Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls without Dates are the perfect after school snack or lunchbox treat that are made in only 5 minutes! Easy to make and no bake, kids and adults will love this protein-packed snack.

Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls in a blue bowl on a wooden countertop.

Why this recipe is the best!

Got hungry kids after school? Well these energy balls are the perfect snack to have on hand. So easy to make, just add all of the ingredients in a bowl, stir, roll, and refrigerate… done! And, because this is made without dates, you don’t even need a food processor to make them.

The great part, they are so delicious and taste just like an Almond Joy bar, but so much healthier! These protein-packed treats are a great alternative to granola and cereal bars too.

These balls stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. They are a great treat to add to lunches or snack on when you’re hungry.

Also, you can get the kids to help roll the balls because they keep their form and won’t crumble in little hands. So whip up a batch today and enjoy!

Love energy balls? Don’t miss my no-bake Carrot Coconut Energy Balls, or my fall favorite Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls with white chocolate chips. Looking for another after school treat? Don’t miss my super easy Donut and Fruit Kabob Skewers!

Recipe Ingredients and Notes

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These energy balls only have seven ingredients: rolled oats, ground flaxseed, shredded sweetened coconut, honey, peanut butter, mini chocolate chips, and cinnamon. Read on to see necessary ingredients and substitutions for this recipe.

  • Rolled oats: this is a necessary ingredient. Substitute gluten-free oats if you are looking to ensure that all gluten is omitted in this recipe.
  • Ground flaxseed: this gives the energy balls a nutty flavor. If you don’t have flaxseed, you can use equal part rolled oats its place.
  • Peanut butter: you can use any nut butter you like, or even sun butter if there is a nut allergy. Almond butter would be an excellent substitute. I like to use chunky peanut butter, but smooth works too.

How to make chocolate coconut energy balls without dates

This recipe comes together in just a couple of minutes with no special equipment required! All you need is a large mixing bowl and spoon.

process shots showing how to make the recipe including mixing all ingredients and rolling them up.

Simply add all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl (step 1). Use a spoon or rubber spatula to mix together the ingredients, being sure that they are all well incorporated (step 2).

Lastly, using a cooking scoop or spoon, measure out about 18 equal parts of the dough. Use your hands to roll into balls and place on a lined baking sheet (step 3). Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, and that’s it! No baking and only one bowl to clean.

Recipe Tips and FAQs

  • This recipe serves as a base for energy balls. You can customize them however you want with different sweeteners or even add mini M&M’s for a fun treat.
  • If there is a nut allergy, you can substitute sun butter, almond butter, or even WOW butter.
  • And if you are trying to keep your sugar intake down, substitute unsweetened coconut flakes and omit the mini chocolate chips. Raisins would be a good addition as well.
  • Make this vegan by using agave instead of honey. Be sure to use slightly less as agave has a tendency to be much sweeter than honey.
Can you make ahead energy balls?

You can store energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to a month.

Are energy balls healthy?

Energy balls can be a very healthy snack, depending on what you put in them. To make energy balls extra healthy, stay away from added sugars and focus on the oats, nut butter, and spice components of the recipe.

energy balls stacked high in a blue bowl with extra balls on a baking sheet in the background.

Energy balls are a great on-the-go snack or easy breakfast treat. I like to have a variety of options prepped in the fridge so that there’s always something to grab when I’m hungry. Here are some other delicious snacks to have on hand.

If you are craving something sweeter, this Zucchini Ricotta Bundt Cake is a moist breakfast cake that’s great served cold on the go. Olive Oil Bundt Cake is another delicious breakfast treat that’s made with healthy olive oil instead of butter.

Chocolate coconut energy balls on a white plate with a striped napkin next to it.

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Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls

These chocolate coconut energy balls without dates are simple to make and come together in 5 minutes! Great on the go snack or whenever you are needed a sweet treat.
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Refrigerator Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 18 balls
Calories: 156kcal
Cost: 8


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • ¾ cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup peanut butter (can substitute other nut butters)
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well using a spatula.
  • Roll into 18 balls (approximately 1 inch in diameter) and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Store for up to a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.



  • Use whatever nut butter you have on hand. 
  • No ground flaxseed? Substitute with equal amounts of rolled oats. 
  • Change up the flavor by using mini M&M’s or raisins in place of the chocolate chips.
  • Store these energy balls in and airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. You can also free in an airtight container for up to a month. 


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These were the perfect pick me up snack to take on our hike today. Mixed together easily and perfectly portable in a ziplock sandwich bag. Healthy and yummy.

  2. 5 stars
    These energy balls look amazing! I was searching for a snack that would increase my fiber intake. This is perfect! Thank you!!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh wow! These are such a yummy treat that my husband and I just love! Such a addicting and very tasty recipe and I’ll definitely be making this again!