Homemade chocolate energy balls are the perfect snack that can satisfy your sweet tooth! These easy peanut butter chocolate protein balls are just 7 ingredients.
Chocolate energy balls are the snack that your sweet tooth will love.
These easy, wholesome little chocolate bites are made with just 7 ingredients, sweetened with honey, and taste like dessert!
Whether I need a snack to hold me over until meal time or a protein packed dessert, energy balls or no bake protein bars are a must have and we try to always keep some on hand in the freezer (but they go fast!)
These little chocolate bites are just 140 calories each and have 5g of protein in each one.
They are super easy to throw together with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
Ready to make them? Let’s go!
Chocolate Energy Ball Ingredients
Protein Powder – for this recipe, we are using chocolate flavored protein powder.
Cocoa Powder – to really take that chocolatey flavor to the next level!
Honey – the sticky sweetener needed to help it all stick together.
Peanut Butter – This recipe uses creamy no stir peanut butter which has just a bit of added sugar in it. It is very smooth and easy to mix.
Salt – just enough to make the salty sweet flavors pop!
Rolled Oats – Rolled oats are inexpensive and delicious and great for making energy bites.
Chocolate Chips – I prefer to use mini chocolate chips so that there is chocolate and crunch in every bite! Regular sized chocolate chips will work also.
How to make chocolate bites
To make these delicious chocolate balls, add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl: peanut butter, honey, oats, protein powder, salt, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips.
Use a rubber spatula to mix the batter until thoroughly combined.
This will take a few minutes as it is very thick. Once you are done the batter should be no longer sticky to the touch.
The batter should look like the picture below once it is combined.
You can also use a stand mixer to combine the ingredients, if you have one.
Do you need to chill the batter before rolling the balls out?
No, there is no need to chill the batter first. Once the batter is rolled into balls, we will then chill them for a few minutes before storing.
How to form energy balls
My favorite hack for portioning energy bites is to use a mini cookie scoop and scoop batter onto the baking sheet.
Be sure to line your baking sheet with wax paper first so that they do not stick.
Once you have scooped all of the batter out, go back and quickly roll each ball with your hands to form the shape.
Honestly, if I wasn’t taking pictures for a recipe I just leave them the way they are scooped. Still delicious!
Chilling the balls
Once you are done rolling the energy balls, place the baking sheet in the fridge for up to an hour, or until the bites are hard to the touch.
This will help keep them from sticking together.
Once they are done chilling, remove the chocolate energy balls from the baking sheet and place in a freezer safe ziploc bag.
I prefer to keep these in the freezer for easy access. If they are too hard to bite into, simply let them sit for around 5 minutes or less and they are perfect!
Are Energy Balls good for you?
Yes, energy balls are a great choice for a snack. They are full of healthy fats and protein, making them an excellent choice when you need something quick!
Can I make these dairy free?
Yes! It is easy to make these chocolate protein balls without dairy.
Simply use a vegan chocolate protein powder and a dairy free chocolate chip brand.
I personally like Garden of Life Chocolate Protein Powder and Enjoy Life chocolate chips.
How long can you keep chocolate energy balls?
When stored in the freezer, these will be good up to 3 months, but I doubt they will last that long in your house!
We usually go through a batch every week or two.
More recipes using protein powder
- Protein Peanut Butter Cups
- Protein Overnight Oats
- Cookies & Cream Protein Balls
- Chocolate Cashew Protein Bars
- Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Protein Bars
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- 1 ½ cups no stir creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup honey
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup chocolate protein powder
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- Add peanut butter, honey, oats, chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder, salt, and mini chocolate chips to a large mixing bowl.
- Use a rubber spatula to mix thoroughly
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper
- Use a mini cookie scoop or spoon to transfer balls of batter onto the wax paper lined baking sheet
- Roll each protein ball with your hands to form the shape
- Place the cookie sheet with the protein balls on it in the fridge for up to an hour, or until the balls are firm to the touch.
- Transfer the chocolate energy balls to a freezer safe ziploc bag and store in the freezer
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 5g