Oatmeal Energy Clusters from ABCs The Chew

Have you watched The Chew on ABC? It’s like Pinterest for your television!

Oatmeal Energy Bites as seen on The Chew

When I saw this recipe I knew it would make a great cookie replacement for my sweet tooth.

The Chew’s Oatmeal Energy Clusters

You’ll need:

2 cups quick oats

1/2 cup chocolate chips

2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

 *Note: I use a bit more peanut butter and honey to help the balls stick together. I add about 1/4 cup peanut butter and 1/8 cup honey to what’s listed above. You could also form the balls into bars instead – I explain how to do this easily in my Healthy Granola Bar post.  

And here’s how to put them together:

1. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, chocolate chips, and coconut.

2. Add the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, salt. Mix well until evenly combined.

3. Chill mixture in the refrigerator for an hour, then roll out balls about an inch in diameter.

4. Store in an airtight container.


Have fun adding ingredients that your family loves. Chia seeds, white chocolate chips, raisins or cranberries… the sky really is the limit!

These Oatmeal Energy Clusters are great for a mid-day pick me up. If you lack energy mid-day, reach for The Chew’s Engery Clusters instead of the cookies!

Assuming you make 40 balls, the nutrition information is below:

Oatmeal Energy Bites Nutrition Info

I treat these like a healthy dessert–2 balls = 1 yellow and 1 blue on the 21 Day Fix.


  1. Leah says

    I’ve been making versions of this recipe for years, we love them! I keep a tub in the freezer and pop a few into the school lunches–they are soft enough to eat by lunchtime. Add a few TBS of cocoa powder to make them chocolate-y. Substitute almond or sunbutter, add chia seeds, protein powder, ground flax seeds… The possibilities are endless! I’ve got a carrot cake bite recipe too if you love those flavors…

    • Dena says

      OMG, Ive been looking for days for something to take the place of my cookie craving that would also give energy!!
      I love the endless possiblities! Im curious about the mentioned Carrot Cake Bites???

      • Leah says


        If you like the flavors of carrot cake, you will love these. Search “homemade Lara bars” on Pinterest and you will find tons of recipes to try. My obsession has intensified over the last few months as I’ve mostly cut refined sugars and a lot of grains from my diet. These energy bites are full of healthy fats, protein and natural sugars–they keep me satisfied between meals and fill the cravings for something sweet perfectly. If you have a food processor there are even more possibilities using dates & nuts. YUM.

      • Leah says

        Here’s my current fave… So yummy!


        And if you like chocolate, try this one for Dark Chocolate “Donut Holes”:

        1-1 1/2 cups raw almonds or roasted hazelnuts
        5 T cocoa powder
        1 cup pitted dates
        1 tsp vanilla
        1/4 t salt
        Handful of shredded coconut for rolling.

        Toss everything into the food processor and pulse until you get a dough-like consistency. Scoop out and roll into 1 inch balls, roll in coconut. Let chill in fridge an hour or so before eating.

        My kids eat these like candy!

  2. says

    Yum! Oh, I must try this but without the peanut butter since I’m allergic. I might try coconut butter instead. This is similar to a granola version I make but not to have to hassle with the oven that’s a win-win!

  3. Susan says

    I have a cookie monster in my family (husband), and I think these will be the answer to that problem.
    He is always looking for something to go with his coffee. Thank-you

  4. says

    I have another recipe sort of like this that I love – I haven’t made it in a while though. I am going to try this one very soon. I like having these as a small snack between breakfast and lunch. Thanks for sharing.

  5. says

    Hello Becca, I am going to make this hopefully for the weekend. I need a TASTY healthy (notice the priority for me) pick-me up and yours will do the trick. I featured you on my fb page and your awesome recipe. Thanks for linking up at Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  6. says

    YES!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, Becca!! I actually was looking for something like this for a treat to take to some of my club-mates this coming Tuesday! We are going on a night hike, and I am the provider of the snacks, haha. This is perfect, AND guilt-free! :) I’m so glad I came across your blog!

  7. says

    We make some similar treats at our house and they are SO GOOD! I never have to worry about how to store the leftovers – there usually aren’t any. :)
    Thank you for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday!

  8. Paula says

    Mine turned out a little dry and difficult to keep rolled into balls. I tried adding more honey because I could tell the mixture was dry from the beginning. Would you add more peanut butter next time or something else?? Taste wise, they’re delicious!

    • says


      I added a couple of notes in the recipe. I increased both the peanut butter and honey, and have also found that cutting them into bars instead of rolling them into balls helps!

  9. amanda says

    Does any one know what containers these would be on the 21 day fix? Like are 2 balls a yellow for an example?

      • says

        Sam, You just reminded me to comment here! I had answered Amanda privately because I was on my phone and not able to reply here :) I use this: 2 balls = 1 yellow and one blue, and I only eat them every few days–I treat them like a dessert.

        • Sam says

          Great thank you! I am on day two of the 21 day fix and already looking for sweets that are 21 Day Fix approved, lol. Thanks again! -Sam

    • Rose says

      Instead of peanut butter you could use sun butter. That is what we use at our school since we are not allowed any kind of nut in the building.

  10. Sarah says

    Love these. Made these twice already and making my third lot tonight.
    I use PB2 for peanut butter tastes so good. I keep them in fridge and they last me two weeks. Thank you so much

  11. Rose says

    I am making these right now with my son! Instead of coconut, I put almonds and craisins (What I had on hand) We tried the mixture before we put it in the fridge and it was delicious! Cant wait to eat them camping this weekend!


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