Call it personal fault or personal flair, but I never leave the house for more than two hours without a snack in my purse. Bonus points if said snack can double as a dessert. My latest munchie mate: Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls. These scrumptious little morsels taste like chocolate peanut butter cups but are healthy, vegan, gluten free, and guaranteed to come to your rescue at the first signs of hanger.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls. One of the best healthy snacks! These easy vegan protein bites with chia seeds are naturally gluten free, low calorie, and perfect for on-the-go healthy breakfasts and sweet treats.

Of all the healthy snack recipes I make, energy balls are the ones I come back to most.

They’re easy to make (for a primer, check out my original Energy Balls, an ultimate guide for no bake energy balls + six ways to customize them).

They’re friendly to just about every dietary and lifestyle consideration.

Need your energy balls vegan? How about raw energy balls? Energy balls Paleo? Gluten free energy balls? Naturally sweetened? Grammatically correct?

Check. Check. Check. Aaaaaand, check. There’s an energy ball option for you.

Energy balls are EASY. Can you stir things in a bowl or put things in your food processor? You can make healthy energy balls.

They are high in protein and fiber, which meals they keep you full, and full = happy.

Easy and healthy chocolate peanut butter oatmeal balls.

I’ve made a small hippie cafe’s worth of energy ball recipes over the years, many of which you can find on this site: Pumpkin Energy BallsFig Almond Energy BallsGinger Cookie Healthy Energy Balls, to name but a few.

With all my energy ball experimentation, however, I realized last week that I’d neglected to give you a recipe for one of the most fundamental flavors of all: Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls.

How I managed to come up with a recipe for Golden Raisin No Bake Energy Bites before sharing a recipe for oatmeal energy balls that celebrates a combination as core to my personhood as chocolate and peanut butter, I do not know.

Chocolate and peanut butter also go together in this Peanut Butter Protein Bars recipe!)

Forgive my omission, make a double batch of these no bake chocolate peanut butter protein balls, and let’s make up for lost time!

About This Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls Recipe

These chocolate energy balls taste like morsels of chocolate peanut butter cookie dough but are made entirely of healthy ingredients.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls with dates, chia seeds, oatmeal, and penut butter.

Dates. Oatmeal. Peanut Butter. Cocoa. Chia seeds.

I feel as justified and satisfied eating one of these low calorie energy bites for breakfast or after a workout as I do for a healthy dessert.

Raw Vegan Energy Balls with dates, chocolate, oatmeal, and peanut butter

If you are new to the healthy energy ball recipe world, most energy balls fall into one of two categories: those with honey or maple syrup as the sweetener and energy balls with dates.

While honey/maple syrup win in the maximum ease department (and I do make energy balls like this often, as these cookie-dough flavored No Bake Protein Balls can attest), I have a soft spot for energy balls with dates.

Dates taste like caramel, are high in fiber, and create a raw energy ball “dough” that is easy to shape, no extra fat, sugar, or oil required.

How to make raw chocolate peanut butter energy balls with dates

You do need to dirty your food processor to make energy balls with dates, but I promise it is worth the effort. I loathe washing my food processor, but I have never ever regretted using it to make a batch of chocolate peanut butter oatmeal balls.

(PSA: For those in the market for a food processor, I have owned my Cuisinart food processor for more than 10 years. It’s easy to clean and works just as well as the day I bought it.)

How to Store and Freeze

  • To Store. Leftover energy balls can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  • To Freeze. Freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator or overnight.
The best vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

If you are looking for protein balls without peanut butter, you can make this recipe with an alternative nut butter or sun butter. As long as you use gluten free certified rolled oats (these are the ones I buy), these chocolate energy balls are gluten free.

