Energy Bites with SunButter and Agave Nectar

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Energy Bites with SunButter are a bite-sized, no-bake snack that are full of healthy ingredients and free from many common food allergens. They’re vegan and gluten-free!

SunButter Energy Balls in a bowl

In honor of the New Year, I am sharing a healthy recipe for energy bites that is a staple in our house.  Bite-sized balls made with sunflower seed butter (SunButter) and an assortment of healthy ingredients.

By using Enjoy Life chocolate chips and SunButter, this snack is peanut, soy and dairy free.  And, chocolate is involved.

Bonus for me: there is no cooking involved. So, everyone is happy.

Don’t they look moist and yummy? You’d never guess that these Sunbutter Energy Balls are packed with so many healthy ingredients.

Energy Bites with SunButter layered in a bowl

How to Make SunButter Energy Balls

We always have the ingredients on hand. Hiding behind the SunButter jar is Agave Nectar. I’m happy to use this or honey or Date Paste like we use to make Energy Balls with Medjool Dates.

I’m trying to use healthy sweeteners in baked goods whenever I can! 

The Ingredients in Sunbutter Energy Balls

Add all the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix. Then, add all the wet ingredients and mix. Now, put the bowl in the refrigerator so the dough will stiffen up a bit. And, as is the case with so many good things, wait…for about 30 minutes. Yay! I got to lick the spoon this time.

Sunbutter Energy Bite batter in a bowl

When the timer goes off, you are ready to make the bite-sized treat. Pictured is my favorite tool for this job, a little 1 teaspoon scoop. You can make them any size. But, I find this size works nicely.

Scoop lifting Sunbutter Energy Ball batter out of the bowl

By the way, the recipe should yield about 40 balls, depending upon how big you make them.

Lest you wonder how I could fangirl over such a small treat, let me tell you that they are very satisfying. But, I do generally have a small piece of fruit as well and quickly put the others away.

The finished product will look like this.

Energy Bites with SunButter in a bowl

Disclaimer: It takes a bit of arm work to make all the little bite-sized pieces. So, I’m always very grateful when my sweet daughter does this for me. I’m also told she makes them more compact.

(Confession: you can leave the unrolled dough in the refrigerator for days and make them up as you need them.)

The batch of energy bites pictured won’t last long in our house!

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Energy Bites with SunButter and Agave Nectar

These bite-sized, no-bake Energy Balls with SunButter pack a punch with a cast of healthy ingredients. Vegan and peanut, soy, egg and dairy free!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 40 teaspoon-sized balls
Calories: 59kcal


  • 1 cup Oatmeal regular, not instant
  • 1/2 cup Flax Seed ground
  • 1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 cup Coconut Flakes sweetened
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup SunButter
  • 1/3 cup honey and/or Agave Nectar light


  • Add first 4 ingredients to a bowl and combine.
  • Add last 3 ingredients to bowl with dry ingredients and combine.
  • Refrigerator dough for 30 minutes.
  • Roll dough into small bite-sized balls.


Store energy bites in the refrigerator. Wheat germ can be used in place of flax seed. Dried fruit can be added to the mix too!


Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 28mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. Yummy!!!!!

  2. I love these so much! A great snack for after skating practice, gives me energy but taste amazing too!!!

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