These Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bites are one of my favorite snacks! They are super easy to make and even more delicious! These are great for a grab and go breakfast, for before a workout or after a workout and really just anytime!
This simple snack will give you a good serving of carbs, healthy fat and protein. Added bonus? The kids eat them, too! Make these bites and store them in the refrigerator for up to a few days… if they last that long!
What ingredients do I need?
This protein ball recipe requires just 6 ingredients and there’s a good change you already have them all on hand. If not, they are easy to grab at your local grocery store. For this recipe you will need:
- Oats- The quick cooking oats will give the best texture in these protein bites! If you are gluten-free be sure to get oats that are certified gluten-free. You can also use old fashioned oats or rolled oats if that is what you have on hand. Do not use steel cut oats.
- Chocolate protein powder– Any brand will work, however my favorite is Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Extreme Milk Chocolate. Feel free to use a vegan protein powder for this recipe as well.
- Ground flax seeds- I prefer to get whole flax seed and grind as needed since flax tends to go rancid fairly quickly at room temperature once it is ground. If you do buy it already ground plan to use it up quickly and store it in the refrigerator.
- Peanut Butter- any kind will do! Creamy peanut butter or creamy natural peanut butter will work best to hold the ingredients together. If you don’t have peanut butter or just prefer another nut butter try almond butter instead!
- Mini Chocolate Chips– these are my favorite!
- Honey- maple syrup can also be used.
See the recipe card at the end of this post for the full ingredient list and recipe directions.
How to Make Protein Bites
All you need to do for this no bake protein balls recipe is combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Then, roll into rounded tablespoon-sized balls.
If you are looking for a tool to quickly and easily make similar sized balls here it is… and it’s great for cookies too! Having a cookie scoop on hand in your kitchen is helpful for lots of different tasks from cookies to meatballs and more!
Check out this video for a quick how to if you’re a visual person:
Frequently Asked Questions
Protein balls should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for best results. Eat within 7 days of making them. We do not recommend freezing this recipe.
This recipe can easily be made gluten free. Use certified gluten free oats as well as gluten free versions of the remaining ingredients. As always, check the labels to check for allergens.
Absolutely! If you still want the chocolate flavor add a teaspoon or two of cocoa powder as well.
Different oats and protein powder absorb liquids differently. To help your ingredients stick together try adding a little extra peanut butter or honey. You can also add a couple teaspoons of water if you prefer.
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- 1 1/2 cups quick oats
- 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup honey
- Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- Roll into tablespoon sized balls. (Should make approximately 30.)
- Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
Use your favorite protein powder for this recipe.
Use maple syrup in place of honey if desired.
See FAQ's and blog post for more information about substitutions.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 Serving Size: 2 bites
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 6g