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5 minute Protein Peanut Butter Energy Bites

No bake protein packed peanut butter energy bites that taste like peanut butter cookie dough with amazing chewy texture. These healthy peanut butter energy bites are loaded with nutritious ingredients like flaxseed, chia and oats for the perfect snack.

Course Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Healthy Treat, Protein, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword peanut butter energy bites, protein energy bites
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 10 balls
Calories 150 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1/2 cup natural drippy peanut butter (or sub almond butter)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or date syrup or coconut syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup protein powder of choice*
  • 1/3 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten free, if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips (vegan, if desired)
  • Optional
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add in the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, protein powder, flaxseed meal, oats, cinnamon and chia seeds. Pulse together until well combined. Add in chocolate chips (and coconut if using) and pulse a few more times. Use a medium cookie scoop or your hands to grab dough and roll into 10 balls, place in an airtight container.

  2. To make without food processor: add wet ingredients to a medium bowl, mix to combine. Add in dry ingredients and mix together until combined. I usually have to use my hands to mix and work with the dough. At this point you should be able to form balls that stick together. Because all peanut butter/nut butter consistencies are different and depending on what protein powder you use, you may need to add in more nut butter or sweetener to help the balls stick together.

  3. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week, or the freezer for up to 2 months. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*For the protein powder, I normally use Aloha’s Vanilla protein powder (vegan) or Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. If you don’t have any protein powder, these balls should be just fine without it too, although you may need to add more oats.

For the nut butter: I used an all-natural drippy peanut butter with only peanuts and salt. The natural kind with no additives is best for this recipe.

This recipe can be made nut free by using sunflower seed butter and nut free chocolate chips.

How to store & freeze: keep these energy bites in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. If you’re eating them straight from the freezer I’d recommend letting them soften up a bit in the fridge or at room temp before doing so.

Nutrition Facts
5 minute Protein Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 energy bite)
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 79
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.8g14%
Saturated Fat 1.2g8%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3.2g13%
Sugar 7.7g9%
Protein 6.6g13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.