No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites basically taste like cookie dough, but they have NO butter, NO sugar, NO flour. And last I checked, dark chocolate was totally healthy, so basically you can eat these for breakfast. 

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites from The Food Charlatan

I was a lifeguard in high school. In retrospect, all I can say to the mothers of young children out there is this: DO NOT TRUST 16 YEAR OLD LIFEGUARDS. They have no idea what they are doing and your children will drown.

Okay so maybe it was just me. I’m a terrible swimmer, I always have been. But most of my siblings worked at the city pool, so I did too. Even though exposing my lily-white skin to 8 hours of sun a day was pretty much guaranteeing me a 3 month long sunburn every summer.

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites from The Food Charlatan

I only saved one kid during my 3 summers there. It was my first day of work. MY FIRST DAY. I wasn’t even on duty yet. My manager (also in her teens) was showing me around the pool. There were swim lessons going on, and we were observing a small class of 5 swimmers. The teacher was out teaching a kid, and the other 4 kids had ONE JOB: don’t let go of the wall. Well of course this one kid lets go. So I panic and look at my new manager, who’s like, well, get him!

He was literally a foot away from the wall, sputtering and flailing. I could have reached out and grabbed him, but instead I jumped in, fully clothed.

Needless to say my lifeguarding/swimming career has not continued into adulthood. But you know what is way easier than actually swimming? Watching people swim. I barely break a sweat when I’m watching swimming on TV. I highly recommend it. It’s even better when you’re snacking on these babies:

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites from The Food Charlatan

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites from The Food Charlatan

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites from The Food Charlatan

This year, Blue Diamond (my favorite sponsor here at The Food Charlatan) is the official snack nut of the USA Swim Team. It’s kind of perfect, because swimming takes so much out of you, you NEED a snack like almonds: super healthy and super portable. (Check below the recipe to find out about their $5000 contest! (!!)

I decided to add some almonds to these Energy Bites. I’m not kidding when I say they taste like cookie dough. But instead of feeling like a cow after eating half the bowl, you can feel energized! Just kidding, don’t eat half the bowl.

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites from The Food Charlatan

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites from The Food Charlatan

These energy bites are a great summer snack, especially if you and the kids are at the pool a lot. They are packed with oats and almonds and peanut butter (protein!), and kids love them because they are sweet. Plus they have dark chocolate chunks. I mean, hello.

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites from The Food Charlatan

I dipped a few of mine in more dark chocolate. For the antioxidants, you know.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites

Yield: Makes 12-13 energy bites

Recipe by The Food Charlatan


  • 1 cup oats (I like old fashioned)
  • 1/4 cup Whole Natural Blue Diamond Almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • pinch salt, optional


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, chopped almonds, and chopped chocolate.
  2. Add the peanut butter and honey. Stir until it comes together. (I used my hands)
  3. Taste it and add salt if you like.
  4. Refrigerate the bowl for about a half hour, or freeze for a few minutes.
  5. Once the mixture is cold, use your hands to shape the dough into 1 or 1 and 1/2 inch balls.
  6. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.


If you want to make these a little more decadent, you can dip them in chocolate. Put the shaped bites in the freezer for a half hour or so. Melt 1 cup of dark chocolate with 1 teaspoon of butter/shortening/coconut oil, etc (any fat). Melt it in the microwave in 10 second intervals, stirring each time. Be careful, you don't want it to scorch! Once the chocolate is smooth, dip the energy bites in and lay on wax paper to harden. Putting them back in the freezer will speed that up.

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Here are some other “skinny” recipes you might like!

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies << these are legit.

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

2-Ingredient Sugar Free Fruit Dip:

2-Ingredient Sugar-Free Fruit Dip from The Food Charlatan

Tropical Mango Coconut Granola:

Tropical Coconut Mango Granola from The Food Charlatan

More energy bites! You are are going to have so much energy!!

Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites from Amy’s Healthy Baking
Cranberry Almond Energy Bites from The Creative Bite
Cocoa Almond Energy Bites from Chelsea’s Messy Apron





    • says

      The top-of-the-foot-tan!! Bane of flip-flopped mothers everywhere. And yes, totally make these, they are even gf! (That’s short for gluten free, in case you didn’t know. I’m so hip with my acronyms.) :)

  1. says

    My also pale boyfriend seconds your sentiment – do NOT let 16 year old kids be responsible for the lives of other people. He did manage to save an older gentleman that was drowning because he was having a heart attack…scary stuff! I’d much rather stay inside with a handful of these little lovelies!
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