No-Bake Sugar Cookie Energy Bites

These Sugar Cookie Energy Bites are both sweet and healthy. Make a batch in only a few minutes and include them as part of your energetic, nutritional diet. We used oats combined with cashews to create a perfect sugar cookie base, then we added the perfect flavorings, and of course, a few sprinkles for playful color!

Sugar Cookie Energy Bites

Have one of these sweet, healthy Sugar Cookie Energy Bites as part of your energetic, nutrition-focused diet. Your sweet tooth and your desire to eat nutritionally can finally be at peace. 

If you love nutritional, sweet treats, be sure to take a look at my Almost Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, my Vegan Cherry Vanilla Energy Bites, or these Vegan Truffles.

What are Energy Bites?

I was first introduced to the energy bite at my food blogging event, the Chopped Conference, a few years ago. To be honest, I had hardly had time to eat that entire day I was so busy! And one of the local chefs we invited to come for the reception made energy bites. I definitely needed the energy and so I stopped by his table several times. And then he gave me his recipe.

I’ve been toying around with energy bite recipes ever since.

Interesting enough, I started to realize I had something very similar on my site a few years ago, I just didn’t call it an energy bite. I called it a Date Ball. Energy Bites are much more hip, and you know, that’s SO ME…so I think I’ll go with that instead.

Sugar Cookie Energy Bites

This recipe is such a great, natural ways to quench your sweet tooth. These sugar cookie energy bites are sweet, but so good for you too.

I’ve created several energy bites, but it was time for one that tastes like a sugar cookie. I mean, why not? So, I immediately went to work, pulled out my other recipes, and took to the challenge. I used cashews and oatmeal to create the foundation and then added maple syrup and vanilla for the flavor. Then came a little bit of peanut butter to add the right consistency. There you have it. Sugar Cookie Energy Bites!

Energy Bites are Healthy

Not only is this recipe healthy, it’s also gluten-free. Here’s a rundown of some of the nutrition from these sugar cookie energy bites, based on their ingredients:

  • Oatmeal is good for you. You’ll find manganese, biotin, magnesium, fiber and more.
  • Cashews are a great source of magnesium, copper, and zinc.
  • Even Maple Syrup has some benefits. First of all, it falls lower on the glycemic index than regular sugar. Maple Syrup is made from the sap of trees and therefore has some trace minerals as well.

I love to have one of these sugar cookie energy bites prior to a tennis match. They provide me lots of great energy without making me feel like I’ve got something heavy in my stomach. Every activity you’re involved in — whether it’s running a 5K, yoga, tennis, and more — requires energy. Making sure you find the right source for that energy is important.

Several sugar cookie energy bites sit on a table. There are pink, red, and white heart-shaped sprinkles all around the table and on some of the energy bites. Beside them are two bowls, one with cashews and one with oatmeal.

Make This Recipe Bold

I love this recipe exactly the way it is, but that doesn’t mean you will. It’s ok. It doesn’t hurt my feelings, except just a little. Ah, just kidding. Honestly, I think every recipe is better when you mix things up. I even do it with my own recipes! If you need some ideas to get started, here’s some ways I would change this recipe:

  • You know, I love the flavor of almond in my sugar cookies so I would love to try using half raw almonds and half cashews
  • If you don’t want to use maple syrup, why not add pitted dates? They will be a little darker in color, but should taste just as good
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon or ginger to the dough
  • Roll the finished sugar cookie energy bites in chopped almonds

Can’t you see how just a few tweaks here and there can really make these sugar cookie energy bites into a real treat!

Several no-bake sugar cookie energy bites sit on a counter top with a bunch of multi-colored heart-shaped sprinkles around them. There are two white bowls holding ingredients, including whole cashews and rolled oatmeal.

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Sugar Cookie Energy Bites

Sugar Cookie Energy Bites

These Sugar Cookie Energy Bites are both sweet and healthy. Make a batch in only a few minutes and include them as part of your energetic, healthy diet.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sugar Cookie Energy Bites
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 63kcal
Author: Marly


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup cashews raw or roasted
  • 4 – 5 tablespoons syrup sweetener maple, agave, or honey
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt I used sea salt


  • In your food processor bowl, add the oats and cashews. Pulse for a few seconds, until a course mixture results.
  • Add the syrup sweetener of your choice and peanut butter. Pulse until combined.
  • Next, add the vanilla extract and salt. Pulse until combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and roll into balls.
  • Store in an airtight container in your fridge for up to two weeks.


You can use almond butter or cashew butter in place of the peanut butter. 
Substitute almond extract for the vanilla extract for a different flavor profile with these energy bites.
Depending on how much syrup sweetener you use, you may want to add additional oats so that the batter is not too sticky.
Nutrition Facts
Sugar Cookie Energy Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 63 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

If you’re into delicious energy bite recipes, you will love these Dark Chocolate Chewy Energy Bites by Cotter Crunch. I love her site! Also, these No-Bake Energy Bites with Turmeric and Ginger by Epicurious look pretty tasty too. Of course, you might also find my Red Velvet Energy Bites pretty tasty too!

Whatever energy bite you’re fueling up on, enjoy!

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7 Responses to No-Bake Sugar Cookie Energy Bites

    • Thanks, Jenna. When I first tested this recipe I wanted to use dates as a sweetener, but it didn’t give the same flavor and color that I wanted so I switched to a syrup sweetener. I changed it in the ingredients but not in the instructions. Thanks for catching that!

    • OK, Eric. Your message is SO timely because Shawn and I are going on a 40-some mile bike ride next month so now I know I’m going to pack these Energy Bites! We’re going in a group so maybe I’ll have to bring enough to share with others. 🙂

  1. How much salt do you suggest? It’s in the instructions but not in the ingredients list. Thanks Marly, this looks yummy! 🙂

  2. I think they would be good with a little almond extract added in. I had to add extra oats because they were too sticky when I followed the recipe.

    • Thanks, Kim! You know, I tried them with almond extract and I ended up liking the vanilla better. I think because it reminded me of the sweet vanilla frosting on sugar cookies. But that said, I love almond extract as a flavoring so I truly appreciate your adaptation. Thanks for your note about the oats, I’ll add that to the notes section of the recipe. Sometimes it takes a village to get a recipe just right!


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