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. Filled with shredded coconut, peanut butter, Omega-3 rich ground flax seeds, and, of course, chocolate chips, these energy bites will keep you going strong!
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!
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Peanut butter
- Agave maple syrup, or honey
- Coconut flakes
- Ground flaxseed
- Dairy-free chocolate chips
How to Make Peanut Butter Energy Balls
No-bake energy bites are easy to make. I always begin by 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.
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.
How many calories are in Peanut Butter Energy Balls?
Depending on the size of the energy ball, there are 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.
Also, if you love chocolate and peanut butter, these homemade Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are low sugar and delicious!
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 flaxseed (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!
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?
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 fruit (not a nut). Coconuts are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
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 no-bake energy bites because they’re so healthful and delicious!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
- 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 to 10 minutes before serving to allow them to firm up or eat them in their ooey-gooey room temperature state.
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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.