5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites

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Stack of gluten-free vegan Peanut Butter Cup Chia Seed Energy Bites

Sometimes, “real” food sounds exhausting and you just want something quick and easy to throw into your purse and call “lunch” without anyone judging you.

Well, consider this a judgment free zone. And if today is one of those days, here is my solution: Energy bites!

5 ingredients
15 minutes
Naturally sweetened (when using naturally sweetened dark chocolate!)
Tastes like a peanut butter cup

Get on board.

Oats, chia seeds, dark chocolate, peanut butter, and dates

I’m kind of into quick and easy right now.

Warmer weather has meant more adventuring for us and I love having snacky things on hand for sporadic activities. I’m like that weird friend of yours with all the mom things in her purse who doesn’t actually have any kids. No sign of babies around here, just so many snacks.

Blender with freshly blended dates for making energy bites

So, energy bites! 5 ingredients:

Peanut butter
Chia seeds
Dairy-free dark chocolate

The good news about these little gems is they’re totally customizable! No peanut butter? Sub any other nut butter. Not into chocolate (seriously Rhonda?)? Omit it and add more oats and chia seeds. Never heard of chia seeds? Sub flax or hemp seeds. It’s that easy friends.

Blender filled with ingredients for our simple Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites

This is basically hippie cookie dough. Take a spoon and eat it straight. (Who on Earth would do such a thing? Me –  I would.)

Or reach down in there and roll the batter into little portable energy bites.

Your friends are gonna be so happy to see what’s in your mom purse.

Holding up a freshly rolled Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bite for a delicious snack
Platter filled with gluten-free vegan Peanut Butter Cup Chia Seed Energy Bites

These guys are so good it’s dangerous! They’re:

Peanut buttery
Crunchy from the chia seeds
Naturally sweetened
& Seriously delicious

Races? Hikes? Road trips? Travel? These are the snacks for you.

Homemade PB Cup Energy Bites for a delicious protein-packed vegan snack

If you try this recipe, you know the drill. Let us know by leaving a comment or taking a picture and tagging it @minimalistbaker on Instagram! We love seeing what you come up with. Cheers!

Stack of homemade gluten-free Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites

5 Ingredient Peanut Cup Energy Bites

EASY, 5-ingredient peanut butter energy bites sweetened with dates and studded with oats, dark chocolate, and chia seeds! Full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats.
Author Minimalist Baker
Tray of Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites made with dates
4.89 from 211 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 15 (bites)
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week


  • 1 cup dates (pitted // if dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain well)
  • 3 Tbsp all-natural salted peanut or almond butter
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free dark chocolate (roughly chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (or sub flax or hemp seeds)
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats (gluten-free as needed)


  • Pulse pitted dates in a food processor or blender until they’re in small pieces or it forms a ball (see photo).
  • Add oats, chocolate, chia seeds, and peanut butter and pulse or mix until combined. You want there to be consistently small pieces but not overly processed.
  • Carefully roll into 1-inch balls (29-30 grams per ball), using the warmth of your hands to mold them together. Should yield 14-15 balls (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
  • To set, pop in fridge or freezer for 15 minutes. Otherwise, eat as is! Will keep fresh in an air-tight bag or container for up to a week. Freeze for longer term storage.



* Loosely adapted from my No-Bake Cookie Bars.
* Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 15 servings)

Serving: 1 energy bite Calories: 92 Carbohydrates: 14 g Protein: 2.1 g Fat: 3.4 g Saturated Fat: 0.8 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 10 mg Fiber: 2.5 g Sugar: 9 g

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  1. Becca says

    I just made these today and they are quite yummy! I didn’t want to dig around trying to find my food processor so I used my vitamix blender. I softened my chopped medjool dates, and was a bit short so I smooshed half of a banana to add as well. I think it would have blended better with the food processor, as the dates kept getting stuck and not moving until I added a bit of oat milk to soften them even more. I added 2tbsp of cocoa powder, along with the mini chocolate chips I used. Also used wowbutter so my daughter could take them to school and I could take them to work (nut-free zone). Because of the bit of milk I had to add, I stirred in some extra oats at the end to thicken the mixture, chilled, then rolled into balls. Worked out great 😊 next time, I think I will blend a bit less so there’s a bit more texture, but they taste so good.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Becca!

