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Steel Cut Oatmeal Energy Bites are a 5 ingredient, healthy snack to make! Hearty steel cut oats, sweet honey, coconut, mini chocolate chips, and peanut butter is all it takes to make these deliciously addicting energy bites.

For more energy bites be sure and also try my Monster Cookie Energy Balls and these 4 Ingredient Energy Oatmeal Balls.

A pile of energy balls

Note : This recipe has been updated July 2023 with updated & more helpful text, and new pictures. The recipe is the same and has not changed. Thanks for being here. Enjoy friends!

Healthy Energy Bites Recipe With Steel Cut Oatmeal

I consider this a lucky day because these energy bites finally lasted long enough for me to snap some photos to share with you all today! No joke, I make these weekly (sometimes more) and they disappear so fast each time.

I love making energy bites for my kids to snack on after school and especially during the summer-time when they have more ‘bored’ hours.

Healthy, hearty, and easy to make. These steel cut oatmeal energy bites are something that I feel good about my kids snacking. Keeps their bellies full with some healthy ingredients like the steel cut oats.

These energy bites taste like homemade Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats combined with the portable and poppable energy bite size.

Close up of a energy bite

Need a Healthy Snack Idea? Try No Bake Energy Bites!

During the summer, and after school, my 4 kids pretty much eat us out of the house. I am always on the lookout for easy, simple, cheaper snack to feed them that don’t involve the processed packaged snacks.

Which is why I won’t even admit how often I make these Steel Cut Oatmeal Energy Bites Let’s just say, I buy all these ingredients in bulk so I always have them in my pantry. I love the heartier texture that the steel cut oats bring to these traditional no bake energy bites.

A bowl of snack bites

Ingredients Needed (Substitution Ideas)

  • Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats – There are NO substitutions for this. Only use the steel cut oats which are labeled as ‘quick cook’. These are similar to quick oats where you only need 1-3 minutes to cook them. Expect that you want the steel cut oats. The regular steel cut oats will not work. Promise! So don’t even try to use them.
  • Coconut Flakes – Use sweetened or unsweetened, whichever you prefer. I like to toss the coconut flakes into a food processor or food chopper, to get them ground into finer pieces. My kids don’t love the texture of the stringy coconut flakes as is.
  • Creamy Peanut Butter – Normally I say don’t use any peanut butter that is labeled as ‘no-stir’ or all-natural’ but I have had many readers tell me that it works just fine in this recipe. So experiment and find out what you like best. I prefer using the regular peanut butter, Peter Pan brand. You can also try using nut butter, almond butter, crunch peanut butter, sunflower butter, etc.
  • Miniature Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – Again, there really are not substations for this. Yes you could use regular sized chocolate chips, but the mini size actually work better in this recipe. If you don’t want the extra sweetness or chocolate in the energy bites, try using flax seed, unsweetened chocolate chunks (chop into smaller pieces), or dried fruit pieces.
  • Honey
Labeled ingredients

How To Make Energy Bites with Steel Cut Oats

  1. Add the quick cook steel cut oats, coconut flakes, creamy peanut butter, mini chooclate chips, and honey into a large mixing bowl. Use a rubber spatula or wooden mixing spoon to thoroughly combine all the ingredients together.
  2. Use a small cookie scoop, or a measuring spoon or your clean hands, to scoop out the energy bites mixture and roll it into a ball. Place them onto a plate or inside a Tupperware type container with a lid.
  3. Cover the energy bites with a lid or plastic wrap and regulate for at least 1 hour for best results.
Process photo collages showing how to make energy bites with steel cut oatmeal.
Process photo collages showing how to make energy bites with steel cut oatmeal.
Process photo collages showing how to make energy bites with steel cut oatmeal.
Process photo collages showing how to make energy bites with steel cut oatmeal.

What Is The Difference Between Steel Cut Oats and Regular Oats?

Steel cut oats, also known as Irish oats or coarse oats, are the least form of processor oats. Meaning that more of the natural nutrition of oats is kept intact and not removed during processing.

Steel cut oats processing involves chopping the whole groats into smaller pieces. Which gives them a chewier, heartier consistency, and more robust flavor.

Normally steel cut oats need longer to cook. But as with regular oats, the quick cook version of steel cut oats are smaller and ground into finer pieces, which makes the resulting cool time shorter (if you’re cooking them) and the texture not as chewy and large.

