Healthy energy bites recipe on The Local Sprout food blogTravel to me means two things: 1. comfy clothes & 2. lots of snacks. Anyone with me?

This recipe has been my go-to for road trips, hikes, and airplane snacks. Think chewy granola bar + soft cookie + PB&J. 

Energy Balls recipe. Gluten Free, Vegan, and healthy

If you’re looking for a new travel snack, this recipe is for you. My bites are gluten free, vegan, have only 7 ingredients and whip up in under 20 minutes!

Let’s make PB&J Energy Bites

Vegan and Gluten Free energy bites recipe.

If you haven’t heard, Mark and I have some big news—we’re moving across the country! As we plan our 24 hour drive, I am on food duty—planning meals and all the snacks. My PB&J bites are definitely on the menu. With lots of protein and healthy fat, these balls are the perfect snack to keep you going on long, busy days.

This recipe is naturally sweetened (from the dates), soft (from the oats), creamy (with the peanut butter), fruity (with the dried blueberries), and hearty (with the flax and chia)! These simple and healthy snacks travel well and last for months if you don’t eat them all. They also make great snacks or treats for kids lunches.

PB&J Energy Bites Recipe on The Local Sprout food blog

Ditch the sugar-packed, artificially flavored granola bars and give my PB&J energy bites a try! 

I hope you love these PB&J energy bites as much as I do! They are:

Perfectly soft






& so delicious!

Local Sprout food blog energy bites recipe

If you try this recipe, be sure to comment, leave a rating, and don’t forget to tag a photo #thelocalsprout on Instagram! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

For more recipes like this, check out my mountain granola bars, mint chocolate cake balls, or blackberry breakfast cookies.

Wild friends peanut butter energy bites

PB&J Energy Bites

My go-to snack recipe for travel. These PB&J energy bites are gluten free, vegan, have only 7 ingredients and whip up in under 20 minutes!
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Oil Free, Vegan
Yield: 20 energy bites


  • 6 medjool dates pitted
  • 1 cup rolled oats ensure certified gf for gluten free eaters
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter or your favorite nut/seed butter
  • 3 tbsp dried blueberries or dried fruit of choice
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp plant-based milk + more as needed


  • In a food processor or blender, pulse dates until a large, sticky ball forms.
  • Add in oats, peanut butter, dried blueberries, flax, chia seeds, and milk.
  • Blend until mixture is sticky and starts to for a ball (see picture). If mixture is too dry, and an extra splash of milk and blend again.
  • Roll dough into balls using 1 Tbsp. amount (This should make about 20). Lay balls on cookie sheet and place in freezer.
  • Freeze for 10 minutes, or until firm. Enjoy immediately or transfer to airtight container. Store in freezer until ready to enjoy—up to 3 months.


Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 20 energy bites


Serving: 1energy bite of 20 | Sodium: 20mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 1.7g | Calories: 72kcal | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Fat: 2.9g | Protein: 2.2g | Carbohydrates: 10.6g

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