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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

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

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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Servings: 4 balls
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Our homemade healthy chocolate peanut butter protein balls are no-bake and gluten free, and made without refined sugar. They're bite-sized and delicious!



  • Put the protein powder and cocoa powder in a bowl and mix.
  • Add the peanut butter and liquid 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.
Course: Snacks

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 Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls are?  You must make these now, it’s only 4 ingredients and 4 minutes away…  you will not regret it  🙂


With love and good eats,


– Jess


51 comments on “Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls”

  1. Love love LOVE this!

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

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

    • 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!

  4. Az Life and Style

    This looks amazing!

  5. Those look delicious

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

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. 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 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 🙂

    • 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!

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

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

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!5 stars

    • 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 🙂

  16. 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!!

    • 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!

  17. Hi,
    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.


    • 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!

  18. 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..)5 stars

    • I’m so glad you liked the protein balls! 😀
      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! 🙂

  19. 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 😀 I just love the rich chocolate flavor! <3

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  21. Hey Jessica, these look tasty, nice blog post. If you’re interested in a delicious and nutritionally balanced recipe for protein balls, I make choc peppermint bliss balls.

  22. Hi I used Stevia grains instead of honey and almond butter instead of peanut plus more cocoa for a stronger choccy flavour.The mixture was a bit dry so added small tsp of coconut oil to bind it and then rolled them in cocoa to give it a truffle finish. This gave a nice variation on the original recipe. I’m sure other nut butters could be substituted for peanut like cashew for nutrional variation. Yummy5 stars

  23. Would it be possible to use Sunwarrior rice protein instead of whey? 

  24. Made these last night and they were out of this world!!5 stars

  25. These are delicious, ive made them a few times, dont last long in my house. And the fudgyness…..oh yes!!5 stars

  26. 😀 shiny edible chocolate marbles <3

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  28. I never comment on these website, but I just made these and had to tell you how AMAZING they are!! Thank you so much for this recipe!!5 stars

  29. Hard to improve upon but roll into fine ground almonds to finish off. Nice to eat something sweet while being healthy.5 stars

  30. I tried to make these today and they were super sticky, so much so that I couldn’t form them into balls. I used PB2 and not near the amount of honey the recipe called for, then the amount of cocoa and protein powder the recipe called for. I tried adding more cocoa and protein powder to make the mixture less sticky, but it didn’t help. Any tips? Thank you!

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  34. I made these yesterday and was so excited in the process that I misread the amounts or ingredients. I put the two tbls of protein powder (I used unflavored because I didn’t have chocolate) with the two tbls of cocoa powder (this is where glossed over the correct amount…)
    I realized that was a lot of cocoa, and then reread the CORRECT measurement and just added another tbls-ish of honey when adding the wet ingredients. I rolled the mixture into dime-diameter balls and layered them in a plastic container, with parchment paper in between the layers so they wouldn’t stick together. They turned out really good! Very rich in flavor and not very sweet, which I like 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

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