Process photo collages showing how to make energy bites with steel cut oatmeal.
Process photo collages showing how to make energy bites with steel cut oatmeal.

What Kind of Coconut Should I Use For Energy Bites?

You can use sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes (like the kind you use for baking) or try using organic coconut flakes instead.

I love the Bob’s Red Mill brand of unsweetened coconut flakes. No matter what coconut I use, I always throw it into a food processor to chop it up into smaller pieces.

Try using toasted coconut flakes for an added layer of flavor.

Overhead photo of the energy bites.

Can I Add Anything To These Steel Cut Oatmeal Energy Bites?

Yes! There are so many ways to switch up these every bites. The general rule of thumb here is that you keep the measurements the same. As far as additions go in this recipe, there is 1 cup flaked coconut + 1/3 mini chocolate chips. Therefore, stick with 1 cup + 1/3 cup of total mix-ins.

Here are some ideas and things that I have done with success in my own kitchen.

  • Almonds : This is one addition/change that I frequently do. Well, every time I make them I do this. I use 1/2 cup coconut flakes + 1/2 cup sliced almonds (instead of 1 cup coconut flakes). I throw them both into the food processor and pulse until they’re smaller pieces.
  • Nut Butter or Almond Butter : Use almond butter, all-natural peanut butter, or other types of butter in this recipe. I stick with the traditional creamy peanut butter. If using almond butter or all-natural peanut butter, you may need to add some additional amount of it (like 1-2 tablespoons).
  • Chia Seeds : I LOVE adding some chia seeds into the energy bites. I add 1 tablespoon. They’re so healthy and a great addition to these snack balls.
  • Dried Fruit : Try adding dried fruit like cranberries, banana chips, or apple pieces. I would recommend chopping them up into smaller pieces, or put them in a food processor, before adding them into the bowl along with the other ingredients.
  • Chocolate : If you prefer, use organic chocolate chips, unsweetened chocolate (that has been chopped small), use mini m&m’s instead of the mini chocolate chips, or leave the chocolate out completely.
bowl of energy bites

Storage Tips For Energy Bites

These are best served chilled from the fridge. As the energy bites sit out at room temperature, they will begin to soften, which some might really like that. They can be serve chilled straight from the fridge, or if you prefer the soft texture, let them sit out at room temperature before eating.

If you want to freeze these steel cut oatmeal energy bites then place them in a single-layer, inside a freezer-safe container, and freeze for up to 2 months. I don’t recommend freezing them touching each other, as they will stick together once frozen.

Piled plate of snack balls

Recipe Tips

  • Texture Tip : My kids, and me, don’t like that stringy texture of coconut flakes. I throw the coconut flakes into a food process, or food chopper, and pulse until they are in smaller pieces. Then I add the coconut into the mixing bowl along with the other ingredients.
  • Use a Food Processor : To make mixing the energy bites mixture really easy try adding all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse/blend until it’s combined well.
  • Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats : Use them! Don’t try to substitute with anything else, especially the whole, regular cook steel cut oats. Make sure that the label specifically says ‘quick cook’.
  • Sticky Mixture? : If the energy bites mixture is too sticky and hard to roll into balls, try putting the mixing bowl inside the fridge for 15-30 minutes before rolling them. Naturally, the mixture will be slightly sticky because of the peanut butter and honey. I’ve never had a problem with it being so sticky that it can’t be rolled into balls.
Close up photo of the energy balls
A pile of energy balls
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Steel Cut Oatmeal Energy Bites

Author Jessica
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 20
Steel Cut Oatmeal Energy Bites are a 5 ingredient, healthy snack to make! Hearty steel cut oats, sweet honey, coconut, mini chocolate chips, and peanut butter is all it takes to make these deliciously addicting energy bites. 


