These easy, no-bake Monster Cookie Energy Balls make the perfect sweet snack that everyone will love. Homemade in minutes and great for quick snacking all week long. Plus they are gluten free!
These Monster Cookie Energy Balls are the perfect quick and healthy, sweet snack that you can make in minutes and enjoy all week! They are especially great with a cup of coffee in the afternoon for a nice midday pick me up.
My kids also loved them which was a huge bonus to this simple, no-bake recipe. They also love these no-bake chocolate energy bites, which are equally as delicious and easy to make. Both make a wonderful after school snack!
Plus these energy balls taste just like a monster cookie but without any baking required, which is fantastic.
Are energy balls healthy?
For the most part energy balls are usually healthy since they are a bite-size dessert you can make with many different types of healthy ingredients like oats and nut butter. They make a great, quick snack since they contain a combination of protein, fiber and healthy fats, all of which will give you energy.
This monster cookie energy ball recipe is tasty and healthy since it is gluten free and made with all healthy ingredients. It is also very easy to make and requires no baking whatsoever. My kind of recipe.
Why you will love this recipe
- It’s a quick and easy snack you can make in minutes
- No baking required!
- Gluten Free!
- These energy bites taste just like monster cookies, which the kids will love!
- They store great and are perfect for meal prep or to take on-the-go
- A simple, healthy sweet treat everyone can enjoy!
What you will need
Oats – I used gluten free rolled oats to keep this recipe gluten free but any oats will work in this recipe
Creamy peanut butter – You can also use creamy sun-butter, almond butter or cashew butter in place of the peanut butter.
Maple syrup – This is the sticky binder that helps hold it all together and also adds a nice hint of sweetness.
Almond flour and ground flax seeds – These are the ingredients that help bind everything together but also add some additional nutrition.
Mini chocolate chips and Mini M&Ms – You want to use mini m&ms and mini chocolate chips which makes it easier to mix and roll the mixture to form that monster cookie taste and texture. To make this recipe vegan, use dairy free chocolate chips and vegan m&ms.
Salt – Adding a pinch of salt to the batter really brings out all of the other flavors in this amazing recipe.
How to make monster cookie energy balls
- Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix well using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
- Use a rounded spoon or ice cream scoop to scoop the batter and roll it into even-size balls. I made them about 1-2 tablespoons each and the recipe made about 15-18 energy balls.
- Place the energy ball onto a parchment lined plate or pan and chill them for 30-60 minutes.
- Dig in and enjoy!
Get full list of ingredients and recipe instructions in the recipe card below.
Do I need to refrigerate these energy balls?
You can certainly eat them right away but I think they taste best, nice and cold, so chilling them a little will yield the best results.
How to store and freeze these no bake energy bites
You can store these energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.
You can also freeze these energy balls for up to 2 months. To freeze them, roll them and place them onto a lined pan and freeze them for about 2 hours. Then transfer them to a freezer-friendly container and keep them in the freezer. To defrost, simply place them in the fridge overnight or on the counter for 20-30 minutes.
Here are some other things you can mix into these energy balls that would also be delicious.
- Nuts – any nuts would totally work in this recipe. You just want to make sure to chop the nuts up before adding them to the mixture. I like to add chopped pecans or walnuts.
- Dried fruits like raisins or cranberries would be great in this recipe.
- Use any nut butter you like just make sure to use a creamy version. Sun-butter is a great option to make this recipe fully peanut-free.
- Pretzels – my kids love to add chopped pretzels for extra crunch and a hint of salty flavor.
More no-bake healthy treats to try:
- Healthy Chocolate Protein Shake
- Easy No-Bake Carrot Cake Energy Bites
- Simple Gluten-Free Buckeye Balls
- Vegan Chocolate Mousse
- 15 Minute Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Tips for making energy balls
- Make sure to use small mix-ins like mini m&ms, mini chocolate chips and chopped nuts. This will make it easier to roll the mixture into balls.
- If you are having trouble rolling the mixture into balls then you can wet your hands and that will help you form the mixture into balls more easily.
- Use a rounded tablespoon or ice cream scoop to make sure you portion the mixture into even amounts so all of the energy bites are the same size.
- You want to use a creamy nut butter and not chunky since it is easier to mix everything together with the creamier versions.
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