Oatmeal Cookie Energy Balls

(can be gluten free and/or vegan)

One of my personal favourite snacks for on-the-go! This recipe could not be easier, just mix everything up in a bowl, pop in the fridge for 30 minutes, roll into balls, and that’s it! They are also super customizable. You can use different nut or seed butters and mix up your mix-ins – dried fruit, coconut, chocolate chips, or none!

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Oatmeal Cookie Energy Balls

  • Author: Megan Lange
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: ~12 energy balls


A super easy and customizable snack for on-the-go! Chewy and sweet, these energy balls are a great staple to have on hand during a week of school or work. 


  • 1 cup rolled oats (or 1/2 cup rolled, 1/2 cup quick cooking)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed, or chia or hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of salt (omit if using salted nut/seed butter)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (or any nut/seed butter)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (mini or regular)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients until well combined.
  2. Chill dough for 30 minutes in fridge.
  3. Roll into balls (~1 tbsp of dough per ball) and store in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for longer.


*You can make your own homemade nut butters for this recipe!

Make it Nut Free: Use a seed butter like sunflower, pumpkin, sesame (tahini). Keep in mind that tahini is a bit bitter, so I would recommend one of the other options if you don’t like it.

Make it Vegan: If you don’t eat honey, try replacing it with 2 more tbsp of nut/seed butter and 2 tbsp maple syrup. I cannot vouch for the substitution, but the slightly runnier maple syrup with the thick nut/seed butter should equal out to be a similar consistency to honey. As well, use vegan chocolate chips (e.g. Enjoy Life Brand).

Make it Gluten Free: Use gluten free rolled oats.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Chill Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: No Bake

Keywords: energy balls, snacks, chocolate chips, oats, honey

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