  • 1 cup quick cook steel cut oatmeal
  • 1 cup coconut flakes sweetened or unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey


  • Add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir together until thoroughly combined.
    * TIP – My kids don't love the longer texture of coconut so I put the shredded coconut into a food processor/food chopper and pulse it a few times until it's more ground up. You can also do 1/2 cup shredded coconut + 1/2 sliced almonds (add both to the food processor) for a different flavor – I actually make the energy balls this way most of the time with coconut + sliced almonds.
    * For easier mixing try adding all the ingredients into a food processor and pulsing until combined well.
    1 cup quick cook steel cut oatmeal, 1 cup coconut flakes, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, 1/3 cup honey
  • Use a small cookie scoop (about 1 tablespoon) to scoop out the mixture and roll it into a ball. Place the rolled energy bites onto a plate, inside an airtight container with a lid, or onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Eat right away or for best results and taste, refrigerate the energy bites for at least 1 hour before eating.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight covered container, for up to 1 week.



Steel Cut Oats : There has been some confusion about the steel cut oats. There are two kinds of steel cut oats; regular and the quick, 3 minute steel cut oats. Use the quick, 3 minute ones. DO NOT COOK before making the balls. Simply add the steel cut oats straight from the container. I have included a picture of the steel cut oats in the post, go there to see what it looks like if you’re still wondering. Using the regular whole steel cut oats will not work in this recipe. You need the smaller/finer textured quick cook steel cut oats.
Tip : Add the coconut flakes into a food processor and pulse several times until it’s ground finer. This is great if you don’t prefer the longer, stringy texture of the shredded coconut. 
Variations : Use 1/2 cup sliced almonds + 1/2 cup shredded coconut (this is actually how I make them most of the time). I add the coconut and almonds into a food processor and quickly pulse them a few times to make them a smaller texture for the balls. I have also used 1/2 cup sliced almonds + 1/2 cup coconut and put those in the food processor for a few pulses. Try adding some chia seeds or flax to the energy bites. Omit the chocolate chips entirely OR add chia seeds in their place. Lots of variations but try to keep the measurements the same when substituting and doing variations. 


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 0.5mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. I JUST made these today – two batches even, and we don’t have children to help us eat them! 🙂
    (Grandpa and Grandma here!) They freeze very well so I like to have some in the freezer “at all times” for when I need something sweet, I feel it’s a healthy go-to. I’ve been watching my sugar for health reasons so I use flax seed meal instead of the coconut – actually that is how I received the recipe from a friend at Christmas. Thank you for the idea of the steel cut oats. I never thought to try that!

    1. Together As Family says:

      I love your idea of flax seed meal instead of the coconut. I actually have some of that so I am trying it out. I have made these now a total of 4 times in just week, ha 🙂 So glad you liked the addition of the steel cut oats. I think it adds more flavor and a heartier texture.

  2. Do you use the steel cut oats for “regular” eating also…like for breakfast? Since you mentioned you like the idea of flax seed, I wanted to tell you the recipe I received calls for 1/2 c. flax seed. Everything else is the exact amount as your recipe but they include 1 tsp. vanilla when stirring the peanut butter and honey together. (I like the vanilla – always heap that teaspoon.) 🙂 I have wondered what the difference is between flax seed and the golden flax seed. If you don’t have time to address this, I understand. Thanks again, Jessica, for another thought for me using the steel cut oats.

    1. Together As Family says:

      Thank you! I’m definitely going to try subbing in the flax seed. It would make these even healthier. I honestly didn’t even know they had golden flax seed. It’s probably the same thing as the oats vs. steel cut oats. Same thing but different preparation to make?? That would be my guess ? I always have time to address comments. I LOVE hearing from readers. Have a great weekend.

  3. Hi! If I have regular steel cut oats, how can I use them? Perhaps cook them first, let them cool and then use?

    What’s the different between regular ones and quick ones? What have they done to make them quick?

    I have a mixture of steel cut oats, nuts, seeds and dried dates that I don’t want to eat like oatmeal anymore. I would like to make some tasty energy balls of it. I found you recipe and was quite happy with the ingredients until I read quick oats. Any tip for me? I want to use the mixture that I already have.

    I’m Swedish so sorry if my english isn’t that good.

  4. I just googled steel cut oats vs quick ones and read that they are pre-cooked and dried. Maybe I should try to do that myself. Cook and let it dry and then use. I have to try it.

    1. Together As Family says:

      You could do that but you could also just use quick oats in place of the steel cut oats too. I have actually bought the regular steel cut oats (by accident) and tried it out in this recipe, and they were not good at all! The oats are too hard and almost bitter tasting. I would definitely recommend getting some instant 3-minute steel cut oats, or using quick oats in place of them. I hope that helps. Thanks for being here! 🙂

      1. Thank your for your reply.

        I understand quick oats are better but I want to use up what I already have. I have some sort of mixture with regular steel cut oats. I’m bored at oatmeal so I was thinking some tasty energy bites/balls/bars would taste better.