  2. Lisa says

    Just WOW! Made these for Easter treats for my grandkids. Followed the recipe as written and used hemp hearts instead of chia as that’s what I had on hand. I rolled half the finished balls in hemp hearts, the other half in sesame seeds. Delicious….now I just need to stay out of them until Easter. Thanks for a great recipe that I know I’ll make again and again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Lisa. Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

  3. Rachel says

    These are so good. I made a double batch and froze them. I use them for hiking snacks, just grab a few on my way out the door and by the time I take them out of my pack they’re perfectly defrosted. Next time I might add some chopped nuts and bits of caramel to see if I can replicate a Snickers bar, or something like it!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      That’s brilliant! And the snickers idea, YUM. Thanks for the lovely review, Rachel!

  4. Caroline says

    Wow, this was so good. I didn’t even make them into balls, just ate it by the spoonful. Chocolate chips not needed.

  5. Charlotte says

    My kid is anti chai seeds. Well I never – she has been asking me to make these again as she loved them, & loved the chai in particular!!! Thanks so much xxx

  6. Sherri Neil says

    I’m only giving this a four because it is the first time I have had to modify your recipes due to flavor (personal preference im sure). There still was a strong date and not chocolate flavor to me so I added heaping tablespoon of cacao and 1/4 more peanut butter and Omgosh so good. Dana your recipes are amazing and I’m so glad that even if for once my personal preference was not exactly like yours I was able to just tweak it a little to make it perfect for me.

  7. Holly Aide says

    Thank you for all your fabulous reciepes. I plan to make these for my daughter for Valentien’s day. She is vegan, mostly raw vegan. Would you be able to share what chocolate you use? I haven’t found one that is yummy and melts easily.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Holly! We hope she enjoys! We find that Enjoy Life chocolate chips are tasty and melt very easily. Hope this helps!

  8. Nathalie says

    Fifth time I’ve made these. Out of all the energy balls I’ve made over the years my kids devour this one. It’s a keeper!

  9. Fred says

    I loved it. But I wanted to point out that the video does not match the recipe as it has liquid chocolate poured on the finished balls.

  10. Laura E says

    I wanted to start eating dates during my 3rd trimester of pregnancy- but I find dates disgusting. This recipe is AMAZING. The bites are delicious, and I can’t tell I’m eating dates :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Dottie! We are so glad you enjoy them! Some readers have had success using half cacao nibs and half chocolate chips to keep the sweetness!

  11. Ella says

    Made as is, except i left the chia seeds out and instead rolled the finished balls in chia seeds.

    They do remind me of a peanut butter cup!

  12. Katalin says

    We ran out of oats today, so I used cornflakes instead. It made the bites beautifully crunchy. I recommend it!

  13. Joanna says

    Quick question- if I wanted to make a biiiig batch (lazy time saving), would extra batches keep well in the freezer and defrost well?

  14. Amira says

    I made these but with tahini rather than peanut butter so that my kids can take them to school (they have a nut-free policy) and they turned out super delish! Thanks for the recipe :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ohhh yum! We’re gonna have to try that. Thanks so much for the great review and for sharing your modifications, Amira!

    • Lora says

      My nephew has a peanut allergy, and so I’ve learned about the well-known top 8 allergens, and discovered that sesame is actually the 9th! There are actually requests to companies and the government to require that sesame be listed on labels.
      Just FYI

  15. Kristen says

    These are so yummy! I make another version with nuts as the base instead of oats so it’s nice to have a change. I added cocoa powder instead of chopped chocolate(I didn’t have any) and a splash of almond milk. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Kristen! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  16. LISAB says

    Great recipe! I use prunes if I don’t have dates. My son eats the whole batch in one day during busy sports schedule days. Always looking for good high protein snacks for him. It’s hard to get enough calories in every day and these work great! Thanks!

  17. Jacki C. says

    I was searching for something my preschoolers could grab and eat on the way to school as it can often be a long stretch to breakfast. Problem solved. As long as I don’t eat them all first! The mixture was a little dry so I was concerned it might not form into balls, but it did and the quick trip to the freezer helped. I look forward to exploring your other varieties of energy bites! Such a delicious, mess-free, healthy snack for kids (and their grown ups).

