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Best Vegan Energy Balls

These are truly the best vegan energy balls I've ever tried. Unlike most vegan energy balls, they're surprisingly date-free, which makes them a bit lighter in density and texture. Best yet? They require a modest 15 minutes of active kitchen preparation.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, plant-based, Vegan
Servings: 20 energy balls
Author: Ashley


  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup mini dairy-free chocolate chips
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • cup whole flaxseed
  • cup brown rice syrup*
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


  • Line a small baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl, and stir and mash thoroughly to combine.
  • Use a 1 ½-tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop out mounds of the mixture. Roll each mound into a ball and transfer to the lined baking tray (it helps to wet your hands with water before rolling—I keep a small bowl of water within reach).
  • Freeze for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the energy balls lose their tackiness.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freeze for up to one month.


*You can substitute the brown rice syrup with vegan "honey" (e.g., BeeFree Honee), but keep in mind that the energy balls will have a different flavor. I've tried substituting pure maple syrup, but the balls don't hold together properly. It really needs to be a thick, tacky syrup in order to achieve the right texture.