        I will try this: Soak them over night and see how they are in the morning, maybe let them dry and then try out your recipe. I will let you know how it goes. 🙂

        1. Together As Family says:

          So sorry Becka. I misunderstood your question. I thought you already had quick oats (regular not steel cut). Yes, your idea sounds great and I am really hoping it works. Let me know. Thanks for being here 🙂

        2. Becka did you try this and did it work? have regular ones I had no idea they even had 3 minute oats. I am going to try these bites soon they sound amazing.

          1. Together As Family says:

            I have actually tried this recipe with the regular steel cut oats, to see if it would work, and it does not. The regular steel cut oats are thicker and crunchier so it just tastes bad. I would really recommend getting the 3 minute quick steel cut oats ?

  5. Cindy Bingham says:

    So do you cook the 3 minute steel cut oats,then make the oatmeal balls?

    1. Together As Family says:

      Nope. Just add them dry from the container 🙂

  6. Delicious! Everyone loved them!
    Better than regular oats.

  7. You can also roast the regular steel cut oats in an iron skillet with real butter and let them dry out or toast them in the oven before mixing them up! Very tasty and still super healthy! I use dark caco chocolate and almond butter super healthy

    1. Together As Family says:

      Interesting. I did not know that! I’ve used almond butter too and it was good. Love your variations!

  8. I’m making these later today. Instead of chocolate chips I’m going to try raisins.

    1. Together As Family says:

      Raisins are a great substitution! I hope you enjoy these 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

  9. How long do they stay good for in the fridge?

    1. Together As Family says:

      I would say at least 5-7 days. When I make them they have only ever lasted at most, about 2 days in the fridge 🙂 Because we eat them all too fast!

  10. Hello,
    Theses sound yummy but I am trying to stay away from chocolate, one tiny morale for me sets me off into a frenzy! LOL. Do you think these would be good if I subbed out the chocolate chips for say pecans or walnuts and if so how much would you recommend I use?
    Thank you so much for your time and reciepe!

    1. Together As Family says:

      haha, good luck with that! I could never stay away from chocolate 🙂 Yes, using chopped walnuts or chopped sliced almonds would be a great sub for the chocolate. I actually make these all the time with half coconut and half chopped almonds. I just combine them into some type of mini food processor or chopper and grind them small. Works like a charm. Let me know how it goes. I think walnuts or pecans sound so tasty in these.

      1. Another question, I only eat Smuckers all natural peanut butter. Can I make these with that or is it too liquid?
        Thanks again and Happy New Year! ?

    2. Use Cacao nibs instead of chocolate…adds a crunch as well as the chocolatey flavor, but healthier and raw. You could also sub in raisens, craisens, chopped dates or chopped figs instead. I also made these using real maple syrup and was yummy!

  11. Vicki Tripp says:

    How many balls would this recipe make? Thank you.

    1. Together As Family says:

      It just depends on the size you roll them. You can for sure count on getting at least 15-18 balls. More if you roll then small.

  12. I cook the oats and let them cool. I guess they weren’t completely cool down because the chocolate melted and now they are just a ball of mush. So disappointing. Please provide clear instructions on what you should do with the oats after they’re cooked. Thanks

    1. Together As Family says:

      The recipe never says to cook the steel cut oats. You just add them straight into the bowl from the container and mix with the other ingredients. Sorry you misunderstood the recipe ?

  13. You aren’t supposed to cook the oats. Why would you say 3 minute cook. That’s confusing!!

    1. Together As Family says:

      Sorry! I say three minute cook because that’s what it says on the container. It’s from the Quaker brand and the container says ‘steel cut oats three minute cook’. I figured that would help people find the right kind. Because there are regular steel cut oats and then there are the quick steel cut oats.

    2. Together As Family says:

      In the post I also included a picture of the container of steel cut oats so look there and hopefully it’ll make more sense. But do not cook the oats before adding. Just add them straight from the steel cut oats container. I hope this makes sense ? Let me know if you have more questions. Glad to help.