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Energy bites are so perfect for that! We’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Jacki! Thank you for sharing! xo

  18. Maude says

    So quick and easy to make! I added a dash of cinnamon and opted for almond butter. Instead of simply doing either 1 tbsp of chia seeds or hemp seeds, I did 1 tbsp of both. Sooooo soooo good. I prepped these in advance for when I am breastfeeding because I always get so hungry. The perfect one-handed snack on the go. Thank you!

  19. AP says

    We loved this recipe with Sun Butter for our nut-allergic kids (plus these are great for school lunches, since many schools are nut-free). The last bit of crumbs was hard to shape into balls so I scraped it onto a bowl of yogurt for a delicious topping!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ooo, yum! So great to know these worked well with sun butter, thanks so much for the great review!

  20. Lulu says

    What an amazing recipe! Second time I’m doing it, and what a success. I replaced the peanut butter with the almond one, and added 1/4 cup of chocolate 80% cocoa. A but of salt, and the suggestion of Akki, to roll them in cocoa powder. I also did a mix of dates and figues, because I love the added touch of crispiness. I love this recipe, thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy it, Lulu! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  21. Akki says

    This is a good recipe! We doubled the recipe and used about a pound of Tunisian pitted dates from my local Mediterranean grocery. We added to them a little boiling water (maybe 1/4 cup), drained off the amount that wasn’t absorbed, then whizzed them with a handheld immersion blender. Interestingly, this made a very creamy light-colored paste that still had some good-sized chunks. We then mixed the rest of the ingredients in by hand.

    I definitely recommend using DARK chocolate chips, the dates are already very sweet and using semisweet chips would have been too much. We added a bit of sifted cocoa powder, salt, and a dollop of vanilla paste to the mix as well. We are considering rolling them in more cocoa powder, like truffles, because they’re quite sticky (probably down to the excess water and how thoroughly I whizzed them with the blender). Even after chilling, they’re pretty soft and very sweet. Good, though. Like a cross between cookie dough and a granola bar.

  22. Colleen says

    I tripled it and they were still gone in less than a week. Glad I found something nutritious for the kids to nosh on. BTW, tripling was a little too much for my food processor to handle next time doubling it.

  23. Molly King says

    I am obsessed with these!! I started eating them at the end of my pregnancy (as they recommend date intake for labor) and can’t get enough. I make them every week! I always soak the dates in warm water first and I also add a tbs flax seed and sometimes a splash of almond milk in the blender to add a little moisture.

    • Molly King says

      I forgot to add that I also don’t blend the chocolate chips, I prefer them whole, so mix them in after. I also keep them in the freezer and like how they taste cold. They don’t freeze solid.

      • Crystal says

        Our family recently transitioned to a vegetarian diet, and I was looking for delicious, satisfying, nutrient-rich snacks to supplement our diet (especially for the kids). I wasn’t sure if we would like the dates, but I decided to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did! Not only are these ridiculously easy to make and packed with minerals, but they’re super delicious too! My kids (and me) absolutely love them. Thanks for this recipe!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          We’re so glad you and your kids enjoyed them, Crystal! Thank you for the lovely review! xo

  24. OUCHICK99 says

    These were so good! A few notes: soaked the dates in warm water for ten minutes, and added a pinch of salt and 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract to the mix; rolled in toasted, unsweetened coconut before I chilled. Also, I didn’t have dark chocolate, so after everything was blended in the food processor, I hand-mixed in mini chocolate chips. This is a keeper!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  25. Erin Pawelek says

    Hi! I am wanting to make these for a friend who just had a baby but I don’t have any dates on hand. Could I sub honey? And if so, how much? Thank you!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Erin, we aren’t sure the texture would be quite right, but it might work! Maybe start with 1/4 cup and work your way up? Or another dried fruit might work better!

  26. Sascha says

    Just tried this and just realized I forgot the chia seed, oops. My blender did not like it (maybe I should soak my dates longer) but, it tastes absolutely amazing! I’ll definitely do them again

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sascha, using super fresh dates or soaking them should help. We’re so glad you enjoyed them even without the chia seeds! Thank you for sharing!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! What type of blender are you using? Were the dates nice and sticky? If not, did you soak them in warm water first?

      • Claudia says

        It’s an osterizer 12 speed and yes the dates were very sticky. I did not soak them in water unfortunately:(

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          If you have a powerful food processor, we’d suggest transferring them to that instead.

