Banana Bread Energy Bites

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Banana Bread Energy bites are a healthy and delicious energy balls recipe that requires no baking! The perfect use for leftover bananas, these banana energy bites are completely vegan, gluten free, and paleo! 

banana energy bites

We love our energy balls and bites recipes around here. Our favorites include protein energy balls, chocolate coconut balls, and these delicious banana bread energy bites. 

Leftover bananas are something I snack on ALL the time, so why not enjoy them in energy bite form?

Now, these banana energy bites are a little bit different. They are made with no refined sugar and no dairy, but you’d never tell. They also are made without dates. Instead, we use a combination of coconut flour, syrup and peanut butter to give these energy balls their soft and doughy texture.

The taste has all the best bits of banana bread- banana flavor with bits of chocolate chips throughout! 

Not only are these a fantastic vegan gluten free banana energy balls recipe, but they are also made without grains, so completely paleo!

How to make banana energy bites

The Ingredients

  • Coconut Flour– Coconut flour is a low carb and grain free flour, that is super absorbent. When mixed with other ingredients, it gives these banana protein balls a cake-like texture! 
  • Salt– Brings out the sweetness! 
  • Cinnamon– Gives a lovely, light cinnamon flavor. 
  • Granulated sweetener of choice– You can use any granulated sweetener of choice. 
  • Banana– The riper the banana, the sweeter your banana bites will be. 
  • Peanut Butter– Smooth and drippy peanut butter. Try to use peanut butter with no added sugar or salt. If you have a peanut allergy or need to keep this paleo, use almond butter, cashew butter, or a nut free alternative, like sunflower seed butter.
  • Maple syrup– Not only does it add sweetness, if gives the banana bread bites the soft and doughy texture. You can also use agave nectar or honey if you aren’t strictly vegan.
  • Milk of choice– I used unsweetened coconut milk, but any milk will work.
  • Chocolate Chips– Optional, but highly recommended. Use a mix of mini chocolate chips and standard chocolate chips for some added texture. 

The Instructions

In a high-speed blender or food processor, or mixing bowl, add your banana and process it until it is smooth. Add the rest of your ingredients, except for your chocolate chips, and blend until a thick batter remains. If the batter is too thick, add a little extra milk. If the batter is too thin, add more coconut flour. Fold through the chocolate chips. Finally, using your hands, form small balls of dough and place on a lined plate or tray. Refrigerate the banana energy balls until firm. 

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Can I use oatmeal instead of coconut flour? 

If you don’t have coconut flour or prefer not to use it, you can use oatmeal or oat flour. You will need to add more than the recommended amount of coconut flour, so start with 1.5 times the amount, and add more as needed.

Can I add protein powder? 

Give these banana protein balls by adding protein powder to it. Add 1-2 scoops of your favorite vanilla protein powder, and adjust the amount of milk you add, as needed. 

NOTE: Avoid using whey protein powder, as it will make the banana protein balls difficult to form. 

Storing and Freezing Energy Balls

  • To store: Leftover banana bread energy balls should be stored in the refrigerator, in a sealed container. They will keep well for at least 2 weeks. 
  • To freeze: Banana bread bites are freezer friendly. Place leftover energy bites in a ziplock bag and keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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Banana Energy Bites

5 from 36 votes
Easy, delicious banana bread energy bites that take less than 5 minutes to whip up and require no baking! Soft and moist like classic banana bread, these no bake bites and naturally vegan, gluten free, dairy free and paleo- a delicious protein packed snack!
Servings: 16 Balls
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • In a high speed blender, food processor or mixing bowl, blend your banana until smooth. Add the rest of your ingredients, except for the chocolate chips. If your batter is too thick, add a little extra milk. If too thin, add more coconut flour. Fold through your chocolate chips.
  • Using your hands, form into bite sized balls and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes to firm up.

