No-Bake PB & J Energy Bites

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Bowl full of naturally sweetened gluten-free PB&J Energy Bites

We’re 7 days into the new year. How’s it going so far?

I don’t know if you made any resolutions, but perhaps these wholesome, easy-to-make energy bites can help you stick with any healthy eating-related goals. They’re packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber, and they taste like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

Yes, all of your dreams can come true. Let me show you how!

Stirring together ingredients for delicious and healthy PB&J Energy Bites

These energy bites require just 7 ingredients, 15 minutes, and 1 bowl to make!

The base is peanut butter, maple syrup, protein powder, and oats. Flaxseeds and chia seeds are added for plant-based protein and fiber plus a serving of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids!

The “jelly” in this recipe comes from dried fruit. I personally love dried strawberries, cherries, and blueberries, but virtually any dried fruit will do.

Parchment-lined baking sheet with protein and fiber-rich energy bites
Holding a PB&J Energy Bite for a gluten-free vegan snack

I hope you all love these energy bites! They’re:

Easy to make
Chewy + Delicious
Peanut Buttery
Full of protein (~5 g protein per bite!)
& Nutrient-rich!

These would make the perfect on-the-go snack or healthy dessert. They pack easily and keep in the freezer for at least 1 month! I personally love reaching for 1 or 2 in the afternoon with tea. They’re the perfect little pick-me-up.

Aren’t into PB&J? Try my Mango or Peanut Butter Cup variations!

Super into PB&J? Try my PB&J MuffinsPB&J Chia Pudding, PB&J Smoothie, PB&J Thumbprint Cookies, and PB&J Snack Bars!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo @minimalistbaker on Instagram. We’d love to see your energy bites in action. Cheers, friends!

Bowl full of gluten-free vegan Healthy PB&J Energy Bites

No-Bake PB & J Energy Bites

7-ingredient, 15-minute energy bites made with wholesome ingredients and infused with the flavors of peanut butter and jelly! An easy, healthy snack!
Author Minimalist Baker
Bowl of PB and J Energy Bites
4.93 from 57 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 14 (bites)
Course Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week


  • 1/2 cup creamy salted peanut butter (or almond, cashew, or sunbutter)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or sub finely chopped dates)
  • 2 Tbsp vegan protein powder* (optional – just omit if you don’t have any)
  • 1 ¼ cup gluten-free rolled oats*
  • 2 ½ Tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit (i.e. dried strawberries, cherries, blueberries, cranberries)


  • To a large mixing bowl, add peanut butter, maple syrup, protein powder, rolled oats, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, and dried fruit of choice. Mix until well combined. If too dry/crumbly, add more peanut butter or maple syrup. If too sticky or wet, add a little bit more oats or flaxseed meal.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for 5 minutes. Then scoop out 1 1/2 Tbsp amounts (I like using this scoop) and roll into balls. The “dough” should yield about 13-14 balls (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
  • Enjoy immediately and store well-sealed leftovers in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer up to 1 month (or more).



*If gluten-free and cannot tolerate oats, try subbing a mixture of chopped nuts, shredded unsweetened coconut, and more dried fruit.
*For protein powder recommendations, check out my Vegan Protein Powder Review post, which notes Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder as my favorite!
*Adapted from the lovely Gimme Some Oven.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 14 servings)

Serving: 1 energy bite Calories: 117 Carbohydrates: 13.8 g Protein: 3.6 g Fat: 5.3 g Saturated Fat: 0.7 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.71 g Monounsaturated Fat: 2.21 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 13 mg Potassium: 42 mg Fiber: 2.3 g Sugar: 6.1 g Vitamin A: 2.2 IU Vitamin C: 0.02 mg Calcium: 21.76 mg Iron: 0.71 mg

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  1. Melanie says

    These were super simple to make and delicious. Mine were a tad Sticky but wetting your hands does help. I may just get the scoop too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sierra says

    I have been making these energy bites for years, they are the only accompaniments my son will take in his lunch box that aren’t a packable processed simple carbohydrate. I love that they are nutrient dense and a healthier option. I have made them with slight variations that really don’t work. Always! use creamy peanut butter. Chucky doesn’t have the same sticking power. I haven’t used other fruits, so I am no help there. I’ve subbed honey for maple…ONCE. It’s just ok, maple is the preferred sweetener. Don’t forget the protein powder, it throws off the wet to dry ratio. And my last and final tip – NEVER, I mean never use quick oats. They also throw off the wet:dry ratio and make the crumbliest energy bites ever. No bueno.
    Bonus Tip: I use a 1-ounce scooper (w/the flipper that empties it) to make uniform sized bites, it usually yields 15 bites. I hope this helps, and happy baking/cooking!! ;)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad he enjoys them, Sierra! Thank you for sharing your experiences! xo