Chocolate Protein Energy Balls with Peanut Butter

Chocolate Protein Energy Balls with Peanut Butter

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These chocolate protein energy balls with peanut butter are a tasty bite-sized snack that the whole family will love. Homemade protein balls are easy to throw in a bag or lunchbox, for work, school, or play. These chocolate chip oatmeal protein balls are a convenient way to fuel your day, no matter what you are doing.

Ditch the processed snacks and indulge in a healthy way with these irresistible chocolate peanut butter protein balls. They are one of my favorite energy bite recipes.

Packed with flavor and satisfying textures, these bite-sized treats are the perfect way to conquer your sweet tooth without compromising your health goals. Made with organic chocolate protein powder for a satisfying protein punch, natural peanut butter for a creamy richness, gluten-free old-fashioned oats for a satisfying chew, and dairy-free chocolate chips for a decadent touch.

These energy balls are a healthy snacking dream come true. They’re so delicious, that you’ll feel like you’re indulging in a cheat day, but your body will thank you for the wholesome, nutritious ingredients.

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Unlike store-bought snacks loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients, these homemade healthy chocolate energy balls let you control exactly what goes in. You get the delicious taste you crave with the added bonus of wholesome, real-food healthy ingredients.

What You Need to Make Chocolate Protein Energy Balls

To make these chocolate oatmeal protein balls you will need just a handful of simple ingredients.

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
ingredients for Chocolate Protein Energy Balls recipe with peanut butter

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Ingredient Tips and Swaps

When selecting your oats, opt for gluten-free rolled oats for the best texture in these protein balls. Quick oats or steel-cut oats will create a different consistency. These are the gluten-free oats that I like to use: oats.

Creamy peanut butter adds a delightful texture and rich flavor to these chocolate energy bites. But feel free to customize. If almond butter is more your style, swap it in for an equally delicious option. Whichever nut butter you choose, be sure to pick one with a clean ingredient list, featuring just nuts and no added sugars or oils. Many natural grocery stores offer nut butters that fit the bill, or you can find some online: peanut butter.

Ground flaxseed has a mild nutty flavor and is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, and digestive fiber. You can grab some online here: flaxseed.

With so many protein powders on the market, pick one that suits your dietary needs and taste buds. Look for a clean label with minimal ingredients. Focus on the type of protein powder that boast a short, recognizable ingredient list. If you are looking for a new favorite protein powder then check this one out: Truvani Protein.

To find all of these ingredients make sure to check out my protein ball recipe essentials.

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How to Make Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Protein Balls

First, combine the gluten free rolled oats, and ground flax seed in a large bowl.

combine gluten free rolled oats and flaxseed

Next, add the chocolate protein powder to the bowl.

flax seed in energy ball recipe

Then add the dark chocolate chips to the bowl. These are the dairy free dark chocolate cacao chips that I love: cacao chips. They are made of pure cacao, with no weird ingredients.

dark chocolate chips and chocoalte peanut butter in bowl

Add the creamy peanut butter, vanilla extract, and raw honey to the bowl.

add honey and peanut butter to bowl with oats and chocolate chips

Stir the mixture until well-combined, and then place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes, or 10 minutes in the freezer.

mixture in bowl

Roll Chocolate Energy Balls

Once chilled, take the protein ball mixture out of the fridge.

energy ball mixture in bowl with small cookie scoop

Use a small or mini cookie scoop to portion out even-sized portions and roll them between your palms (with clean hands) to form smooth balls.

chocolate chip oatmeal protein balls rolled on parchment paper

Easy Healthy Chocolate Protein Energy Balls

This no-bake energy bites recipe is your secret weapon for conquering afternoon cravings. Packed with delicious chocolate peanut butter flavor, healthy fats, and dietary fiber, these bite-sized little protein balls are naturally sweetened with raw honey, and no added sugar.

gluten free energy balls made with peanut butter, oats, and chocolate protein powder on a wooden board

They’re perfect for meal prep, or a post workout snack.

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Stash them in an airtight container in your fridge for a grab-and-go snack anytime. Enjoy them as an easy pick-me-up or a satisfying afternoon treat.

Chocolate Protein Energy Balls recipe

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Chocolate Protein Energy Balls with Peanut Butter

Chocolate Protein Energy Balls with Peanut Butter Recipe

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Make healthy chocolate protein energy balls with creamy peanut butter, gluten free oats, and dark chocolate chips for an easy snack. 


  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Mix until thoroughly incorporated
  3. Place the mixture in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes, or freeze for 10 minutes.
  4. Roll into 1-2" balls
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 4g

nutritional values are estimates and may vary depending on products/ingredients used.

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