Peanut Butter Walnut Energy Bites

It’s time for a snack blog!

And for my first snack blog, I just had to share my favorite recipe for Peanut Butter Walnut Energy Bites. They taste like dessert but aren’t overly sweet. They don’t require any cooking, other than microwaving the PB if you want the mixture to be easier to stir. And they provide a hefty dose of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fat.

Oh, and there’s chocolate.

I made the bites a bit bigger this round (16 bites for the recipe), but if you want to make them smaller, you can definitely do so. It just depends on how you like to snack.

I like to throw these in the fridge so they are easier to handle and last longer, and you can also pop them in the freezer to have in a week or two.

They’re convenient, delicious and satisfying! Go ahead, try one or two!

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Peanut Butter Walnut Energy Bites

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: Makes 16 bites 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-Cook

Description

The perfect wholesome snack with just a few simple ingredients.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 ½ cups rolled old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine peanut butter and honey. Microwave 30 seconds or until slightly soft (optional). Fold in oats, flax seed, chocolate chips and walnuts until combined.
  2. Roll mixture into 2-inch bites. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week or the freezer up to 1  month.

Notes

Substitution Tip: You can add any mix-ins to the recipe, such as unsweetened coconut, unsweetened dried fruit or other chopped nuts. You can also use other nut or seed butters, such as almond butter or tahini.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bite
  • Calories: 170
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 72mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: energy bites, energy ball, snack, snacks, oats, peanut butter, chocolate, walnuts

65 Comments

  1. Laura on June 5, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Sounds yummy. I plan on substituting carob chips for the chocolate chips and using chopped almonds for the walnuts and rolling them in the unsweetened coconut prior to refrigerating.

    • Rebeca Caceres on June 6, 2019 at 7:34 am

      LAURA! that is an awesome substitute. thanks for sharing.

      • Julie Andrews on June 6, 2019 at 9:39 am

        I totally agree 🙂

    • Julie Andrews on June 6, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Fabulous ideas! I love rolling the bites in coconut!!

  2. Jennifer Wehrenberg on June 6, 2019 at 9:37 am

    These are great! Sometimes I add raisons or chia seeds too. Whatever you have in the house!

    • Julie Andrews on June 6, 2019 at 9:40 am

      Yes! Love chia seeds and dried fruit!

  3. Jessie on June 6, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I do WW and often replace peanut butter with PB2(powdered peanut butter)-it’s about 1/4 of the calories, BUT you miss out on most of the good fats. Depending on your health goals, that might be a reasonable substitute. There is also a type with cocoa in it, which would give an extra chocolate kick.

    • Julie Andrews on June 6, 2019 at 11:34 am

      You’re absolutely right, Jessie. PB2 is a great sub if you want to cut the calories down even though you miss out on the healthy fats – but you do get them from the walnuts (or if you add in any other nuts). And the cocoa PB2 is so tasty!

      • Kathleen on June 19, 2019 at 12:14 pm

        We’re doing WW, too, and love using PB2 as a sub for the peanut butter. How much PB2 would I need to use for this recipe?

        • Julie Andrews on June 20, 2019 at 11:32 am

          Hi Kathleen! I have not made these with PB2, but I did a little research and Epicurious has an article on cooking/baking with PB2, and this is what they say: “Mix 4 Tbsp. powdered peanut butter with 1 Tbsp. water and you’ll get 2 Tbsp. “peanut butter””. The recipe calls for 1 cup peanut butter, which is 16 Tbsp, so you can use this ratio to make your own PB out of PB2 to use in the recipe. Let me know how it turns out!

  4. Stacey on June 6, 2019 at 11:28 am

    I have a family member with nut allergies and recently found Sunflower butter. It is an amazing substitute for all of the peanut butter foods she has never been able to experience.

    • Julie Andrews on June 6, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Hi Stacey! Yes! Sunflower seed butter (one of the popular name brands is Sunbutter) is a great alternative, and can easily be swapped in recipes using nut butters. So glad your family member is able to enjoy this and other nut butter recipes again!

  5. Roxanne Hemingway on June 6, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Is this a way to make this more keto friendly? I’d like to make them for my friend so he has a snack, but I don’t know much about keto at all.

