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The Best Energy Bites (gluten free snacks)

If you've been searching for a filling and healthy gluten and dairy free snack, look no further. This recipe will give you a wonderful snack and the best energy bites time and time again. As a matter of fact this recipe has been my favorite snack recipe for years. Each bite is full of creamy peanut butter, coconut, honey, mini chocolate chips, and more healthy ingredients like chia and flax seed.

Would it be any surprise if I told you I have a hard time keeping these gluten free and dairy free snacks in the house?

Honestly, my kids just can't keep their hands off of these gluten free and dairy free snacks. And I'm 100% ok with that. This easy snack doesn't require the oven and uses minimal ingredients.

All the ingredients in a bowl for the best energy bites

You can have a healthy and filling gluten free dairy free snack ready for you and your family in minutes.

I originally came across a similar recipe found here. I made the needed gluten and dairy free substitutions while slightly changing the ingredients to better suit my family.

This is definitely the best energy bites recipe, and no one would guess it's gluten and dairy free.

Plus this is the perfect snack to offer when my kids are having play dates or company.

Or prepare these ahead of time and pack them in a container to travel with. We have enjoyed these in airports, on airlines, long car trips, and overnight trips to visit family.

Gluten free and dairy free snacks like these are a must.

A bowl heaping with the best energy bites

the best energy bites recipe ingredients and tips

  • gluten free oats-- we use Bob's Red Mill Old Fashioned Gluten Free Rolled Oats
  • shredded coconut-- I like to toast my coconut for this recipe in the oven and store it the refrigerator for months to keep it fresh.
  • creamy peanut butter-- you can use crunchy peanut butter, but it is not recommended as it can easily dry out the energy bites.
  • honey-- if you're searching for an amazing company to purchase honey from, consider Bee Konscious from Colorado. I've got to say their Montana Raw Honey is the best I've ever tasted.
  • flax seed-- again I keep this refrigerated to lengthen the shelf life
  • chia seed
  • vanilla extract
  • mini chocolate chips-- Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chips work best for these small 1 inch balls
  • after combining all the energy bite ingredients, cover and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. This will help the mixture to be less sticky when forming balls.
  • these energy bites will stay fresh for 2-3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator
  • these snacks are perfect for at work, kids lunches, and trips (airplane or road trips).
All the ingredients in a bowl for the best energy bites
A pan full of the best energy bites

more gluten free snacks+ dairy free recipes

  • easy kid snacks-- over 50 kid friendly gluten and dairy free snacks
  • chocolate banana bread--bake this moist, tender Chocolate Banana Bread now bursting with semi-sweet chocolate chips, Dutch-processed cocoa, and mashed bananas
  • irresistible peanut butter brownies-- meet your new favorite brownie recipe with a chocolate and peanut butter combo.
  • white chocolate chip cookies-- here is a quick and decadent cookie recipe you make time and time again
  • oreo donuts-- you will fall in love with these homemade oreo donuts. Each bite is rich, moist, and full of your favorite oreo sandwich cookie taste.
a child reaching for a bowl full of gluten and dairy free energy bites

3 dinner recipes to enjoy this week

  • pasta e fagioli-- copycat Olive Garden soup recipe is loaded with hearty ground sausage, fresh diced vegetables, beans, tender ditalini pasta noodles, and delicious herbs in a savory broth is a must try
  • teriyaki chicken-- no fail, marinated grilled Teriyaki Chicken with Pineapple rings and Mini Sweet Peppers over a warm bed of jasmine rice, served with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and fresh cilantro is as good as it sounds
  • shrimp and broccoli pasta-- sautéed Shrimp and steamed Broccoli coated and tossed in a velvety, alfredo sauce over tender pasta noodles ready to serve in under 25 minutes is always a winning combination

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A bowl full of the best energy bites
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5 from 2 votes

The Best Energy Bites

Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Servings: 26 bites
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free


  • 1 c gluten free oats
  • c coconut flakes
  • ½ c plus 1tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • ½ c ground flax seed
  • c honey
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ c dairy free chocolate chips Enjoy Life Mini's work perfect


  • In a medium size bowl mix all ingredients well.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes so mixture can be less sticky to work with.
  • Remove from the refrigerator and roll into small 1 inch bites.
  • Place energy bites into an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator.

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Recipe Rating

Elly James

Monday 16th of May 2022

They are so delicious!!Me and my family haven't ever had better no bake energy bites!!! Great recipe for them.Thanks so much for the awesome bites!!!!!


Thursday 19th of May 2022

Elly, thank you for letting us know how your family enjoyed this recipe. We love this 5 star review. Thank you! Jill


Saturday 6th of November 2021

Made these today and they are delish! I was thinking these would be even better with a bit of a crunch.. do you think swapping out the oats for puffed rice would work?


Wednesday 10th of November 2021

That is such a great idea! You could always trial with a smaller batch and see if it works. Jill

Frankie Miller

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

These are so good I was shocked ,I was looking for a gluten free granola bar recipe this is the best one ever come across , quick easy and great ingredients when you buy organic !


Wednesday 6th of October 2021

We are thrilled you enjoy this recipe! Jill


Saturday 29th of August 2020

Are these able to freeze and pull out? I would like to make a big batch to have on hand for after school snacks.


Wednesday 16th of September 2020

Thanks for asking Amanda! That is a terrific idea, and works perfectly to freeze and pull out. Jill