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Anya! We haven’t tried these bites with cocoa powder but it could work. We’d suggest starting with 2 Tbsp and increasing if you want it more chocolatey, you may also want to add a splash of maple syrup to balance the bitterness of the cocoa powder. Let us know how it goes if you give it a try!

  27. Michelle says

    Quick, easy and yummy. I made these to take for our snack this week when we go out exploring the mountains in Montana on our ATV’s.

  28. MEL says

    VERY quick and easy, and totally delicious! I eat them for pre workout snacks, if i’m fancying something sweet (all the time) or when i’m in a rush…i can just pop one or two in my mouth and be on my way!!
    thanks so much

  29. Raya says

    Yummy! Few too many oats IMO, it’s not great texturally. Next time I will use half the oats, toast and blend them a bit first, and try other add ins like coconut and chopped nuts.

  30. Coral says

    These are delicious! I’m not a huge fan of date flavor, however the predominant flavors are peanut butter and chocolate if you follow the basic recipe and add the recommended amounts of each. This did not come together well in my blender even though I added 1-2 tbs water. No issue—I just blended what I could and incorporated the rest with my hands in a bowl.

    I added 2 tbs unflavored protein powder. I used hemp seeds instead of chia seeds. I also subbed in semisweet mini chocolate chips and a few milk chocolate chips for extra decadence. Lastly, I added a pinch of salt because the dates were so sweet. The flavor and texture are spot on and these refrigerate nicely. I will be experimenting with versions of this in the future!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thank you for sharing your experience and tips, Coral! A food processor tends to work better with date recipes than a blender, so if you have one, we’d suggest trying that for next time.

      • MumOfMany says

        My little ones really enjoyed making these together as an activity. This was a super tasty recipe, a great healthy alternative lunch box filler! Thank you for sharing!

  31. Jen says

    Do you think subbing strawberry spread for dates would work, or would it be too sticky? I saw a product on the market that uses freeze dried strawberries, but those can taste weird.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jen, we do think it would be too sticky. But a dried fruit (not freeze dried) might work!

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    • Evalata says

      Agreed, the ads have become a bit much Dana. Even when I click on Jump to recipe, I’m interrupted by pop-ups and unwanted video playing.
      I made the balls just now and they are great 👍🏻

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Evalata, We’re so glad you enjoyed the balls! Thank you for your feedback and sorry for any inconvenience. We always try to optimize for user experience, while also having ads to keep the content free.

      • Gerry says

        These absolutely works with almond flour and are YUMMY! I used Trader Joe’s 72% dark choc chips and added some cacao nibs that gave a subtle crunch. Great for an afternoon snack! Thank you for providing the calculator to increase or decrease portions – helpful when you’re low on a key ingredient like dates and still want to make it ;-)

        They get hard in the refrigerator with the almond flour, but sit them out for a bit and they soften right up. Thanks for another great recipe!

        • Tara says

          What did you use the almond flour for? Instead of the oats? I have lots almond flour on hand! I can’t eat oats on my diet so I’m trying right now with quinoa flakes.

  32. Chloe says

    These are so incredible and check off all the boxes for my sweet tooth!! Making another batch this weekend and curious if you’ve ever tried adding protein powder?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy them, Chloe! We haven’t tried adding protein powder, but it may dry them out a bit. We’d suggest starting with not more than 1 Tbsp. Let us know how it goes!

  33. Mary Ann says

    I made these using dates that were not very soft. I soaked them for quite a while in warm water (changed the water when it got cool). These balls were pretty dry and kind of boring. I don’t have to watch my gluten or dairy so I used regular oats and some sweetened dark chocolate, along with a mixed nut butter. I added some vanilla extract hoping that the liquid would help. They tasted bland, so I added some honey. They still are pretty boring. Sadly, I’m using them as a “vehicle” for Nutella at this point. Sorry!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mary Ann, sorry to hear they didn’t turn out as you were hoping. What type of dates were you using? It’s also possible that soaking them too long removed a lot of their flavor.

      • Mary Ann says

        I used medjool dates but this batch was not nearly as moist as ones I have previously bought. I will definitely try this recipe again using better dates, and using the peanut butter as opposed to the mixed nut blend. Thank you for responding to my review…I see that you do that for everyone and I think that that is so professional and thoughtful of you. :)

  34. Isabelle Pham says

    I make this on a weekly basis and bring them to work as an afternoon power snack/treat. It is so easy to make and healthy and delicious!

