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Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Mix up a batch of these cocoa peanut butter energy bites and celebrate the fact that you now have a nutritious and delicious snack on hand.

Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Balls are a healthy and delicious snack to have around the house.  The protein from the peanut butter helps to give your body protein so the muscles can continue to build, strengthen, and maintain. And they also have healthy fats from the added ground flax seed. These no-bake energy balls only need 6 ingredients – oats, maple syrup or honey, cocoa powder, peanut butter, flax seed, and vanilla extract. So simple, right?! If you have kids, these are a yummy snack for them too. Plus, you won’t have to worry about cleaning up after, which is a wonderful thing.

Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Balls - 6 ingredients, no-bake energy balls that are filled with protein. Perfect for a healthy snack.

If you’re like me, you may find yourself hungry even when it’s not around meal times. Though you may be thinking of your favorite candy bar or restaurant, these Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Balls are a great way to tie you over until your next meal. They contain no added sugars and can be gluten free if you’re careful about your ingredients.

Making this recipe is SO simple. In a large bowl, you mix together oats (you want to make sure these are Old-Fashioned Oats and not quick oats because they’ll result in a different texture), cocoa powder and ground flax seed. Then you add in the peanut butter, syrup or honey, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined. Roll into bite-sized balls using a mini ice cream scoop or with your hands. Then eat!

Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Balls - 6 ingredients, no-bake energy balls that are filled with protein. Perfect for a healthy snack.

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This recipe can be easily altered too. If you want to have chocolate chips, add them in! Or you can skip the cocoa altogether and just do chocolate chips instead. So versatile, just add in what you want – coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, chia, dried fruit, and the list goes on. Whether you’re hungry during the day, going on a road trip, or need a snack for the kiddos, these are a great go-to! Hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

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  • Author: Megan Pearl
  • Yield: 16 balls 1x


  • 1 cup Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup or Honey
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. In a large bowl, mix together oats, cocoa powder, and ground flax seed.
  2. Add peanut butter, syrup or honey, and vanilla extract.
  3. Stir until well combined.
  4. Roll into 1inch or bite size balls.
  5. Serve and enjoy!


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  • Whaaaa?! Megan, I was looking to refresh my memory on the energy bites recipe with the ingredients I have…and look whose recipe I clicked on first! Hope you’re well, girly!

  • This looks great! Will try this weekend.. quick question, for 16 servings do you know about what each ball calorie wise is?

    • Unfortunately, I don’t know how many calories each ball is. I have tried calculating it using the measurements and calorie content of the ingredients I used and my result was around 60 calories per ball. Can’t promise that it’s 100% accurate but that’s what my calculations were. Hope this helps! Sorry for the delay in reply!

  • OMG these are so good!! I made a batch for my husband to bring to work with him and I think i ate about half of them throughout the week LOL I will be making these often as they are easy to eat and are a perfect chocolate snack! Thanks for the recipe :)

  • I just made them and they’re tasty. I substituted rice syrup for honey which makes them a little less sweet but still a good snack! Very easy to make!

  • These are great and less messy than other recipes. I grab a couple before heading to the gym. I substituted Nutella for the honey for a stronger chocolate taste.

  • I made these following recipe exactly (I opted to use honey) and they turned out fantastic. I used a 1 1/2″ cookie scoop and I got 17 balls out of this batch. 16 to share, 1 for me, they tasted great :) Thanks for the recipe!

  • I made these yesterday and used PB2 in place of regular peanut butter. They turned out amazing!! I am going to try them with the chocolate PB2 after I finish this batch! :)

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