3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites

These 3-ingredient peanut butter cookie energy bites are a healthier way to satisfy those peanut butter cookie cravings. Get the recipe now.

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites are easy to make and kid-friendly

These peanut butter cookie energy bites have all the flavor of peanut butter cookies without needing to turn on the oven.

Simply combine Medjool dates, dry-roasted peanuts, a pinch of salt, and vanilla extract in a food processor and pulse away.

Once the mixture is sticky, similar to a cookie dough consistency, roll into balls then place in the freezer for ~20 minutes.

This recipe is also perfect to make with kids as they can help roll out the balls. Plus it’s perfectly safe if they sneak a bite or two of the mixture.

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites

These peanut butter cookie bites take me back to baking with my grandma

While I didn’t do a whole lot of cooking as a kid other than helping my dad and grandpa make pancakes, I have so many memories of baking with my mom and grandma – especially cookies.

For as long as I can remember, my Grandma had fiery red hair (which she dyed and none of us are exactly sure what her real hair color was) and an equally fiery personality to go with it. Instead of being the classic housewife of the 50’s, my grandma was a total socialite who didn’t cook.

However, the woman could whip up amazing Christmas cookies.

One year I was helping her make her two signature cookies: Scottish shortbread and classic peanut butter.

While she didn’t tolerate any sneaking of cookie dough from the bowl, she was patient with teaching me how to gently press a fork into the peanut butter cookie dough to make them look just right.

To this day, anytime I make classic peanut butter cookies, I always think about hers and how uniform they’d always come out.

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites

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3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites

Get your peanut butter cookie fix with just 3 main ingredients – and without needing to turn on the oven!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bliss Balls, Peanut Butter
Servings: 16 bites
Calories: 70kcal
Author: Kelli


  • 1 cup Medjool dates pitted
  • 1 cup dry-roasted unsalted peanuts
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ Tbsp water or more depending on how dry your dates are


  • Place peanuts and salt in food processor and pulse on high until almost powdery. Add dates and vanilla extract. Pulse until mixture forms a batter-like consistency, adding water 1 tsp at a time if mixture is too dry and not holding together.
  • Roll into 16 balls and place on a parchment paper-line baking sheet. Place bites in freezer for 20 minutes and transfer to a freezer-safe container. Freeze bites for up to 3 months. (Note: if you like softer bites, you can store them in the fridge instead.)


Nutrition for 1 bite: 70 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 8g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 6g sugar, 2g protein
3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Energy Bites

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  • Meredith AvatarMeredith3 years ago

    My little sous chef would love to help make these yummy no-bake peanut butter cookies! I feel like we may need a *not baking* project tomorrow. Thank you!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      Hope these were a hit with you and your kiddo :)! Thanks Meredith!

  • Megan AvatarMegan3 years ago

    You had me at 3 ingredients!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      Hope you give them a try Megan! Thanks 🙂

  • Lizzie @ It's a Veg World After All AvatarLizzie @ It's a Veg World After All3 years ago

    I love simple recipes like this! They’re great for kids. Thanks for sharing!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast3 years ago

      Right? Especially during the holidays when there’s so much cooking and baking going on, it’s nice to have something quick and easy. Thanks Lizzie!

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