No Bake Vegan Protein Bites (The Best No Bake Protein Bites)

  Jan 8, 2018  |  #Recipes

These vegan protein bites are the perfect, kid-friendly on the go snack! Full of flavor, fiber and a hint of sweetness, these flaxseed protein balls are nutritious, easy and delicious!  

Spoonful of peanut butter with no bake energy bites

You guys are going to love these peanut butter no bake bites I’m sharing today. They’re full of nutrient-dense ingredients, like oats, nut butter, chia seeds, flaxseeds and more.

They are the perfect balance of delicious and they make no bake protein bites look really easy. 

I’m slowly working through my blog goals/resolutions to update some of my older recipe photos. Let’s be honest – people pick food based on photos. 

These peanut butter energy bites continue to be one of my favorite snack recipes. I made a bunch this weekend as part of my toddler snack collection but it’s safe to say I munched on most of these. 

Vegan energy bites with oats, peanut butter and dried cherries | Bucket List Tummy

Part of me thinks I should keep making things in bulk to freeze for when baby gets here (like my 50+ freezer friendly meals), but the other part of me knows that snacks like this don’t last for long around our house.

It’s the same with my almond flour muffins and sweet potato bread recipe (with chocolate chips) – just can’t get them to last very long!

What You Need For Vegan Protein Bites

To make these vegan, gluten free energy balls, you just need a handful of ingredients. If you don’t have hemp, chia or flax seeds, you can leave them out or swap with adding extra of one of them.

They don’t really change the taste, but add some texture and a ton of omega 3‘s + nutrition!

Let’s talk about the dried cherries – they are fantastic. I always have some dried fruit on hand for long runs (instant glucose). Plus, cherries can be great for reducing inflammation.

I pair these vegan energy bites with my tart cherry gummies for lasting recovery.

One other note about these ingredients. If you suffer from FODMAP intolerance, dates can be problematic as a source of fructans, so it’s nice to know these are no date energy balls!

Bowl of healthy peanut butter no bake bites next to napkin | Bucket List Tummy

How To Make Peanut Butter Protein Bites

To get started, you will need a food processor for this recipe because it does all the work for you. I recommend this one

Especially since it broke and Kitchen Aid sent me a replacement. Pretty awesome customer service.

Food processor with ingredients for peanut butter cherry trail mix bites | Bucket List Tummy

To make, you’ll just mix all of the ingredients together, pulse for a few minutes and you’re done! 

These flaxseed protein balls are perfect for quick, on-the-go snack ideas. Or, a fun accompaniment to your salad, oatmeal or yogurt.

They also pose as ideal pre- and post-workout snacks for athletes.

They check ALL of the boxes.

Making no bake energy bites in food processor

Finally, just make sure to allow these guys to sit in the fridge to firm them up a bit, but they can be ready in under an hour!

If the mix seems too dry, you can add more honey or maple syrup if needed.

Why You Need These Vegan Energy Bites: 

First off, these gluten free no bake energy bites are full of superfoods! Just remember to use certified gluten free oats if you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity.

They are also:

  • full of omega 3‘s (healthy fats that help decrease inflammation)
  • a plant-based protein source
  • easy to freeze for later
  • an easy chia bites recipe!
  • a great accompaniment to any lunch box
  • vegan and gluten-free
  • a healthy snack for kids and adults alike

So many reasons to love these kid friendly no bake energy bites. 

No Bake Cherry Energy Bites on cooling sheet | Bucket List Tummy

If you don’t have dried cherries, you could also substitute craisins or dried blueberries as well. These really taste like little peanut butter and jelly energy bites.

It’s hard to go wrong with energy bites with oatmeal and peanut butter. This banana chia seed pudding is another favorite!


Spoonful of peanut butter with no bake energy bites

No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites (Vegan, GF)

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites are the perfect pre-run or on-the-go snack! Full of flavor, fiber and a hint of sweetness, they are kid friendly, gluten free and vegan.



  1. Stir all ingredients, except the dried cherries, in a medium bowl or pulse in a food processor on low.
  2. Transfer mixture to a small to medium bowl, adding cherries in last.
  3. Cover and let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes to make the mixture easier to hold and handle.
  4. Form into 1” balls. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to a week.


*you may need to add extra honey or maple syrup if the mix seems too dry.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 5g

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Vegan Protein Bites on baking tray

These No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail mix Bites are the perfect, vegan, gluten free quick snack option for pre/post workouts and for kids

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Tell me:

What’s your favorite dried fruit? I love raisins, dates and dried mango (that stuff is addicting!)



50 responses to “No Bake Vegan Protein Bites (The Best No Bake Protein Bites)

  1. I love dried cherries! They probably are my favorite dried fruit other than apricots.
    Sunflower seeds are so good on salads with some cottage cheese.
    I agree every lunch box needs one of these.

  2. These sound amazing! We love energy bites and make a bunch of different kinds but I haven’t tried a cherry-flavored one yet. That will be changing soon! Love, too, that they are naturally sweetened and so packed with goodness! Yummed and pinned!

  3. These look so good! Dates are probably my favourite dried fruit, however, once I managed to find these organic flattened pieces of dried banana and they were HEAVENLY. I just haven’t been able to find them recently!

  4. omg YES, the food processor is a life saver. i dont know how i got on without one before.
    and my boyfriend is the sameeee. i have a little corner in our pantry that i camouflage with boring things, such as chia seeds and orzo. hahaha. it never fails 😉

  5. Oooh. These look really good. At first I thought we were twinning – I created a new no-bake recipe using peanuts ans cranberries yesterday – but cherries might be even better. Sssh, don’t tell the cranberries ;).
    I like topping my savoury oatmeal with a mix of all kinds of seeds because it adds crunch and is just so good.

  6. These look great! I have been lovinggg cherries lately 🙂 Fav dried fruit is mango and dates!! Dried mango makes for the perfect snack.

  7. No food processor for me. Which continually makes me so sad, so it’s definitely on my things to buy list. But, think I could press these into an 8×8 & cut them into bars? After I mixed everything together in a big bowl? Even if you say no, I’ll probably try it anyways. I love that dried cherries are a little tart!

  8. Oh my gosh I am obsessed with cherries at the moment so this is so right up my alley! I make little bites like this weekly for snacks and pre-workout meals, but I am always looking for new combinations! 🙂

  9. Yesss what an easy, perfect way to get those extra nutrients in from my favorite super foods. I’m needing some new, healthy snackage so these will be great.
    Favourite seed is definitely sunflower and now hemp.

    1. Cora! I’ve been trying to comment on your post all day but I don’t think it’s going through?!! (If so, sorry you have a bajilion things!) I have pasted my comment to YOUR post here, because your post obviously got me all sorts of excited:

      I love bucket lists!!! Aren’t they so fun? I bet you could master the chick pea flour flatbread, especially since I’m such a fan of your sweet potato flatbread/pizza. That homemade sushi bowl sounds wonderful, I may have to add that to my list. Obviously, making my own kombucha is on there and I will be reaching out to you once I start! I’d also love to bake bread from scratch, make lots of buddha/power bowls (everything in a bowl, right?), have a sophisticated wine and cheese night (with pairings), make grilled pineapple and veggie kabobs (we need to get a grill), make some sort of watermelon/basil cocktail drink, have some real clam chowda up in Rhode Island, catch a fish and eat it, and the list goes on. I’m so excited about all of these!

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