This is the perfect healthy peanut butter brownie chocolate oat bites recipe for a quick snack. They’re made gluten-free with clean, natural ingredients, including oats, unsweetened natural peanut butter, chia seeds, peanuts, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. My easy chocolate energy balls recipe can be batch prepped and made ahead of time so you can enjoy a healthier sweet treat whenever you need a little energy boost. They satisfy my chocolate craving, and I feel great knowing I’m eating something my digestive system will appreciate.
These are some of my family’s favorite healthy snacks, and we have fun playing with different toppings and mix-ins.
Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites Recipe
- They’re naturally sweetened with maple syrup without any processed sugar.
- All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
- There’s no baking required.
- They’re a healthy way to satisfy your chocolate craving.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Here is everything you need to make peanut butter brownie energy bites with oats:
Quick Oats: You can use old-fashioned or quick oats. I prefer the smaller size of quick oats.
Maple Syrup: You can replace with honey, agave nectar, or brown rice syrup.
Peanut Butter: You can use creamy or crunchy natural, unsweetened peanut butter. You can also replace it with your favorite butter including almond butter, and cashew butter.
Cocoa Powder: You can you use your favorite cocoa powder.
Vanilla Extract: You can omit or replace it with half as much almond extract.
Chia Seeds: You can use white or black chia seeds. You can also omit them or replace with ground flax seed for a slightly different texture.
Mini Chocolate Chips: I like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips but you can use dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or any chocolate chunks. Choose a dairy-free variety for a dairy-free option.
How to Make My Peanut Butter Brownie Chocolate Oat Bites
Step 1. Grind the Oats
Add 1 cup of quick or old-fashioned oats into your food processor and pulse for a few seconds.
Step 2. Add Remaining Ingredients
You can add the rest of your ingredients EXCEPT for the mini chocolate chips. You’ll add them in the next step, so they don’t get chopped down even smaller in the food processor.
Step 3. Mix
You can turn your food processor to speed 1 until all the ingredients are blended. While the ingredients are mixing, you should hear the processor starting to slow down a little as the mixture thickens. You want the mixture to begin forming a large ball.
If a ball has not formed after about 30 seconds of mixing, add one tablespoon of additional oats at a time and continue to mix until the mixture is dry enough to form a ball.
Step 4. Add More Chocolate
Scrape the mixture into a medium-sized mixing bowl with a sturdy spatula. Then pour in the chocolate chips. Mix by hand with the spatula until the chips are incorporated. The mixture will be very thick. I use a slicing motion with the spatula to push the chips into the dough.
Step 5. Scoop the Bites
Using a spoon or cookie dough scoop, spoon about one tablespoon of the mixture and begin rolling it between the palms of your hands to form a ball. Place the balls on a tray or directly into your storage container to enjoy whenever you need your chocolate fix.
Step 6. Optional Toppings
You can enjoy the bites as is or take the chocolate peanut butter flavor up a notch—meltdown 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil. Add 1/3 cup of peanuts to your blender and blend until chopped fine. Dip your bite in the melted chocolate, then in the crushed peanuts. Place bites on a parchment paper lined tray until the chocolate is cooled. Depending on how impatient you are, you can speed up the cooling time by placing the tray in the fridge or freezer to cool quicker.
Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups Sugar Comparison
I’m sorry if you can’t unsee this comparison. But knowledge is power, right? Two Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups have 22 grams of sugar. Two of my Peanut Butter Brownie Chocolate Oat Bites have 8 or 4 grams of sugar each. And they have additional supercharged superfoods providing bonus nutrition. I love that I can indulge my sweet tooth and nourish my body in the same bite! 🙂
Chocolate Brownie Peanut Butter Energy Ball Recipe Notes
Dough Consistency: You can test the moisture level of the energy bites by rolling a small amount in your hands. If it leaves sticky residue on your hands, then it needs more oats. If it doesn’t stick to your hands but holds it shape, then it’s just right 🙂
Chocolate Dipping: To minimize the excess sugar but still have a delicious, chocolatey bite, I like to dip only half of the bite in chocolate instead of the whole thing. This also makes the process go quicker with less mess.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Oat Bites Recipe
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- Combine all the ingredients except the chia seeds in a food processor. Blend until the mixture starts to form a large ball.
- If a ball has not formed after about 30 seconds of mixing, add one tablespoon of additional oats at a time and continue to mix until the mixture is dry enough to begin forming a ball.
- Scrape mixture in a bowl and add mini chocolate chips. Stir in by hand with a spatula.
- Use a small cookie scoop and roll in your hands to form balls. You can spray your palms with cookie spray or rub some butter on them to keep dough from sticking to your palms.
- Store protein bites in the refrigerator or freezer.
Thank you for this easy and yummy recipe!! I made a double batch and have them in my freezer. I used crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy and they are delish! I can’t wait to make more of your recipes!
They are absolutely delicious!!
These are delicious (even without chocolate chips) and so fast and easy to make! The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites are yummy, too. Any chance you can add nutritional info to your recipes?