Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

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).

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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.

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.)

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.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

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.

Yield: 14

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups Mejool dates, pitted (about 10 dates)
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.

All images and text ©Erin Clarke/Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 (of 14)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 112 Calories
  • Total Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Protein: 3g

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About Erin Clarke

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26 comments

  1. I’m so with you, I can’t leave home without snacks. Sign me up for these please!

    Rating: 5
  2. I cannot wait to make these this weekend!

  3. I will totes be making a batch of these this weekend! 

  4. LOVE using dates as a binder/sweetener for energy bites!! These remind me of no-bake cookies…YUM! :)

  5. Can one make these with protein powder? Thank you.

  6. Healthy chocolate peanut butter cups? I’m in!

  7. I love the idea of a homemade but portable snack. I am a fellow purse snack stocker (and I am so adopting the term “munchie mates,” lol) Love that these are healthy and easy to take on the go!

  8. I I love how easy these are!!!!

  9. Could I substitute honey for the dates? 

  10. These are absolute perfection! So adaptable based on what you have on hand, and such a classic combo that will never become old.

    Rating: 5
  11. These were an absolute hit with the 4yr old AND hubby! And totally healthy! We’ll be making a LOT more of these! (P.S. I didnt have any chocolate chips but I did have some butterscotch chips leftover from another recipe and hubbh says that the butterscotch was an excellent addition ❤️)

    Rating: 5
    • Kim, I am so so soooo happy to hear it! Thank you for letting me know and for taking time to leave this fabulous review! The butterscotch sounds amazing.

  12. Erin! You did what no one has done before! Make a healthy energy snack that actually tastes delicious, not like chewing cardboard. My son works construction and is expounding a lot of energy every day, and he’s told me to just keep a supply of these on hand! I told him that there are dates in them AFTER he tried one. Ordinarily he wouldn’t eat dates with somebody else’s mouth..haha. So thanks for this and so many other recipes we’ve tried. sometimes I wonder how I managed to cook before I subscribed to your blog..lol

  13. Forgot to rate it in my previous comment!

    Rating: 5

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