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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.



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Optional coating

  • unsweetened shredded coconut
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  1. To a medium-sized bowl, add the puffed rice, peanut butter, coconut, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Mix.
  2. Add the chocolate chips, if using, and mix in until evenly distributed in the dough.
  3. Taste test and add more maple syrup if you prefer the balls to be sweeter. As it is, the balls aren't too sweet.
  4. 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.
  5. Optional step, roll the energy balls through extra toasted shredded coconut.


  • * If your peanut butter is already salted, consider omitting this salt.
  • ** The consistency of nut butter can vary from brand to brand. Some are more fluid, others firmer. If you find that the mixture is too wet to easily form into balls with your hands, 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 or the freezer for up to 2 months.

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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 😃