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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Energy Balls

10 min



10 ingredients or less


Energy balls are a fantastic on-the-go snack. This recipe is packed with creamy peanut butter, rich coconut, and crispy puffed rice.



10 min


10 min


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Optional coating

  • unsweetened shredded coconut


  1. To a large bowl, add the puffed rice, peanut butter, coconut, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt*. Mix. Add the chocolate chips, and mix again.
  2. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop a large spoonful of dough into your hands and roll it into a ball**. Repeat with remaining dough until finished.
  3. Optional step: roll the energy balls through extra toasted shredded coconut. Enjoy!


  • * If your peanut butter is already salted, consider omitting this salt.
  • ** The consistency of peanut butter can vary from brand to brand. If you find that the mixture is too wet, simply add more shredded coconut until the mixture is easy to work with.


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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Martunia - May 31, 2024, 4:46 p.m.

I was craving something chocolatey and fudgy and coconuty, and this worked like a charm: super fast and easy to make. Perfect for a little sweet something to have with evening tea.

PUL Team - May 31, 2024, 5:05 p.m.

Yay so thrilled to hear this, Martunia, thank you 🙌✨

Femke Van den Berg - May 29, 2024, 8:52 p.m.

I love these as a simple but filling snack for work! I make a batch of them every weekend 😇

Joanna - March 27, 2024, 4:38 a.m.


Margaux - Feb. 7, 2024, 11:54 p.m.

Very tasty! I don't like the taste of coconut, so I swapped it for ground almond, and I used puffed quinoa. It was very good, however not crunchy anymore after I rolled the individual balls. I suspect that wouldn't happen with puffed rice since it's bigger. For next time!

C. - Jan. 12, 2024, 1:26 a.m.

Absolutely love these! My go to recipe when I want something sweet. I love the balance of salt and sweet.

Magda - Dec. 27, 2023, 10:51 p.m.

Loved them - so easy to make and so delicious :-)

DenisaS - Dec. 23, 2023, 12:45 p.m.

Where I can get a puffed rice in Holland ?

PUL Team - Dec. 25, 2023, 11:29 a.m.

Hey Denisa, they have it at the AH XL, usually found where the granola is :)

Leesha - Dec. 14, 2023, 8:08 p.m.

So good, they are hard to stop eating! Going to have to make another batch. They were a bit sticky, I would add some rolled oats or do less PB.

Lucie - Dec. 4, 2023, 12:49 p.m.

Delicious !

Sara - Nov. 27, 2023, 7:31 a.m.

So easy and such a great snack. It has a little bit of everything.

Elyse L. - Nov. 14, 2023, 4:44 a.m.

So delicious and perfect combo of crunchy and creamy. They pack easily, too, so I’ve been taking them hiking or to the gym for a quick protein pop after a workout

PUL Team - Nov. 15, 2023, 12:53 a.m.

A lovely idea to take these energy balls hiking or for some post-gym fuel! Thank, Elyse 😊

Tina - Oct. 18, 2023, 11:53 a.m.


Agatha - Sept. 25, 2023, 9:57 p.m.

It’s soooo good! It’s my third batch and I think I’m addicted 🤤

Candyorfruit - Aug. 19, 2023, 4:36 p.m.

These are sooo good ; i was weighing the rice crisp and i was using rice krispies and it came out to 33 g vs 14 🤔 perhaps it depend on the type we use .. so i went with the cup measurement for that one , just wanted to make sure about the weight in grams , thanks

PUL Team - Aug. 19, 2023, 11:15 p.m.

Hey friend, it sounds like from your comment that you used rice crispies, which do indeed differ in weight from what we used, which is "puffed rice". Either can be used though, and you did well to measure by cups in the end if using rice crispies 😊

Megan Cooley - Aug. 1, 2023, 6:13 a.m.

Yum! I added chickpea flour as someone suggested because my peanut butter was pretty runny.

Misty - July 18, 2023, 2:40 a.m.

made these with crunchy peanut butter and wow wow wow, so good! they’re the perfect little snack to get some extra protein in.

Audrey Boulerice - July 17, 2023, 2:32 a.m.

I added a bit of steel cut oat instead of extra coconut.

Kathleen Mink - July 8, 2023, 5:29 a.m.