  35. Ashley says

    I added cashew pulp leftover from homemade cashew milk and omitted hemp seeds (they aren’t available where I live). My dates were really soft so I used a cup of oats to help with the stickiness. I roughly chopped the dates and I was able to mix everything with my hands. So good!

  36. Jen says

    My partner has a serious sweet tooth so I am forever on a quest for healthier substitutes. I made these to battle his peanut M&M addiction and they were a hit!! Made them in my ninja bullet in 2 small batches to make sure it all mixed and they turned out awesome!

  37. Rick Harris says

    First, these are totally delicious 😋
    Second, it’s a response to @Olivia really.
    I got into a horrid sticky mess with the dates in the Vitamix first time round. So now I buy blocks of soft date paste instead. It’s still 100 percent Medjool dates but already blended into a 1kg block. It available from Amazon in UK called Crown Date Paste.
    You can blend it into balls with the other ingredients simply using your hands.

  38. Olivia says

    I love these so much! However, I no longer have a food processor and am missing them a lot..Is it possible to make these in a nutribullet 600w?

  39. Christine says

    I love this! I was looking for a recipe since dates are supposed to be good for the last few weeks of pregnancy, which is where I am right now.
    The PB and chocolate chips take over in the best of ways, the chia.seeds add an awesome texture, the oats bring substance and the dates, sweetness, of course. So yummy!
    I managed to make two batches, one at a time, with my small Cuisinart food processor. I couldn’t tell you if my dates are “dried” or not, but I did end up needing to add some water to get everything to blend together.
    Otherwise the only moisture in the recipe is from the dates and peanut butter.

  40. Laurie says

    They are amazing!!! Chia seeds give them a bit of a sandy texture so next time I will substitute the chia seeds for ground or whole flaxseeds. Will definitely make these again.

  41. tara mitchell says

    These are yummy! Do they ever fully firm up in the freezer or do they remain chewy? Either way, no problems here. 😊

  42. Kate says

    These are such a delicious and satisfying snack! My mixture was a bit dry so I added a couple tablespoons of my date soaking water to get it sticky enough to roll into balls. I may adjust the amount of dates next time as they were a bit sweet for me.

  43. Karen says

    Yum! Yum! Yum! I was looking for some new ideas for date balls. I saw minimalist baker in the search and knew it would be a good one. These remind me of the no bakes we made back in the day. The only sub I made was ground flax seed for the chia. I added vanilla too. They’re so easy to make, and so so delicious. Thank you for another great recipe.

  44. Joa says

    Hi! There is possible to make this in bars to take on the go? I was thinking about put all the mix in a square mold, cut and freeze.

    I’m adding this this recipe to my week meal prep but I was wondering if is possible in a shape that I can stack the snacks and save some space in the fridge!

  45. Lisa says

    My whole family loves your recipes!! One of the few sites we know what we make will always turn out great! I haven’t made the energy bites yet, but had a question. Some recipes call for medjool dates, and some just say “dates.” Is there a difference or one I should use over the other for the no-bake recipes? Thanks!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, thanks Lisa! We prefer medjool dates in all of them, but sometimes forget to specify. Deglet noor would also work.

  46. Erin M says

    These are so tasty! Made with all the same ingredients except I only had crunchy JIF for the peanut butter. I will definitely make these again!

  47. Megan Jordan says

    These look RIDIC and I cannot wait to make these. However, is there a way to sub cacao powder for the dark chocolate chunks? (I have eaten all the 85% dark chocolate in the house, as I tend to do — b/c COVID!) If so, what does the alteration look like? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Megan, that might work, but we’d suggest also adding sweetener to taste. You may also want to check out this recipe for guidance. Hope that helps!

      • Rebs says

        I always thought chia seeds had to be soaked in some kind of milk do they absorb enough of the ingredients here so that’s not necessary?

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Rebs, It’s not essential to soak them. You can also leave them out or sub flax or hemp seeds.