  14. These are fabulous! My family eats them like crazy. Do you happen to have the nutritional values for them?

    1. Together As Family says:

      I don’t. Next time I make these, which happens often because my kids love them too, I will add up all the calories and divide by the amount of balls I roll. I can post it back here to let you know.

  15. How many calories are in each 1″ ball?

    1. Together As Family says:

      I added nutrition facts to this recipe. For 20 balls, each one is 115 calories I believe. Give or take ?

      1. There is nutritional listed at the bottom of the recipe which has 123 calories, 6g fat etc. per serving, but it doesn’t say how much a serving is. Does anyone know how many balls would be in a serving?

        1. Together As Family says:

          That’s based on the recipe getting 20 energy balls. Lots have reported getting closer to 24 balls (if you make them small) with the recipe. 1 serving is 1 energy ball.

  16. 5 stars
    I made this over the weekend for my brother who just moved in with me. We work at the same company and I figured this would be great to satisfy the sweet tooth and still eat healthy. My batch gave 24 balls. The time that I went and do an errand, four were already gone 😀 Needless to say, my brother loved it and so do I! I used almond butter since that was what I had on hand and it was still delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. So it’s 123 Calories per ball?

      1. Together As Family says:

        That is the calorie amount I got when I entered the information. BUT, with that said, calorie information is not exact and can vary greatly depending on the size of balls you roll. The 123 calories were for large balls (about 1-2 tablespoons of dough) but I usually roll them smaller when I make them.

  18. I used natural peanut butter I cannot stomach the sugar in Jiff and other brands. I was thinking about toasting the oats before marking it just to pull that nutty flavor forward a bit. But these things are awesome for sure reminds me of ones my mom made when I was little.

  19. Is there any way to fix them if I accidentally used the regular steel cut oats?

    1. Together As Family says:

      No, unless you just start over with the quick oats. You could use the regular steel cut oats but they have a firmer, tougher texture than the quick steel cut oats. So they may just not taste the best.

  20. Can I use maple syrup in place of honey?
    It’s snowing and yucky outside so I don’t want to make a trip out to the grocery store to get the honey. I have pure maple syrup on hand.

    1. Together As Family says:

      I am sure using maple syrup would be fine because it’s the same thick texture as honey, and is also sweet. I’ve never done it so I can’t say for sure how it would turn out.

  21. 5 stars
    We LOVE these! Made them with Almond Butter since it’s all we had and chopped up a dark chocolate bar (again all we had on hand!) My fiance and I are obsessed! Best afternoon snack.

    1. Together As Family says:

      Yum, almond butter. I’ve been meaning to try these with almond butter!

  22. How would they taste without the coconut and would it affect how well they hold together? I am also thinking about subbing Liquid Stevia in place of the honey. Any thoughts on this? Thank you.

    1. Together As Family says:

      If you don’t want to use coconut then I would sub it with some almonds. I have done this before and it’s delicious. I like to run the almonds through a food processor (or give them a rough chop with a knife) before adding them into the mixture. I am not even sure what liquid stevia is so I could not help you with that one. If it’s like honey and the same thick consistency then I am sure it would work fine.

  23. Christina says:

    I just mixed these in the bowl and when
    I try to roll the balls they fall apart. Do you have any idea what could have gone wrong? The only thing I altered was usuing half honey and half maple syrup because I ran out of honey. Is there any way to salvage them at this point?

    1. Together As Family says:

      I have only ever made these with all honey and they roll just fine, although they do stick slightly to my hands while rolling. I just spray my hands with cooking spray and it helps a lot. If the maple syrup you used was thinner than the thickness of honey, the balls just might be too moist from the maple syrup. Try refrigerating the mixture for an hour and then roll them into balls. That usually helps with stickiness.

  24. I have made these several times as a mountain climbing snack and they are always very well received by my climbing partners. I actuall do use regular steel cut oats. I put them and the coconut in the food processor first so the oats are ground up a bit. Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Together As Family says:

      That’s so good to hear that you can put the regular steel cut oats in a food processor! Not sure why I never thought of that, haha. I too love to put the coconut flakes in the food processor to make smaller pieces. Sometime I also do half coconut and half almond. Give it a whirl in the processor and then add it. So glad you have enjoyed these several times 🙂

  25. Sue Baker says:

    5 stars
    I have a similar recipe and it calls for ground flax seed or wheat germ as well as all of this. I also use regular chocolate chips and have added dried cherries, raisins and craisens to the recipe. My boss gave them to me and they are great. You can easily play with the dry ingredients.

