No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

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These Simple No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls make the perfect snack, breakfast, or even dessert! They are packed with protein to keep you full longer and taste like a Peanut Butter Cookie!

These Simple No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls make the perfect snack, breakfast, or even dessert! They're packed with protein and taste like a Peanut Butter Cookie!

Simple No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls packed with protein to keep you full longer and taste like a Peanut Butter Cookie! Yes please!

I have always been a gym rat.

I started playing volleyball when I was seven. I started playing club volleyball shortly after that. Playing Club meant practice 2-3 times a week and traveling all day tournaments on the weekends. I tried to play soccer for a bit but my schedule got to hectic so I choose to stick with volleyball.

These Simple No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls make the perfect snack, breakfast, or even dessert! They're packed with protein and taste like a Peanut Butter Cookie!

I went to high performance sports training camp in the summer months to increase my vertical. I would practice my overhand serve against our roof … and broken a few gutters in the process … to perfect my craft.

My life WAS volleyball.

And I loved it! I made the Varsity team as a freshman and was the starting setter, so all my hard work had paid off. I started getting letters from college recruiters my sophomore year of high school and starting visiting those colleges junior year. It was kinda surreal.

These Simple No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls make the perfect snack, breakfast, or even dessert! They're packed with protein and taste like a Peanut Butter Cookie!

Then my senior year hit and I got tired. I was eating, sleeping and breathing volleyball and I had had enough. I can still remember visiting UCONN for a college trip.

The coach took me around campus and basically gave me the sales pitch, walked me through the gym and then into the weight room to introduce me to the college trainer.  She was huge … definitely a major weightlifter and I honestly I couldn’t tell if she was male or female for quite a while.

It was then that I realized, if I go here, what’s next? I kill myself for volleyball and then what ….

That’s when I thought that yes I wanted a scholarship to college but I didn’t want my life to revolve around volleyball. It had been like that for so long. I wanted a change. I decided to go to an NAIA Christian school in Chicago. I LOVED every second of it and that’s where I met my husband.

These Simple No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls make the perfect snack, breakfast, or even dessert! They're packed with protein and taste like a Peanut Butter Cookie!

I still enjoy playing volleyball and still LOVE working out. In fact I usually work out at least 4 times a week, it’s a big stress reliever for me and helps me stay healthy. Because of that I like to have a quick protein packed snack either right before or after my workout.

And these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls are my go to!

ONE, because they have peanut butter as the base and I’m OBSESSED with peanut butter! Not only is it delicious but it’s a great quick source of protein. And TWO they have chocolate chips in them! So basically these energy balls are a no brainer!

These Simple No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls make the perfect snack, breakfast, or even dessert! They're packed with protein and taste like a Peanut Butter Cookie!

To make this even easier, all the ingredients (minus the chocolate chips) are thrown into a food processor to mix everything up. So the work is done for you! All you have to do roll them and eat them!

Sounds like a pretty easy job to me!

And believe me .. you are going to enjoy the eating part of your job! These are absolutely delicious. Basically taste like a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie! MMmmmmm

Bon Appetit my friends!

These Simple No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls make the perfect snack, breakfast, or even dessert! They're packed with protein and taste like a Peanut Butter Cookie!

ITEMS I USED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE:  (some of these may be affiliate links)

Breville Food Processor – this processor is awesome, it’s quite and I use it every single time I make energy balls!

Vanilla Protein Powder – one of my favorite protein powders to use

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These Simple No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls make the perfect snack, breakfast, or even dessert! They're packed with protein and taste like a Peanut Butter Cookie!

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 16 balls
  • Category: breakfast, snack, kid friendly, dessert

Description

These Simple No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls make the perfect snack, breakfast, or even dessert! They’re packed with protein and taste like a Peanut Butter Cookie!


