Gluten Free, No Bake Energy Bites

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 1, 2013

NOTE: This is an older post…I’m not currently on maternity leave ;)

So. I’m on maternity leave.

But I have a problem. I really can’t sit still. We’ve been so blessed with oodles of help and gobs of food. Which has allowed me extra time to “sit still.” But, I just don’t sit still well. Despite my best efforts.

At least 12 times a day, I have to sit still. I’m nursing Austin, and boy does he like to nurse. He’s a little champion at it…regaining his birth weight at day 7…and who knows where we are now with his weight. (I’m tempted daily to bop in to the pediatrician’s office, just to see.) But I have to sit still…for a bit while he nurses. Minutes pass, hours pass…but during this “sit still” time, I still need something to do. While nursing Ryan back in the day, I turned to Alias. (Remember that TV show with Jennifer Garner…I so wanted to be a spy!) I watched all the seasons that were out on DVD at the time. With Charlie, it was catching up on 24. With Tyler, I worked right through…not taking much of a break.

And now with Austin, there’s Vine.

Have you heard of Vine?

It’s a brand new video app extension of Twitter, that allows you to shoot 6 second videos, and stop motion videos too. (These are my favorite.) I believe it’s currently available only for the iPhone. ( for more information.)

So while I sit on the couch with my little buddy, I have discovered and fallen for Vine. (Here is Tyler helping me make dinner on Wednesday afternoon. Direct Twitter link.)

Well, and there’s Pinterest too.

I’ve been meaning to make the energy balls that float around all over Pinterest. And I finally got around to making them for an afternoon snack this week…and of course, I couldn’t help but “vine it”…the “how-to” and the “I think the boys are in love with these…watch” videos.

  • – click on this “vine branch” to see what happened to yesterday’s batch of Gluten Free Energy Bites. Gone in seconds.
  • – and this one is the 6 second “How to Make Energy Bites” video from Vine… See, isn’t that easy?!

So back to the energy balls…I used up all the oats I had in the house for the first batch that I made on Wednesday. So when I went to make them yesterday, I needed an alternative.

Gluten Free Rice Krispies….perfect! I dumped them into the bowl first, “broke them down” slightly by crushing them with my hand and then finished mixing up the energy bites.

Hope you enjoy these as much as we did/do!

(Really, I have been enjoying the slower pace of maternity leave and all the cuddles with baby, and even the big boys!)

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Gluten Free, No-Bake Energy Bites

Adapted from Food Doodles

Yield – about 20 energy bites

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Chill Time – 1 hour


  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free rice krispies (or you can usecertified GF quick cooking oats too) Note: If you wish to make a NON-GLUTEN FREE version of this, you can use regular quick cooking oats or regular rice krispies.
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter (any nut butter will do)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup shredded coconut flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • about 3/4-1 cup mini chocolate chips



  • (See the 6 second how-to.)
  • Add the rice krispies (or oats) to a bowl, crush lightly with your hand or potato masher.
  • Add the peanut butter, honey, coconut flakes and cinnamon and stir together.
  • Then add the chocolate chips.
  • Chill in the fridge for about an hour. Then form into balls.
  • Serve and watch them disappear!

(Now, back to my regularly scheduled “maternity leave.”)

Oh, and…if you do decide to join Vine, search for me…”5dollardinners”…”see you” out on the Vine!

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Sheri February 12, 2013 at 5:23 pm

These sound really yummy. I’ll have to make that for my crew.

I understand the whole nursing thing. I have watched a few shows in my many years of nursing. If you want to keep up on baby’s weight between visits, go to Walmart and in the fishing section they sell fish scales. It has a hook on it and I knot a blanket or use a sling. It’s really easy to weigh the baby and gives lb and oz. As ours gets heavier (over 20lbs now), I do have someone hold their hands under the baby as I lift him a few inches off the floor.


Joan January 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm

My mother kept track of all her babies weights with one of these. All 14 of us, 7 boys and 7 girls.
Your comment brought back a vivid memory of the ritual of the weighing of the baby!
I’m going to make these Energy Balls for my hard-working daughter!


Phancy Design February 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Any idea at all on the calories, fat and fibre count for these? They look delicious!


Cindy February 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I have not seen gluten free rice krispies. I never really thought about them having gluten or not. Generally the entire breakfast isle has gluten. Thanks for the information I will have to look for this.


Lori S March 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm

rice is gluten free


Lesley March 23, 2013 at 9:02 am

If you check the back of the regular rice krispie box it says contains gluten.


sue September 3, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I been using generic rice crispies for ages…I always look at the label and it doesnt say anything about wheat or contains gluten…maybe it is because it is the generic one?


haley September 3, 2014 at 11:55 pm

It’s because they don’t contain wheat and there is no labeling laws for gluten. It’s the malt in rice crispies that you have to look out for.


Shanda September 4, 2014 at 9:05 am

My son has been GF for 5 years and here’s a bit of what I’ve learned. Some Chex cereals are gluten-free (their box is labeled). GF Rice Krispies come in a smaller box that looks different from regular ones. Gluten is found in the following:
Varieties and derivatives of wheat such as: wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, faro, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat, einkorn wheat
Malt in various forms including: malted barley flour, malted milk or milkshakes, malt extract, malt syrup, malt flavoring, malt vinegar
Brewer’s Yeast
If any of these ingredients is in a food, it is not Gluten Free. If you use ingredients that have come in contact with gluten (butter with a few regular bread crumbs), then an item is not gluten free. We’ve had instances where very kind people have meant to make GF snacks for my son, but haven’t understood these ingredients and therefore have made something unsafe for him to eat.


