These chocolate protein peanut butter energy balls taste like chocolate peanut butter cookie dough, but are made entirely from healthy ingredients.
Dates. Oatmeal. Peanut butter. Cacao. Protein powder. Chia seeds.
Healthy, so I don't feel guilty if I eat one of these low-calorie energy snacks for breakfast, after a workout or as a healthy dessert.
Healthy energy balls recipes fall into two categories: those with honey or maple syrup as a sweetener and energy balls with dates.
While honey/maple syrup wins in terms of maximum convenience, I prefer energy balls with dates.
Dates taste great, are high in fiber and create a raw energy ball "dough" that is easy to mold without the need for extra fat, sugar or oil.
You'll have to get your food processor dirty to make energy balls with dates, but I promise it's worth it.
The recipe for chocolate protein peanut butter energy balls:
- 10 Medjoul dates without pits
- 5 tablespoons peanut butter (preferably organic)
- 10 tablespoons rolled oats
- 1/2 scoop Ekopura whey cocoa
- 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, you can also use ground linseed, hemp seeds or an extra tablespoon of oats
- 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- A pinch of salt
- If your dates are dry, place them in a small bowl of boiling water. Soak for 10 minutes to moisturize, then drain and pat dry.
- Place the dates in the bowl of a food processor with a steel blade. Pulse several times until the dates break into small pieces and form a ball that will stick to the side of the bowl. Add the oats, peanut butter, protein, chocolate chips, chia seeds and salt. Pulse until mixture is whole (but not completely smooth). Add the cocoa powder and pulse to combine. At this point the dough will look like crumbs, but if you scoop some in your hand and roll it into a ball, it should work fine. If it's too dry and won't stick together, add a little peanut butter; if it's too sticky, add some more oats. (The amount you need will vary depending on the brand of peanut butter you use and the moisture content of the dates.)
- Roll the dough into balls of the desired size (I made them a little over an inch and ended up making 2,5 energy balls).
- You can enjoy right away (the balls will still be soft but delicious) or put them in the fridge for about 10 minutes to let the balls set a bit.
I hope you enjoy these chocolate protein peanut butter energy balls and let us know in the comments which recipe you would like to see next!