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Protein balls are a delicious treat without baking! Start your New Year off by nibbling on these delicious, healthy bites of chocolate chips and peanut butter!

Are you looking for more delicious treats that won’t break your diet? I covered you! Healthy oatmeal cookies, apple and raisin cookies, and no-bake energy bites are all so delicious and will help you get through the day!

A white plate stacked with chocolate chip protein balls.

Recipe for protein balls with chocolate chips

Now that the holidays are over, I’ve tried eating healthy again. Everyone’s talking about healthy meals, but what about healthy snacks? It’s hard to find things that will keep me energized all day but not have a million calories. Finding healthy snack recipes that taste good is even more difficult! These amazing protein balls are the best of both worlds. You will love them!

These delicious protein balls are made from a handful of pantry staples. As long as you have oatmeal, peanut butter, honey, and your favorite protein powder on hand, you can make some yourself! From there, you can add whatever flavors and fillings you want! I’ve included a few ideas in my tips section below to get you started. One flavor that I keep coming back to is chocolate chips! It’s a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth while also giving your body the nutrients it needs. Let’s do some!

Ingredients for protein balls

You can’t go wrong with such a short list of ingredients! Many of these ingredients can be swapped or substituted for to create a variation that works for you. It’s fun to develop new flavors!

  • peanut butter: Peanut butter not only tastes good, it is good for you too! Peanut butter is a great source of protein and healthy fats. You can swap this out for other nut butters like almond or cashew.
  • Darling: Honey is a delicious healthy sweetener! Its thick texture will also help shape your protein balls.
  • Oatmeal: This is added to give structure to your protein balls. If you don’t have oatmeal on hand, you can use mixed oatmeal.
  • Protein powder: I use vanilla protein powder in this recipe, but you can use any flavor you like! Try chocolate, cookies, and cream, or even strawberry protein powder! The possibilities are endless – and delicious!
  • Vanilla extract: I add some vanilla extract to give the protein balls more flavor.
  • Cinnamon extract: Adding cinnamon is a great way to add a little warm flavor to your protein balls. It is so tasty!
  • Mini chocolate chips: With all the chocolaty goodness! For the healthiest treats, opt for dark chocolate chips instead of milk. They have half the calories and are full of antioxidants!

Manufacture of Chocolate Chip Protein Balls

These delicious treats take less than 10 minutes to prepare. I love tossing them together in the morning and nibbling them all day long! You will love how easy they are to do.

  1. Prepare the dough: In a medium bowl, add all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips. Stir and mix the ingredients until they combine. The mixture should resemble cookie dough.
  2. Add chocolate chips: Next fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. shape: Roll the dough into 12 balls. It will be about 1-2 tablespoons per scoop.
  4. Chill and serve: Place the balls on a plate or a baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or in the freezer for 10 minutes before serving in a single layer.

Protein ball ingredients in a white bowl mixed together.

Variations and tips

You will love these delicious, healthy treats! Try these other yummy flavor additives in your next batch!

  • Add nuts: I love the bite that nuts add to protein balls. Chopped pecans, walnuts, and cashews are all sooo good at it. You can even add slices of almond for an Almond Joy version!
  • Dried fruits: Adding dried fruit is a great way to add flavor and get your daily dose of fiber! I love making oatmeal raisin protein bites. Dried apples, apricots and bananas also taste good in it.
  • Spices: Just because autumn is over doesn’t have to be pumpkin spice! For a pumpkin chocolate chip version of these protein balls, add a little pumpkin pie seasoning to your mix.

Chocolate chip protein balls laid out on parchment paper.

Keep leftovers

The best thing about these delicious protein balls is that they have a long shelf life! I like to make a large amount at the beginning of the week so I can nibble on busy weekdays! My kids love this one too so it’s a great lunch snack!

  • At room temperature: Store protein balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • In the freezer: Protein balls can be kept for 1-3 months in an airtight container. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before eating.

Close up of protein balls on parchment paper.

Here are a few more delicious and nutritious recipes to help you get off to a good start into the New Year! These are all super easy to prepare, so they are always part of my weekly menu. Not only do they taste great, they also make me feel great!

  • In a medium bowl, add all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips. Stir and mix the ingredients until they combine. The mixture should resemble cookie dough.

  • Fold in the chocolate chips.

  • Roll the dough into 12 balls. It will be about 1-2 tablespoons per scoop.

  • Place the balls on a plate or baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or in the freezer for 10 minutes before serving in a single layer.
  • Store the balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Serves: 12th

Calories224kcal (11%)carbohydrates22ndG (7%)protein9G (18%)fat13thG (20%)Saturated Fat3G (fifteen%)Polyunsaturated fat3GMonounsaturated fatty acids5GTrans fatty acid1Gcholesterol5mg (2%)sodium109mg (5%)potassium191mg (5%)fiber2G (8th%)sugar12thG (13%)Vitamin A8thIEvitamin C1mg (1%)calcium31mg (3%)iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Every recipe and nutritional value depends on the brands, measuring methods and serving sizes used per household.

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