Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls - Desserts with Benefits
Oh no, I couldn’t stop at Peanut Butter Protein Balls, and I certainly couldn’t stop at the Nutella Fudge Protein Cookies!
Chocolate + Peanut Butter = Magic
… the combo just had to be done.
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls - Desserts with Benefits
To tell you the truth, I was so happy with the basic peanut butter recipe I didn’t even think of making a chocolate version until recently…  OH NO, is there something wrong with me?!?   *bites nails*
Well, if I could make these awesome treats, then there is definitely nothing wrong with me…
I’m sane, I swear!  (says the girl with crazy eyes and  melted chocolate all over her face)
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls - Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls (only 4 ingredients!)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4-5 balls

Serving Size: 1 ball

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls (only 4 ingredients!)


  • 32g (1 scoop) Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dark Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
  • 32g (2 tbs) Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar/salt/oil added)
  • 42g (2 tbs) Honey (or maple syrup/agave)


  1. Put the protein powder and cocoa powder in a bowl and mix.
  2. Add the peanut butter and sweetener of choice and stir until moist and crumbly. Using your hands, form the mixture into one large ball and then divide that by how many servings you want. Eat immediately or refrigerate for later.


This recipe is: no bake, high protein, gluten free!

Adorable little snack, you have met your fate:

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls - Desserts with Benefits
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls - Desserts with Benefits
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls - Desserts with Benefits
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls - Desserts with Benefits
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls - Desserts with Benefits
YUM.  Deliciousness.  Do you see how fudgy and chewy and decadent these are?  You must make these now, it’s only 4 ingredients and 4 minutes away…  you will not regret it  :)

Labels: 5-Ingredients-or-Less, Agave, Bite-Sized-Treats, Chocolate, Gluten-Free, High-Protein, Honey, Maple, No-Bake, Peanut-Butter, Protein-Powder, Single-Serving

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Comments (36)

  1. Lexi: May 19, 2012

    Love love LOVE this!

  2. Looks tasty! I’m lovin that you added chocolate because it makes everything better :)

  3. Az Life and Style: May 19, 2012

    This looks amazing! If you would like to be featured on my blog, please contact me.


  4. Mara: May 19, 2012

    Those look delicious, but where do you get raw peanut butter?

  5. monsterscircus: May 19, 2012

    Very Nice blog and beautiful food pictures! Can you repalce the honey with stevia or sukrin. Love All your sweet treats!

  6. I get Laura Scudder’s brand old fashioned peanut butter from Safeway (only ingredient is peanuts). Whole Foods allows you to make fresh nut butter in the store using their grinders, but I’ve never tried it. You could probably find it online, but it would be easy to make at home as well.

  7. Thanks! I’m sure the honey can be replaced with granulated sweeteners, but you may need to use more peanut butter (or you can try warming the peanut butter in the microwave). You can also try mixing the peanut butter with the sweetener of your choice and a thick “milk” like almond milk or coconut milk, then slowly add the protein powder until it’s crumbly, but moist enough to shape into a ball. Hopefully this works, I’ll have to try this when I get the chance!

  8. gina marinara: May 20, 2012

    I just saw these on food gawker and they look like a perfect snack to bring to work!

  9. Mara: May 20, 2012

    Laura Scudder’s® Natural Peanut Butter are made from fresh roasted peanuts, not raw. Whole Foods’ ground peanut butter is also from roasted peanuts. That link also seems to involve roasted Whole Foods’ peanuts.

    So when you say “raw” peanut butter, you mean dry roasted with no added ingredients? I have never seen raw peanuts in regular stores to make my own – I think they are very rare.

  10. My mistake, I thought Laura Scudder’s sold raw PB! However I did see Whole Foods selling raw peanuts. You can probably use any natural peanut butter in this recipe, as long as it’s on the liquidy side, but preferably no salt/sugar/oil added.

  11. MyFudo™: May 22, 2012

    I am gonna make smaller versions so I could squeeze them in my pockets and shove them in my mouth 3 at a time…LOL! Thanks for sharing.

  12. HAHA! I literally laughed out loud when I read that, but what a great idea, I need to do that!

  13. Anonymous: July 9, 2012

    They look great!!! How many calories would be in one of these?

  14. It depends on the brands you use, but for me, one entire batch should be 413 calories. Just split that up on how many balls you make.

  15. energeat: July 17, 2012

    These look SO GOOD! Going to make them right now. Just found your blog and I love it!

  16. Sweetie_CO: July 18, 2012

    Hey Jessica!

    Thanks for this recipe, it looks really tasty :) But before I try to make myself some protein balls, can you answer two questions regarding it:
    1. What peanut butter do you recommend? I mean do you have favorite brand you trust, or should I prepare the butter myself?
    2. Is there any way to figure out how much protein such protein balls contain? The thing is that I’ve been tracking my protein intakes for several months now (I got the info about the necessary amounts of protein from How Much Protein a Woman Needs Daily) and I feel really great now, so, I want to continue consuming the right amount of proteins. Thus, I need to know how much protein such balls contain to properly calculate my daily intakes.

