No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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Prep Time
10 mins
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Total Time
10 mins

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls are the perfect high-protein breakfast or snack! Made with oats, peanut butter, dates, flaxseed and more. You can whip them up in minutes and keep them stored for weeks!

Are you an energy ball lover? Me too! Here are some of my family’s favorite flavors – Snickerdoodle Energy Bites, Banana Bread Energy Bites, and Oatmeal Cookie Energy Balls.

10-Minute Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls

Snacking on a high-protein treat is my pre-workout ritual. It gets me pumped up for the gym, and it prepares my body for a successful workout. These quick and easy energy bites are definitely my go-to! They literally taste like little peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

You can also customize the recipe to make any kind of protein balls you’re craving. Whether you use another nut butter or sub out the chocolate chips, you simply can’t go wrong with this recipe. It will have you making a new batch of energy bites as soon as you run out of the last one!

A peanut butter chocolate chip protein bite being held above a bowl full of additional energy balls

Are Energy Balls Actually Healthy?

While I can’t speak for every energy ball ever created, I can confirm that these ones are genuinely healthy. They’re made with numerous superfoods such as dates and chia seeds, and they don’t contain any gluten or refined sugar. Plus, they’re packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep you sustained for hours – even when you’re burning calories at the gym!

A close-up shot of a bowl filled with chocolate peanut butter energy bites

What You’ll Need

These peanut butter protein balls boast a short and simple list of ingredients. Round up the following items.

  • Old Fashioned Rolled Oats: Use your favorite brand.
  • Ground Flax Seed: This heart-healthy seed adds great texture.
  • Chia Seeds: Black.
  • Cinnamon: For warmth and flavor.
  • Dates: Dried and pitted.
  • Peanut Butter: Or another nut/seed butter of choice.
  • Vanilla Extract: I recommend using a high-quality extract with no sugar added.
  • Vanilla Whey Protein Powder: I like this one from Burt’s Bees.
  • Water: To adjust the consistency of the dough.
  • Dark Chocolate Chips: If you’re new to homemade energy balls, I recommend using mini chocolate chips – they help the batter compress into balls with ease.

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Dried dates, ground flax seed, chocolate chips, vanilla extract and the rest of the energy bite ingredients on a marble countertop

How to Make No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites

These chocolate chip protein balls are truly such a breeze to make. You just have to blend the ingredients and form the balls – you don’t even need to chill them!

Blend Ingredients: Add the rolled oats, ground flax seed, chia seeds, cinnamon, dried dates, peanut butter, vanilla extract and protein powder to a food processor. Pulse until all of the ingredients are blended and the oats are finely chopped, almost like flour consistency (about 7-9 times).

Chia seeds, rolled oats, cinnamon, protein powder and the rest of the energy bite ingredients in a food processor

Adjust Consistency: Slowly add water to the food processor and blend until the mixture sticks together. You may need to add more or less water depending on your dough.

Add Chocolate Chips: Add the dough to a large bowl and use your hands to mix in the chocolate chips.

Shape Balls: Form the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Enjoy! Serve the protein balls immediately or keep them chilled until you’re ready to enjoy them.

The bird's-eye view of a bowl of protein balls beside a smaller bowl filled with chocolate chips

Tips for Success

Take a second to review these helpful tips and tricks before you make your peanut butter protein balls.

  • Avoid Dry Peanut Butter: Sometimes peanut butter can be a little dried out when you get to the bottom of the jar, especially if it’s organic. Ideally, you’ll use the fresher nut butter toward the top.
  • Add Water Slowly: Don’t just dump all of the water into your food processor at once. You may only need a portion of it to bring the dough to the proper consistency.
  • Use a High-Quality Food Processor: The better your food processor is, the more effectively you’ll be able to pulse everything together. I use my trusty Breville – it’s super quiet and gets the job done great.
  • Dampen Your Hands: If the dough is sticking to your hands when you’re rolling it into balls, try getting them a little bit wet or wearing food-safe gloves. You can also use a cookie scoop to help with handling.
A bowl of peanut butter protein balls on a countertop beside a dish of mini chocolate chips

Add-In Ideas

In the mood for another energy bite flavor? Apart from subbing out the peanut butter, there are plenty of ways to put a spin on this recipe. When it comes to add-ins, just don’t go overboard or you may run into trouble when you’re shaping the balls.

Twelve peanut butter chocolate chip protein balls evenly spaced on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Should Protein Balls be Refrigerated?

These particular energy balls are best kept in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll last for up to 2 weeks! You can bring them to room temperature before enjoying them if you’d like.

Can I Freeze Them?

Yes! If you’d like to store your protein bites in the freezer, you’ll first have to flash-freeze them on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 1-2 hours, or until they’re frozen solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container and freeze them for up to 3 months. Thaw them out in the fridge or on the counter before enjoying them.

The bird's-eye view of a bowl of protein balls beside a smaller bowl filled with chocolate chips

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 10 minutes
  • yield Yield: 16 1x
  • category Category: Breakfast
  • method Method: No Bake
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites are the perfect high-protein breakfast or snack! Made with oats, peanut butter, dates, flaxseed and more. You can whip them up in minutes!



  • 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


  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.


  • To Store: Refrigerate protein balls in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • To Freeze: Flash-freeze balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 1-2 hours, or until frozen solid. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw before enjoying.


  • 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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44 Responses
  1. Samara Tager

    Must you write an essay to give a recipe? No one wants to read a whole back story, cut to the chase and give us the recipe.

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      haha… well if you don’t want to hear it there is an option at the top that says “jump to recipe” so you can cut to the chase and get to the recipe if you choose.

  2. Omar

    This recipe sounds great! If you’re short on time, you might want to try out Nomz Energy Bites (disclaimer: its my sister’s company). They come in 4 delicious, healthy flavours (coconut, pistachio, hazelnut, almond) and people really love the taste!

  3. Sonja

    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!.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      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

  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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      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!

    2. DJR

      Can someone please confirm if a one inch ball is really 244calories? This seems insane to me. People are talking about eating a few of these as a snack – how are these people not 500 pounds?!?

  10. Mandy

    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. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      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! 🙂

  11. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    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!

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