No Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free, Whole Grain)

No Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites (V, GF): an easy, one bowl recipe for deliciously protein-packed chocolate peanut butter energy bites. Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free.

Remember when you were young and you thought adding unsweetened cocoa powder to, well… just about anything would make it taste deliciously and delightfully like chocolate? And then you realized that it SO. Did. Not?

Okay, maybe you didn’t do this… but Erik and I did. Like a LOT. Because we were the smartest kids on the block, of course! One of the things Erik and I bonded over when we first met were the seriously “clever” things we used to do as kids. 😉 One of them included adding cocoa powder to all the things to make them chocolatey.

One time, when I was about seven years old, I thought it’d be an amazing idea to add cocoa powder to milk. I scooped about 5 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and dropped it into an ice cold glass of milk. Stirred. And stirred. And stirred some more.

No Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites (V, GF): an easy, one bowl recipe for deliciously protein-packed chocolate peanut butter energy bites. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

Clumps of cocoa powder pebbled up to the surface, bobbing and floating like they were covered in some magical coating that kept them from ever getting wet. Well, I’ll just stir even more vigorously. That’ll make it chocolate milk, I’m sure of it! As I splashed cocoa powder-dusted milk all over the kitchen counter, I became more and more invested and determined to make it work.

Still, all I got were clumps. At this point, I thought it’d be an even more amazing idea to heat the glass up in the microwave. I heated this mixture up, stirred it, heated it up again, and stirred it again. Finally, the cocoa powder started to semi-mix with the milk.

I’d now be able to take a delicious sip.

No Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites (V, GF): an easy, one bowl recipe for deliciously protein-packed chocolate peanut butter energy bites. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

What the heck, my shows (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Duck Tales) were about to come on. I squeezed my eyes shut, crossed my sticky fingers that this would work and took a hot sip. And immediately spit it all out. Yuck!!!!

Why didn’t the two taste like hot chocolate? Dude…

Now that I’m older and just slightly wiser, I know that cocoa powder soooooo does not equal chocolate. Who says you don’t retain any lessons from childhood? I still make a mess in the kitchen and I still totally watch Duck Tales, but I no longer go lightly towards that container of cocoa powder.

Today, I bring to you a recipe with a carefully measured amount of cocoa powder, with actual sweetness and no unexpected/unpredictable kitchen experimentation needed. Yayyyyyy!!! 😉 I’ve been thinking for awhile that we needed to mix things up with the no bake bites on the blog. And wouldn’t you know it, double chocolate anything is still as awesome now as it was when we were kids.

No Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites (V, GF): an easy, one bowl recipe for deliciously protein-packed chocolate peanut butter energy bites. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

Up to this point, we’ve only had one double chocolate no bake bite recipe on the blog (I know): my no bake chocolate coconut bites. We’ve had plenty of double chocolate deliciousness, in the form of… brownies, cookies, muffins, granola bars, more brownies, popsicles and even more cookies. But not another bite. Even these mini muffins don’t count as a bite. Well… they kinda do, but you know what I mean!

We’re gonna fix that today with my No Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites. They’re wonderfully texture-rich, bursting with coconut, oats, chocolate chips and more. They’re also one of my favorite ways to get that protein in, and carry snacks on the go. I’ve been thinking about making these peanut butter protein balls from Texanerin. Okay, now I’m really in the mood for no bake!

If you’re not a no bake bite fan already, I think you should start with these No Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites. If you’re already a fan, you’ll be deliciously delighted (don’t you like the way that sounds?). 🙂 While you gather up all the ingredients needed to make this recipe, let me tell you all about it.

No Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites (V, GF): an easy, one bowl recipe for deliciously protein-packed chocolate peanut butter energy bites. #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree |

My No Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites are:

  • made in just one bowl
  • vegan, gluten free, dairy-free
  • rich, chocolatey, and satisfying
  • delightfully whole grain
  • mouthwateringly texture-rich
  • made with whole ingredients
  • bursting with fantastically healthy ingredients: oats, coconut, flaxseed
  • packed with protein-rich peanut butter goodness
  • plant-based and allergy-friendly
  • perfect for keeping your energy up through workouts
  • so easy to make
  • totally do not require any cocoa powder funny business

Grab these simple, whole ingredients and join me in the kitchen for a round of no-baking. It’s truly wonderful to make these treats with you, from scratch and with lots of love. I can’t wait to hear what you think of this recipe. In the mean time, tell me:

When have you experimented with a new ingredient in the kitchen and totally got unexpected results?

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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No Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free, Whole Grain)

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No Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites (V, GF): an easy, one bowl recipe for deliciously protein-packed chocolate peanut butter energy bites. Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Whole Grain.



