These Energy Balls are chock full of healthy ingredients, perfect to combat mid-morning energy slumps, and great for pre or post-workout snacking!

Energy bites are quick to make, require no baking, and freeze well so you always have something healthy to grab and go!

Chocolate Energy Balls with one that has a bite taken out of it

The energy bite recipe has been sponsored by Earth Echo Foods.

What is an Energy Ball?

An energy ball is a handheld bite of goodness filled with nutrients for the perfect snack!

  • Energy balls are a healthy homemade solution to pre-packaged energy bars.
  • They are a great tasting snack ideal for staying energized!
  • These energy balls are jam-packed with flavor and include power-packed Cacao Bliss for a boost in nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Quick to make and no baking means no fuss, no muss in the kitchen!

Make a batch or two and pop them into a backpack or briefcase!

ingredients to make Chocolate Energy Balls


BASE Peanut butter, oats, and honey make for a great bite that is flavorful and holds its shape well.

ADD-INS I love the combo of pecan/cranberry but add your favorite nuts and dried fruits or even coconut!

CACAO BLISS Cacao Bliss is a superfood mixture that adds a delicious chocolatey flavor but even more importantly, it is packed with powerful nutrients and antioxidants.

process of making Chocolate Energy Balls

What is Cacao Bliss?

CACAO BLISS is a rich and indulgent chocolaty superfood! It is made from raw cacao beans and a blend of ancient superfoods that can make desserts and treats guilt-free.

This blend is nutrient dense and has no artificial sugars, fats, or chemicals as some traditional chocolate does. It is naturally sweetened with healthy sweeteners like monk fruit.

Cacao Bliss is delicious enjoyed as a drink on its own or added to recipes (like this chocolate hummus!) for a healthy, guilt-free chocolate boost!

You can find Cacao Bliss here, use the code PENNIES to save 15% on your next order.

process of making Chocolate Energy Balls


  • So many variations for this recipe! Add some favorite seeds or nuts like sunflower, pepitas, almonds, pecans, or walnuts.
  • Almond or cashew butter can easily be used in place of the peanut butter and don’t forget to add chopped dried fruit like cranberries, raisins, or cherries.
  • Add some mini M&Ms for a Monster Energy Ball version!

How to Make Energy Balls

  1. Add pecans and cranberries to a food processor. Pulse just until slightly chopped.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients (per recipe below). Pulse until the mixture is combined and holds together.
  3. Scoop energy balls onto a prepared baking sheet and chill before serving.

PRO TIP: Lightly toast shredded nuts (or coconut if you add it in) in a dry pan until they are barely browned. This burns off the extra oil and makes them crunchy and sweet!

Chocolate Energy Balls on a baking sheet

How to Store

Store energy balls in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container and they will last about 7 days. Or, wrap them individually in foil or plastic wrap so they are ready to go!

Frozen energy balls are a great snack on a hot day or after a heavy workout! Freeze them on a baking sheet before putting them in a zippered bag (this keeps them from sticking together). They’ll stay fresh for up to 8 weeks in the freezer.

Did your family love these No-Bake Energy Balls? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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Easy No Bake Energy Balls

These tasty Energy Balls are as easy to make as they are delicious and will keep you going all day long!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 energy balls
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  • ¼ cup dried cranberries finely chopped
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • 1 ¼ cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup peanut butter creamy or crunchy
  • ¼ cup honey or agave syrup
  • 3 scoops Cacao Bliss
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips optional


  • Place cranberries and pecans in the food processor. Pulse a couple of times to break them up.
  • Add remaining ingredients (except chocolate chips if using) and pulse in the food processor until it holds together and thickens.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix in chocolate chips if using.
  • Scoop the mixture into 12 balls with a cookie scoop. Roll smooth and place on the prepared pan.
  • Chill 2 hours before serving.


If you do not have a food processor, finely chop the nuts and mix all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon.
Different brands of peanut butter can have different consistencies, if needed add a few extra oats to reach desired consistency.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 169 | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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    1. I have not tried making this recipe with wow butter instead but I think it should work great. Let us know how it turns out for you, Nycki!

  1. I like all the ingredients except the cacao mixture which has monk fruit as the sweetener. I’ve tried to like it but it always leaves a medicinal taste in my mouth. So I’d have to substitute pure cacao powder.

    1. As mentioned in the recipe notes Shari, if you do not have a food processor, finely chop the nuts and mix all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon. Enjoy them!

  2. Is there an alternative to the cacao bliss? It says Walmart has it but it doesn’t. Your suggestion won’t work as I shop on a budget and am a lone widow. I can’t afford$129 and a ton of that ingredient.5 stars

  3. Hi. Just curious… could I use hemp hearts in place of the flaxmeal? Do you think it would offer the same sort of bind? I’m sure the flavour would be nice. What do you think?

    1. We haven’t tried hemp hearts but I don’t see an issue with using them! Let us know how they turn out!

  4. Hi Holly, I wonder if you can tell me the difference between Cacao Bliss and Cacao powder. Over
    here in England I’m have trouble finding Cacao Bliss.

    Thanks for all the yummy recipes son and I love trying them out.

    Stay safe, Diana Burroughs.

    1. Hi Diana, Cacao Bliss is a superfood mixture that adds a delicious chocolatey flavor but even more importantly, it is packed with powerful nutrients and antioxidants. You can find it here!