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These chia oatmeal chocolate chip balls are healthy no bake energy balls that are full of filling and good-for-you ingredients. They are quick and easy to put together and make for great portable on-the-go snacks. These are naturally gluten free, grain free, dairy free and Vegan.

Chia Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Balls lined in rows.

I love having healthy snacks in the fridge for when I need a pick-me-up. My Apple Pie Energy Bites and Pumpkin Stuffed Dates are two that I love having ready and waiting for me. But when I’m looking for a classic energy ball, nothing beats these chocolate chip oatmeal balls.

They taste kind of like yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but in a healthier, gluten-free, and Vegan form. They are always a life saver for those times I need a healthy energy boost.

Why this recipe works

  • There is no refined sugar or flour in them.
  • They are full of healthy fats and omega 3s.
  • They are gluten free, grain free and Vegan.
  • They are easy to customize to your tastes or dietary needs.
  • They are great to help curb cravings and hunger.
  • You have delicious oatmeal bites ready and waiting for you in the fridge.
  • You can have them as a snack or on-the-go breakfast.

Recipe ingredients:

Ingredients needed to make chocolate chip oatmeal balls.
  • Rolled oats– any old fashioned rolled oats work here. If you want to make sure that your oats are gluten-free, then make sure the bag certifies that they are gluten free.
  • Almond flour– almond meal or almond flour both work here.
  • Chia seeds– fresh chia seeds work great here.
  • Vanilla– this adds a nice flavor to the oat bites.
  • Maple syrup– this is an easy healthy sweetener to use. Make sure to use 100% pure maple syrup.
  • Almond butter– drippy almond butter works best.
  • Chocolate chips– regular or mini chocolate chips work best. Make sure they are dairy-free if that is important to you.

See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.

Additions/ Substitutions

  • Instead of almond butter, you can use a different kind of nut butter or sunflower seed butter.
  • Instead of chocolate chips, you can add chocolate candies or raisins.
  • Instead of chia seeds, you can use hemp hearts.
  • Instead of maple syrup, you can use honey, but the recipe won’t be Vegan anymore.

Step by step instructions

All the energy ball ingredients added to a bowl.
Step 1

Step 1: Add all of the ingredients in a large bowl.

The energy ball dough mixed together.
Step 2

Step 2: Mix all the ingredients together then refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes.

Using a cookie scoop to roll out the energy balls.
Step 3

Step 3: Roll the dough into balls.

Energy balls rolled into balls and on a plate.
Step 4

Step 4: Put the energy balls into the refrigerator.

Expert tips

  • To roll the dough into balls
    • If using you hands to roll the dough into balls, then wet your hands so the dough doesn’t stick to them.
    • I find using a small cookie scoop best to roll the balls.
  • If you want this recipe to be dairy free, use dairy free chocolate.

Recipe FAQs

How do you store these?

You can store any leftover energy balls in an airtight container in the fridge for about 2 weeks. You can freeze them for up to 3 months.

How many calories are in an energy ball?

Roughly 100 calories.

Can you make these nut-free?

Yes! Just use sunflower seed butter and replace the almond flour with extra rolled oats.

Oatmeal chocolate chip balls in a bowl.

Other no bake snacks you’ll love:

Like these Healthy No Bake Cookies by Veggie Balance. They are like these balls but in cookie form and made with a few healthy ingredients. YUM

These Blueberry Date Energy Balls are great! They are made with blueberry powder and have the best flavor!

These mousse balls are amazing. They combine dairy free coco whip, melted chocolate and crushed cookies.

These Keto Cookie Dough Fat Bombs are an egg-free and delicious keto sweet snack.

These S’more Rice Krispies Treats are a fun twist on the classic.

Did you try this recipe? Please leave me a ⭐ review below!

5 from 13 votes

Chia Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

Servings: 18 balls
Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Chia Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snack Balls (GF, Vegan) | Perchance to Cook, www.perchancetocook.com
Healthy snack balls that taste like yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but in a healthier, lower-calorie, gluten-free and vegan form.



  • Add all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix. Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes. Then, roll into balls. I like to use a small cookie scoop.
  • Refridgerate for 2 hours. Then, store in an airtight container. These should last about a week in the fridge. Note: these also taste good at room temperature and can be stored for 3 days at room temperature.  
  • Yields: 16 snack balls.


  • To roll the dough into balls
    • If using you hands to roll the dough into balls, then wet your hands so the dough doesn’t stick to them.
    • I find using a small cookie scoop best to roll the balls.


Serving: 1ballCalories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.003gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 84mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
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  1. LOL, I’ve waited even long than you, I guess – I’m never had a snack ball! But I always love oatmeal cookies, and when you add chocolate chips… So tempting!

  2. We periodically will go meatless for a few days / weeks. I usually make a big batch of balls to snack on. I’ll have to try this next time.5 stars

  3. These look great, but I am bad at having snacks like this on the counter. One snack turns into the whole batch gone in a day.

  4. These sound amazing, and with those oats and chocolate, I’m pretty sure even my toddler would devour these for an afternoon snack! Little would he know there’s some other good stuff packed in there. 🙂 It’s perfect!5 stars

  5. Oh, my!! I’m forever in the market for nutritious after workout snacks. These little bites of goodness would be perfect take along to keep energy up. Can’t wait to make some.5 stars

  6. You and me both! I just tried energy balls a few weeks ago and I’m in love! I haven’t made them with chia seeds yet though but it sounds fantastic! Flax is good too!5 stars

  7. I’ve never really gotten into the energy ball craze, and I don’t know why! Im training for a half marathon and I know these would be perfect as a post workout refuel5 stars

  8. Great stuff. A little ball of energy you can pop in. Plus chia seeds gives your body that nutritious kick you can actually feel.5 stars

  9. I love how simple this snack ball recipe is, and I completely agree that the fridge should be stocked with these at all times. I like the idea of having a healthy dessert or sweet snack available all of the time.

  10. These look so yummy! I personally waited a while to jump on the snack ball wagon. Then while visiting a patient (I’m a home care nurse) they insisted that I try one of their homemade energy balls and they were SOOO good! Honestly, yours look even tastier!5 stars