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Peanut Butter No Bake Gluten Free Energy Bites

Peanut Butter No Bake Gluten Free Energy Bites

These no bake gluten free energy bites are delicious, satisfying and so easy to make. They cost about 20¢ each to make—and might cost you about $1.79 each to buy (no joke).

Peanut Butter No Bake Gluten Free Energy Bites

I’ve been making some version of these no bake gluten free energy bites for months now. I would bring them everywhere for my kids, share them with friends and they would oooh and ahhh. Since the recipe is so dead simple, I would try to just recite it from memory so they could make it themselves (it makes a great busy morning breakfast). But since I was using hemp seeds (they are so protein-packed it’s ridiculous) and I figured they (and you!) wouldn’t want to special order those magical seeds like I was, I pretty much figured the recipe wasn’t really worth sharing. But then, as often happens, I spied with my little eye a package of hulled hemp seeds at my local Trader Joe’s. And just like that, it was time to share!

Peanut Butter No Bake Gluten Free Energy Bites, Step by Step

This really is a no-bake recipe when you make it as written. But I cannot tell a lie: I toast the oats, coconut and seeds in a 300°F oven for about 15 minutes at the start. I know I know you really don’t want to put on the oven in the summertime (unless you’re reading this in the winter!), but I have my oven on every single day of the year (occupational hazard) anyway and it really does intensify and deepen the flavors.

Peanut Butter No Bake Gluten Free Energy Bites

If you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s or just don’t shop there and you can’t find hemp seeds, I have tons of suggestions for other ingredients to use in their place. Can’t have peanut butter? Most any other nut butter will do. You pretty much can’t go wrong. If your family is always hungry like mine seems to be, these are a great solution!

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 36 bites


2 cups (200 g) certified gluten free rolled oats

2 cups (80 g) unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup (160 g) hulled raw hemp seeds (can substitute chia seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, flax seeds or pumpkin seeds)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/4 cups (320 g) smooth peanut butter (can substitute almond butter another favorite nut butter; if you use sunbutter, you may have to rebalance the moisture balance with more oats or coconut flakes)

1/2 cup (168 g) honey

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

4 ounces miniature chocolate chips


  • Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. In a large bowl, place the oats, coconut flakes, hemp seeds and salt, and mix to combine well. Set the bowl aside. If you would like to intensify the flavor of these ingredients, you can place them all together on a lined baking sheet in a single layer and toast them in a 300°F oven (or toaster oven, in batches) for about 15 minutes, stirring once. Then proceed with the recipe as written.

  • In a separate large, microwave-safe bowl, place the peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract, and mix to combine. Microwave the peanut butter and honey mixture on 60% power for 30 seconds to loosen the mixture and make it easier to combine with the dry ingredients. Add the oat and coconut dry mixture to the peanut butter and honey mixture, and mix until well-combined. Allow the mixture to cool for at least 10 minutes, and then add the miniature chocolate chips. Mix until the chips are evenly distributed throughout. If you add the chips when the mixture is hot, the chips will all melt.

  • Scoop the mixture by the heaping tablespoon onto the prepared baking sheet (a #50 ice cream scoop works perfectly). You should have about 36 portions. Roll each portion tightly into a ball between your palms. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to chill until firm. Serve chilled. They will hold their shape at room temperature, but I prefer them chilled.



  • Natalie Acheson

    Do you have to use coconut? Just use more oats instead? Thanks!!! This looks awesome!!

    • You can probably use more oats in place of the coconut, Natalie. It’s worth a try!

  • Brandy

    Do you happen to have another suggestion to help with binding other than oats? I can’t eat oats but have really been wanting to make a no bake energy ball with peanut butter for awhile.

    • Ada

      I use quinoa flakes in cookies needing oats, it usually works well for me.

      • Brandy

        Thank you….now to figure out where to get those :)

        • Quinoa flakes won’t work in exactly the same amount in these, as they are much, much less substantial than rolled oats. You would have to experiment with quantities of those and the other ingredients, Brandy!

          • Brandy

            Thank you! I will give it a try!

          • Donia Robinson

            Brandy, I would try wandering around the GF cereal section at the grocery store. Inspiration might strike. Some cereals can stand up to being part of a wet, unbaked cookie. I’ve also used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal in things like this. The amount to use would be totally different than if you were to use oats and the result would be different in texture, but I think it’s worth a shot!

  • CeCe Wipperman

    Where do we find the nutritional information?

    • I don’t provide nutritional information generally, CeCe. Feel free to plug the ingredients into any online nutrition info calculator, like sparkpeople.

  • suzeyg3

    Can anything else be used instead of seeds? Chopped nuts or something. I’m not a big seed lover apart from sesame or poppy lol

    • Something similar in size, Suzey, might work.

      • suzeyg3

        Thanks I may give them a go tomorrow x

  • Jennifer S.

    Nicole – much like you I’m sure, I live for the day when everyone will appreciate the lovely recipe you have posted and not ask for a substitution. Maybe I’m delusional but I will still hope.
    I think this one looks awesome as written! :)

    • Anneke

      I totally thought the same thing, Jennifer! This one will get made as is in my house, for sure!

      • You guys are funny. I’m okay with the substitution questions. I just often don’t know the answers! :)

    • Angela Stone

      I totally understand what you’re saying. Sadly we have a whole bunch of food issues and when you’re inexperienced with substitutions it helps to ask just in case someone knows how to sub different liquids or solids. Once upon a time….we didn’t need to either!

  • Angela Griffin Gomez

    So I just made these but they didn’t want to stick to together. I used quick oats. Should I have used regular oats. I used flax seeds instead of hemp. Other than that I used everything the recipe called for. By the way they are really good.

  • Heather G

    Hi — just curious if you checked with Trader Joe’s on the gluten-free status of the hemp seeds. This ingredient is not in their online gluten-free food list.

  • Donia Robinson

    Costco has big bags of hemp, off and on (as is Costco’s way). Am I the only one who feels just a little wrong when I buy hemp?

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