    • Julie Andrews on June 6, 2019 at 6:11 pm

      Hi Roxanne! I have not tried making keto energy bites, but I think you could use chopped nuts, almond flour, nut butter and shredded coconut. You’d just need enough nut butter to make it all stick together, and I’d think it would work better if you refrigerate the mixture first for about 30 minutes, then roll them into bites. You could add a little erythritol or stevia for sweetener if you’d like.

  6. Becky Burkholder on June 6, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I make these a lot! i use miniature chocolate chips & found it’s less messy and faster to press them into a pan lined with parchment paper and then cut them into small squares.

    • Julie Andrews on June 6, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      That’s such a good idea, Becky! I’m going to try it next time I make them. 🙂

  7. Rico Colquitt on June 6, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    These look GOOD!

    • Julie Andrews on June 6, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      I hope you get a chance to try them, Rico!

  8. Kris Morris on June 7, 2019 at 5:36 am

    This recipe is just what I need for that mid afternoon boost when working long days! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Julie Andrews on June 7, 2019 at 6:42 am

      You’re so welcome, Kris! It’s a delightful PB treat, perfect for afternoons. 🙂

  9. Jennifer Batavia on June 7, 2019 at 6:21 am

    I love these!! I make them all the time. They are so yummy and just takes a few minutes to make.. The best part the kids love them too. Sometimes I put raisins to change it up a bit. I also use mini chocolate chips since I make them small for the kids. I encourage you to try them if you haven’t already, you will love them!

    • Julie Andrews on June 7, 2019 at 6:44 am

      That’s awesome, Jennifer! The mini chocolate chips are the best for these! And the fact that they’re customizable means you never tire of them. 🙂

  10. Jenny on June 7, 2019 at 7:45 am

    I’ll try this recipe and substitute almond butter for those allergic to peanuts in my house. Or maybe not…..more for me 🙂

    • Julie Andrews on June 9, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      Great idea! 🙂 Any nut butter will work.

  11. Paula Lee on June 11, 2019 at 11:00 am

    We put peanuts (lightly salted) in Ninja and blend them until smooth peanut butter. Also buy 100% cocoa bars (in baking section) melt on stove, add stevia to sweeten and put 15 g (1 tbsp.) in muffin pans and chill. 3 bars makes about 15 chocolate snack bars but could be broken up for healthy option chips with this peanut butter. Heart healthy! 🙂
    I am definitely trying your recipe with the above.

    • Julie Andrews on June 12, 2019 at 10:54 am

      YUM! Anything peanut is so delicious (and with chocolate… even better!). I hope you enjoy this rendition!

  12. Kusumakar Shukla on June 11, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Prepared it today, and this is my pre-workout meal now 🙂

    • Julie Andrews on June 12, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Fantastic, Kusumakar! I hope you enjoy them!!

  13. Kristen Hurlburt on June 12, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Love the recipe. So yummy. This is very similar to a recipe my body building coach had given me for homemade protein bars. Substituting 2 scoops of a protein powder with a sweetener (like Muscle Milk available just about anywhere) adds protein and eliminates the need for the honey. I would also add a little water (a TBSP at a time) to blend better if adding the powder. I pressed into a waxed paper lined pan and froze for a half hour then cut into bars and wrapped individually in foil; then popped in a Ziplock bag and kept them in the freezer. These do have a high calorie count, so you need to be aware when you dive into your stash!

    • Julie Andrews on June 12, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Wow, these sound like the perfect pre- or post-workout snack! I also like adding protein powder to mine, and it’s fun to customize the flavors and mix-ins. And it’s so great that they can go in the freezer for later!! Enjoy!

  14. Caroline on June 13, 2019 at 7:08 am

    definitely will try these, when I start my marathon training 🙂

    • Julie Andrews on June 13, 2019 at 8:07 am

      What a fantastic snack for training! 🙂

  15. Amy Esch on June 13, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    How could we recreate this recipe so it’s the lowest carb count possible yet maintain it’s yumminess?

    • Julie Andrews on June 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm

      Hi Amy – I have not tried making energy bites lower carb, but I think you could use chopped nuts, almond flour, nut butter and shredded coconut. You’d just need enough nut butter to make it all stick together, and I think it would work better if you refrigerate the mixture first for about 30 minutes, then roll them into bites. You could add a little erythritol or stevia for sweetener if you’d like. I hope that helps!

    • Sherill on June 19, 2019 at 6:25 am

      Amy,
      I have bought Lillys brand chocolate chips in the past that are low-carb. They would probably work great in these.

