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PB & J Energy Bites are nutritious, easy-to-make, healthy snacks. Packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber, they taste like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the form of a 2-bite ball!
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  1. No-Bake PB & J Energy Bites--Naturally Gluten-free And Vegan
  2. Why We Love This PB & J Energy Bites Recipe
  3. Ingredients / Shopping List
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
  6. How to Make the Recipe
  7. Tips
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Healthy Snack Recipes
  11. Peanut Butter & Jelly Energy Balls Recipe

Peanut Butter & Jelly Energy Balls are homemade, no-bake, naturally gluten-free, and vegan, and are healthy grab-n-go snacks with a sweet surprise inside! This recipe is quick and easy to make using 6 wholesome, nutrient-dense ingredients that provide sustainable energy–they are perfectly portable pick-me-ups and an excellent source of pre-and post-workout fuel that taste like a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich and nutritious enough to eat for breakfast. 

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No-Bake PB & J Energy Bites–Naturally Gluten-free And Vegan

These PB & J Energy Bites combine two of my favorite things: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and snacks with substance. This no-bake recipe is so easy to prepare in 15 minutes and creates a nutritious snack with the perfect balance of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates for a slow and steady release of energy; a winning combination that helps manage cravings and keeps you feeling satiated longer. These energy bites taste like just like a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich made on oatmeal bread, but are reimagined as a bite-sized ball– pop a few into your mouth after a long run, an intense workout, an uphill hike, or anytime you need a small snack for a big boost of energy–it’s the best bite of nutrient-dense nostalgia that you can feel good about eating.

I love how simple my PB & J Energy Bites recipe is compared to the others that use dates as a binder and require a food processor. My recipe simply uses peanut butter as the binder, so all you need is one bowl and a mixing spoon–no heavy equipment needed! Did I mention how healthy and nutritious (and absolutely delicious!) these energy bites are? Peanut butter contains healthy fat, protein, and antioxidants; flaxseeds and chia seeds are added for extra plant-based protein and fiber plus a serving of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids; oats offer fiber and satisfying energy. Naturally sweetened with agave, these PB & J Energy Bites are like biting into the best soft and chewy peanut butter sandwich with a hidden jam center surprise!  

Why We Love This PB & J Energy Bites Recipe

  • Quick and easy to prepare in only 15 minutes.
  • Made with 6 wholesome, nutrient-dense ingredients.
  • Refined-sugar free, gluten-free (make sure to use gluten-free certified oats), and vegan.
  • Tastes like a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the form of a energy ball.
  • Packed with all your macros: complex carbs, plant-based protein, and healthy fats.
  • Great meal-prep option for a portable breakfast and freezer-friendly too.
  • Perfect on-the-go snack, healthy dessert, or pre/post-workout pick-me-up. 
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Ingredients / Shopping List

  • Old fashioned oats: I haven’t tried instant oats in this recipe, but I recommend using old fashioned oats. 
  • Creamy peanut butter: You can also use crunchy peanut butter. I would not advise using natural peanut butter because it separates and doesn’t work as well in this recipe. 
  • Agave nectar
  • Ground flax seeds: I recommend using ground flax seed, but you can also use natural flax seed if you prefer.
  • Chia seeds: You can also add other types of seeds or protein powder according to your preferences.
  • Raspberry jam

Substitutions and Additions

  • Fruit Flavors: You can use a different flavor of jam such as apricot, peach, strawberry and triple berry jam. Choose your favorite!
  • Jam Isn’t Your Jam?: If you don’t like jam, feel free to replace it with dried or freeze-dried fruit. I love dried strawberries, cherries, cranberries and blueberries, but almost any dried fruit will work!
  • Add-Ins: You can add dark chocolate chips, chopped nuts, peanut butter chips, coconut, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, or raisins to your oat mixture.
  • Nut Butter: If you have a nut allergy, you can easily make these energy bites with Almond Butter, Cashew Butter (for a paleo-friendly option), or Sunflower Butter (for a nut-free version).
  • Switch The Sweetener: Feel free to use honey or maple syrup instead of agave nectar, or use any combination of the three depending on taste preference. Note that if you follow a vegan diet, honey is not vegan-friendly.
PB & J Energy Bites INGREDIENTS
  • Baking sheet or cutting board
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring tools
  • Mixing tools

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How to Make the Recipe

PB & J Energy Bites are loaded with satisfying, nutrient-dense ingredients that provide sustainable energy in a portable, eat-it-on-the go, peanut butter and jelly flavored snack. This easy-to-make recipe requires 6 wholesome ingredients, 15 minutes, and 1 bowl–a delicious way to enjoy the classic sandwich taste that’s been rolled into a bite-sized ball.

