Peanut Butter Banana Energy Bites
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Packed with hearty oats, creamy peanut butter, bananas, and a sprinkling of chocolate, these Peanut Butter Banana No-Bake Energy Bites make the perfect, on-the-go breakfast, snack, or even dessert!
Let’s start our day off with some peanut butter, shall we? Well, peanut butter and bananas, because that’s a winning combo in my book.
Have you ever had a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich? Oh man, is that good! I think that was Elvis’s choice of sandwich, am I right? Or maybe there was bacon in it, too? I can’t remember, but either way, I love creating a grilled sandwich like that if I want to forgo a regular grilled cheese.
Can you tell that I have grilled peanut butter sandwiches on the brain? That’s where I got the idea to make these Peanut Butter Banana Energy Bites, just incase you couldn’t tell.
While there’s no bread (or bacon!) in these peanut butter banana bites, they’re full of flavor and are on the healthier side. These banana energy bites make the best breakfast recipe, too!
That’s right…chocolate and peanut butter can be combined into something healthier, that still has a decadent flair. And did I mention that these cuties are good for you? Chia seeds and honey also make up these bites, giving them a boost of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
So, whether your New Year’s resolution (or in my case, goal) is to eat a bit healthier, or if you just adore peanut butter and banana together like I do, this healthier snack was made for you.
Easy to make and even better to eat, you’ll be munching on these bites for breakfast or a mid-morning snack!
Ingredients in No-Bake Energy Bites
This banana and peanut butter snack comes together with few ingredients. Here’s all you’ll need to make these healthy energy bites:
- Old-fashioned oats
- Mini chocolate chips
- Chia seeds
- Peanut butter
- Vanilla bean paste (or extract)
How to Make No-Bake Energy Bites
These Peanut Butter Banana Energy Bites are so easy to make! Since they’re no-bake, it requires less than 10 minutes of prep and a little time to chill in the fridge. Easy peasy, friends!
Combine the oats, chocolate chips, and chia seeds. Set aside.
In another bowl, add the peanut butter and honey. Microwave until the peanut butter melts slightly, so that it is easier to stir.
Remove from microwave and add in vanilla extract and mashed banana.
Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and stir to combine.
Place bowl into refrigerator and chill for 15-20 minutes.
Form mixture into small balls. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
How Long Do No-Bake Energy Bites Last?
Store banana peanut butter energy bites in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for up to one week.
Can I Make This Recipe Into Bars?
I’ve never tried transforming these peanut butter banana bites into granola bars, but I bet you could! Line your baking dish with parchment paper so the bars are easier to remove and slice.
Tips for Making Healthy Energy Bites
- Use old-fashioned oats in this recipe. Steel cut oats are too chewy and instant oats are too dry for this recipe.
- Use any brand of peanut butter you’d like. Natural or “traditional” peanut butter will both work!
- Feel free to omit the chocolate chips if you want these bites to be extra healthy.
Looking for more energy bites? I’ve got you covered!
- Blueberry Almond Butter Energy Bites
- Cherry Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
- Pumpkin Pie Bites
- Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Peanut Butter Banana No-Bake Energy Bites
- 1¾ cups old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds, (optional)
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, (or vanilla extract)
- 1 ripe banana, , mashed
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, chocolate chips, and chia seeds. Set aside.
- In a small, microwaveable bowl, add the peanut butter and honey. Microwave for 15-20 seconds, or until peanut butter melts slightly, so that it is easier to stir. Remove from microwave and add in vanilla extract and mashed banana. Stir thoroughly until mixture is smooth.
- Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and stir to combine, ensuring all of the oats are covered. If the mixture seems too wet, add 1 tablespoon (or more) of oats, until it comes together.
- Place bowl into refrigerator and chill for 15-20 minutes, so that mixture holds together and is easier to shape into balls. Form mixture into small balls. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Store energy bites in an airtight container or ziploc bag in the refridgerator for up to one week.
- Adapted from my Blueberry Almond Butter Energy Bites.
I could DEFINITELY use some energy after more than a week of the cold that is going around, and these look both scrumptious and easy to make! Pinning! 🙂
Thanks for the kind words and pin, Kate!
