Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls are the perfect Healthy no-bake snack or treat! The chocolate peanut butter combo is amazing and they only take 10 minutes to make!
I am a snacker, especially around 3:00 in the afternoon, I always NEED a pick me up. I try to keep my 3:00 snack attack on the healthy side and a few of my favorites include: apple slices with peanut butter, a rice cake with almond butter, veggies and hummus, or these chocolate peanut butter energy balls. I really love these chocolate peanut butter energy balls because they take care of my sweet and salty cravings.
Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven.Peanut butter cups are my favorite, but I probably shouldn’t be eating them every day and that is why I love these chocolate peanut butter energy balls so much. They taste similar to a peanut butter cup, but they are a healthy snack! You can enjoy them for breakfast, on the go, at 3:00 p.m. when you NEED a snack, or late at night when you are craving something sweet! They are the perfect healthy snack for anytime of the day! Major win!
For this energy ball recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- Oats-I use old-fashioned rolled oats. If you need the energy balls to be gluten-free, use gluten-free oats.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder-make sure you use unsweetened cocoa powder and not hot cocoa mix or other cocoa that has been sweetened.
- Flaxseed meal-you can find flaxseed meal at almost every grocery store. Make sure you buy flaxseed meal or ground flaxseed and not the seeds. Flaxseed meal adds fiber, healthy fats, and protein.
- Chia seeds-I love adding chia seeds for a nutritional boost. Chia seeds are a great source of antioxidants, fiber, protein, and healthy fats.
- Salt-Don’t forget a little bit of salt to enhance the sweet and salty combo! I like to use kosher or sea salt.
- Peanut Butter-I use creamy peanut butter. You can use natural peanut butter, make sure it is stirred really well before you add it to the other ingredients.
- Honey-I sweeten the energy balls with honey. You can also use pure maple syrup, but I like the flavor of honey better in this recipe.
- Mini chocolate chips-I add 2 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips to bring out the chocolate flavor. You can leave them out if you wish. I love using Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips because they are allergy free and taste amazing!
Easy Energy Balls
You only need 10 minutes and 8 simple ingredients to make these easy energy balls. And guess what? They are no-bake! That’s right, you don’t have to turn on your oven, making them a great summer treat when it’s hot outside or anytime because they are SO good and easy! Plus, these healthy energy balls are packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber. They will keep you full and cure your sweet and salty cravings!
I love keeping them in our refrigerator at all times. They will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and you can freeze them. I think they are really good frozen too! Freeze for up to 2 months!
The next time you need a pick me up, make these healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls! They are one of my favorite healthy treats!
More Energy Ball Recipes:
- Trail Mix Energy Balls
- Pumpkin Energy Balls
- Blueberry Coconut Energy Bites
- No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites
- S’mores Energy Bites
- No-Bake Berry Energy Bites
Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 1 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the oats, cocoa powder, flaxseed, chia seeds, salt, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla. Mix on low with the beater blade until well combined. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl if necessary.
- Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
- Roll the mixture into small balls, about 1 to 2 tablespoons per ball. Place in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
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Can you leave out the chia seeds?
How much vanilla do you add? It’s not listed as part of your ingredients but is mentioned in the instructions. Thanks.
1/2 teaspoon! I updated the recipe, sorry about that!
What is the serving size? Thanks!
Hi; what is the serving size? Is the nutrition info per ball? Thanks so much! I was JUST looking for a healthy snack to make for my daughter’s after school “hangry” moments that I can also enjoy. POOF, your email showed up with this recipe. Im excited to find this recipe because I already have every ingredient on hand. Winner winner!
Yes, but you can make them whatever size you want. So it’s just an estimate:) Enjoy!
Just made these for the second time. Fabulous. I roll them in unsweetened coconut. They have been a hit at work and at home. My boss even uses them with his Sailors.
Tried your energy balls..came out so yummy
I used crunchy peanut butter and sugar free maple syrup.
Didn’t have any coconut on hand, but look forward to trying it next time.
Very easy and delicious.
These were easy to make and helps curb a sweet tooth.
Can I replace protein powder for the flaxeed?
Love the idea of these but we have a nut allergy in the family so no nut butter for us. Which do you think would be better – sun butter or tahini or any other suggestions? Thank you!
I made these with sunflower butter and they turned out great. I eliminated the salt since the sunflower butter was (I thought) a bit saltier than peanut butter. I’m going to use them for a lesson on nutrition with my daughter’s Daisy troop.
Oh good, glad you liked them with sunflower butter! Thanks for sharing!
Hi! These look delicious. Would wheat germ be a decent substitute for flax seed? Please lmk what you think! Thanks!
Yes, you can use wheat germ.
Is a serving one ball?
Super yummy and very easy to make!
I’ve made these three times in the last three weeks. Now I don’t even play around — jump straight to a double batch. These are even better straight from the freezer. Huge hit with me and my 16 year old daughter.
Quick, easy and really good too! Next time I’ll make a double batch for sure.
Glad you liked them!
These were okay. I used natural peanut butter and found them a bit dry. I think they could have been a bit sweeter as well so a creamy peanut butter (as indicated) probably would work best.
I have to say I just love all your recipies. I started with the peanut butter balls in your cookbook and have slowly been making my way through the other version. These are a staple in my house and my 2 year old LOVES them all!
Thanks SO much! I am thrilled you are loving our recipes! We always have energy balls in the fridge!
I LOVE THESE. So simple and so freaking delicious. Not overly sweet, but just sweet enough and with some nice texture and chew. They really help curb the sugar cravings. Because anything food product I try to form into a ball ends up looking more like a wad (think meatwads, not meatballs), I used a cookie dough scoop (it fits about 1.5 TBS) to get the basic shape. Helped me tremendously because I suck at that particular skill. Thank you for this recipe, Maria. It’s now a permanent part of my collection. And my fridge.
Delish! I cut back on the peanut butter by a few teaspoons. I put on some cooking gloves and mixed by hand, and I made the balls much smaller, just one bite. One bite takes care of the sugar/chocolate for me. My 5 year old grandson loves them…thank you!
So glad you liked the recipe! My boys love them too!
I just made these yesterday and they are excellent! I left out the chocolate chips and used pure maple syrup, as I’ve been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. These are perfect when I need a pick me up and they don’t spike my blood sugar! Thanks so much for this recipe!
Will they still stick together if the honey is cut in half?
I haven’t tried it.
very quick and easy to make and the kids and myself both loved them so a definate winner in our house
My family loooves these. We substitute the peanut butter with sunflower butter and they are delicious too! Thank, thank you!
So yummy! I subbed a scoop of chocolate protein powder for the cocoa and used crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth and they turned out great!