5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites

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Stack of gluten-free vegan Peanut Butter Cup Chia Seed Energy Bites

Sometimes, “real” food sounds exhausting and you just want something quick and easy to throw into your purse and call “lunch” without anyone judging you.

Well, consider this a judgment free zone. And if today is one of those days, here is my solution: Energy bites!

5 ingredients
15 minutes
Naturally sweetened (when using naturally sweetened dark chocolate!)
Tastes like a peanut butter cup

Get on board.

Oats, chia seeds, dark chocolate, peanut butter, and dates

I’m kind of into quick and easy right now.

Warmer weather has meant more adventuring for us and I love having snacky things on hand for sporadic activities. I’m like that weird friend of yours with all the mom things in her purse who doesn’t actually have any kids. No sign of babies around here, just so many snacks.

Blender with freshly blended dates for making energy bites

So, energy bites! 5 ingredients:

Peanut butter
Chia seeds
Dairy-free dark chocolate

The good news about these little gems is they’re totally customizable! No peanut butter? Sub any other nut butter. Not into chocolate (seriously Rhonda?)? Omit it and add more oats and chia seeds. Never heard of chia seeds? Sub flax or hemp seeds. It’s that easy friends.

Blender filled with ingredients for our simple Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites

This is basically hippie cookie dough. Take a spoon and eat it straight. (Who on Earth would do such a thing? Me –  I would.)

Or reach down in there and roll the batter into little portable energy bites.

Your friends are gonna be so happy to see what’s in your mom purse.

Holding up a freshly rolled Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bite for a delicious snack
Platter filled with gluten-free vegan Peanut Butter Cup Chia Seed Energy Bites

These guys are so good it’s dangerous! They’re:

Peanut buttery
Crunchy from the chia seeds
Naturally sweetened
& Seriously delicious

Races? Hikes? Road trips? Travel? These are the snacks for you.

Homemade PB Cup Energy Bites for a delicious protein-packed vegan snack

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Stack of homemade gluten-free Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites

5 Ingredient Peanut Cup Energy Bites

EASY, 5-ingredient peanut butter energy bites sweetened with dates and studded with oats, dark chocolate, and chia seeds! Full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats.
Author Minimalist Baker
Tray of Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites made with dates
4.88 from 199 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 15 (bites)
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week


  • 1 cup dates (pitted // if dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain well)
  • 3 Tbsp all-natural salted peanut or almond butter
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free dark chocolate (roughly chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (or sub flax or hemp seeds)
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats (gluten-free as needed)


  • Pulse pitted dates in a food processor or blender until they’re in small pieces or it forms a ball (see photo).
  • Add oats, chocolate, chia seeds, and peanut butter and pulse or mix until combined. You want there to be consistently small pieces but not overly processed.
  • Carefully roll into 1-inch balls (29-30 grams per ball), using the warmth of your hands to mold them together. Should yield 14-15 balls (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
  • To set, pop in fridge or freezer for 15 minutes. Otherwise, eat as is! Will keep fresh in an air-tight bag or container for up to a week. Freeze for longer term storage.



* Loosely adapted from my No-Bake Cookie Bars.
* Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 15 servings)

Serving: 1 energy bite Calories: 92 Carbohydrates: 14 g Protein: 2.1 g Fat: 3.4 g Saturated Fat: 0.8 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 10 mg Fiber: 2.5 g Sugar: 9 g

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  1. Catherine says

    Not at all as in pictures. And very disappointing. It’s really mostly oats, loosely held together by dates and nut butter. I have had delicious date-based energy balls that looked like the picture, and these are not very good in my opinion. I followed the recipe and it feels like a waste of time and ingredients.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so sorry you had a negative experience with the recipe, Catherine! This one is usually a reader favorite. Since they weren’t holding together well, we wonder if perhaps the dates were too dry?

  2. Milena says

    Recipe looks very tasty.
    Dark chocolate typically contains palm oil which is bad for health and the environment. Have you tried to sub in powdered cocoa (or even better, ground raw cocoa) instead and increase the peanut or almond butter to compensate?

    And roll them in coconut flakes … 🥥

  3. Marianne Egling says

    Made these delicious little peanut balls today. Did add some LSA to the mixture and a few drops of coconut oil. also made them smaller, they are lovely little snack when craving something sweet. Will certainly be making them again.

  4. Linda Addison says

    I just finished making this quick and delicious recipe. I added Lily’s stevia baking chips and a 1/4 tsp vanilla. I was afraid they wouldn’t make it to the freezer for my snack tray I am taking to a baby shower. I did a bit of snacking myself. They are absolutely delicious and super easy. I used the small scoop in my cookie scoop grouping and it made 18. That’s ok with me. Thank you for such a quick and tasty little energy bite! I always enjoy your recipes. Next time I will definitely add unsweetened dried cranberries. I bet a few small chopped nuts would finish it off just right……Yum Yum!!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jenny, you can! If they are unsweetened, just keep in mind the recipe will be less sweet.

  5. Paulette says

    I use my homemade peanut butter (Trader Joe’s reduced salt peanuts blended in my Ninja until smooth and creamy) to make these. I have to admit that I use more peanut butter than called for in the recipe. They are just so delicious! I’m wondering if the home made peanut butter is what makes the balls a bit oily as I roll them. The taste and texture are not affected; just wondering if the oil is from the peanut butter. These are definitely a vegan go-to snack for me and my husband.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Paulette! We’re so glad you and your husband enjoy them! It is probably the peanut butter that makes them a bit oily!