Hi! For some reason, the recipe is not showing up on my end. Could you please repost it in response to my comment? I made it last week and it was so delicious and want to make it again!
Hi Rebecca! Sorry about that! There was a glitch. The recipe box should be there now. Thanks!
I’ve never had a peanut butter and banana sandwich! I love both and eat regularly, but never in sandwich form. These look delicious and I’ve made your Blueberry Almond Butter Energy Bites before and they were a total winner so gonna have to try these. Like a little dessert, but good for you….my kinda treat 🙂 Pinned, of course. P.S. Bacon in that sandwich sounds like it would be SOOOOO good! Hope your week is going great, my friend!
Oh I think you’d love a peanut butter and banana sandwich! It’s the best when it’s toasted or grilled and the peanut butter is all melty! 🙂 Thanks so much for the sweet comment and pin, Dawn! I love your thinking…like a dessert, but healthier…a win, win! 🙂
Oh, man! My kids and I would LOVE these! I often make little snack bites like this for us to grab easily during the week, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried this exact combo. Adding your version to my list to make soon. You can never go wrong with chocolate, PB, banana, and NO-BAKE! 🙂
Thanks, Blair! I love no-bake anything, especially in energy bite form. I’m sure your kids would love this!
totally agree that peanut butter + bananas = a winning combo!!! and love the chia seeds in here too! yummm!!
Thank you, Alice!
Now that these would make a afternoon nice pick me up on a hectic day.
I’m totally intrigued by the mashed banana in these — a great healthy “glue”! We are big banana and peanut butter lovers here. The kids will love these!
I love your thinking! It’s definitely healthy glue! 🙂 Thanks, Ashley!
this most definitely is a wonderful combination! yum!
Peanut butter and banana is one of the best combinations for sure! Using those two ingredients in an energy bite is TOTALLY winning!! I would definitely eat these for breakfast, snack time AND dessert. On repeat! And I love that they are no bake! These are fabulous, Gayle! Pinned of course! Cheers! 🙂
I had a peanut butter banana panini at a coffee shop in Boston and it was incredible! I haven’t made it at home yet and really need to that. 🙂
I love energy bites like this and incorporating banana was a great idea — I can never get enough of that flavor combination! I always have overripe bananas lying around, so this will be the perfect use for them!
Oh that panini sounds fantastic! I love sandwiches like that! Thanks for the kind words, Marcie!
What coffee shop was this, Marcie? I love the combo and have recently moved to Boston!
It’s been a while since I’ve had one but a grilled peanut butter & banana sandwich sounds SO good right now! Love that you made an energy bite version. These are the perfect grab & go snack!
Thanks, Kelly! I’ve been eating these all week long!
Absolutely delicious! I added flaxseed to mine. I will definitely be making these again! Peanut butter and chocolate is my love language!
I’m so happy you enjoyed!
I’ve been going crazy over energy bites lately! Peanut Butter, banana, and chocolate is seriously one of my favorite combinations! I can’t wait to try these!
Thanks, Michelle! Aren’t energy bites the best?!
These look amazing and there’s something about the peanut butter and banana combo that is just fantastic. love the pictures too.
Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by!
OMG, I need to make these! Never had this combination in energy bites! And I need to make that sandwich! Sounds awesome! Pinned!
Thanks so much, Mira! It’s my new favorite energy bite!
Oh gosh, I would be eating SO many of these and I don’t see myself being able to stop either!! You just can’t go wrong with the winning combo of peanut butter, banana, and chocolate!
It’s always a good day when the day starts with peanut butter! I LOVE energy bites and banana + peanut butter?? Yes yes yes! Have a great rest of the week Gayle!
Banana and peanut butter are the best, right? Thanks, Ashley!
Why yes, I’d love that, Gayle! Any day that starts out with peanut butter is a GOOD one! You know I love my no bake bites, so this recipe is totally calling out to me. *Heart Eyes* I can’t quite remember what Elvis’ exact sando consisted of, but there was definitely peanut butter and banana goodness involved. Either way, I would totally pick this over that any day! Thanks for sharing such a fun snack idea, G. Hope you have an awesome weekend! Pinning, of course! xo
Thanks for the sweet comment and pin, friend! I totally agree that peanut butter makes every day better!
