No-Bake Gluten-Free High Protein Energy Bites Recipe

Jeremy Scott
Written By: Jeremy Scott
June 13th, 2013
Updated: June 5th, 2015
92.8K Reads
These take only about 10 minutes to put together and are packed with protein and Omega 3’s. They are great to grab on the go for a healthy high-protein snack.
Nutrition Facts
Number of Servings: 20-28
  • 228
  • 17.4
  • 23
  • 12.6
Notice: Eating the right diet for your goals may result in increased lean muscle and decreased bodyfat.


  • 1 Cup Certified Gluten Free Oats
  • 3 Tbsp Ground Chia Seeds
  • 3 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
  • 3/4 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Almond Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup or Raw Honey
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • Optional: Can mix in 1/3 cup of dried cherries, or chopped pumpkin seeds, or mini chocolate chips

Cooking Instructions

  1. In large bowl, combine Oats, Ground Chia, Hemp Seeds, Cacao Powder, Protein Powder, Cinnamon, and Sea Salt. Add in Almond Butter, Maple Syrup, Vanilla, and optional Mix-Ins, if using. Mix until just combined.
  2. Scoop 1 Tbsp of mixture and roll between hands into ball. Place on cookie sheet. Repeat until all the mixture is used. Depending on the size, this should make about 20-28.
  3. Place cookie sheet in refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set. Once chilled, store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Serving Suggestions

3 energy bites equals one serving.

Posted on: Sat, 01/05/2019 - 10:04

does anyone know a recipe that ACTUALLY is high protein? Not .5 to 1 gram of protein per 228 calories?! Considering whey protein can be around 100 calories for 25 grams of protein, this is not high protein at all. It would be cool to find a recipe with 100 calories per ball and 5-6 g of protein but so far I havent found one, thanks.

Posted on: Sat, 01/28/2017 - 08:47

Maybe try this recipe.

1 1/2 dried cranberries
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup of peanut butter
2 cups of loosely chopped almonds
3 cups of oats
3/4 cup of mini dark chocolate morsels

Place cranberries, oats and almonds in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Be sure to stir it.

Pour honey and peanut butter mixture into large mixing bowl with cranberries, oats and almonds.

Thoroughly mix the ingredients in the bowl. Then let cool for 3 to 5 minutes.

Mix in the dark chocolate morsels.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and pour mixture into pan. Press it out to where you have a flat. I usually cover the top of it again and use a rolling pin.

Put in refrigerator for an hour.

Remove the bars from the pan and cut into bars or squares. Individually wrap with plastic wrap and store in the fridge.

Posted on: Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:44

Wow this lokks great sure gonna try this out....

Posted on: Sun, 03/02/2014 - 09:19

I love all of the ingrediants in these bars/balls but had a lot of trouble keeping them together. I finally figured out what worked best for me, replacing almond with peanut butter and reducung the amount to 1/3 C. Then I mixed 1/3 of PB2 and gept it very watery. I put all items ( minus the PB2)in the food processor and added craisins. Then while it is mixing I gradually add the PB2. I also put a bowl of water next to me when creating the balls to dip my hands in, it really helps the balls take shape!

Tammy Campbell
Posted on: Thu, 08/08/2013 - 13:36

Just made these with a few changes, and I finally I have a quick snack my constantly-hungry and sugar-craving teenage swimmer will eat :) I left off the Chia and Hemp, and added pepitas, sunflower seeds, and dried coconut flakes. I did add coconut oil and extra freshly ground peanut butter (instead of almond), and doubled the raw honey, but even with the additional wet ingredients, I still had to really pack the mixture together with my hands. My sons love those protein and energy bars during their workouts, but the 80 or more ingredients of those things really bothers me. I am still looking for a good baked bar they can keep in their swim bags.

Stacie Capobianco
Posted on: Wed, 01/20/2016 - 14:01

Let me know if you find one! I have 2 hungry water polo players!

Posted on: Wed, 07/17/2013 - 14:50

These bars are fantastic! I find though that they need a bit more moisture, and add soy milk to give them a better consistency.