Dry Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut shreds or flakes
  • ¾ cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup assorted vegan chocolate chips (mini and regular)

Wet Ingredients

  • ¾ cup natural, unsalted peanut butter (mine is very liquidy)*
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup


  • 2 tablespoons assorted vegan chocolate chips (mini and regular)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients: coconut, oats, cocoa powder, flax, and chocolate chips. Add peanut butter and maple syrup.
  2. Using a sturdy spatula, fold together until well incorporated.
  3. Scoop mixture into your hands and roll into bites. Optionally, press a few chocolate chips into each ball and roll. Enjoy!


– Adapted from my No Bake Peanut Butter Coconut Bites (V, GF).
– *Natural peanut butter works best for this recipe; the measurements were calculated based on the very drippy, liquidy nature of natural PB (the kind I use only has 1 ingredient: peanuts).
– Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
– More No Bake recipes (all V, GF, DF): no bake almond butter cookie dough granola bars, no bake peanut butter coconut chocolate chip bites, no bake chocolate coconut bites.
– More Healthy Snack recipes (all V, GF, DF): dark chocolate almond coconut trail mix cookies, peanut butter coconut oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip walnut almond butter cookies.
– Nutritional Info (see below): calculated based on 23 bites, without the optional 2 tablespoons chocolate chips.

  • Category: No Bake, Snacks, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free, Whole Grain


  • Serving Size: 1 bite
  • Calories: 100
  • Sugar: 4
  • Sodium: 1
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 9
  • Protein: 3

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  1. This CA heat is killing me and all I wanted tonight was one of your cookies! Thankfully I found these instead! So so good. Peanut butter – chocolate craving solved and no hot oven required! I love coconut but I only had 2/3 cup left so I used that instead of the 3/4 cup and I had no problems with texture. The coconut flavor is still there but I get more PB/choc flavor, which is fine with me! Thank you for these 🙂

    1. Oh GURL!! I feel you!! It’s been hot as… a friggin oven here in Boston. Hehe. SO happy you found a sweet tooth fix without having to increase your temps. Hope you enjoy all the no bake treats I share this summer! xo

  2. These looks delicious! I’d love to try them, however my son has a peanut allergy. I see you’ve said peanut butter works best but do you think I could try with almond butter?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Jess, yes, almond butter would work! I actually make these with almond butter from time to time. I hope you and your son really enjoy these bites! 🙂

  3. Hi, just have a quick question (had two but the last post answered one of them lol). We’re not vegan in the least but my son’s girlfriend just discovered she is gluten intolerant. I never have flaxseeds or chia seeds in the house….tbh I wouldn’t even know what they look like, but I was wondering if maybe instead of either of those could I just add a bit more oatmeal to the mix? She has a sweet tooth almost as big as mine so it would be nice to have something in the house for when shes here that doesn’t need heating up the house to make them.

    1. Hi Jane! I haven’t tried making these bites without flax, but using more oats might just work. Flax is pretty absorbent, so maybe try using 3 tablespoons of extra oats? 🙂 Can’t wait to hear how you and your son’s girlfriend like them!

  4. Can I use unsweetened desiccated coconuts instead of shredded coconut flakes? Can I omit flax seeds?

    1. Hi Maria, I think it depends on how finely ground your desiccated coconut is. If it’s smaller flakes, but not so tiny that it’s practically flour, you’re good to go! If you leave the flax seeds out, you’ll need to replace it an equal or slightly greater amount of something dry, like chia seeds. 😉

    1. Hi Margo, you’re too kind! 🙂 I would love to hear how you modified this recipe to make it sugar-free (I’ve got a lot of SF readers who would benefit from this). Care to share? 😉 Thank YOU so much. I love hearing feedback. Can’t wait to see what you try next! 🙂

      1. Hello again Demeter,
        To make the recipe sugar/free I use Agave in place of maple syrup and I use sugar free chocolate chips. I’m too lazy to make balls, so I pour the mixture into a parchment lined 9″ pan & freeze for 15 min. Then I cut into bars and bag ’em. I took them on vacation with me. What a lifesaver for my snack attacks!!

      2. Hi Margo, thank you so much for coming back and sharing your substitutions. 🙂 Now I’ll be able to tell readers that they can definitely use agave in place of the maple. 😉 LOVE the idea to pour these into a pan–and I totally get you, sometimes I really don’t want to roll all the balls and just make bars instead. Hope you had a great vacation. Thanks again! 🙂

  5. Hi,
    I have made these energy balls 3 times now, and I have to say it is one of my favourite snacks EVER. Plus, the fact that they are gluten free and vegan makes them edible for almost everyone! Thank you for this recipe! I will be keeping it for life.

