Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls
These chocolate peanut butter protein balls taste like a Reeses peanut butter cup. Dead serious. When you’re searching for a pick-me-up snack, or just a low calorie protein ball recipe.. this is it! Not to mention it tastes AMAZING! In fact, my husband made multiple comments saying, “These are by far the best protein balls you’ve ever made.”
It doesn’t stop there. He continued with:
“These are so good, I eat them as dessert.”
“When are you making more of those chocolate peanut butter protein balls?”
“Are you planning on posting them to your blog? Because you should. I really like them.”
And last but not least, Sunday night we sat down to eat a slice of leftover chocolate birthday cake and my husband turned down the cake because he’d rather eat one of these protein balls. You guys!! I was stunned.
Never before has he made soooo many comments about one particular recipe.
I’m considering this hands down the BEST protein ball recipe ever.
Ingredients needed to make protein balls
If you’re wondering, “What’s in protein balls?” It’s quite simple. Only a few ingredients are needed to make this easy snack. An added bonus is that this recipe is naturally gluten-free and can be made vegan with simple substitutions.
- Old fashioned rolled oats
- Mini chocolate chips – totally optional, but I love the slight crunch it adds to the recipe.
- Chocolate protein powder – any brand will do.
- Peanut butter – I use creamy, you can also use a natural peanut butter.
How to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
Using a large spoon, wooden spoon, or spatula, stir the ingredients until combined.
Pro tip: if the “dough” is too dry add more water, a teaspoon at a time, until the mixture reaches your satisfaction.
Using a small cookie scoop, portion the dough and then use your hands to roll the portioned dough into balls.
Place the balls on a parchment lined plate or small cookie sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Remove from the refrigerator and transfer the balls to a ziplock bag or an airtight container.
These Reese’s-type protein balls will last in the fridge for 9-10 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months.
FAQ and tips for success
How to make protein balls vegan? Omit the honey and use a different sweetener perhaps maple syrup or agave. Also make sure you’re using a vegan protein powder.
How should you store protein balls? In an airtight container or ziplock bag.
How long are protein balls good for? They will last for 9-10 days stored in the fridge or up to 2-3 months in the freezer.
How to make protein balls low carb: use a natural peanut butter.
Can protein balls be frozen? Yes! Freeze for up to 3 months.
Why are protein balls good for you? While this is more of a personal based question, protein balls are “good for you,” in that they’re full of protein. Protein makes you feel more full with less food. Rather than eating empty calorie foods, some people note that eating healthy protein balls helps curb their appetite and not snack on unhealthy foods throughout the day.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup chocolate protein powder
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (i like to do heaping 1/2 cup)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 teaspoons water
- Add all of the ingredients to a medium sized bowl. Use a wooden spoon, large spoon, or spatula to mix everything together. If too dry, add an additional teaspoon or two of water to the “dough.”
- Roll into 1-1 ½ inch size balls.
- Place the balls on a small baking sheet or large plate lined with wax paper. Place the plate in the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes. Transfer the balls to an airtight container and store in the fridge or freezer.