I’ll happily start and end my day with peanut butter! This is a snack I can get behind!! YUM!
I absolutely love grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches! I’m kicking myself for forgetting bananas at the store today.. totally gotta go back! These energy bites look like the perfect way to enjoy that peanut butter/banana combo, and I could totally use some energy right now. Pinned!
Thanks for the kind words and pin, Keri!
Love the idea of using banana! We are going hiking this weekend so these will be such a great energy source! Great recipe Gayle 🙂
This sounds delish!! A quick question, can I use natural peanut butter and Quaker quick oats?
Hi Kathy! I’ve never tried this with natural peanut butter or the quick oats, but I think it would work just as well. The texture might be a bit different by using quick oats, but I think it would still be good. Hope you enjoy this and thanks for stopping by!
How do you stor these and for how long
Hi Beckey! You can store these in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
I made these last week Gayle and they were SO good! My kids and I devoured them and I’ll definitely be making them again soon. It’s such a great recipe to help me use the overripe bananas on my counter!
I’m so glad, Marcie! These are one of my favorites, too. So glad your kids liked them and thanks for letting me know! 🙂
Do you know how long these keep, or how soon after making they should be consumed?
Hi Julie! I’ve kept these in the fridge for up to five days and they tastes delicious! If you want to keep them longer than a day or two, I would suggest storing them in the fridge. Hope this helps and enjoy!
These sound delicious! any idea what the calories might be per serving?
Hi Gloria! I don’t count calories on my recipes since I don’t want to lead anyone in the wrong direction and am not a dietician. However, there are calorie counters you can find online if you’re curious. Hope you enjoy these if you try it!
How long do these last if they’re left in the fridge and about how many calories per ball?
Hi Sadie! These will last about 5 days in the fridge. I don’t provide calorie counts, so I don’t know that information, but there are plenty of calorie counters you can find online to help you. Hope you enjoy!
By chance do you know the calorie count on these yummy treats? Made them the other day and I’m a fan 🙂
Sorry just read you don’t do calorie counts
Sorry about that, Kat! I know there are calorie counters you can find online. So glad you enjoyed these and thanks for stopping by!
Do you think making these into bars and freezing them for later consumption would work well??? Thanks!
Hi Amanda! I’ve never tried making these into bars, so I’m really not sure how it would turn out. I’m guessing it would work because the energy bites are pretty firm once refridgerated, but that’s just a guess. Hope you like these if you try it and thanks for stopping by! I’d love to know how they turn out if you do freeze them!
How long do these last in the refrigerator? Do they last a couple of days or weeks?
Hi Sandra! I’ve kept this in the fridge for up to one week and they tasted great. Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by!
Just made these and added some ground flaxseed and cinnamon- yummy!
I’m so glad you liked these, Michele! Flaxseed and cinnamon is a great addition! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Could these be frozen? Making them as a labor snack but no clue when baby will arrive ?
Hi Chelsey! I’ve never frozen these before, so I honestly don’t know how they would turn out. Sorry I can’t be of more help! Congratulations on your upcoming baby! 🙂
Am I missing where you say what portions you do for the bites? When I load your web page it just says [mpprecipe-recipe:375]
Hi Jennifer! I’m not sure what happened, might’ve been a glitch. But if you scroll down towards the bottom of the page, the recipe box is there with the instructions.
I’ve made these in the past. My older sisters and I love them. Just made a new batch and individually wrapped each “ball” in wax paper strips. Now they are perfect as an on the go snack or ready to share with multiple people (and prevent germ spreading).
I’m so happy to hear that, Josephine! That is such a good idea to wrap them for easy access. Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know how they turned out!
I made these with my 7 year old granddaughter and she loved doing it together. Fun, easy and fast. Yummy too. I have one every morning with my black tea for a good start of the day.
I’m so happy to hear you both enjoyed, Karen! Thanks for sharing!
I’m sorry if this is a stupid question, but do I need to cook the oats first?
Hi Jan! No need to cook the oats! Hope you enjoy!
Hi Gayle, thanks! Can I use baby oats instead of old fashioned oats?
Hi Jan! I’m not sure what baby oats are? Old-fashioned or rolled oats work best for this. Quick oats will not, as the texture will be finer and will not hold together.