No Bake Chia Energy Bites

An easy no bake recipe for gluten free energy bites made with oats, nut butter and chia seeds

An easy no bake recipe for gluten free Energy Bites made with oats, nut butter and chia seeds My oh my today’s recipe is something special! I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but I have to say I am very proud of this concoction. After an indulgent Christmas break snacking on all the wrong things I wanted to come up with a quick and easy snack that would stop me reaching for those leftover chocolate coins… and so the No Bake Chia Energy Bite was born!

no bake energy bites chia oats These bites are ridiculously easy to make. As the title states they require no baking. Simply mix the ingredients in a bowl, chill for a few minutes in the fridge and then drizzle with a little melted chocolate.

They will keep in the fridge for several days and are so versatile. Take a couple to work as a snack to beat that mid-afternoon slump… pop a few into your gym bag as a post-workout snack… put one into the kids’ lunch box as a healthy treat… you can even eat them as a grab-and-go breakfast on busy mornings.

An easy no bake recipe for gluten free Energy Bites made with oats, nut butter and chia seeds Not only do these little bites of heaven taste amazing, they are also super healthy too. The oats, nut butter and chia seeds provide a natural slow releasing energy boost with lots of protein to keep you full until your next meal. I used a mix of peanut butter and cashew nut butter in my recipe but you could also use almond butter or hazelnut butter, depending on your preference.

You can also add some additional ingredients such as raisins, other dried fruit or chocolate chips. I opted for a drizzle of dark chocolate to keep them healthy yet very tempting!

An easy no bake recipe for gluten free Energy Bites made with oats, nut butter and chia seeds I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Please do let me know if you try this recipe. I would love some feedback!

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An easy no bake recipe for gluten free Energy Bites made with oats, nut butter and chia seeds
Serves: 5
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup nut butter (I used a mixture of peanut and cashew)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

  • To decorate: 20g dark chocolate
  1. Mix the oats, nut butter, honey, coconut, chia seeds and vanilla extract together in a bowl until fully combined.
  2. Roll the mixture into equal size bites. I made 15 bites from my mixture but you can make more or less depending on what size you want them to be. Place the bites in the fridge to firm up.
  3. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler (just be sure not to burn it!). Drizzle the chocolate onto the bites and return them to the fridge for another couple of minutes.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.



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An easy no bake recipe for gluten free Energy Bites made with oats, nut butter and chia seeds


  1. Erin says

    Hi! I’m new to the chia seed world and I heard you should soak them. For this recipe, does it call for soaking the chia seeds before hand? Or are you supposed to use them as is?

  2. Hailey says

    What type of honey did you use?? I have both pasteurized and unpasteurized. Would I still use 3 tbsp if using unpasteurized? Thanks!

  3. Katie says

    Just made some today and they are super delicious! I replaced coconut with dried cranberries and it’s super good! My family loves them as well! Definitely will make more! :)

  4. Megha Bhardwaj says

    Hi! Thanks for all your fabulous recipes! Just wanted to ask, I’ve seen a lot of recipes use Rolled Oats, but all I can find are the Instant Quaker ones,will those do?
    Also, I always thought you had to cook them before eating..isn’t that so? Have never made a recipe with uncooked oats.So just wondering.
    Lastly, can Chia seeds be eaten without keeping them over-night to soak? Wont they be hard?

    Sorry for so many questions! But I really want to make them asap! So looking forward to your reply!
    Cheers :)

    • Ciara Attwell says

      Hi Megha, I’m in the UK so I can’t say for sure but I think those Instant Quaker Oats are the same as rolled oats. They don’t need to be cooked You can soak them in milk and yogurt to make overnight oats. Or mix them with ingredients such as nut butter in this recipe. They will soak up some of the nut butter and become more soft. They are delicious, trust me!

      And yes, chia seeds can also be eaten without being soaked. They give the tiniest of crunch to recipes but you barely notice the texture in this recipe.

  5. Emma says

    I know this was posted months ago, but I just made these and they are incredible!! So easy, and so addictive, but they are pretty healthy so who cares! I didn’t use any chocolate (which is a miracle for me) but did put in some peanut butter chips for a bit of a crunch and they were great. Even the picky boyfriend who hates anything “healthy” loved these and requested a second batch. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Ciara Attwell says

      Thanks so much for letting me know Emma. And I love to hear how people have changed the recipe according to their tastes. The peanut butter chips sounds incredible. I need to try them!

  6. Fina Jones says

    These were absolutely scrumptious & that was without chocolate (cause I didn’t have any). It’s nice to have a guilt free treat :)

  7. Anna says

    Just made these while listening to a podcast on Junk food – feel pretty righteous! :)

    These taste great! :)

  8. Krysten says

    WOW! These were so yummy. I ordered chia seeds to try. I’d never had them before. They got here today and a quick pinterest search led me right to your recipe. i wanted something quick and easy using ingredients I already had. I was brave enough to let my toddler help pull them together. When I let her lick the spoon and she said “more more”. Even my husband loved them. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m sure we will be making these again and again.

    • Ciara Attwell says

      Hi Krysten, thanks so much for your lovely comments. Its always so nice to hear from people who enjoy my recipes. Glad the whole family like the energy bites. They are a big hit with my lot too!

  9. Colleen says

    i love this idea! i didn’t have any honey so i used 2 tsp of almond milk to get it to stick. also used almond butter and chocolate PB2 rehydrated with almond milk since the kids ate all the pb :) these were awesome!!

  10. Sarah Beecher says

    Recipe for nut butters please. I probably should know what one is but only just started following so bear with me lol!!! This recipe looks fab, can’t wait for more xx

  11. Honest mum says

    Stunning recipe and so healthy too! Pinned onto my Low Carb board! I would use dessicated coconut and coconut oil instead of the nut butter as nuts hate me. Love this. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  12. Rebecca U says

    Anything to give me more energy and I’m there! I think I’ve got all of these ingredients in the house so will try them – love this type of thing for snacks #tastytuesday

  13. Rebekah says

    These were very easy to pull together. I used a walnut butter I’d made with some cinnamon and salt, which were nice counterparts to the vanilla and honey. Still, I had a hard time keeping the balls together – they kept wanting to crumble. I added a little coconut oil and that might have helped. Next time I’ll either omit the shredded coconut or toast it because I didn’t notice it in these.

    • Ciara Attwell says

      Oh yum, walnut butter sounds so good! But if it is drier than other nut butters then perhaps thats the reason the balls kept crumbling. I thought that the coconut made the bites super sweet but then I’m coconut obsessed so maybe it’s just me!


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