Such a tasty snack! My mix was a bit too sticky even after using more coconut and rice. I made them into bars like rice crispy treats rather than roll them so I didn’t have to add more rice or coconut.

Natálie - July 5, 2023, 6:47 p.m.

The taste was pleasant, but the dough was way too sticky and even after letting it chill in the fridge the balls didn't get firmer. I think i should add less peanut butter next time, so the balls can be drier.

Maddie Cairns - June 30, 2023, 3:42 a.m.

emma - May 23, 2023, 8:57 p.m.

These were amazing!!!!

Kerstin - April 15, 2023, 10:59 p.m.

Sooooo delicious!! I used puffed amaranth instead of puffed rice and it turned out lovely. Highly recommend!

Susan - Feb. 24, 2023, 5:38 a.m.

I was wanting to make a good filling snack today and this recipe was great. I didn't have rice puffs on hand so I substituted them with oatmeal. The first batch was so good I had to make a second batch with an added twist of instant coffee dusting on top. This recipe is such a good base that it has so many add on options to keep things interesting.

PUL Team - Feb. 25, 2023, 7:47 a.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Susan! Thanks for taking the time to share 🤗

lusanda - Feb. 4, 2023, 4:33 a.m.

Delicious 👌👌👌

Diane - Jan. 19, 2023, 2:37 a.m.

I just made these and we really like them, plus they're so easy to make.
Since I'm not keen on chocolate chips, I left that out -- so good. Thank you.

PUL Team - Jan. 20, 2023, 3:50 a.m.

A lovely modification, Diane, thank you 😃

Nadia - Nov. 24, 2022, 10:37 a.m.

These are really nice! I made them with puffed spelt as that is what I had at home, and that works great as well. Thanks again PUL!

PUL Team - Nov. 25, 2022, 4:30 p.m.

So glad they're being enjoyed, Nadia!

Dagmar - Aug. 4, 2022, 4:12 p.m.

My boyfriend needed a snack to increase his protein intake so he tried these home-made bars with peanut butter and protein powder that you can find on YouTube. Honestly, they tasted plain, dry and just not good. I saw this as an opportunity to make him a vegan alternative!
I subbed the coconut in the batter for chickpea powder to increase the amount of protein. I also added hemp and toasted sesame seeds. I topped them off with coconut shreds like you did and they turned out AMAZING. We are currently at batch number 3 and we are both obsessed with our newly found snack. Thank you so much for this recipe!

PUL Team - Aug. 5, 2022, 1:20 a.m.

Hey there, Dagmar, we're so thrilled to hear the glowing feedback! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with it 🙂

Paulina - Aug. 1, 2022, 7:11 p.m.

delicious!!! also coated in cacao!

Connor - June 26, 2022, 6:17 a.m.

Once again you haven't let me down. These are legit my go to snacks! They are so easy to make and super tasty. I tend to add a few extra things in such as diced dried fruit and seeds. Thank you :))

PUL Team - June 27, 2022, 7:16 a.m.

Aw thank you, Connor, it means so much ✨

Joanne - June 10, 2022, 1:09 p.m.

This is great as a work snack. When there is time, I make it and stack it in the freezer.

PUL Team - June 13, 2022, 2:24 a.m.

Mmm that sounds lovely, Joanne! Thank you 🤗

Paulina - April 26, 2022, 8:43 p.m.

I was wondering, why it came our ~15 balls and then I saw a stack of chocolate chips :D
Well, next time :D

PUL Team - April 26, 2022, 9:36 p.m.

Oh no! The chocolate chips indeed help add some bulk to give a few extra balls. We hope you still enjoy them, Paulina 🙂

Mahima Kalla - April 25, 2022, 4:02 a.m.

Hi Sadia,
I don't particularly enjoy the flavour of shredded coconut. Can I skip from this recipe ? Do you have any substitute recommendations? Thanks!

PUL Team - April 25, 2022, 5:23 a.m.

Hi Mahima! You'll likely find the mixture too liquidy to form balls if completely omitting the shredded coconut. You could start with less nut butter and add some ground seeds, dried fruit, pulverized nuts, or some extra chocolate chips to help firm up the mixture though 😃

Mahima - April 25, 2022, 5:40 a.m.