Other Energy Ball Recipes

Healthy chocolate peanut butter energy balls on a wooden board

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

5 from 14 votes
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls. One of the best healthy snacks! These easy vegan protein bites with chia seeds are naturally gluten free, low calorie, and perfect for on-the-go healthy breakfasts and sweet treats.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins

Servings: 14


  • 1 1/4 cups Mejool dates pitted (about 10 dates)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter plus 2 tablespoons
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds you can also use ground flaxseeds, hempseed, or an additional tablespoon of oats
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder


  • If your dates are dry, put them in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit 10 minutes to rehydrate, then drain and pat dry.
  • Place the dates in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse several times until the dates break into small bits and form a ball that sticks to the side of the bowl. Add the oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, chia seeds, and salt. Pulse until the mixture is broken down and in small pieces but not completely smooth. Add the cocoa powder and pulse to combine. At this point, the dough will look like crumbs (see photo in the blog post above), but when you scoop some into your hand and press to roll it into a ball, it should hold together easily. If it seems too dry and isn’t holding together, add a little peanut butter; if it’s too sticky, add a few more oats. (The amount you need may vary based upon the brand of peanut butter you use and the moisture of the dates.)
  • Roll the dough into balls of your desired size (I did slightly over 1 inch and ended up with 14 energy balls). Enjoy immediately (the balls will be soft but delicious) or pop in the refrigerator for 10 or so minutes to allow the balls to set.


Leftover chocolate peanut butter energy balls can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator or overnight.


Serving: 1(of 14)Calories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gFiber: 3gSugar: 12g

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  1. Can I make without cocoa powder? It’s not available at the store right now, but I have all of the other ingredients!

    1. Hi Kathy! I’ve never tried this recipe without the cocoa powder, but I think it would alter the flavor quite a bit. Another reader has swapped in chocolate protein powder with success. Otherwise, I’d recommend checking out these No Bake Cookie Dough Energy Bites or these Oatmeal Energy Balls instead. I hope this helps!

      1. Thanks for your response. Actually, I went ahead yesterday and made without the cocoa powder, and they were DELICIOUS! Didn’t taste like it was missing anything at all! With the chocolate chips, it still had plenty of chocolate flavor. I’ll have to try it with the cocoa powder someday to compare, but I definitely recommend going ahead with it even if missing the cocoa powder.

        1. Thank you for taking the time to report back, Kathy! I’m SO pleased to hear that they were a hit!

  2. Love these balls! Like most annoying at home chefs, I always change it up depending on what I have. ? Today no chia, so plain sesame seeds will do :)
    Make these every Sunday for the week ahead.5 stars

  3. Searched for this when trying to treat my Reese’s peanut butter cup addiction. Feel a lot better knowing I’m getting the chocolate peanut butter deliciousness without filling my body with who knows what’s in the Reese’s cups!5 stars

  4. Hi Erin, can i use unsweetened or dark chocolate chips? Or it will taste bitter? Planning to make it soon.. :)

    1. Hi Anne! I think unsweetened chocolate chips would be too bitter, but you could experiment with dark chocolate chips if you prefer them. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  5. These were super easy to make in my food processor! I rehydrated the dates per your instructions and used a central market HEB smooth brand peanut butter – the consistency came out perfect! I substituted cocao powder for cocoa. They came out amazingggg! Will def be making them again.5 stars

  6. I love these!! And they really fill you up in between meals or after a work out! I too didn’t have cocoa powder so supplemented a couple drops of vanilla extract and they were PERFECT. 10/105 stars

  7. Will the chia become slimy???? I’d hate to use expensive ingredients to have them ruined by slimy texture chia get when exposed to wetness???

    1. Hi Liana! I don’t find these slimy at all (there isn’t enough liquid for the chia to plump). They stay crunchy. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

      1. Now i feel CONFIDENT to try this recipe! I just get tired of using costly ingredients and finding recipe is gross! I will always ask first and only try if i can be answered, so thank you!

  8. This is an easy, quick delicious recipe. I have made it several times and switch up the nut butters and seeds and it always turns out yummy!5 stars

    1. So great to hear Andrea! So glad you enjoyed the energy balls! Thank you for this kind review!

    1. Hi Camila! I enjoy these all of the time right out of the freezer and they are so delicious! Hope you enjoy them!

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