    In any case, your protein balls drive me crazy :)

  17. I recommend all-natural peanut butter where peanuts are the only ingredient (no added sugar, salt or oil). I don’t have a favorite brand yet, I just buy what is cheapest ;) I can’t really tell a difference between brands anyways. The peanut butter I have contains 7g of protein for 2 tablespoons, and the protein powder I used (Optimum Nutrition brand) contains 24g of protein per scoop. So one batch of this recipe will have 31g of protein!

  18. Anonymous: August 9, 2012

    could you use stevia or splenda if you are on a no sugar diet?

  19. I’m sure you can use stevia to replace the honey. Here is a chart on how to convert sugar>>stevia (I would assume 1 tbs of honey = 1 tbs of sugar):

    You should also add more liquid to the recipe, I would recommend ~1 tbs of unsweetened almond milk (or creamy “milk” of choice) and ~1 more tbs of peanut butter. I haven’t made these without honey but I hope this works!

  20. Miranda: October 25, 2012

    If I only have vanilla protein, how much cacoa powder should I use?

  21. You can make the recipe with vanilla protein without making any changes. If you want more chocolate flavor, just add some chocolate chips :)

  22. Mishkowski: October 29, 2012

    Mine came out grainy and yours looks so creamy. What suggestions do you have to help with the consistency?

  23. Hmmm, not sure what went wrong… may I ask what kind of protein powder you used?

  24. Mishkowski: November 2, 2012

    I used Pure Protein whey

  25. I checked out the Pure Protein website and it says that one scoop is 42g, while one scoop of the protein powder I used is 32g:
    Because the scoop for that protein powder is slightly larger, I would increase the honey and peanut butter by a tiny bit too. If you’re running out of the Pure Protein, I would recommend Optimum Nutrition:
    It’s super creamy, lower in carbs and tastes great in these! Hopefully your next batch works great :)

  26. Gabriele: November 14, 2013

    Have you ever considered writing an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs?
    I have a blog based on the same topics you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information.

    I know my subscribers would value your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an email.

  27. Michelle: May 7, 2014

    These worked like a charm! I seriously could just sit around and eat the whole batch. I’m probably going to experiment with ground flaxseed and oats as additions. Great recipe!

  28. dessertswithbenefits: May 8, 2014

    Oh good I’m glad you liked the recipe! While I haven’t incorporated flax meal or oats INTO the balls, I have used them as a “coating” of sorts. The flax meal coating helps prevent your fingers from getting sticky, and the oats add a nice comforting flavor :)

  29. julie: May 15, 2014

    Hi there,
    these look really good! ..I want to try them, but I’m wondering about if the whey protein powder could be replaced with anything else? if so, what do you recommend? what purpose does it play in the overall product? and how many teaspoons or tablespoons is 35 grams? Thank you!!

  30. dessertswithbenefits: May 15, 2014

    Sadly, the whey protein can’t be replaced. It’s the only dry ingredient and it helps bind the ingredients together. Along with texture, they whey also adds flavor and sweetness :)
    I’m not sure how many tablespoons are in one scoop, I would recommend using the scoop in the container.
    Hope this helps!

  31. Linda: May 26, 2014

    I was wondering how long these balls lasted outside the fridge/freezer.
    I wanted to make them and take them with me to work, but I don’t want them to melt on me after an hour.


  32. dessertswithbenefits: May 27, 2014

    I’m so glad you’re thinking about trying out the recipe!
    The protein balls won’t melt or anything, they’ll just get pretty soft and super duper fudgy :)
    When I bring these with me on the go I place them in a sandwich bag and stick them in the freezer for an hour or two before I leave. This way, in a few hours they’re the perfect texture!
    Hope you like the recipe :)

  33. Annie: September 21, 2014

    These were so good! I have made snacks like these before, but with fresh cashews or pecans and dates. Your recipe was much faster and easier :) Next time I think I will use less honey and more cocoa, because..well..chocolate <3 I really like your blog and all your healthy recipes! (sorry if I misspell something, I´m writing from Finland and my English is not that great..)

  34. dessertswithbenefits: September 22, 2014

    I’m so glad you liked the protein balls! :D
    I’m not sure if they’ll work with less honey, they might be too difficult to stir together… but you can give it a shot!
    Aaaand great idea with the extra cocoa ;)
    PS: Your English is great! :)

  35. Annie: September 23, 2014

    You are right, if I use less honey, it needs some liquid that it won´t be too dry. Maybe just more PB! I often use less sweetener than the recipes say, but more cacao/chocolate :D I just love the rich chocolate flavor! <3

  36. dessertswithbenefits: September 23, 2014

    Yummm, can’t go wrong with more PB ;)

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