Thank you! I can try that... Do you think hemp seeds / chia seeds / sesame seeds would work? I also have flax meal. If so which might be best suited?

Thanks again! :)

PUL Team - April 25, 2022, 6:26 a.m.

Hey Mahima, those all sound like interesting options! The flax meal may work best if it's already ground and the other seeds aren't. Ground versions often absorb liquid much better than whole counterparts 🙂

Mahima Kalla - April 25, 2022, 6:53 a.m.

Thanks heaps!

Mahima Kalla - April 25, 2022, 7:40 a.m.

Final update - I lightly toasted sesame seeds and coarsely ground them. Worked out very well. :) thanks again!

PUL Team - April 25, 2022, 4:06 p.m.

Woohoo! So happy to hear, Mahima, thank you :)

Andrea - March 25, 2022, 1:58 a.m.

I've been vegan for about ten years. Over the past two years, I've gotten into ultra running, and a lot of the snacks and supplements aren't necessarily vegan. These little energy balls have been a lifesaver! I prep a bunch of them before my races and put them in my drop bag and tuck them away at aid stations to snack on during my 50k and 50-milers.

PUL Team - March 26, 2022, 1 a.m.

We're so glad they're being enjoyed, Andrea! All the best with the races 👟

Ivie - March 21, 2022, 3:32 a.m.

Any suggestions for puffed rice substitutes? Having a hard time finding puffed things that are not “cheese puffs” 😬

Also, it’s no exaggeration to say that PUL has changed my life. 😁 Can’t thank you enough.

PUL Team - March 23, 2022, 1:09 a.m.

Hey Ivie, a non-puffed substitute could be any accessible nuts or seeds! We've heard positive reviews with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and crushed walnuts 😃 Thank YOU for the kind words and being here

Nina - Feb. 7, 2022, 1:55 p.m.

Awesome flavour. Was done in 10 minutes

Patricia - Jan. 25, 2022, 8:39 p.m.

Very good indeed!
Lovely to have them with a crispy apple :)

PUL Team - Jan. 27, 2022, 2:46 a.m.

Mmm pairing them with fruit is a delicious idea, Patricia!

Katie - Nov. 2, 2021, 6:35 p.m.

These are an absolute favorite in our house. I prefer them crunchier so I add a bit more puffed rice. They are so easy to make and we take them with us everywhere.

PUL Team - Nov. 4, 2021, 3:27 p.m.

Love the addition of more puffed rice, Katie!

Aurora - Oct. 30, 2021, 5:13 p.m.

Just made a batch for tomorrow to replace halloween candies and they are delicious! I made them a lot smaller and replaced the peanut butter with a gingerbread flavoured almond butter I found... Perfection! Thanks guys, you did it again :)

Katie - Nov. 2, 2021, 6:36 p.m.

Different flavored nut butter sounds so yummy! I'm totally trying that for the holidays this year.

Esra - Sept. 25, 2021, 6:53 p.m.

OMG they are great. I coated some with cocoa powder so they look like truffles and my peanut butter is crunchy. Basically they are awesome just need to keep my cool and not eat them in one sitting.

PUL Team - Sept. 26, 2021, 1:53 a.m.

Aw we're so glad the energy balls were enjoyed, Esra, thank you!

Astrid - Sept. 14, 2021, 12:33 p.m.

Made them today and they taste awesome! The proces of making them was a little bit messy. The mixture was way more sticky then in the video even though I added extra shredded coconut. Next time I will let the mixture set for a while in the fridge! But they are too delicious to not give it another try !! Thank you PUL team :)

PUL Team - Sept. 14, 2021, 10:27 p.m.

Thanks for sharing your experience with this one, Astrid. Another little tip that may help is using moist hands when forming the balls as it can prevent sticking if desired. Do let us know how it goes if you give the recipe another try!

Michaela - Sept. 13, 2021, 3:46 p.m.

The first recipe frlm PUL which doesn't go easy. It ends up in a mess. I have peanutbutter everywhere. I don't know whats my fault, but the taste is super delicious😂😅.
The dough stick to my fingers like superglue😂.
Now the balls are in the freezer and after a while i will roll it again. By the way, in the video you use toasted Coconut, in the written recipe its not toastet.
In the future i will give it another try and tell my experience. 🤗

PUL Team - Sept. 14, 2021, 4:40 a.m.