      • Julie Andrews on June 20, 2019 at 11:27 am

        That’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing, Sherill!

  16. Suzanne on June 14, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Great recipe

    • Julie Andrews on June 14, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      Fabulous! I’m happy you liked them, Suzanne!

  17. Julie Richardson on June 14, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Tried these and they turned out great 😉

    • Julie Andrews on June 14, 2019 at 1:19 pm

      Awesome, Julie! So glad you liked them!

  18. Casie on June 14, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Could instant oatmeal be used instead of the old fashioned rolled oats?

    • Julie Andrews on June 14, 2019 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Casie – yes, you could use instant oats instead of the old-fashioned ones, equal parts. Enjoy!

  19. rochelle cintron on June 14, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I use, oats, unsweet choc chips, coconut, honey, soy protein powder and half I put in raisins. I also use different types of peanut butter and I do microwave it just enough to mix. I also pour a bit of almond milk and a touch of chia seeds to mix and refrigerate till ready. I stated making them as a pre workout snack and my family loves them.

    • Julie Andrews on June 17, 2019 at 7:31 pm

      These are great ideas! I also like adding protein powder – they hold me over for hours!

  20. Sherill Herwig on June 19, 2019 at 6:22 am

    I have had versions of this and they are so good. I wonder how they would be if I used almond or cashew butter. I may have to do an experiment.

    • Julie Andrews on June 20, 2019 at 11:26 am

      Hi Sherill – I think almond and cashew butter would be amazing!! Definitely let me know how they turn out!

  21. Conya Mull on June 19, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I am going to try these!!!

    • Julie Andrews on June 20, 2019 at 11:27 am

      Awesome! Let me know how you like them, Conya!

  22. Theresa Page on June 20, 2019 at 12:53 am

    I made these and they are very tasty.

    • Julie Andrews on June 20, 2019 at 11:33 am

      So happy you love them, Theresa!

  23. Dierdre on June 20, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Julie – how many of the carbs are from the honey?

    • Julie Andrews on June 20, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Hi Dierdre! 2 Tbsp of honey provides 35 grams of carbohydrates. Divided into 16 servings, that is about 2 grams of carbs per bite from honey. I hope that answers your question!

  24. Vibiana Waddle on June 21, 2019 at 10:48 am

    This was a fantastic recipe to try out with my fellow coworkers. Very easy to put together and no oven required on hot days. I added honey to the mix and it turned out very well.

    • Julie Andrews on June 21, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      That is so great to hear, Vibiana! I love them with a touch of honey – it helps hold them together and gives them just a little sweetness.

  25. Eve M on June 21, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    If these are the same energy bites that were served at the Optum Product Summit this week, they were great!

    • Julie Andrews on June 24, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      Hi Eve! I’m not sure if they are – if so, that would be super cool! Either way, I think they are pretty delicious. :):):)

  26. Victoria on June 25, 2019 at 6:21 am

    These are fantastic! I made them over the weekend and my husband just raved about them. Next time I will add a dash of cinnamon to them, but other than that, perfection!

    • Julie Andrews on June 25, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      Oohhhh! I will definitely try cinnamon next time. So happy you and your husband enjoyed them, Victoria!

  27. Renee on June 25, 2019 at 7:12 am

    These are delicious and easy to make! I will skip microwaving the peanut butter next time though since the residual warmth caused the chocolate chips to melt a bit.

    • Julie Andrews on June 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm

      That’s great feedback, Renee! Although, melted chocolate doesn’t sound like a bad thing 😉 But these can certainly be made without microwaving the PB; it just makes it easier to mix together. I hope you enjoy them again!

  28. Amy on October 30, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    These energy bites are perfection, and my kids love them too! I like that there is added nutrition and fiber with the flaxseeds, oats and walnuts. And for variety, the add-ins/substitutions are endless.

    • Julie Andrews on November 1, 2019 at 10:21 am

      I love that they have flax seeds and walnuts, too! A great way to get in some extra omegas.

  29. S. Johnson on November 5, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Made them this weekend. yummy!

    • Julie Andrews on November 5, 2019 at 10:49 am

      Such a delicious and satisfying snack. 🙂

  30. Veronica O. on August 20, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    I’m a peanut butter fan. These have a nice strong peanut butter flavor that I like.

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