Chocolate peanut butter protein balls


Chocolate peanut butter protein balls – tastes like no bake cookies but healthier! Theses make the perfect pre-work out snack, breakfast or dessert!

Chocolate peanut butter protein balls

Energy balls have been my jam lately. I’m nursing right now, so I am hungry 24/7! Is it just me, or do the cravings hit even harder when nursing than pregnant? Holy cow. Give me all the chocolate!


These chocolate protein balls are packed with protein so have helped kept me full longer. They are seriously SO good! The texture is perfect and they are almost like eating cookie dough. They are my go to snack whenever the chocolate cravings hit! So much healthier than grabbing a reeses and much more satisfying! My kids love them too! I have to hide them from my 2 year old, because I’ve found her sneaking them out of the freezer.

Chocolate protein balls ingredients

Protein ball recipe

If you’ve ever wondered how to make protein balls, I’m going to show you how. They are seriously SO easy to make and come together in minutes. All you need to make them is oats, peanut butter, honey, cocoa powder, chocolate chips and vanilla. I like to add in a scoop of protein powder as well for a little extra protein. Sometimes I’ll add flaxseed and chias seeds as well as a sprinkle a dash of cinnamon or salt for extra flavor as well.

Once you have all your ingredients, you literally just mix them all together in a bowl and then scoop them into little balls and place them on a lined baking sheet. I like to use a small cookie scoop to make things easier.

Protein ball recipe

I like to par freeze these protein balls by placing the whole pan in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes. Then I place them all in a ziptop bag and put them back in the freezer. You can also put a couple in snack size bags when you need a quick snack on the go. Once I take them out of the freezer, I like to let them thaw a little bit so they have the soft cookie dough texture that makes them so amazing!

How to make protein balls

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Chocolate peanut butter protein balls

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate peanut butter protein balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 40 balls
Calories: 70 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

Chocolate peanut butter protein balls - tastes like no bake cookies but healthier! Theses make the perfect pre-work out snack, breakfast or dessert!



  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 serving chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1-2 Tablespoons chia seeds optional
  • 1-2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed optional


  1. Stir together the oats, cocoa powder and protein powder in a large bowl. Next stir in the peanut butter, honey, chocolate chips and vanilla. Add chia seeds and flaxseed with the wet ingredients if desired. Stir until smooth.
  2. Line a small baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Using a small cookie scoop (2 teaspoons), scoop out 40 balls. Place in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes, or until ready to eat. If you'd like to store in the freezer, place pan in freezer for 10-20 minutes and then transfer to a zip top bag or freezer container. Taste best when slightly thawed from freezer or  from the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate peanut butter protein balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Potassium 70mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 2.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Chocolate peanut butter protein balls
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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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10 comments on “Chocolate peanut butter protein balls”

  1. I love making these! I haven’t used honey in them yet. I usually just amp up the peanut butter but the honey makes perfect sense! I will be trying these when I get home!

  2. How many grams of protein? Carbs? Sugar? In the protein balls. 

  3. My kind of protein balls!

  4. Jacque Hastert Reply

    Perfect for an afternoon snack!

  5. Nice, I’ve got to make these with my kids, they’d love them!

  6. WOW…. how deliciously do these look!

  7. OH they are amazing! good taste! Definitely want to try this recipe!

  8. These would be perfect for after school snacks!

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