Katherine S. March 5, 2013 at 8:41 am

I am out of rice krispies, I am not GF but I am wondering if other cereals crushed would work, like honey nut chex or cheerios, i have a bunch of those around. I might need to try this later.


Melissa R March 6, 2013 at 11:03 am

These are awesome. I am 6 weeks pregnant and craving sweets. These hit the spot. I also added chia seeds to mine.. I even made some without coconut and put them in my husbands lunch, he liked them until I told him they were healthy lol..


Lori S March 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

i make these all the time, and vary the recipe depending what i have…
i skip the chocolate chips and add unsweetened cocoa powder or carob chips (helps with fat and calories but you still get the chocolate taste and eliminates the dairy), i also add (about 1/4 cup) ground flax seed (for some more nutrition).
i only use 1 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of PB, and will sometimes add raisins if i’m feeling crazy! haha!
also, a good tip, if you put in the fridge for 30 min (or more) they roll much easier.
whats awesome about these is that they are so customizable with what you have in your pantry, and are great bite size snacks….and i make my vegan.
i have never made with cinnamon, so i will try that next!
i have learned if i bring them to work i need to leave some at home because they get eaten up in no time!!! (and they are all used to ordering out fat, unhealthy stuff, so im glad they are getting SOMETHING healthy once in a while! :)


Julianne March 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Yes, plain rice is gluten free. However, Rice Krispies or other puffed rice cereals often have malted barley syrup or other sweeteners that are NOT GF.
Apparently even yeast can be a problem depending on what it is grown on, and that is not ever on the ingredient list. GF is tricky, but scratch baking avoids a lot of the hidden ingredient issues.


Local Coupon March 13, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Looks like good! easy way to do no bake… thanks for sharing this tips..



Alice March 18, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Is there a good substitute for the coconut? I’m not a huge fan.


Alice March 18, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Never mind. I’m a goober.


Alice March 18, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Never mind. I’m a goober. I see it’s either coconut or oats


kirstin March 22, 2014 at 8:08 pm

When we made these we simply omitted the coconut because we didn’t have any and my husband isn’t a big fan of it anyway. It was still insanely delicious and took great willpower to not eat it all at once.


Alice March 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Never mind. I’m a goober. I see it’s either coconut or oats


Sheila March 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm

These look super! We are akways making weird power ball treats and these will be a nice departure from my standard of dates-nuts-coconut-chocolate.


Dona Collins March 22, 2013 at 10:40 am

I am slowly but surely exploring the possibility of going gluten free. My fiance and I could both benefit, health-wise, but are finding it difficult to transition. This recipe is DEFINITELY going on my list of things to try next week!


Majid April 13, 2013 at 3:01 am

These look super! We are akways making weird power ball treats and these will be a nice departure from my standard of dates-nuts-coconut-chocolate.


Energy Balls April 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Adding a little coconut oil to the energy balls helps with shelf life and adds some nutritious fatty acids as well!


Carlo/Carlo At Your Service Productions April 17, 2013 at 11:54 pm

I don’t know what happened or why… but, I recently (and suddenly) have been plagued with Celiac food allergy disease. Go figure. I was eating everything just fine, for like… forever. Then, suddenly, my body says “No!”. So, I just found out that gluten-free recipes are the new way I have to go.

Thanks for posting so many great recipes. You’ll have me cooking for months! Yum!


The Cocktail Lady May 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Yum! These look so good! Thank You for the recipe, I just may have to try these myself =)


Hal from Swagbucks May 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm

$5 Dinners, 6 Second Recipes.

Those look INSANE. Will there be any in Cincy?

Asking for a friend.


Nancye... July 7, 2013 at 5:27 am

I make something very similar, using what we call Rice Bubbles which are the same as Rice Crispy’s I think, but instead of using chocolate bits, I use diced dates, and replace the honey with Malted Barley Syrup which we love, and it’s completely Vegan…

Just a suggestion…


Sammy6622 August 28, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Sounds yummy! But oats are not gluten free :(


Michealle H February 18, 2014 at 2:10 am

Quick oats are not gluten free because of the processing they go thru, but old fashioned oats or even steel cut are. My girl has celiacs so we have now found we can do oats, some peoples body reacts to the protein in the oats while others don’t.. good luck.


marcy September 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm

hello! these are delicious! I just made them and want to know if they are to be kept in the fridge or left out? ;) Thanks!


Rachel Pitzer September 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I like to add chia seeds, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds to mine, for extra protein and brain food!


Carole September 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Lol! I clicked on the link to this recipe tonight while watching, for the umpteenth time…”alias”!! We are going thru all 5 seasons ;-) we had a good laugh when I read your post!! Can’t wait to try the recipe now!


Heather January 13, 2014 at 11:55 am

I have seen these all over and want to try them but I have a nut allergy. Any suggestions for substitutions that would make these just as tasty as every says they are???


LEsley September 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Sunflower seed butter is a good swap!


Folly January 18, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Hey all,
I calculated some nutrition info. These are the ingredients I used:
Great Value Quick Oats
Planters Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
Kroger Clover Honey
Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flakes
McCormick Ground Cinnamon
Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Mini Morsels

Per ball–
Calories: 151
Carbs: 16.5 g
Sugar: 10 g
Fat: 9.4 g
Protein: 3 g

Overall, I’d say there’s a little too much sugar for these to be considered healthy (women should not consume more than 25 g per day), but they’re really delicious, and if you’re in a hurry, these are great.


Carol Davies September 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm

what can the coconut be substituted with — we are allergic


jacqui September 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Just made these. Quick easy and delicious. Thank you


Helen Evans September 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm

I would love to have this to share with others. Thank you very much!!


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