Notes

* Erythritol, coconut sugar or any granulated sweetener will work. 
** Adjust milk accordingly- Depending on the flour or protein powder combination, you may need more- Especially with coconut flour.
Feel free to add protein powder to amp up the protein content. 1-2 scoops should suffice. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1BallCalories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSodium: 40mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 4gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 8g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have made these twice. I followed the recipe exactly the 1st time. Turned out yummy.

    The 2nd time I tripled the recipe and made a little bit of a change, I used 1 cup of each coconut, almond and walnut flour and they came out even more delicious. Thank you for the yummy recipe.

  2. Just made these (a little bit adapted) for my 16 month-old toddler and he loved them!!! He grabed three at once: had a mouth full and a happy face 😛 I don´t give him sugar yet, therefore I was looking for something with honey, which is the only sweetener he tried so far and in small quantities. Even though I skipped the coconut sugar, chocolate and protein powder, it came out wonderfuly and was a big hit! I just love everyting you post and my little one is already a fan! :*

  3. Hello! I love raw recipes!!!! Yours! :))) Please don’t stop with them! 🙂 I’m vegan and trying raw vegan… And I love to eat something sweet… 😀 thanks for all you share with us. Kisses from Brazil, Rio de Janeiro.

  4. Hello,

    I tried making these today and mine needed about a cup of almond milk to achieve more of a thick batter but they don’t look like the photo in the recipe and are still much more dry. I followed the recipe exactly and used almond butter for the nut butter, sugar for the granulated sweetener, honey for the liquid sweetener, and almond milk for the dairy free milk. They are very light in color and as I said on the dry side, they don’t appear to have that soft gooey texture of yours. Any advice? Could it have been the combo of ingredients I used? The coconut flour flavor is very apparent over the others. Thanks!

    1. Hi Alyssa! For sure- Do you mind telling me what brand of coconut flour you used? Many vary brand to brand and some are very absorbant and can be quite difficult to work with. Also, for the optimum texture, I really recommend overripe bananas which lend themselves beautifully to them.

  5. who gives a crap how many no-bake recipes you have?!?! This is your blog, not theirs. I personally LOVE no bake recipes, especially during the warmer months. They are usually quicker to make also. Keep the awesome recipes coming!!!

  6. I love no bake recipes! I’m a busy mom of 4, I barely have time to pee let alone bake! Thank you and keep on no-baking!
    Ps. My 13 year old son would take a 1/2 gallon carton of nut milk to school if I’d let him!

  7. I know what happened. I think my banana was not ripe enough. I just added another one, quite ripe from my freezer. That made all the difference! Very good. Thanks.

  8. I tried this yesterday, I couldn’t form them into balls because the batter was too sticky (maybe it’s because I used whole wheat flour it was the only flour that I had lol)

  9. Pshh, who doesn’t love no bake and what is wrong with that person? Regardless, if it led to this recipe then I thank them! If it’s ok I’m featuring it on my Friday Favorites (www.chasingmyhalo.com). Keep them coming!

    1. Hey Angie! Thanks for your kind words and for linking me- Would you able to use a small picture and not my long pin? Thanks 🙂

  10. Hi I just found your recipe through pinterest I love these as a lunch box idea and no baking PERFECT!! My son’s have nut allergies so I’m thinking I will sub the nuts for seeds and the cashew milk for rice milk. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  11. Do you think it would be okay to use normal flour and milk? I love cashew milk, but don’t have any in my fridge right now..and I never have gluten free flour on hand.

    1. Hi Hannah! I would recommend oats or ground oatmeal over flour- I find normal flour to be quite bitter and dry- Any milk will work 🙂

  12. These are the best! I keep tinkering with the recipe. I use half almond flour and half coconut and double the recipe. I also use sunbutter instead of cashew. This is my second batch and I barely needed any cashew milk. In fact I didn’t use any for the first 12 balls and then the dough started to crumble. I probably put too many vegan chocolate chips and coconut flakes because these did not want to roll as I got to the end! They taste amazing though!!!! And helped me lose 5 lbs last week! Thanks vegan dude! p.s., I used unsweetened cashew milk and added a tablespoon of vanilla to cut the sugar. Heheh!

