Blend and shape a batch of wholesome bites—and get inspired to invent your own version—with this easy step-by-step.

Joy Howard
Updated July 28, 2020
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Follow this formula and mix and match ingredients to make your own energy ball creation.

Joy Howard

Energy bites are packed with good-for-you ingredients and they're simple to make at home. You can customize them with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or even spices, and unlike granola, there's no baking involved—a big bonus if you're short on time. Lots of versions call for blending all the ingredients in a food processor, but we like the ease (and minimal mess!) that hand-stirring provides. Our basic version is accomplished in a few simple steps. Once you've mastered it you'll be able to make two more flavors with some easy ingredient swaps, or create your own tasty combination.

How to Make Healthy Energy Balls

Joy Howard

We use our super-easy Peanut Butter Energy Balls as the base of this formula from which you can build your own tasty combo. We just loved this recipe so much we wanted to make a few more easy and delicious versions!

1. Start with oats and nut or seed butter

In a large bowl, blend 2 cups rolled oats with 1 cup nut or seed butter. You can use any kind of the latter you like, but we found that creamy or smooth varieties work best. If you're gluten free, be sure to used oats that are labeled as such on the packaging.

2. Add a liquid sweetener

Next, drizzle in ½ cup of honey. Aside from adding a little sweetness, it makes the end result more moist and helps bind the ingredients. We also prefer honey for its flavor over other sweeteners like agave or molasses.

3. Toss in some extras

Here's where you can get really creative. For our basic recipe, we use ¼ cup mini chocolate chips and ¼ cup coconut, but any healthy add-in will work. Sunflower or chia seeds, raisins or other dried fruit, and roasted nuts all make great additions. Just be sure to chop them up and don't add more than about ½ cup total. Too much ingredient will keep the balls from binding. And did we mention spices? Ground cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and/or a generous pinch of kosher salt will give your bites a boost of flavor without adding any calories.

3. Stir and roll

Once everything has been added to the bowl, stir all the ingredients until evenly blended. Scoop a tablespoon-size portion of the mixture and roll into a ball. Repeat with the remaining mixture. The balls can be refrigerated in an air-tight container for 5 days.

Healthy Energy Ball Recipes

Use our basic formula from above, then try our S'mores Energy Balls, Salted Coconut Caramel Energy balls and more!

S'mores Energy Balls

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Get the Recipe: S'mores Energy Ball

These two-bite, protein packed snacks have all the flavors of a campfire favorite rolled right in. Mini chocolate chips and graham cracker pieces are blended into the base mixture, while a mini marshmallow is tucked into the center. Even better, they're no bake and you can make a big batch in about 15 minutes.

Salted Coconut-Caramel Energy Balls

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A blend of dates, sunflower seed butter, salt and vanilla make these bites surprisingly reminiscent of salted caramel—both in taste and texture. Unlike our ultra-easy mix and match basic energy ball recipe, you'll need a blender to make a paste for the base of these balls, but the extra effort is oh-so-worth it for the sweet and satisfying result.

More Healthy Energy Ball Recipes

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While some of these other tasty recipes may use a few extra steps, they're just as worth it! Once you master the basic recipe, move on to these other combinations.