no-bake oatmeal chocolate chip energy cookies

I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING–Why would my kids need more energy!?--and I hear you. About the 50th time I’ve scooped George off the kitchen counter each day, or looked down only to find something like this happening, I have the same thought.

And also this one. Who can make such a mess with toothpicks?

But the point is, these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are such a simple treat to make you don’t even have to fire up the oven. And they’re loaded with the good stuff: whole oats, peanut butter, honey, ground flaxseed and just a pinch of chocolate for good measure.

No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Energy Cookies

makes about 24 small drop-cookies or rolled balls


  • 2 cups whole oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I use the kind that’s only peanuts and salt, no oils or sugar added)
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup honey, then add more as needed, up to 1/2 cup


Combine everything in a bowl then arrange on a baking sheet with a non-stick silicone liner to set, about 15 minutes (maximum). Since my peanut butter is a bit runny, my cookies were very soft so I did a drop cookie shape. If your peanut butter is more firm, you could try rolling into balls. Or not. They’re delicious either way.



  1. sara willy says

    I just saw your post and set out to make these, and in my hurry (I was so excited!), I didn’t check the pantry…
    Sooo… ours have 1/2 ground chia seeds and 1/2 wheat germ in place of the flaxseed and 1/2 pure maple syrup 1/2 molasses in place of the honey. 3 year old George says “delicious”. I think they are great and am excited to try the real recipe after a trip to the store.
    10 kiddos coming over to play after school today… will let you know what the big kids think!!

    • charityc says

      Sounds great, Sara! That’s what I love about these cookies–fill ’em with whatever you’ve got, whatever works or a bit of both. Ditto for the banana cookies (and tons of other recipes on this little site the could…) Thanks for this note and I LOVE George’s review. Thumbs up for that little guy.



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