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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls with Oats

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Calling all peanut butter and chocolate lovers. If you’re looking for a satisfying snack that’s packed with protein and healthy fats, look no further than these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls with Oats. These no-bake bites are bursting with flavor and come together in minutes using wholesome ingredients. They’re perfect for a quick pick-me-up after a workout, a delicious afternoon treat, or a healthy addition to your lunchbox. Homemade protein balls are a great option for a perfect snack. They are easy to make, portable, and can easily be customized to suit your taste. 

These delicious oatmeal chocolate peanut butter protein balls are made with natural peanut butter, gluten-free old-fashioned oats, vanilla protein powder, and dark chocolate chips and are naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup. No weird ingredients, or prepackaged mystery snacks. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls with Oats

This simple recipe for oatmeal no-bake energy bites can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for easy grab-and-go snacks all week long. Toss a few in a ziplock bag for work, or school or no reason at all. 

Ingredients to Make Protein Balls with Oats

These peanut butter oatmeal no-bake protein balls are made with just a few simple ingredients. No need to break out the food processor for this recipe. A large mixing bowl and a wooden spoon or spatula are all that’s required.

  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ​3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp water as needed
ingredients for protein balls with oats and dark chocolate chips,

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Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

Like many no-bake energy balls, this recipe can easily adjusted to your personal preference. This recipe uses creamy peanut butter, you can use different nut butter if you’d like. Great options are almond butter, cashew butter, crunchy peanut butter, or even sunflower seed butter. No matter what you choose look for a nut butter without added oils or sugars. I love this natural creamy peanut butter made with only nuts. 

Pick your protein powder flavor. Vanilla or chocolate protein powder – to personalize these protein balls. Choose a high-quality organic protein powder with minimal ingredients, for a clean and easily absorbed source of protein.

Incorporate dark chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips, or any clean chocolate chip you prefer.

Certified Gluten Free Oats

All of my homemade protein balls with oats are made using gluten-free raw oats. I prefer these over quick oats, or steel cuts oats for a variety of reasons. Here are a few reasons why gluten-free oats are a great option:

  • Packed with Nutrients: Gluten-free rolled oats, like their regular counterparts, are a whole-grain source of fiber, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals. They’re high in beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that can help lower cholesterol and promote gut health.
  • Slow-Digesting Carbs:  Rolled oats are considered a complex carbohydrate. Your body breaks them down slowly, leading to sustained energy levels. They will also keep you feeling fuller for longer, compared to refined carbs like sugary cereals.
  • Naturally Sweet: Gluten-free rolled oats have a naturally sweet and nutty flavor. This allows you to enjoy them without the need for added sugars, making them a perfect choice for those watching their sugar intake or managing blood sugar levels.

** I am not a doctor, I am a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach. Keep in mind, that this is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions or starting a new health routine.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Protein Balls with Oats

First, combine the old-fashioned oats and protein powder in a large bowl.

vanilla protein powder and gluten free oats in a large bowl

Next, add the peanut butter and maple syrup. 

creamy peanut butter and maple syrup

Then add the vanilla extract and salt and mix thoroughly.

peanut butter protein ball mixture in large bowl

Next, gently fold in the chocolate chips. Then stir to combine. and then place the peanut butter balls mixture into the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to chill. The mixture will be much easier to form into balls when cold. At room temperature, the mixture is more likely to stick to your hands. 

dark chocolate chips in peanut butter and oats

Next, remove the no bake peanut butter oatmeal balls mixture from the fridge to roll into balls. If the mixture is too dry add a little bit of water, 1-2 Tbsp of water is all you should need. Then use a small cookie scoop to measure out 1-2″ balls, and roll them with clean hands. 

cookie scoop for protein balls mixture

Roll the peanut butter energy bites and place them on a sheet of parchment paper. 

protein balls with oats on parchment paper

Protein Balls with Oats Easy Snack

This healthy treat is made with all of your favorite things to make an easy healthy snack.

peanut butter protein balls with oats and chocolate chips

These protein bites satisfy the sweet tooth and combine peanut butter flavor, with dark chocolate, chewy oats, and a few grams of protein to make a great grab-and-go treat without any added sugar. 

oatmeal peanut butter bites on a plate

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein balls with Oats

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls with Oats are easy, customizable & full of healthy fats & protein. The perfect healthy snack.


  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ​3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp water as needed


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Place in the fridge to chill for 2-3 hours.
  3. Then roll into balls and enjoy.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

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

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