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Sweetpotato Energy Balls

These sweetpotato energy balls are a great on-the-go snack. Made with oats, sweetpotatoes, peanut butter, coconut and some spices, these healthy sweetpotato bites are everything you’d want in a healthy portable snack. 

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I’m excited to share these sweetpotato energy balls with you today. They are super fun and very delicious, and some of the more creative healthy no bake snacks we make.

These have been life saving snacks for me lately. You know, with the whole eating with one hand and needing quick nursing snacks and energy for baby stuff.

Breastfeeding is like a full time job (and workout) with incessant breastfeeding hunger, and easy, portable snacks are necessary, like these and lemon coconut protein balls.

I wouldn’t be lying if I told you I down these like coffee in the middle of the night when I’m up with Cam – 2 or 3 at a time.

mom holding newborn baby

It’s a great combination of all the macronutrients to fill me up before going back to bed.

I tested and made these healthy sweetpotato bites several times during pregnancy in anticipating baby so I’m happy to finally share the finished result with you!

Plus, these sweetpotato coconut energy bites great as healthy athlete snacks.

It’s no wonder they make my list of top recovery foods for runners – they are essential when I’m in training mode.

What You Need For Sweetpotato Energy Bites

The 5 main ingredients you need are:

  • oats
  • peanut butter
  • sweetpotatoes
  • honey
  • coconut

We are obviously big sweetpotato fans here in this house. I mean, we have a dog named “Tater,” to top things off. Who, by the way, eats cooked sweetpotatoes with all of her meals.

I was so excited to introduce both of my littles to sweetpotato puree and many of these baby led weaning food ideas.

Other sweetpotato foods they love are these spinach sweetpotato tater tots and sweetpotato spinach baby food.

Sweet Potato Protein balls with coconut flakes

When I thought these up, I was experimenting with different flavors that I thought would pair well with the sweetness of sweetpotatoes.

Honey was an obvious choice – I mean, have you ever had sweetpotatoes with honey and marshmallows?

You know what else sweetpotato excels in? Bread form. Seriously – give this sweetpotato bread recipe a try if you’re doubtful. And add the chocolate chips

But, I wanted something to balance the sweetness a little bit. I had some coconut flakes on hand (I always do) and figured that would be a great accompaniment.

And why not add some ginger (I love this brand), a natural anti-inflammatory?

Sweet potato energy ball on striped napkin

How To Make Sweetpotato Protein Balls

The flavor combination in these sweetpotato peanut butter energy bites turned out to be perfect!

Plus, with 4 grams of protein each, these sweetpotato protein bites are filling. Eating a couple offers almost 10 grams of protein, which is great for a healthy snack.

The oats, honey and sweetpotatoes provide quick and longer acting carbohydrates that allow for sustained energy. The peanut butter and honey help keep them together, and the salty cinnamon peanut butter also adds to the satiety and satisfaction factor.

To make these easy gluten free energy bites, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir until they are combined.

Let the bowl firm up in the fridge for 20 minutes. 

Sweet potato energy bites in a white bowl

Next, shape the dough into small snack-sized bites and roll the bites into shredded coconut.

Place the bites back in the fridge for 15-20 more minutes, or in the freezer for 10 minutes. 

To me, these taste like a fun combination between a tropical snack and a fun, sweet dessert.

These sweetpotato protein bites also make for great snacks for kids, perfect for school lunches (or adult lunches), or after dinner treats.

And you bet, even a quick breakfast when paired when yogurt or a smoothie on the go.

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Sweetpotato Energy Balls
Yield: 12

Sweetpotato Energy Balls

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These no bake 5 ingredient peanut butter energy bites are a great on-the-go snack. Made with oats, sweetpotatoes, peanut butter, coconut and some spices, these sweetpotato bites are everything you'd want in a healthy portable snack. 


  • 1 cup cooked sweetpotato
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger (can use up to 3/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well combined. Place bowl in fridge to firm up (about 20 minutes).
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove dough and portion into snack-sized bites. Gently roll bites into shredded coconut and place back in fridge for 15-20 more minutes (or the freezer for 10 minutes)
  3. Remove from fridge and enjoy for a pre run snack!


These will last up to a week in the fridge.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g

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  1. It’s a tough choice just picking one favorite way to cook with sweet potatoes. I love them baked with butter and brown sugar but I also love to put them in veggie grilling packets with a bit of olive oil and seasoning. I swear I could eat sweet potatoes every meal.

  2. Sweet potato fries are my favorite, but I also eat sweet potatoes at all times of the day.

    Definitely going to try this recipe out as hiking season starts and quick healthy treats are a must.

  3. I love using sweet potatoes in a breakfast hash with sausage, onion and peppers topped with an egg!

  4. I absolutely love to roast sweet potatoes, or make Chocolate Covered Katie’s sweet potato brownies. So good. Thanks for the giveaway. <3

  5. Yum! My favorite way to cook with sweet potatoes is to roast them and then use them in salads or egg hashes!

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