Chocolate Energy Bites

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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 have  rich chocolate and peanut butter flavors.

Try the original no bake energy bites recipe next or these four-ingredient energy bites.

Image of Chocolate Energy Balls in a bowl with a hand reaching in to grab them.

Chocolate Energy Bites

My whole family loves energy bites. We usually make up a batch every Sunday to last through the week and by Thursday or Friday, we’re wishing we’d made a double batch. You can whip up these healthy no-bake chocolate energy bites in one bowl, and then scoop them out and roll by hand, or use 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, 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.

Image of chopped chocolate on a cutting board.

Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate: Use miniature dark chocolate chips or chop up regular dark chocolate chips. Or, you could 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 ingredient adds structure and sweetens 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: Salt balances all the flavors; leave it out or reduce the amount if you’re using salted peanut butter.
  • Chocolate protein powder: More on this below.
  • Old fashioned oats: Be sure 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 it adds a nice subtle depth of flavor.

Ingredient shot: a bowl showing all the components of the energy bites.

Protein powder

In an effort to get more protein in our snacks, I added chocolate protein powder to these bites. The powder also amps up the chocolate flavor without adding too much 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.

Here’s a list of the top rated protein powders. My personal favorite: Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard® 100% whey protein powder (double rich chocolate) (not sponsored, affiliate link).

Image of the dough for Chocolate Energy Bites.

Chocolate energy bites tips

  • Beat the mixture with a hand mixer; 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: 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 put a plate or tray of these energy bites in the freezer. Once firm, we transfer them to an airtight bag or freezer container and continue to store them in the freezer. 

Up-close image of the bowl of Chocolate Energy Bites, with a bite out of one of them.

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Chocolate Energy Bites

5 from 4 votes
Easy and healthy Chocolate Energy Bites are full of oats, protein, cocoa powder, and peanut butter! These protein-packed bites are flavorful and loaded with good ingredients.
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Chocolate Energy Bites

5 from 4 votes
Easy and healthy Chocolate Energy Bites are full of oats, protein, cocoa powder, and peanut butter! These protein-packed bites are flavorful and loaded with good ingredients.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate energy bites
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 25 energy bites
Calories 112kcal
Cost $2.87

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 (1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (32g)) chocolate protein powder (use a protein powder you love!)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (160g) old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • 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 a hand mixer, 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)!

Recipe Notes

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. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 25energy bites | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.4g | Protein: 3.2g | Fat: 6.2g | Sodium: 138.8mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 8.4g

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