Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

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Two-bite crispy chocolate peanut butter energy balls are just what you need when you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up. Dates add a touch of natural sweetness and peanut butter, chia, and flax add plenty of filling protein.

Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

March 25 is a special day: chocolate peanut butter day! Or at least the official unofficial chocolate peanut butter day. There are a ton random food holidays out there – from garlic day to margarita day – but until last year there was no day devoted to celebrating one of the most classic flavor combinations around: chocolate and peanut butter. Obviously that needed to get fixed. which is why today Carla of Chocolate Moosey and Miriam of Overtime Cook are hosting the second annual chocolate peanut butter day!

I didn’t participate in last year’s event because I couldn’t think of a healthy recipe to feature these two ingredients, but this year I was inspired by my favorite peanut butter cup green smoothie and make these chocolate peanut butter energy balls. I’ve been eating them all week, and they’re seriously good.

These chocolate peanut butter energy balls are sweetened with dates, so they’re sweet but don’t set me off on a sugar rampage. They’re the perfect nibble to combat that 3pm slump. I added crisp brown rice cereal to give them some texture and crunch, but you can play around with whatever you happen to have around. Rolled oats would work well, but you can also try chopped nuts or even a small handful of cocoa nibs.
Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls 1

Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

4.34 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Lauren Keating


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • ½ cup crisp brown rice cereal
  • cocoa powder for dusting optional


  • Soak the dates in hot water for 5-10 minutes, or until soft and plump. Drain.
  • Add the dates and coconut oil to a food processor or high speed blender. Process until a smooth paste is formed, about 30 seconds (scrape down the sides as needed.) Add the peanut butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, flax meal, and chia seeds. Process until smooth – it should resemble a thick brownie batter. Transfer the paste to a mixing bowl; stir in the brown rice cereal.
  • Roll the mixture into tablespoon-sized balls. Dust with cocoa powder if desired.
  • Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you love chocolate + peanut butter, check out the rest of the treats people are sharing for Chocolate Peanut Butter Day!

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies by Miriam from Overtime Cook

Chocolate Peanut Butter Twix Cake by Susan from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

{Healthy} Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bars by Kayle from The Cooking Actress

Chocolate Drizzled Peanut Butter Tiger Paws by Renee from Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip by Becca from It’s Yummi

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake by Erin from The Spiffy Cookie

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie by Lisa from Snappy Gourmet

Espresso Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting and a Rum Drizzle  by Barb from Creative Culinary

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tandy Cake by Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Chocolate-Glazed Peanut Butter-Stuffed Doughnuts by Coleen from The Redhead Baker

4 Ingredient Chocolate & Peanut Butter Candy by Colleen from Souffle Bombay

Ganache-Stuffed Peanut Butter Bars by Karen from The Food Charlatan

Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes by Taylor from Food Faith Fitness

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Icing by Shashi from Runnin Srilankan

Chocolate Filled Peanut Butter Cookie Cups by Stacy from Food Lust People Love

Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Lava Cakes by Anita from Hungry Couple

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream by Renee from Magnolia Days

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Tagalong Dip by Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

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Small Batch Chocolate Peanut Butter Doughnuts by Sarah from What Smells So Good?

Funky Monkey Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls by Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies by Diane from Created by Diane

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By on March 25th, 2015

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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28 thoughts on “Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls”

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  2. My husband LOVES this. Even I enjoy this crispy chocolate peanut butter energy balls, and I am not a big fan of peanut butter. Thanks For sharing!

  3. Lauren, I made these energy balls this weekend and they’re absolutely delicious! And super addictive too. I’ve found my new favourite snack! Best part is they’re healthier than the usual crap I reach for 🙂


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