  13. If I want to use real milk, is it a direct substitution, or would I use a different amount? Also, can I use all-purpose flour? Thanks.

    1. Definitely use the same amount of whole milk 🙂 All-purpose flour, tends to give it a really gritty texture- Can you use rolled or quick oats? 🙂

  14. OMG!!! These are amazing! I’m just a regular gal trying to cut out as much processed sugar as possible, but still trying to satisfy my ravenous sweet tooth. I saw this and knew I had to make them. I used regular white flour, 2% milk (only 2 TBSP), all natural peanut butter, honey and 6 packets of Splenda (which I probably didn’t need) and omitted the protein powder. I tested them on my 4-year-old daughter and she wasn’t happy when I only let her have two! She wanted to keep noshing. I will definitely be making these regularly as a healthy snack.

    1. Alisha!!!! Thank you so much for your kind words and I LOVE it when recipes are kid approved- Seriously, they have the best tastebuds 🙂

      Have a great day, Alisha and give the little one a hi 5 from me!

  15. “I turned on my oven to make some roasted potatoes to go with some **seafood** I’d picked up at the store earlier that day”

    “I then cursed ‘Anonymous’ (even though it was not their fault my face got the sauna treatment) and proceeded to eat my potatoes with my **chicken**”

    Which was it? Seafood or chicken?

    1. Hey there! thanks so much for picking that up- Beyonce’s picture threw me off ha! It was seafood (broiled salmon) Cheers!

  16. i’m assuming that actual milk can be used instead of soy milk. Correct? These sound delicious!! I love “nana” bread, but would like a healthier option.

    1. Hi Alisha! You are absolutely correct, you can use any milk of choice- Although add one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached! 🙂

  17. You are so so awesome!! Just found your blog and I am obsessed!! Your photograph, writing style, and {obviously} your recipes are absolutely fantastic!!! *PS no bake recipes are my favorite;) Thanks for doing what you do!!

  18. I absolutely adore the no bake recipes, hit the jackpot stumbling upon your page! Mommy to 4 being able to whip up simple yet yummy and NOT so bad for you treats is wonderful, thanks and keep sharing 🙂

  19. OK I made them this morning…mine are more like ummmm cookie dough LOL…not sure where I went wrong…but they still taste good!

    1. Oh no! Sorry to hear that- It often can be attributed to the brand of protein powder or amount of liquid you use! 🙂

  20. I love banana bread, but I love the idea of no bake banana bread more. And the addition of chocolate chips just takes this over the top. So, team chocolate, because chocolate+bananas=amazing.

  21. Everything you post…I wanna make. STOP IT!! Just kidding don’t because you are brilliant. I am such a snacker/healthy treats/indulgent treats everyday so your recipes are always right up my alley. Also my Monday has been craziness so therapy baking is happening once I am done with all the hoopla-business. These may have to make the list 🙂

  22. I haven’t turned the oven on in forever, although since we just turned the AC on today, there’s a chance we might use the oven this week. We shall see. Tonight’s dinner was leftovers from Saturday so all we used was the microwave. Score.

    I love anything and everything banana, bites and all.

  23. Anonymous can bite it because no bake is where it’s at, yo! Especially in the form of banana bread bites!

  24. Banana bread is the bomb.com. Thanks for making it into a no-bake form! Now I have use for all these bananas that are browning….

  25. You are definitely king of no bake and I think that is a good thing. Who wants to bake when its hot outside?! I think people who don’t have anything nice or constructive to say should back off. And these look delicious! I wonder what Anonymous will have to say…lol!

  26. I never turned off my oven – it’s been running all summer – what can I say – I like it HOT! 🙂
    Arman – I am loving the texture of these no bake banana bites! so what was the reasoning behind Anonymous’ was warning against posting any more no-bake recipes? I say you should guard these recipes and open up a no bake bakery and we will all be lining up!

