No Bake Granola Balls

Energy bites.

Power balls.

Granola balls.

Cookie balls. (The Bonus Sisters’ favorite!)

Call them what you want, these versatile, easy, no bake bites of oats/honey/peanut butter and other goodness have been a staple at our homemade granola loving house . We travel with them, share them with the ball team, pack them for lunches, and even grab a couple for a rushed breakfast. Or second breakfast. Or after-swimming snack.

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No Bake Granola Balls


No Bake Granola Balls

3 cups oats (we like old-fashioned, but quick oats would work, too)
1 cup natural peanut butter
½ cup honey
¼ cup flax seeds
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup mini chocolate chips
½ shredded coconut

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. I use my hand mixer on low to get started, then finish the rest by hand.

Scoop and roll into 1 inch(ish) balls. I use a cookie scoop like this to make the task super easy and the balls uniform.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge, or freeze for longer storage.

Don’t like flax seeds? dried cranberries? coconut? Leave them out and add an equivalent amount of oats! Found miniature M&M baking bits on clearance at the grocery store? (Just me?) Use them instead of or with the chocolate chips for a special treat.

Peanuts, walnuts, white chocolate, sunflower seed kernels… the options are limitless. Substitute freely!

Makes 3 dozen balls.


Granola Balls



  1. Yum! I love the ease and portability of these! And, yes, they definitely seem like the sort of recipe that could customized and tweaked based on preferences and what’s on hand. Those the best sort of recipes, in my book!

  2. Good recipe, we’ve enjoyed similar things and I should probably make them more. Because the kids will remember they love them and then THEY can make them :). But more than anything it is really nice to see a post from you! I may have done a little yip of happiness when I realized who posted this! 🙂

    • Thanks, Heather! I’ve been jotting blog notes for MONTHS. We’ll see how many of those stories I get to flesh out. 😉

  3. Cheryl Vetter says:

    These will be going in our school lunch rotation. Welcome back – you have been missed!!

  4. Welcome back! Looks so yum.

  5. I already made these, and they are yummy! I may use them to alternate with the homemade granola bars that I make, which I get tired of sometimes. Thanks!

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