  26. These were as good as promised! so quick. so easy. so good. The only thing I did was add a dash of cinnamon. Next time I’ll try them using my nut and seed butter from (Canadian) Costco. I’m also going to try the flax meal seed in place of coconut and take to work for friends who don’t like coconut (I know, right? who doesn’t like coconut?) It’s a good thing they’re leaving the house to go to a horse show with my daughter, or I would likely eat them all. They also will be coming camping this weekend too. (and any other time we camp I’m sure!) what a pleasant way to spend a Sunday. tea and browsing amazing recipes.

    1. Together As Family says:

      Coconut is the best! Cinnamon sounds amazing in these. I make these all the time so I think I am going to try that. So happy to hear you loved these! Great minds think alike, because these snack balls always go camping with us!

  27. 5 stars
    So good and easy to make! I added a tablespoon of chia seeds and some protein powder for some extra nutrition to mine. Been eating them as dessert because they have a ton of sugar and don’t think they are actually healthy, haha. Also, the taste reminds me of the chocolate chip Chewy bars, yum!

    1. Together As Family says:

      Yum, the chia seeds sound amazing. I am so glad you loved these.

  28. I have Trader Joe’s 8-minute quick steel cut oats. Would these work with the recipe? Thank you!

    1. Together As Family says:

      Not sure. I have never seen or used the Trader Joe’s quick steel cut oats. As long as they are the quick cook then you should be fine.

      1. 5 stars
        I used the Trader Joe’s oats and the bites turned out great, delicious!! Thanks!!

  29. I made these and actually baked a few min at about 350 after refrigerating. It added a tiny bit of crunch and made them less sticky.

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  31. This looks so good! What a great snack for the whole family!

  32. Thanks for sharing! Do they keep long?

    1. Together As Family says:

      Yes. I’ve had batches that last several days in the fridge. I would safely say they would last 4-5 days in the fridge, possible longer!

  33. 3 stars
    unfortunately, the balls don’t stay together if you use REAL 100% PEANUT BUTTER.
    My guess is you need to use the peanut butter that is 1/3 crisco and 1/3 sugar. I say “yecch” to that fake peanut butter.

    1. Together As Family says:

      Yea, the natural peanut butters don’t do well in lots of baked items. At least I don’t think so 🙂 I’ll go re-check the post but I am fairly certain I include a note about NOT using the natural 100% peanut butter in this recipe. Sorry they did not work out for you.

  34. Awesome snack for on-the-go. I ran out of honey so used maple syrup (maine life). Turned out better than expectations

  35. I used natural PB and they weren’t perfect balls but after throwing in the fridge for a few hours they were ok. Still taste amazing! I added a bit of flax and hemp hearts too.
    Do you have the nutritional content?

  36. 5 stars
    I really love these and they are super addictive. They even freeze well…so, I’m allowing myself one a day?

  37. 5 stars
    Five stars not one… grrrrrrrr!

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  39. How many carbs per ball? I didn’t see nutrition info?

  40. Marilyn West says:

    I found them too sweet. Next time I’ll reduce the honey to 1/4 cup and use unsweetened coconut. I may sub almond meal for some of the coconut. I like the idea of baking at 350 degrees for a few minutes. May try them with quick oats, too.

    1. Together As Family says:

      Yes for sure, just reduce the honey a bit. Thanks for coming back to comment.

  41. 5 stars
    I am a breastfeeding mom trying to increase my supply while also having a tasty energy snack so I used this recipe! I added a few tablespoons of brewer’s yeast along with a couple tablespoons of flaxseeds. Turned out great! Thank you!

    1. Together As Family says:

      That’s so great! Thanks for coming back to comment.

  42. Christi Beck says:

    LOVE THESE! I added the Flax seed and still kept the coconut in too! So nice for satisfying that sweet tooth. I keep mine in the freezer too!

  43. This recipe sounds great! I tried it using 3-min steel oats however they are still too hard/crunchy. Any tips or suggestions? Maybe it’s the brand.

