No-Bake Protein Peanut Butter Energy Balls with Chocolate Chips

No-Bake Protein Peanut Butter Energy Balls with Chocolate Chips are good for you, scrumptious treats made with fewer than 10 ingredients and ready in 10 minutes. Healthy Oatmeal Energy Balls are filled with shredded coconut, peanut butter, Omega-3 rich ground flax seeds, and, of course, chocolate chips. Protein Balls are tasty no-bake protein energy bites ready to keep you energized and going strong!

Peanut Butter Energy Bites with mini chocolate chips

I’d like to restate a popular theory: there is nothing new in the world today. But yet, somehow, we trudge on. Go figure.

When I set out to make these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls, I thought it was a concept that I had seen once or twice. You know, a smidge? The idea was to make peanut butter balls more nutritional too!

But when I did a quick search before publishing this post, I saw that there are exactly 3.39 gazillion different energy bite recipes online. So, here I am sharing 3.39 gazillion…and one. Enjoy these tasty peanut butter oatmeal balls!

How to Make Peanut Butter Energy Balls

No bake energy bites are easy to make. I always begin with adding oatmeal to a food processor. That’s followed with coconut flakes, peanut butter, and a syrup sweetener like agave, maple syrup, or honey, and ground flaxseed.

A hand pours in a scoop of ground golden fax seeds into a food processor bowl. A jar of honey sits next to it.

Pulse these all together until the mixture is well-combined. You should be able to grab some of it in your fingers and press it together.

A hand pours honey into a food processor bowl with other ingredients.

How many calories are in Peanut Butter Energy Balls?

Depending on the size of the energy ball, there’s anywhere from 90 — 110 calories each. However, because they’re loaded with fiber and healthy fats, each energy ball is filling and delicious!

Are Energy Balls good For you?

Energy balls are made with nutritious and filling ingredients, like oats, flax meal, spices and more. Each energy ball is typically full of fiber, protein, Omega-3s, and even healthful fats. They’re a perfect nutritious snack!

Energy Ball Recipes

There are a lot of great energy ball recipes to be made. In fact, once you have the foundation of the protein ball recipe down, you can begin altering it in myriad of ways. For example, I’ve created a Red Velvet Energy Bite that’s pretty flavorful…and colorful too.

I didn’t stop there. I’ve also made my Cherry Vanilla Energy Bites and Chocolate No Bake Energy Balls recipes too. This one proves that things beyond chocolate can be pretty tasty.

Also, if you love chocolate and peanut butter, these homemade Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are low sugar and delicious!

Expert Tips for Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Use these tips to make these peanut butter bites perfect every time!

  • To make this no bake protein balls recipe, I use oatmeal (I prefer rolled oats, or old fashioned oats. If you use instant oats be prepared to add more to get the best consistency
  • I love adding ground flax seed (for omega-3s and fiber) to peanut butter balls. Some people find the texture and flavor off-putting, so feel free to reduce that to a 1/4 cup instead of a 1/2 cup
  • If you have a nut allergy, feel free to switch to some kind of seed butter
  • When you mix it up in the food processor, pinch a little bit of the dough off and see if it packs together nicely. If not, add more peanut butter or agave nectar to add “stickiness.”
  • Roll them into balls right away.
  • Refrigerate balls in a stored container and they will last up to 10 days.
  • These power balls can be frozen too. Place them in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months.
  • If you want a whole food sweetener, substitute 1 cup of pitted medjool dates for the sweetener. It works just fine!
A bowl of chocolate peanut butter energy balls on a white counter. The text above it reads: Energy Bites with peanut butter & chocolate chips.

What I love about homemade Peanut Butter Energy Balls

I first learned about the idea of energy balls at Chopped Conference. We invited local chefs to share their favorite appetizers during one of the receptions and one of the chefs made these delicious, bite-size balls he called Energy Balls.

I was so busy with everything that day I hardly had anything to eat, so when the reception started, I grabbed one (or two) just about every time I walked by his table. Yumminess!

These homemade peanut butter protein balls are:

  • Easy to make — make them with less than 10 ingredients and 10 minutes!
  • Good For You — they’re packed with Omega 3s thanks to the ground flax seeds
  • Lightly sweetened — so if you’re trying to reduce sugar, these are a perfect lightly sweet treat
  • Satisfying — with the addition of dark chocolate chips, they’re so satisfying
  • Energetic — they’re a perfect, pick-me-up snack or even for breakfast with a cup of hot tea!

Need I say more?

A hand reaches in and grabs an energy ball from a bowlful.

Energy Bites with Coconut

I love making energy-infused protein bites with coconut because they add flavor and even a little bit of crunch. Of course, there’s some nutrition involved as well.

Interestingly enough, coconuts are actually a fruit (not a nut). Coconuts are a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

A closeup of a chocolate peanut butter energy ball, with others behind it and chocolate chips and peanuts beside it.

I want to say thanks to Waxing Kara for the delicious, high-quality honey used in today’s recipe. Also, we hope you love this recipe for no0bake energy bites because they’re so healthful and delicious!

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

A bowl holds several peanut butter energy bites with chocolate chips.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls are packed with lots of good-for-you ingredients such as flax seed, oats, coconut, and dark chocolate chips.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Namely Marly



  • Place everything except the chocolate chips in a food processor. Pulse for a few seconds and push down the ingredients and pulse again until the ingredients are combined.
  • Add the chocolate chips and give it one more very quick pulse to combine. I like to reserve a few chocolate chips to roll the finished energy balls to make them look irresistible.
  • Roll the dough into bite-size balls, roll in reserved chocolate chips, and then store in the fridge. Allow the energy balls some time to chill in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes before serving to allow them to firm up or eat them in their ooey gooey room temperature state.


Substitute 1 cup of pitted medjool dates for the sweetener to keep this whole foods focused.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 32mg1%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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13 Responses to No-Bake Protein Peanut Butter Energy Balls with Chocolate Chips

    • Hi Laura. Great idea to have these for a mid-morning pick-me-up. I find when I pair these with a cup of hot tea, they’re really filling! I think it must be from all that great flax seed meal. Bring on the Omega-3s!! xoxo!!

  1. I think my daughter would love these! As a college student with not a lot of cooking experience, it is a perfect recipe for something sweet to share that can give her energy to get the studying done (I may be dreaming a bit)!

    • My daughter is in college too! And I tested them out on her and she really liked them. I haven’t tried having her make them yet, but I thought about sending her off this semester with an “Energy Bite Kit”. I’m going to put the ingredients in a bag and send them off with her so she can make it herself. She’ll have to use a spoon instead of a food processor, but I think it will work!

  2. Hey, I just found your blog through these delicious-looking bites, and I was excited to see that you’re from Missouri! I live in Springfield. It seems like most food bloggers live in California or Toronto, so it’s nice to see someone from my state. 🙂

    • Yay Missouri! I love this state. We have four seasons, beautiful hills, an arch, and some amazing accents. I personally think people from the areas surrounding Springfield have the best accents. I just love that southern Missouri drawl. Glad to have met you!

    • Hi Darcey
      First of all – awesome name! Second, it should say “cup” or “up-cay” if you’re speaking pig latin…which I’m sure you’re not, but you know, just in case. 🙂 xoxo!

    • Hi Pamela,
      I’ve used dates in this recipe frequently and your comment makes me realize I need to add a note to that effect. I love using whole food sweeteners like dates and it adds stickiness to this recipe to keep the energy balls compact. Hope you enjoy them!


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