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My first experience with balls

Good morning! I don’t have a What I Ate Wednesday post for you today because half my meals have been eaten standing up in the kitchen grazing, so I’ve been lacking in actual meals to share. Instead, I though I’d share the recipe for my first ever chocolate PB energy balls.

Everywhere I go I see balls. Get your head out of the gutter. I mean energy balls! Or, as they’re often called in Healthy-Blog Land, “no-bake energy bites.” Same thing. Does the adolescent in you do a little “tee hee” every time you talk about balls? Just me? Oh.


Let me tell you about the ones I made this weekend because they were freakin’ awesome. They taste like cookie dough and even better, they’re not terrible for you.

No-bake chocolate energy balls 3

There are a ton of recipes out there for balls like these and literally a million variations you can do. I searched around and found a bunch I liked, but in the end I made up my recipe as I went along. If you want some inspiration, here are some of the sites I’ve pinned or saved that feature some tasty looking balls (he he…sorry, I’ll stop):

Now on to my creation! As you may know, most of my recipes are born out of a desire to do as little work as possible. Because of this, I used stuff I always have in the kitchen.

No-bake chocolate energy balls 4

The one exception to this was the chopped dates, which I just happened to have a coupon for and grabbed at the store. I’m even too lazy to chop my own dates, so the fact that Sun-Maid would do it for me was even better!

You can make this with regular peanut butter, but I had some Dark Chocolate Dreams PB in my pantry and figured that would be a fun twist. My measurements are kind of approximate because as I mixed I was adjusting and sampling, but it’s pretty close.

Chocolate Dreams Energy Balls

Makes: 16-20 balls, depending on how you roll them and how much you eat before they get rolled.


  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate peanut butter (I used Peanut Butter Co.)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Roll into small balls and chill for about an hour before eating. Enjoy!

No-bake chocolate energy balls

In case you’re interested, I got curious about the “healthy” factor and put this recipe into My Fitness Pal to check out the nutritional breakdown: Per serving: 118 calories, 16 grams carbs, 6 grams fat, 4 grams protein, 12 grams sugar, 1 gram fiber.

Based on the breakdown, I wouldn’t exactly say these are nutritional powerhouses, but they are really delicious. The peanut butter and chocolate combo is to die for, and the oats cut the sweetness just enough. I love the convenience of being able to just grab and go. They also make a great little dessert. In fact, I’d say they lean more towards the dessert side of things anyway. I love a good excuse to pretend I’m eating health food, though, even though they’re basically unbaked cookies. πŸ˜‰

Hope you enjoy them!

What’s your favorite no-bake energy bite? Feel free to share links!

Health food? Cookies? What’s your take on balls?


14 thoughts on “My first experience with balls

  1. bahahaha false advertising in blog titles.

    I love no bake recipes- you realise how superior they are when you are without a functioning kitchen- which ironically is the sweet and salty no bake energy bites I recently posted for Davida’s link up..the things I do for that girl.

  2. Chocolate pb I’ve never seen that one!! Your balls look really yummy!! Las t year I made some, but I don’t remember from who. The fact was that they were delicious!!! Those tiny balls are so yummy! I’m a fan of eating healthier options when it comes to sweets. As a matter of fact, during the weekend I made black bean brownie πŸ˜€

  3. I bet a lot of people clicked on this and were a little disappointed but then excited to see how awesome these balls are πŸ˜‰ And I have all the ingredients in my pantry, double score!

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