  48. Amanda says

    This are really great and satisfy my sweet cravings! I recommend just using a food processor. I started in my Vitamix and the dates just got stuck in the bottom. I also added some coconut and it was delicious :)

  49. Amy-Leigh S says

    These are so easy to make and are so tasty, you could easy eat all of them at once and not even realise.
    So quick and easy to make, will defo be regular in our house.
    I followed the recipe however as I thought the mix was looking a little dry I added around a teaspoon of honey to bring it together, gorg. Thank you for your wonderful recipe, will be searching for more no bake bites.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Amy-Leigh! Thanks so much for sharing! We’d recommend using a drippy peanut butter for best results on texture.

  50. julie says

    I added a little maple syrup as the mixture was very thick so I think it depends on the peanut butter or almond butter you use. I then rolled some in chopped nuts and some in dried cranberries.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We tend to use a more drippy PB, so that could be the discrepancy. Thanks for sharing, Julie!

  51. Kristin says

    These are great, picky eater approved by my toddler. I used non dairy chocolate chips as my chocolate and kept eveything else the same. I did have a problem throwing them into my husbands mouth across the room though, for some reason they kept bouncing off his face… I’m not sure what I did wrong there but he at least still ate them. One question I have is are they ok stored at room temp or do they need to be refrigerated? Thanks!

  52. Kathleen says

    I have a ton of dates leftover from eating them while pregnant, and needed some way to use them. This is perfect because oatmeal and dates are good for breastfeeding 😊

  53. jean says

    I just HAD to have some chocolate but I’m avoiding fat and processed sugar so these were perfect! Made them with cocoa powder instead of bar chocolate and added some chopped almonds. Oh yeah!

  54. Adi says

    Thanks for the recipe !! I used date paste instead of dates and everything became very moist so I couldn’t make balls out of it. What can I add to make it more solid next time?

  55. Zara says

    I used 14 tsp (one tsp per ball) of maca powder instead of oats. I also added a splash of coffee to the dates to help puree them. My mini food processor was perfect here.

  56. Juliana says

    That was pretty good! I didn’t have chocolate, so mixed a few choc chips, cacao nibs, some shredded coconut, hemp seeds, and a bit of cacao powder :)
    Started in my blender but it didn’t really move much, so finished it in my food processor.

  57. Trish says

    Just made these delicious morsels, yes, I had 1 or 2 before putting in the fridge to set… who wouldn’t.
    I only made one change to this, I added one tbsp of cocoa,
    “Oh hell yeah”!
    I’ll definitely be making these again.
    Thanks for the Recipe.

  58. Shelley C says

    Third time making these! I love them so much. Helps get me through my hunger when I’m trying to figure out what I want to make for dinner.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy them, Shelley! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  59. Jackie says

    Perfect little, easy treats that are super quick and easy to make!

    The only planning is to give some time to soak the dates if they are dry to start. I had to soak them longer than 10 minutes, but I used tap water. Next time I’ll use warm/hot water. My dough was still a little dry/crumbly so I had to add a little liquid (soy milk) to get the dough to come together. My only “complaint” is that the chia seeds get stuck in my teeth- obviously has nothing to do with the recipe but is a user error, LOL, so I might switch to flax meal next time.

    Which is why I love this recipe even more because it’s very adaptable using different butters, cacao nibs/powder vs chocolate chips, different seeds, etc.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing! Yes, chia seeds are very attracted to teeth. Ha! Have some floss nearby.

  60. Jo says

    Easy recipe giving a delicious moist snack. Everyone loves these.
    I used half peanut butter and half almond butter.
    Thanks for the recipes 😀👍

  61. Kae says

    I bought dates on an utter whim, because grocery store had Palestinian dates and I couldn’t refuse. So, I made these last month and they were SO GOOD as a snack with a glass of milk, a quick grab from the freezer so I can maximise the use of my breaks! I may be working from home, but I still have a set schedule! Gonna make these again today or tomorrow. ❤️

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Kae. We are so glad you enjoy them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  62. Jessica says

    I noticed you don’t recommend soaking the oats. I did some reading and found one blogger who recommended soaking oats before using for anything, otherwise they can be harder to digest and cause bloating. Thoughts? I’m also wondering what would happen if you soak the oats and then mix them into energy balls. You would need a way to balance the wet ingredients.

    Also, I’ve been curious for a while about using Chia dry. Some people recommend drinking more water if you plan to eat Chia dry. Also wondering if cooking Chia causes loss of nutrients. What are your thoughts on that?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jessica, soaking should improve digestibility, but it’s mostly a matter of whether you’re willing/able to do the extra effort. If soaking, you would need to dehydrate in the oven before adding to the energy bites. For chia seeds, we aren’t aware of cooking causing loss of nutrients, but it’s possible. They do absorb a lot of water, so it’s not a bad idea to drink with water. Hope that helps!

