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These energy snacks are made with oats, peanut butter, coconut, chocolate chips and dried cranberries.

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IngredientsMakes: 34

  • 325g quick cooking oats
  • 675g natural peanut butter
  • 185g desiccated coconut
  • 175g chocolate chips
  • 120g dried cranberries
  • 240ml almond milk
  • 120ml honey, melted

MethodPrep:15min ›Extra time:15min chilling › Ready in:30min

  1. Combine oats, peanut butter, desiccated coconut, chocolate chips, cranberries, almond milk and honey in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Roll mixture into bite-size balls and arrange on a tray. Refrigerate until set, at least 15 minutes.

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How I Am Successfully Living With Diabetes plus my No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls Recipe

Recently I went for my annual physical. I felt I was in good health and didn’t anticipate any problems. A few days later, the lab called to tell me my blood glucose numbers were elevated, putting me in a state of pre-diabetes.

All 3 of my brothers had diabetes, and I am overweight, so I wasn’t completely surprised. I think I have been skating on the edge of diabetes for at least 10 years. Thankfully, I am in a place where diet and exercise can lower my numbers.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

I started making energy balls regularly to help save money. Making chocolate peanut butter energy balls take the place of having to buy expensive energy bars. I’d much rather spend about $8 on 6-8 servings of chocolate and peanut putter energy balls rather than $2-3 for just one bar. I also love that these can last outside the refrigerator for the entire day! All of our energy ball recipes are freezer-friendly too, so you can prep a few batches in one sitting and store them for later.

These chocolate peanut butter energy balls are the perfect snack to pack if you know you will have a long gap in between meals, because they balanced with protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep you fuller longer and prevent any 3 o’clock energy crashes. They get their chocolatey flavor from the cocoa powder, which is unsweetened and a source of fiber! Did you know tablespoon of cocoa powder contains 1.8g of fiber? This recipe contains over 5 grams by having 1/4 cup cocoa.

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

5 simple ingredients is all you need to create this kid-approved, healthy snack. A perfect way to get an energy boost and satisfy that chocolate craving!

  • Author:Healthy Happy Mama
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes in freezer
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 34 balls 1 x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter of choice)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or other liquid sweetener of choice like agave nectar or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. In a food processor, process the almonds until they are a fine crumb. Add the beans and process until they are well incorporated. Add the peanut butter, honey, and cocoa powder and process until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper if you prefer). These can be eaten right away, but I like to put them in the freezer for 10-20 minutes to help them firm up a bit first.
  3. Store in the refrigerator or freezer. Enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 76
  • Sugar: 2.8g
  • Sodium: 26.1mg
  • Fat: 4.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.5g
  • Protein: 2.6g

Keywords: energy bites

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The chickpea peanut butter energy balls have been a family favorite since I first made them three years ago. Remember when Meghan was stealing balls during the photo shoot?

Seriously: where does the time go?! When I developed that recipe, I was pregnant with Luke. This time, Luke was the 2 year old and he decided it was his turn to be the energy ball thief. So funny!

I hope you are having a great week and you get a chance to try this healthy snack recipe! If you love healthy energy balls that taste like a treat, you’ll probably love these Birthday Cake Energy Balls, too!

This post was first published in 2014. Video was added in 2019. Please note that links to products are affiliate links.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 16 balls 1 x
  • Category: breakfast, snack, kid friendly, dessert


These Simple No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls make the perfect snack, breakfast, or even dessert! They&rsquore packed with protein and taste like a Peanut Butter Cookie!


  • 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&Prime balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Serve immediately or store in air tight container in refrigerator.


  • 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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Our Other Favorite Sweet Snacks

Chocolate snacks that can be healthy while still being delicious, too!

They're one of my girls' favorite snacks - and one that I am happy to fulfill! For them, and me!

If you choose a vegan chocolate chip, then yes!

Be sure to check your oats and ensure that they're gluten free, and then yes!

These will store in the fridge for two weeks and in the freezer for up to 6 months.

This will depend on the size that you make the balls, but see the recipe notes for values.

Enjoy, Friends! If you make this recipe tell me what you think! I love to hear from you on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!


Gluten free oats: 1 cup

Honey: 2 ½ tbsp

Creamy peanut butter: ½ cup

Vanilla: 1 tsp

Cold water: 1 tbsp

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Tips to make these truffles

  • Crush the Cornflakes very finely or more coarsely to play on the texture of the filling. When blended very finely, it will create a super smooth filling. Keeping some larger chunks will add a more crunchy texture to the truffles (which I personally love!)
  • Melt the Peanut Butter in the microwave for a few seconds if you keep it in the fridge or if it is hard. You want the peanut butter to be very liquid to blend properly with the other ingredients.
  • Play with the temperatures to create the perfect chocolate coating. The peanut butter balls needto be very cold when dipped in warm melted chocolate to create a shell that will harden straight away.
  • Melt the Chocolate in a narrow but high container - like a plastic measuring jug - to easily dip in the peanut butter filling. Or transfer the melted chocolate from the melting bowl to a high container or large glass.
  • If the peanut butter balls seem to be getting warm while you dip them - place them back in the freezer for a few minutes. If the chocolate seems to be hardening or be less liquid and smooth when you are coating the truffles, place it back in the microwave for a few seconds to get it fluid again.
  • Make sure the chocolate shell is fully set and hard before drizzling some peanut butter over to finish them.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

When you live with two growing boys as I do, there is no such thing as having too many snacks in the house. Am I right? Of course, the primary battle is having plenty of healthy and nutritious options available which is why I have created these rich, chewy, and delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls.

Full of protein, fiber, and nutrients, they are the perfect pre or post-workout snack. Even better? I promise they will nip your chocolate peanut butter craving right in the bud.

Naturally sweetened with ripe bananas, these energy balls are naturally vegan and gluten-free. Bananas are one of my son’s favorite snacks and as a result, we always seem to have them in the house. Perhaps it’s the inner-hoarder in me but I am always buying a few more than we need which results in perfectly ripe leftover bananas each week.

Secretly, I am thrilled, because ripe bananas are one of my favorite ways to naturally sweeten oatmeal, smoothies, muffins and more.

  • Use old-fashioned oats as they are heartier than quick cooking oats.
  • Use quality dark chocolate. If you want dairy-free, try Enjoy Life.
  • If you don't want to use or have honey, replace it with maple syrup.
  • Use natural cocoa powder vs Dutch-processed cocoa powder as natural cocoa powder isn't as intense of a flavor.
  • If mixture is dry, stir in water 1 tbsp at a time until you can easily form balls without them falling apart.
  • Place the energy balls in the fridge for at least 15 minutes so they can set up and stay firm.