Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Chewy and delicious balls of energy full of protein and fiber to keep you full between meals and give you a pre or post-workout boost.

Skinny jean season is right around the corner so in lieu of eating chocolate peanut butter ice cream every day, I have created rich, chewy and delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls. Full of protein, fiber and nutrients, they are the perfect pre or post-workout snack.  Even better? I promise they will nip your chocolate peanut butter craving right in the bud.

Bananas are one of my son’s favorite snacks and as a result, we always seem to have them in the house. Perhaps it’s the inner-hoarder in me but I am always buying a few more than we need which results in perfectly ripe leftover bananas each week.

Secretly, I am thrilled, because ripe bananas are one of my favorite ways to naturally sweeten oatmeal, smoothies, muffins and more.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes using leftover bananas:

Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Muffins
Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal
Blueberry Oat Protein Pancakes
Carrot Apple Ginger Green Smoothie

Your ripe bananas are waiting.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
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Chewy and delicious balls of energy full of protein and fiber to keep you full between meals and give you a pre or post-workout boost.
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 12
  1. Mash banana in a medium bowl and add in cocoa powder, peanut butter, flax, protein powder and a pinch of sea salt.
  2. Continue to mash with fork until all ingredients are fully combined. (May seem dry at first but keep mashing!)
  3. Stir in oats using a rubber spatula to combine edges of the bowl.
  4. Using a small ice cream scooper or two teaspoons, form into 12 balls and place on a plate lined with wax paper.
  5. Refrigerate 30 minutes or up to 3 days covered with plastic wrap.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 60 Fat: 2.1 g Saturated fat: .3 g Unsaturated fat: 1.8 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 7.5 g Sugar: 2.1 g Sodium: 10 mg Fiber: 1.4 g Protein: 3.4 g Cholesterol: 0 mg



  1. says

    I have got to make these Liz. I’m dying for something sweet at night, and if I give in it opens up the door to some (bad) late night snacking. The key for me is portion control…these would be perfect for that!

  2. Cynthia says

    I’ve been making this recipe (without the protein powder) regularly for my two kids, ages 2.5 and 4, since I discovered it about a year ago. I love that they like these as much as any dessert, yet it’s good for them. A nice variation which I recently tried was adding a dash of nutmeg – yummy!

  3. Franzi says

    I made them today and I love the creamy texture. I used a 4-nut-mush (peanut, almond, hazelnut, cashew) and it turned out great.
    Great Thanks from Germany :)

  4. Kristen says

    I made these last night and I’m not sure what I did wrong but they were such a pain to roll! I would roll one fine but then the next would just disintegrate in the midst of rolling. I tried chilling the dough and that helped a little but they still gave me some trouble rolling. Any suggestions? I’m not a very good cook, so it was probably me :(

    On a plus side, they taste amazing. I will be trying again!

    • says

      Oh no!! Sometimes I find it’s helpful to add a little water to my hands. Othertimes I find that the mixture needs to be a little warmed in the hands. So sorry it was a struggle!


  1. […] How was your Easter? We spent Easter this year in Kansas City with my in-laws. We had a wonderful day that started with Easter service at my sister-in-laws church, followed by an Easter egg hunt, cooking and lots of indulging. I ate way too much ham and candy. Do I regret it? Not a bit. Noah was beyond excited about his felt pasta and played with it all day. When we were waiting in line at Walgreens today, he was telling the lady behind us all about it and proceeded to tell her “I’ve wanted fake pasta all my life and now my wish came true.” That kid is too much. If you are having a little sugar withdraw after all the candy this weekend, I have a snack for you. It will feel like you’re indulging but you’re actually doing something healthy for your body. These energy balls get their sweetness from a ripe banana and taste very similar to a no-bake cookie just without all the sugar and butter. Plus, they come together in a snap using ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen right now. I love having healthy snacks on hand for when a craving strikes. Otherwise, I tend to make bad choices. And because the ripened banana is so sweet, these really do seem like a treat. I made them small because I personally would rather have a few small treats versus one bigger one. It tricks my inner fat kid into thinking I’m getting more than I really am. Whatever keeps her happy and trapped inside, right? Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls recipe adapted from The Lemon Bowl […]

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