Ingredients

  • 2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon of black chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of dried pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Add rolled oats, ground flax seed, chia seeds, cinnamon, dried dates, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and vanilla protein powder to food processor.
  2. Pulse until ingredients are blended and oats are finely chopped, almost like flour consistency. (about 7-9 times)
  3. Slowly add water to the food process and blend until the mixture sticks together. You may need to add more or less water depending on your energy ball dough.
  4. Add mixture to a large bowl, using your hands mix in chocolate chip.
  5. Form energy bite mixture into 1″ balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Serve immediately or store in air tight container in refrigerator.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 136
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 34 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 5 g

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41 Responses
  1. I’m trying really hard to eat better, but I have a massive sweet tooth! I’ve done well with avoiding sweets, but I bet these would make a really great mid-morning/mid-afternoon — especially when cravings hit! Pinning so I can try them!

  2. Hi Krista! Thank you for sharing recipes that incorporate protein powder! I’m a foodie/ health enthusiast / certified personal trainer who loves the gym as much as you do! I am training to compete this next year in Natural bodybuilding (not creepy huge…, I’ll be training for the figure category 😉 — and I definitely have a sweet tooth, so these would totally hit the spot! Again, your desserts with protein powder are right up my alley and it’s so awesome to receive your amazingly delicious recipes.
    SO appreciated! xxx

    1. Wow Mandy! That’s awesome! I hear those competitions take lots of dedication and commitment. You go girl!

      And I’m with ya. I have a sweet tooth and these definitely hit the spot! And fill you up so you only really need one! 🙂

  3. Ariel Pogue

    After serving, do you keep these bars in the fridge for freshness, or for it to keep good and keep it in a ball? These sound yummy and would definitely help my husband and I out when we not only need a sweet treat, but when we need an extra boost in our day while working. Thanks!

    1. Hey Ariel, I would roll them into the individual balls and then keep them in the refrigerator. That way you can just grab and go and they stay fresh and stay in their “ball form”. Enjoy girl!

  4. Mara

    Just finished making these and they’re sooo tasty! I don’t have a food processor so I just mixed it by hand. Seemed to work. Just took some extra elbow grease! I also subbed vegan protein powder to make it dairy free but to make this fully vegan friendly I think swapping honey for agave nectar and making sure to use dairy-free chocolate chips would work. Next time I’ll probably use mini chocolate chips as the regular sized ones were a little difficult to incorporate into the mixture.

  5. Lindsey

    This is a great recipe for nursing mothers! I just had my eight baby a few weeks ago and this really gave me the boost I needed! I added some Brewers yeast to help milk supply, shredded coconuts, and sweetened with dates and stevia instead of honey. I needed to add a little water, but they are excellent and I feel great eating them with my breakfast! My favorite recipe!

  6. Molly

    I’m currently playing professional volleyball in Germany and I’m using your chocolate peanut butter energy balls to fuel me in between practices. I’m thinking about bringing some to practice 🙂 They’re so delicious!

    1. I actually just updated this recipe recently. I swapped out the honey for dates and the recipe is able to stretch a little more. The nutrition info has therefore changed. 🙂 Each ball is now 136 calories

  7. Lisa

    Used the old version of this recipe with honey in it and was wondering what the measurement used to be there? Dates aren’t my thing, but I still want to make these with honey! Let me know if anyone can help!

  8. Mary

    These are very good! Did you use natural peanut butter for the recipe? Just wondering, for sugar content. Just a tip – If you’re not using a food processor, I definitely recommend using quick oats. I used old fashioned oats and mixed with my hands, and they were kind of hard to keep together. It seemed to need that finer texture. Also, I soaked the chia seeds in a little water before making these. Anyway, they’re so tasty and I feel much better about eating this than a packaged granola bar after my workout! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I can definitely relate to the College recruiting/Sports world. I was being recruited for Softball but also played volleyball just as much. My first game of my Senior year for Varsity Softball I got caught in a pickle and tore my ACL and meniscus. Recovery was hard and the injury took my down emotionally but at the same time I was a little relieved to not being playing. I didn’t continue in college using my knee as an excuse but I really also wanted a change of pace and experience. It really felt like it worked out that way for a reason even though I was so looking forward to finishing strong my senior year of highschool.

    These days, at 30, I play sand volleyball year round 2 nights a week and it’s my happy place.

    Looking forward to trying this recipe!.

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