re after, try one of these citrus power balls. Full of dates, coconut, fresh lime zest, and a mixture of healthy nuts, they’ll keep your heart, mouth, and stomach happy and healthy.

5. Cookie Butter Energy Balls

Cookie butter is all the rage. And it’s easy to see why: Cookie-flavored nut butter makes just about everything taste better—even a spoon. So why not add it to your snack roster? The oats, coconut, chia and flax seeds, and honey make these bites oh-so healthy, and the cookie butter makes them taste that much more like heaven (and cookies).

6. Nutella Energy Bites

Oh Nutella, how we love thee. Though we’d be happy simply spooning the chocolate-hazelnut cream into our mouths, it’s also easy to mimic the flavor while boosting the health factor—which is where these energy bites come in. Made with a little bit of the good stuff (Nutella) and a lot of even better stuff (chia seeds, flax seeds, and oats), this portable snack will satisfy chocolate cravings and provide some pep.

Mint Chocolate Energy Bites Photo: Sally’s Baking Addiction

7. Mint Chocolate Energy Bites

We’ll admit: They’re no Thin Mints. But these energy bites come pretty damn close—and they’re the perfect snack if mint chocolate goodness is what you’re after. Made with dates, almonds, maple syrup, and peppermint extract, they’ll keep ifueled and satisfied, and your friends impressed with your kitchen skills.

8. Raw Peanut Butter and Jelly Balls

There’s something comforting about spreading thick layers of peanut butter and jelly between two pieces of bread and biting into your childhood. But it may be time to try the combo in a new (and improved) way. Gluten-free, vegan, and just four ingredients, these simple bites will make the inner kid in you happy and the adult in you healthy.

9. Peppermint Mocha Energy Bites

The name sounds like a festive, sugar-loaded Starbucks drink, but don’t let that scare you. This recipe brings the best of holiday cheer (a.k.a. peppermint and chocolate) but doesn’t result in a sugar crash or unhappy belly. Bonus: The espresso provides a nice metabolism boost!

9 No-Bake, No-Fuss Energy Bite Recipes
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