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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

These no-bake chocolate peanut butter energy balls are the perfect after-school snack or treat to pack in a lunchbox. Make a big batch of these energy bites and store them in the freezer for a quick and delicious snack – your kids (and you!) will gobble up these tasty little granola balls!
energy balls

energy bites

When I was growing up, my mom did a lot of cooking from The Jane Brody Good Food book.

Last time I was visiting, she had her copy opened up on the counter, and I noticed little notes written in the margins of various recipes. Theres were little splashes on some pages and a light dusting of flour on others.

I mentioned to her that I remembered that cookbook all throughout my childhood and she said it was one of the cookbooks where practically everything she’d ever made was a success.

I don’t own a Jane Brody cookbook, but Mel’s Kitchen Cafe is that way for me.

I first discovered her blog just before we moved away from Texas the first time in 2009.

I’d just met Allison, who would go on to become one of my favorite people on earth when we moved back and were neighbors for three years, and she made a couple of recipes from there for different occasions and every one was mind-bogglingly good.

After we moved to Boston, I started cooking my way through recipe after recipe on her blog, and one after another was a huge hit.

I know whatever I make will be delicious, and if I need a specific recipe, I always go to her blog first.

At this point, nine years later, if Bart raises an eyebrow when I tell him what’s for dinner, I can just say, “It’s from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe” and he’s immediately assured he’ll like whatever it is.

Of course, this recipe for energy bites wasn’t much of a stretch, because there is no one in my family who doesn’t like chocolate and coconut and almonds.

And, as I expected, these little no bake granola balls were delicious.

I made a few changes based on what I had on hand, and next time, I’m making a triple batch of these little energy balls because they were the perfect snack to keep stocked in the freezer.

no bake energy bites


no bake chocolate peanut butter balls


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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

(slightly adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe)
Course Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Author Janssen Bradshaw


  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds roughly chopped or pulsed in the blender
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner and sprinkle the coconut and almonds. Bake in the oven for 5-8 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until the coconut and almonds are golden-brown and fragrant.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut and almonds.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the honey, butter, peanut butter, cocoa powder and chocolate chips together over medium heat, stirring frequently to keep from burning.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and pour over the oat mixture. Stir until everything is thoroughly coated.
  6. With a cookie scoop, scoop mounds onto the cookie sheet you used to toast the coconut and almonds (leave the parchment paper or liner on there). Let them cool about 10 minutes, then use your hands to roll them into balls.
  7. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.


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  • Reply Paige Flamm April 15, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    The Pioneer Woman is totally that person for us in our house! When I saw these balls I thought, "If I have all the ingredients in my house, I'm making these right now!"… But alas, no honey… and I'm assuming that's a crucial ingredient. Tomorrow!

  • Reply Allison April 15, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    I'm glad I introduced you to at least something that was a food win! Soooo many of my favorite foods consumed in those years came from you!! I think the many spontaneous dessert invites from you guys made james' life bearable when he was miserable at his job then 🙂
    Let's be neighbors again!!!!!!

  • Reply Jeanelle April 15, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Mel's thick and chewy cookie bars are one of my go-to recipes whenever I want something quick and delicious to bring somewhere. I highly recommend mixing equal amounts of semisweet & white chocolate chips to achieve cookie bar perfection.

  • Reply Abbie Ouellet April 16, 2016 at 1:12 am

    I feel exactly the same about Mel's kitchen cafe. She is my go to. I also go to Pioneer Woman.

  • Reply Abbie Ouellet April 16, 2016 at 1:18 am

    I feel exactly the same about Mel's kitchen cafe. She is my go to. I also go to Pioneer Woman.

  • Reply Monica Packer April 17, 2016 at 2:54 am

    I love these so, so much! They are currently in my freezer. I'm laughing at myself, because when I took a picture of mine they looked like, well, deer poop!

  • Reply Julia Manfredi-Hobbs April 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I wonder if I could substitute the peanut butter for something else?

  • Reply Dawn Mottlow July 18, 2018 at 10:03 am

    I’m not a big coconut fan….anything I can sub or do you think I can leave it out?

    • Reply Janssen Bradshaw July 18, 2018 at 10:38 am

      I haven’t tried it, but if you do let me know how it works!

  • Reply Jimi July 19, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Every night my husband says, “is this Mel’s?” And 90% of the time, it is.

  • Reply Torrie July 20, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I feel like I totally could have written this post–we swear by Mel’s over here too, and my husband almost always asks if a new recipe is from her site when he tries it, ha ha 🙂 These look scrumptious!

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