Chocolate Protein Balls


Easy protein ball recipe using chocolate protein powder, natural peanut butter, oats, and seeds. These energy balls are perfect for after-school snacking!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

Satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolate protein balls that'll please even the pickiest of eaters. Loaded with healthy ingredients and tons of irresistible flavor, this protein ball recipe is perfect for on-the-go snackers looking for a delicious and nutritious treat.

Chocolate Protein Balls Ingredients

Chocolate Protein Balls

Here's what you'll need to make this healthy chocolate protein ball recipe:

Rolled Oats
Chewy rolled oats have tons of health benefits, including supporting heart and gut health. Plus, they're full of fiber that will keep hunger at bay for longer.

Peanut Butter
Protein-packed peanut butter helps bind the balls together. It creates a creamy texture and lends a nutty flavor. Almond or cashew butter would also work.

Honey adds sweetness without tons of added sugar. If you don't have honey on hand, try maple or date syrup.

This recipe calls for chopped dark chocolate, but you could use milk or semi-sweet chocolate if you prefer.

Flax Seeds and Chia Seeds
Flax seeds and chia seeds are packed with fiber and protein, making them the perfect additions to this healthy snack.

Protein Powder
Chocolate-flavored protein powder adds extra flavor and, obviously, takes the nutrient count up a notch.

Optional additions: Shredded coconut, dried fruit (such as cranberries or raisins), chopped nuts (such as almonds or pecans), hemp seeds, spices (such as cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice)

How to Make Protein Balls

A blue bowl filled with chocolate protein balls
Chocolate Protein Balls. Patrick Latour

Though these protein balls pack a powerfully flavorful and nutritious punch, they're shockingly simple to make. You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect:

Stir all the ingredients together until well-combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Scoop and roll the chilled mixture into evenly sized balls.

How to Store Protein Balls

Store the protein balls in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve. They should last in a tightly sealed container for up to a week.

Can You Freeze Protein Balls?

Yes, these protein balls are freezer-friendly. Start by arranging the balls in a single layer on a baking sheet and popping them in the freezer until they're frozen solid. Transfer the frozen balls to a zip-top freezer bag or other freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Quadrupled it right away because I knew they'd be good, but had no idea they would be this good," raves Lacey. "Almost like a no bake cookie taste without the guilt. I also added coconut to a batch and wow."

"I use almond butter and semi-sweet chocolate chips," says Ruby. "I only put in a couple tablespoons of honey. One thing that helped a ton was wetting my hands when forming the balls."

"So much flavor," according to madzymay. "I made the recipe like it is but added 1/4 cup of shredded coconut. Definitely will be keeping this recipe close by!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • ½ cup natural peanut butter

  • cup honey

  • ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate

  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

  • 1 tablespoon chocolate-flavored protein powder, or to taste


  1. Stir oats, peanut butter, honey, chocolate, flax seeds, chia seeds, and protein powder together in a bowl until evenly mixed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    a top down view of chocolate, cocoa, honey, peanut butter, chia seeds, flax seeds, and oats poured into a mixing bowl, before being combined.

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    a top down view of chocolate protein ball batter coming together in a glass mixing bowl.

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  2. Scoop chilled mixture into balls. Keep cold until serving.

    a top down view of chocolate protein balls being scooped onto a baking tray.

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  3. Enjoy!

    high view of chocolate protein balls resting on a plate


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

188 Calories
10g Fat
22g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 188
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 144mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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