    1. Hi Jenny, I’m so happy to hear that you love these! That’s totally why I love creating gluten free vegan snacks–almost anyone can enjoy them. 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment. Enjoy! 🙂

    1. Hi Ashley, I just added the nutritional information. It’s 100 calories per ball. 🙂

  6. Double chocolate all the way!! I love your story about the cocoa powder – wouldn’t it be awesome if it did just make everything instantly chocolate-y and wonderful?! I wish. And oh my goodness gracious the STIRRING. I laughed out loud at that part, it’s seriously as if it’s possessed to avoid taking in any moisture to the point that your arm will fall off while stirring. Anyway, these look so fun and simple to make, and waaaay too dangerously poppable! Good thing they’re loaded with healthy ingredients I love. These bites look fabulous, as always, Demeter!

    1. Oh goodness, we would have so many deliciously guilt-free, sugar-free treats! We’d all be the happiest clams ever! Lol. Possessed: LOL. Exactly!! Thanks for your sweet words, Sara! 🙂

  7. Ummm I’m SOOO laughing my tookis off over here. I guess good things DO happen to those of us unfortunate enough to be allergic to cocoa, because I NEVER had that dilemma of cocoa powder and milk. Although IF I wasn’t allergic to cocoa, I TOTALLY would have tried to make chocolate milk like that, because honestly, it makes sense. I mean WHY NOT? You put the cocoa in the milk and you mix it all up…. wait. wrong song. 🙂 Aaaaanyways, I can NOT believe you only have ONE other double chocolate treat on this here blog!!!! D to the Meter, that is like…. culinary blasphemy of some sorts!! I’m glad you are on your way to fixing that problem with these energy bites!!! Woot woot to no bake bites!!! And triple woot woot WOOOT to DOUBLE chocolate PEANUT BUTTER and COCONUT energy bites! These are awesome, chicka! Pinned of course! Cheers! Plus hugs and love! xoxoxoxoxo

    1. Lol. I kinda thought you would! 😉 Oh girl, if you’d tried those two together… it’s not tasty. Like, AT ALL! Lol. Ya put the lime in the coconut and ya… now you’ve got it stuck in my head! . More double chocolate treats coming! Thanks my dear! Big hugs. xo

  8. These energy bites literally have all my favourite flavours combined – chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut. What’s not to love about these? They look absolutely delicious, and drool-worthy! Gorgeous photos, as usual Demeter! 🙂 Have an awesome week <3 xo

    1. Woohoo!! You really can’t go wrong with that combo! Thanks so much, Marsha. Hope you have an awesome week! xoxo

  9. The shattering of childhood dreams one disgusting bitter milk sip at a time. It’s a sad thing. Thank goodness we have the delight of all these adorable doubley-delicious no bake bites to cheer us up! Where were you and your no-bake bites when I was 7 and tasted vanilla extract thinking it would taste like sweetness and frosting and dreams?? It did not. Damn that misleading smell too. I definitely could’ve used about 1000 of these bites to get that taste out of my mouth then. Thank goodness we’ve gotten a little bit smarter by now and know that cocoa needs maple syrup, vanilla needs cake batter, and no-bake bites are best when you pack in allllll the good stuff! Peanut butter, two forms of chocolate, AND coconut–yep a childhood dream that actually is for real❤️ Also two sizes of chips, I like the way you think. Happy monday! xoxo

    1. I can almost hear the violins playing… 😉 Oh gosh, the vanilla extract. Do not even get me started on that!! Lolol. Our kid selves definitely did not understand the baking basics… Haha. Glad you like this recipe, my dear! Happy Monday! xoxo

  10. YES! I totally thought unsweetened cocoa powder would make the best hot chocolate, cakes, anything and everything. I was so wrong. I did the same as you too, except that I added the powder to milk and microwaved it…yucko! Luckily, I’ve wised up over the years! 🙂 These energy bites are calling my name, Demeter! You are seriously the queen of them, and for good reason! I love double the chocolate and peanut butter in here. Just what I need for a quick breakfast or snack. Pinning these beauties! Hope your Monday is off to a great start!

    1. Oh, good, Erik and I weren’t the only ones! Lol. I still blush thinking about that… Thank goodness we all learned to truth to that unsweetened cocoa powder. Haha. Thank you so much for your sweet comments & for pinning, Gayle! Have a fantastic week!

  11. Hahaha!!! Here’s to being ” older and just slightly wiser” – and knowing that “cocoa powder soooooo does not equal chocolate” – Demeter I love your sense of humor, lady! I seem to experiment with a new ingredient and get unexpected results quite often – so much for retaining lessons from my childhood eh?! Just this past weekend I used PB fit powder in some cookies I made and had to spit up my first bite – so nahsty! It’s not the pb powder I’m certain – just my combo of ingredients! Oh well! Back to the drawing board eh?1 But, what turned out fanatastic are these no Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites! These look wonderful – I wish I was sitting here typing wth a bowl of these by my side to nosh on! I hope you have a wonderful week! xo

    1. Haha. But only just slightly. 😉 Those childhood lessons… who can really retain ALL of them? Haha. Good luck on those cookies, my friend! Hope you get to try. Wishing you an awesome week, Shashi! xo