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These easy-to-make chocolate energy bites are loaded with oats, protein, cocoa powder, honey, and peanut butter! These protein-packed bites are richly chocolate and peanut butter flavored.
Chocolate Energy Bites
My whole family loves energy bites! We typically make up a batch every Sunday to last through the week and by Thursday or Friday we’re always wishing we’d made a double batch. These healthy no-bake chocolate energy bites can be whipped together in one bowl and scooped out and rolled by hand or can be formed using a large cookie scoop.
We like to freeze the bites as soon as they’re made and eat them straight from the freezer (after they’ve thawed out a couple of minutes).
Truly these healthy chocolate energy balls are like a dessert. They’re the best for quelling sugar cravings and thanks to the protein and oats, they’ve got good staying power.
- Dark chocolate: either use miniature dark chocolate chips or chop up regular dark chocolate chips. You could also chop up a dark chocolate baking bar. Milk or semi-sweet chocolate can also be used in these energy bites, if preferred.
- Peanut butter: use creamy (not crunchy) all natural peanut butter
- Honey: this ingredients is important for structure and for sweetening the bites.
- Dutch process cocoa powder: there’s only a little cocoa powder, but it heavily flavors these energy bites. Make sure to get dutch process instead of natural or plain cocoa powder. The dutch process offers a much more robust and intense chocolate flavor.
- Salt: the salt balances all the flavors; leave out the salt or reduce the amount if your peanut butter is salted
- Chocolate protein powder: more on this below
- Old fashioned oats: it’s important to get old fashioned, not quick or steel cut oats. Otherwise these chocolate energy bites won’t set up properly.
- Vanilla extract: this ingredient is optional, but adds a nice subtle depth of flavor
In efforts to get some more protein in our snacks, I added chocolate protein powder to these bites. The powder also amps up the chocolate flavor without adding a ton of sugar.
Since the protein powder is such an integral part of flavoring these bites, I recommend a good Whey protein powder that is stevia sweetened.
Chocolate energy bites tips
- Use hand mixers to beat together the mixture: it’s thick and sticky.
- Allow time for the oats to absorb the liquid: at first these bites may seem too wet, but after they sit for a bit, they firm up as the oats absorb the wet ingredients.
- Use a cookie scoop for easy assembly: with a good cookie scoop, the dough can just be scooped and placed on a plate instead of requiring the effort of rolling individual balls.
- Store in the freezer: we like to freeze a plate or tray of these energy bites in the freezer. Once firm, we transfer them to an airtight bag or freezer and continue to store them in the freezer.
More healthy snacks:
- Chocolate Granola
- Oatmeal Granola Bars
- Protein Breakfast Cookies
- Pumpkin Protein Shake
- Peanut Butter Granola
Easy and healthy chocolate energy bites with oats, protein, cocoa powder, and peanut butter! These protein-packed bites are flavorful and loaded with good ingredients.
- 1/3 cup (58g) dark chocolate chips, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup (235g) creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup (156g) honey
- 2 tablespoons dutch process cocoa powder (See Note 1)
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 scoop or 1/3 cup (29g) chocolate protein powder
- 1 and 1/2 cups (160g) old fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
DARK CHOCOLATE: coarsely chop the chocolate into small pieces and set aside.
COMBINE: in a large bowl, add the coarsely chopped chocolate, the 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 1/2 cup honey, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 and 1/2 cups old fashioned oats, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Using hand mixers, beat until the mixture is well combined.
SCOOP: using a cookie scoop or 1 tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop even sized amounts of "dough" and roll into balls. Place on a parchment paper lined plate and freeze for 15 minutes before eating.
STORAGE: store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. We like these best straight from the freezer (thawed for 5 minutes or so at room temperature)!
Note 1: Make sure to get dutch process not natural or plain cocoa powder. The dutch process offers a much more robust and intense chocolate flavor.