      • Jessica says

        So I would need to hydrate them through soaking and then do you hydrate them again in the oven before using?

  63. Clare McCarron says

    These are really good. Your site is excellent by the way. It has become my go-to website for ideas. Well Done. Clare (UK)

  64. Jess says

    This was my first minimalist Baker recipe and what a great one to start with!
    These energy balls were so easy to make, ingredients easy to source and a great snack addition in the house. Sweet, but not overly indulgent – I will definitely be making these regularly, and in larger portions!

    Thank you for this recipe!

  65. nora says

    i used almond butter, flax seeds and substituted dates for dried plums and omg they turned out so yummy! these will be the fuel for my 100km bike ride tomorrow 🔥

  66. Aria says

    Hello, I have made this recipe today. I had to add a bit of almond milk to make the balls less dry and easier to mold.
    Very nice and filling snack.

  67. Akriti Sharan says

    Super easy and delicious. I subbed cocoa powder (1.5 TBSP) for the chocolate, and it’s still super sweet and chocolatey. I definitely recommend soaking the dates in water for at least 30 minutes.

  68. Larissa says

    I made these twice already with a spin of coconut and mu hubby absolutely feel in love with both version. Thanks for this simple and easy recipe xx

  69. Giuliana says

    Hey ! Thanks for this recipe. I made these tonight following the recipe to the letter, including soaking the dates. Unfortunately it bogged down my food processor so much I thought it was broken, the blades wouldn’t spin at all! I tried adding a couple of table spoons and water and stirring the mixture and that didn’t seem to help. Any tips? Would there be a role for honey/maple syrup? Maybe fewer oats or dates? open to all suggestions as the spoonful of everything together tasted really good!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! Sorry to hear that happened, Giuliana! We assume there weren’t any pieces of pit that got left in the dates? Is it a powerful food processor?

      • Giuliana says

        Hey! No pits! I tried in a blender and had a bit more success. I’m looking into a new food processor. Made them twice now, but technically difficulties. Flavour spot on

  70. Katie says

    Really enjoyed these! They feel like a treat that isn’t totally *overindulging*. I skipped soaking the dates because I had just bought them and they didn’t feel “dry”, but I had a really difficult time getting them to blend so don’t skip soaking the dates. Another keeper recipe!

  71. Michelle Doo Van Rafelghem says

    Super fast and super easy! A food processor certainly helps. My picky 14 year old boy and 12 year old daughter approve as does my hubby. Just subbed almond butter for my peanut allergic son. Found rolled oats at the back of my pantry. Used the processor to help chop up the choc chips before processing the dates. Didn’t even need to coat with toasted dried coconut but certainly could if desired

    Thank you for an awesome one!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad your enjoyed this recipe, Michelle! Thanks for the lovely review! xo

  72. Jackie says

    Hi Dana! These are our quarantine staple! Absolutely love this simple and delicious snack. Thank you for all that you do.

  73. Michelle Doo Van R says

    Ooops! Hit submit before finishing! I like that they are lower in carbs than some of the other recipes. Excited to try them in a few minutes!

  74. Michael Zee says

    I don’t have a food processor so I’m wondering if there are any options for the dates? Can i just use a knife and cut them into very small pieces?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Michael, They won’t be quite as well blended, but yes, should still work! Let us know how it goes!

    • Michelle Doo Van R says

      Is this the Michael Zee from HK/Taiwan/USC?

      Also, I will probably try to use toasted oats as I don’t have rolled.


  75. Diane Heinrich says

    These are delicious! I used natural crunchy peanut butter and a bit of agave for extra sweetener. Then rolled them in fine coconut ?? Doubled the recipe as others suggested, glad I did as they won’t last long!

  76. Katrin Faridani says

    I just made this recipe for the second time and I doubled the recipe. I added pumpkin seeds and slivered almonds after blending and they are divine!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for sharing, Katrin. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  77. Michele Mercer says

    The most difficult part about making these peanut butter cup energy bites is not eating them all immediately! This is a super easy recipe to make and are fun to make.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Carolyn. We are so glad you and your grandchildren enjoy them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo