Recipe: No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls

recipe: Snacks and Appetizers

These delicious peanut butter balls are packed with protein and completely delicious.

Why buy expensive power bars when these no-bake energy balls are so darn tasty & EASY! These little energy balls are packed with protein, high quality fats, and a bit of dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth. You simply mix up all these tasty ingredients and stick in the fridge to set. Kids love helping make these healthy snacks and eating them it too! You could always use almond or another nut butter instead of peanut butter, but that peanut butter chocolate combo is amazing.

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 serving(s)


  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips (I use the mini chocolate chips with 60% cacao)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla or unflavored protein powder


  1. Mix up all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl (leaving out chocolate chips).
  2. Using a spoon make round ball shapes and place on cookie sheet.
  3. Sprinkle 6-8 mini dark chocolate chips on each energy ball and place in refrigerator for approximately 35 minutes or until firm.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving Size: 3 energy balls

Calories: 301

Protein: 13 gram(s)

Fat: 16 gram(s)

Carbohydrates: 23 gram(s)

Fiber: 6 gram(s)

Sugar: 6 gram(s)

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Carla on February 13, 2017 at 3:16 PMReply

What if you don't have banana and only have chocolate peanut butter protein mix?

    Chris Freytag on February 13, 2017 at 3:25 PMReply

    Hi Carla - you can definitely substitute whatever protein mix you have! As far as the banana, we recommend using it as it adds some sweetness as well as allows it to stick together!

LeeAnn on September 30, 2016 at 8:11 AMReply

I don't use protein powder but am open to it. Are there sources or brands you can recommend?

    Chris Freytag on September 30, 2016 at 9:35 AMReply

    Hi LeeAnn - I use Bi-Pro whey protein and absolutely love it. You can find it here: in several different flavors :) Hope you enjoy!

Kerry on May 17, 2016 at 1:39 PMReply

Is the oatmeal old fashioned or quick?

    Chris Freytag on May 18, 2016 at 9:46 AMReply

    We use old fashioned!

Danielle on February 22, 2016 at 3:13 PMReply

Fan we replace the protein powder by something else or omit it? I usually don't use it.

    Chris Freytag on February 22, 2016 at 3:53 PMReply

    Yes, feel free to omit!

Heather on May 27, 2015 at 12:35 PMReply

Can you use Flax seed in place of the Chia seed ??

Chris Freytag on April 27, 2015 at 8:56 AMReply

Hi Nik, We have not tried freezing these. I don't think freezing would be a great option because of the banana. This recipe is super easy & quick so I suggest making fresh. They do keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nik on March 19, 2015 at 3:17 PMReply

Can you freeze these to eat later?

Nik on March 18, 2015 at 10:34 PMReply

Can these be frozen?

Chris Freytag on February 15, 2015 at 12:34 PMReply

Thank you for pointing that out to us! We have increased the protein powder to 1 scoop. Our nutritional app updated all of the nutritional info. Thanks again!

Teresa on February 14, 2015 at 10:32 AMReply

There is typically 24g of protein in a good protein powder. So the recipe calls for 1/4 scoop = 6g. Then that 1/4 scoop would be divided amongst 4 servings...making each serving have 1/16 of a scoop of protein 1.5g in each serving. 3 balls in a serving means 0.5g of protein powder in each ball. This says that there are 15g of protein per serving. If 1.5 comes from the powder, what kind of peanut butter and chia seeds are being used to make the remaining 13.5g of protein per serving?! (I'm a math teacher, so naturally I question the accuracy :-)

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