    1. Together As Family says:

      Just use quick 1-minute oats instead 🙂

  44. These are awesome. Someone made them for my daughter. Sorry if someone already asked, can you use raw honey?

    1. Together As Family says:

      I believe you can. I always just use the big container of honey from Costco. Don’t think it’s raw…. but I would imagine raw honey is exactly the same thing so I say yes!

  45. These tasty, hearty bombs are delicious! Lots of chewing going on. Will definitely make again.

  46. 5 stars
    WOW! These are delicious! I followed the basic recipe except I used already toasted unsweetened coconut flakes and used my mini chopper to make tiny pieces. I love the chewiness of the 3 min oats, so chewy and good. The blend of flavors is amazing. Next time I’ll try chopped dried cherries instead of mini chips. I like the flax seed meal substitute, will try half coconut and half flax meal. So many good way to vary these! My little cookie scoop made 32 bites that are in the freezer, ready to have anytime!

    Thanks so much, Jessica!

    1. Together As Family says:

      You’re welcome. I love your idea of dried cherries and the flax meal. I usually do half coconut and half sliced almonds and then chop it up in the food chopper to get small pieces.

  47. Jo-Anne Wood says:

    I just made two batches of these. The first I followed your recipe exactly and the second because I am not a coconut fan I substituted the coconut for tri colored quinoa. I saw someone suggest chia seeds but I didn’t have any so I tried the quinoa. They are a bit crunchier than the coconut ones but I didn’t mind. I will try 5he chip next t time to see the difference. My family loved both batches. Thank you. They are so yummy!

  48. Diane Reiter says:

    5 stars
    I used all natural peanut butter. They were a little liquidy , yes, but I think if you reduce the amount of honey it should be ok. They will firm up in the refrigerator.

    1. Together As Family says:

      Yes they can 🙂

  49. Joanne Mann says:

    I am having a really hard time keepI am having a hard time making these stick together period do you have a these together and rolling them in a ball period I put them in the fridge and then tried working with the dough and it still doesn’t work

    1. Together As Family says:

      I honestly don’t know why some people have trouble getting the dough to stick together. The only thing I can think of is that maybe you used an all natural peanut butter. Those are much drier which will therefore make the dough or energy ball dough really crumbly. Which would make it hard to form into balls. The other thing that comes to mind is maybe you were too generous in your honey measurement? I really don’t know and I am so sorry. I literally makes these once a week (I actually just made them the other day) and I have never had the problem of them not rolling into balls like a few others have.

  50. Jeanette Hoy says:

    5 stars
    I love your recipe but would just like to say, I only had traditional oats, they are not steel cut or the quick type. I decided to whizz them in my food processor to make them a little finer. This worked very well, I also added dried cranberries and candied mixed citrus peel, probably not suitable for children though! But I love the extra bite of orange and lemon peel. Altogether very successful? Thank you

  51. 5 stars
    Very yummy and filling! I added chopped pecans and toasted them with the coconut. Honey could probably be swapped to maple syrup as well if your wanted a vegan version. Great way to use up steel cut oats!

  52. 4 stars
    Thank you for the recipe! Really enjoyed these the next day after being in the fridge overnight. They curb my craving for the Samoas Girl Scout Cookies I have in my pantry. Looking forward to using flaxseed meal like another person suggested.

  53. Lindsey Miller says:

    Just made these and couldn’t stop licking my fingers! They’re so good. I wanted to try a healthier “go to” snack and they’re perfect. Thank you for the tip on selecting the right oats. I made sure I got the right ones. After this recipe imma huge fan of steel cut oats…..the “quick” 3 minute cooking version – which you don’t cook at all for this recipe. Thank you!! 😊

    1. Lindsey Miller says:

      5 stars
      Just made these and couldn’t stop licking my fingers! They’re so good. I wanted to try a healthier “go to” snack and they’re perfect. Thank you for the tip on selecting the right oats. I made sure I got the right ones. After this recipe imma huge fan of steel cut oats…..the “quick” 3 minute cooking version – which you don’t cook at all for this recipe. Thank you!! 😊

      1. Together as Family says:

        So happy to hear you like them! I totally agree that they’re the perfect ‘healthier’ snack!

  54. Brenda Kimbell says:

    5 stars
    Have made 3 batches in three weeks! Just me and my husband and we don’t eat sweets. These are great!

    1. Together as Family says:

      These are on repeat at my house too!! So glad you like them!