Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Roll these balls in an almond sugar powder to help absorb some of the oil from the peanut butter, which leaves little hands less sticky when they grab a snack. This step, however, is optional.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 balls


For the energy balls:

  • 1 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

For the coating:

  • 1/4 cup whole roasted almonds (or substitute peanuts, pecans, or walnuts)
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt (if almonds are unsalted)

Special equipment:


1 Process the oats: In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the oats for 10 seconds to break down them down a little. Some pieces should look small like sand; others should remain almost whole. This is what you want.

No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls process the oats

2 Combine the ingredients: In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Add oats and chocolate chips to the peanut butter and stir well with a wooden spoon to combine. The mixture will be thick and pliable like playdough.

How to Make Energy Balls with Peanut Butter combine the ingredients

3 Make the almond sugar powder: In the bowl of the food processor (no need to clean it out), add the almonds, powdered sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Pulse until the mixture looks like sandy gravel. You want a very fine powder with almond bits that are smaller than the mini chocolate chips.

No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls make the almond sugar powder

4 Make the balls: Scoop out about 1 teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball between the palms of your hands. It may be a bit crumbly, but should hold together when pressed firmly (if not, mix another tablespoon of peanut butter into the mixture).

Continue until all the dough is used up, placing the balls on a sheet pan or platter lined with wax paper.

Peanut Butter Protein Balls shape the balls

5 Roll the balls in the coating: When finished shaping, roll the balls in the almond mixture to coat. Once all the balls have been coated, go back and roll them all once more. The first coating is often absorbed into the ball. The second coating will adhere, but not absorb, which makes it easier to eat the energy balls.

5 Store or freeze: Store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. To freeze, place them in a single later on a platter or baking sheet until solid. Transfer to in a zip-top bag for up to 3 months.

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  • Amy Goldberg

    These are CRAZY good!


    • Summer

      Crazy good for the win! Thanks for saying so, Amy! I’m glad you liked them!

  • FMS

    Can I use maple syrup instead of honey? Can’t eat honey due to IBS.

    • Summer

      Hi, FMS — Great question! Yes, you can use Maple Syrup to replace the honey. It sounds like a delicious substitution. Let us know how it turns out.

  • Jill Wells

    Are there any nutrition facts for this recipe? I need to know the added sugar amount.

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Jim! We don’t currently calculate nutrition info for our recipes. I’d suggest using an online nutrition calculator like this one. Thanks!

  • Nancy McAllister

    I think its just great, but I don’t have a processor:)

  • Sherry

    Great food pics! I will try this recipe tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

    • Summer

      Hi, Sherry! Thanks for letting us know you like the pictures! Good luck with the recipe.

  • Jenn

    What can you sub for almond? Have almond allergy.

    • Summer

      Hi, Jenn — Great question! Feel free to substitute any nut. Walnuts will have an earthy, slightly bitter flavor, pecan’s would add another layer of sweetness. You could even use peanuts. Good luck.

  • Carole

    Could Quick Oats be used in place of Old-Fashioned to eliminate the need to use the processor… or do the oats need to be in smaller pieces or maybe the texture the processor
    produces with the Old-Fashioned? Thanks!

    • Summer

      Hi, Carole! Great question. I’m sure you could use quick oats, but it wouldn’t eliminate the need for the food processor. The oats need to be in smaller pieces. That being said, there are many recipes that don’t run the oats through the food processor. You may want to try this recipe without running the oats through to see if you like it that way. For me, I prefer the texture of the smaller oat pieces. Good luck!

  • Andrea

    They sound great but I haven’t made them yet. Any idea of the nutrition breakdown?

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Andrea! We don’t currently calculate nutrition info for our recipes. I’d suggest using an online nutrition calculator like this one. Thanks!

  • Marta Rivera

    I really enjoyed these! They were simple to make and gave me a boost of energy to bring me out of that afternoon fog.


    • Summer

      Hi, Marta! Thanks for saying you liked them!

  • Kaitlyn

    Can I sub peanuts for the almonds in the coating? I’m allergic to almonds but would love to make these to have around as a healthy snack.

    • Summer

      Hi, Kaitlyn! Great question. Yes, feel free to substitute peanuts for the almonds. I hope you enjoy them.