  27. Lve your no-bake delights! Don’t you ever stop! 😉
    Banana bread is SERIOUSLY my favorite. I studied abroad in Sydney and the cafe’s there literally had the best banana bread I’ve ever had. I don’t know what it was, but holy crap so good.
    And I gotta go with TEAM CHOCOLATE <3

  28. Dear Arman, I must admit, not even this hot summer has kept me from turning on my oven! It’s nice to no-bake recipes to refer to however, no matter what time of year, especially when it comes to healthy snack foods like these banana bites. I thoroughly enjoy your recipes and posts, Arman. Keep up all the good & delicious work my friend. Take care, Catherine

  29. Greedy girl goes for chocolate and vanilla! I love cashew milk. It’s my favorite at the moment.
    Sometimes I wonder what these Anonymouses suppose to achieve with comments like that! Does that make them feel better? How very sad!
    On the other hand maybe I should say thank you to her/him because otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten this recipe 😉

  30. These no bake bites look perfect to make in this hot weather! Since I love coconut flour, I will try that version.

  31. I love no-bake recipes – especially this time of year! I love these little banana bread bites – what a genius idea!!

  32. I haven’t made any no bake bites YET – anything that is quick and easy has got to be good. So I’m watching my bowl of bananas for a real ripe one and I will give it a go, although I have had some serious FAILS with coconut flour! I have been following your blog for a while and watching with interest how it is evolving. Enjoy your Aussieisms cause I’m one – but seriously, as a newish blogger – your on a winner. Keep up the good work and the humour.

  33. HAHAHAHA i am so obsessed with you i cant even take it. the beyonce meme might be one of my favorite ever. and the fact that my oven is so hot it makes the fire alarm go off is quite sad. or the fact that i can’t put on make up and then cook something unless i want to melt into the wicked witch of the west.

    i have a scary obsession with banana bread and chocolate chips and the fact (there’s alot of facts in this comment) that I also have chocolate chip banana bread nut butter is just saying DONT PUT THE DAH IN DUMB MERE and hop on this recipe now.

    i would like to thank anonymous, because it fuels the no bake… fire? is than an oxymoron?

  34. Team chocolate!! As for bread that is SUPER tough….I’d eat pumpkin, banana and carrot zucchini in a heartbeat! Anyways, that “anonymous” has no idea what he/she is talking about LOL! I hate bake recipes because I get so impatient! These look amazing! Sounds weird but I’d make these, put them in a bowl and have them with almond milk like cereal XD

  35. um… can I be on both teams? if I HAD to choose, OH DANG I just cannot.

    my favorite sweet bread is probably pumpkin, though. which could go well with chocolate or vanilla equally, so… still no answer, I am going to need both team jerseys.

  36. I have a couple of overripe bananas sitting on my counter. Now I know exactly what I am going to use them for! 🙂

  37. i never even thought of using a liquid. But the cashew milk — HOLY MOLY YES! Brilliant mr no bake man! I’d go with vanilla

  38. Rock on with your no-bake self! Especially in the summer! who wants to bake snacks all the time!?

  39. Dude! Banana bread is one of my favorite comfort foods ever!! But let’s be real, I can’t go a week without turning on my oven. I just love to bake too much. Maybe I do rotate out to the grill a good bit in the summer, but I still have to have my homemade breads. Yum! And and definitely Team Vanilla. No question there. I actually tried tasting vanilla extract by itself the other day. Umm, don’t do that.

    1. WHAT! Fun(ish) Fact- In some supermarkets in Australia, they ID you when you buy vanilla extract because of the alcohol content!

  40. I way prefer no bake snacks to baked ones anyways! Baking is 50% more work which means I’m 50% less likely to make them. 😛

  41. I love the no bake recipe even though I still use the oven all the time in the summer. They make great on the go snacks! My favorite quick breads are banana and pumpkin, but u love zuchinni bread in the summer!

  42. I love chocolate but for some things, I prefer vanilla. I do use the oven in the summer but sometimes try to cook on the stove top or use my toaster oven (which is a convection oven too) instead of the main oven when I can.

  43. Can’t get enough of the no bake snacks and treats! I’m team vanilla for the most part although I can be pretty easily talked into chocolate 🙂