  1. Add oats, peanut butter, agave nectar, flax seed, and chia seeds to a large bowl and mix with a spoon or your hands.
    Pro Tip: It will be messy but will come together as you mix it. If it is too dry, you can add a little more peanut butter or agave until it sticks together. If it’s too sticky, add in a little more oats.
    PB & J Energy Bites ingredients mixed in a bowl
  2. Scoop out mixture and roll into a ball. Flatten the ball.
    Pro Tip: It should be about 2 ½ Tablespoons or the size of a golf ball.
    scoop PB & J Energy Bites
  3. Add a small spoonful of jam into the center of rolled mixture, fold the edges over, and re-roll it into a ball. 
    add jam into the rolled mixture to make PB & J Energy Bites
  4. Place energy bite on baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the dough.
  5. Chill the bites in the refrigerator for 20 minutes and serve. Enjoy!
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Tips

  • If you are tight on time and don’t want to fill each energy ball with your jam, you can simply add the jam into your mixture along with an additional ¼-½ cup of oats. Simply roll the balls up like you normally would once everything is mixed together.
  • If you would like to toast your oats before using them, use a skillet on the stovetop at medium high heat. Toss the oats with some butter until they are golden brown. Or, use a baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Try dipping your energy bites in melted chocolate for an extra yummy layer. 

Storage Tips

  • To Store: To store your energy bites, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to one week.
  • To Freeze: You can store your energy bites in the freezer in a freezer-safe container for 1-2 months. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Are these energy bites supposed to be sticky?

The energy bits are meant to be slightly tacky, but you can either decrease the stickiness by adding more oats or ground flaxseed, or increase it by adding more peanut butter or agave nectar. You can even add some honey if you are having a hard time getting the ball to stay together. Ultimately you want a mixture that will stick together well and will hold its shape.

Are these energy bites healthy?

These PB & J energy bites are healthy and nutrient-dense. They have a satiating combination of protein, complex carbs, healthy fats, and are high in fiber. And because they are portable, they are the perfect healthy on-the-go snack before or after your workout!

Is it safe to eat raw rolled oats?

Yes, rolled oats are perfectly safe to eat raw, especially when combined with other ingredients, as they are in this recipe.

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Other Easy Healthy Snack Recipes

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Energy Balls

Serves — 14
PB & J Energy Bites are nutritious, easy-to-make, healthy snacks. Packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber, they taste like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the form of a 2-bite ball!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Chill Time 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Old Fashioned oats
  • 1 – 1⅓ cups creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ cup raspberry jam

Instructions
 

  • Prepare a baking sheet or cutting board with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Combine the oats, creamy peanut butter, agave nectar, flax seed, and chia seeds in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly either with a large mixing spoon or with your hands. It will be messy but will come together as you mix it. If it is too dry, you can add a little more peanut butter or agave until it sticks together. If it’s too sticky, add in a little more oats.
  • Scoop out about 2 ½ Tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a ball (it should be about the size of a golf ball). Use your palm to flatten the ball.
  • Add a small spoonful of the raspberry jam into the center of the circle you made and then fold the edges over and finesse it back into a ball.
  • Place the ball on the prepared surface and repeat with the rest of the dough.
  • Let the energy bites chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes and then serve.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: To store your energy bites, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to one week.
  • To Freeze: You can store your energy bites in the freezer in a freezer-safe container for 1-2 months. 
Tips:
  • If you are tight on time and don’t want to fill each energy ball with your jam, you can simply add the jam into your mixture along with an additional ¼-½ cup of oats. Simply roll the balls up like you normally would once everything is mixed together.
  • If you would like to toast your oats before using them, use a skillet on the stovetop at medium high heat. Toss the oats with some butter until they are golden brown. Or, use a baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Try dipping your energy bites in melted chocolate for an extra yummy layer. 

Nutrition Info

Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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