Vegan Peanut Butter Energy Balls, a.k.a. A Legit Alternative To Cookies

Yields: 24 balls

Prep Time: 75 minutes (chill time included)

I'm not sure I'd be a good vegan if I didn't have a some version of a energy ball recipe. These are GREAT to make in bulk and keep stored in the freezer. I particularly like these because my kids think they're a real treat. I'm also a fan of the texture, especially when they've been in the freezer overnight.

It's easy to pack these full of healthy ingredients. I always put flax meal and chia seeds in my recipe for an extra boost of fiber and amino acids.

You can use this recipe as a template but feel free to get creative and add whatever ingredients sound appealing to you. Think of this as a healthier version of cookie dough that won't cause a sugar crash after eating.


Vegan Peanut Butter Energy Balls


  • 1 cup, old fashioned oats

  • 1/2 cup, vegan dark chocolate, chopped small

  • 1/2 cup, peanut butter (or your preferred nut butter)

  • 1/2 cup, chia seeds

  • 2 TBSP, flax meal

  • 1/3 cup, maple syrup

  • 1 tsp, vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp, ground cinnamon


  1. Thoroughly mix all ingredients together in large mixing bowl.

  2. In your hand, roll small 2" round balls.

  3. Place balls in a sealable container lined with parchment paper, with a small amount of space in between if possible. *Don't worry, they don't stick together too much.

  4. Place in freezer for about an hour before serving.

  5. Store in freezer until gone.

Jesse Brune-Horan is a professional vegan chef and founder of the fed collective. He offers wellness coaching online and vegan catering in Southern California.

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