Hey there, Michaela 🙂 Sorry to hear about the mess! It may have to do with the nut butter used as some are naturally thicker and stickier than others. Even using the nut butter at the bottom versus the top of a jar can give a different consistency sometimes. Adding more coconut shreds until you get a consistency that’s easier to work with should help if you give the recipe another try. We indeed used toasted coconut - thanks for sharing, we've updated it in our ingredients 🤓 We hope you enjoy the recipe!

Kelley - Sept. 8, 2021, 6:38 a.m.

Hi Sadia! These were wonderful and a definite addition to my quick vegan snack ideas! I am always trying to help my husband find delicious snacks as he transitions to a fully plant based lifestyle and your recipes always help me encourage him! Do you think adding seeds would be alright? Maybe even some dried fruit? Thank you, and everyone at PUL, for your fabulous plant based wellness videos!

PUL Team - Sept. 8, 2021, 6:15 p.m.

Hey there, Kelley! We're so honoured that PUL is able to be part of your plant-based lifestyle 😊 Seeds and dried fruit sound like lovely ideas to experiment with! Dates and sunflower, chia, or ground flax seeds are some ideas. You may also enjoy our Pistachio & Cranberry Energy Balls recipe (…) if you haven't already seen it. Let us know if you find any food pairings :D

Marisa - Aug. 2, 2021, 10:14 p.m.

Amazing!! Even my ten yr old made them!

Malou - Aug. 2, 2021, 9:49 p.m.

I was looking for some easy vegan snacks that would help me get through the busy days. This is perfect! The taste is so nice and my boyfriend loved them as well! Swapped the puffed rice for puffed buckwheat because that was the only puffed thing I could find in my local supermarket for some reason, but it worked also well!

PUL Team - Aug. 4, 2021, 6:56 a.m.

Mmm sounds lovely! So glad this one was enjoyed, Malou🤩

Nestor - July 28, 2021, 7:56 p.m.

So simple, even a simple brain man like me can make them 😁😁😁
Amazing energy and taste. My wife and I make them with half peanut butter and almond butter. Can't wait to try them with Costco Everything Nut Butter.

Stephanie - July 27, 2021, 2:45 a.m.

Not sure how you can go wrong with peanut butter, but I am in love with these!!

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 7:27 a.m.

So glad you're enjoying them, Stephanie!

Hannah - July 26, 2021, 5:42 p.m.

These were really tasty and easy to make! It took me about 15 minutes, and I had all the ingredients already in my pantry. I’ll definitely be making these again in the future, maybe next time I’ll press the mixture into a baking dish and let it cool in the fridge so I can cut them into bars. We’ll see, but either way I definitely recommend giving this a try.

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 3:46 a.m.

Mmm bars are a yummy idea! Thanks for sharing, Hannah 😊

Ashley Vu - July 26, 2021, 3:52 a.m.

I'm an undergraduate student, so I'm always on the go. I live on easy-to-make meals and snacks. I made a small batch of these on exam week, and they were wonderful! I didn't have puffed rice or coconut flakes so I replaced them with pumpkin seeds and crushed walnuts. And I've gotta say, this recipe is so versatile. I will 100% make these again.

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 6:43 p.m.

So glad you're enjoying the energy balls, Ashley, and all the best with your studies ✨📚

Val - July 24, 2021, 8:23 p.m.

So yummy and easy!

Elizabeth D. - July 24, 2021, 6:23 p.m.

Absolutely love love LOVEEE this recipe! This woman always manages to put a smile on my face and take me away from the chaos in the world. The bites didn’t taste extremely sweet, they were the perfect sweetness level.

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 11:57 p.m.

Aw you're too kind, Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing the review 🙂

Alex - July 23, 2021, 1:16 p.m.

This one deserves a try 🙂

Gaby - July 23, 2021, 5:53 a.m.

I really want to try these they look delicious but we hate coconut. What can we substitute for the coconut?

Alex - July 23, 2021, 1:14 p.m.

I would use ground almonds 🙂

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 6:58 a.m.

Thanks for the question, Gaby! We'd suggest equal parts of ground or well-chopped nuts or seeds that you enjoy. Ground almond are a lovely idea, Alex 😃