Peanut butter, chocolate and banana. Yes, yes, yes. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls? Also, yes, yes, yes!
These chunky monkey-inspired protein fudge balls are decadent, rich and flavourful but made from simple, healthy ingredients like cocoa powder, peanut butter and banana.
My favourite smoothie, the chunky monkey, is made from peanut butter, cocoa, dates, frozen banana and vanilla protein powder. I decided I needed those flavours in chocolate peanut butter protein ball form and that decision was a very, very good one. It was pretty straightforward to convert my favourite smoothie into protein ball form, I simply left out the liquid and blended up the rest of the ingredients. Success.
Some of my other favourite no-bake protein balls and bars are:
I love these recipes for early morning pre-workout snacks. I usually don’t have much or an appetite and since I get up before 5 am, I like something that’s quick and easy to eat on-the-go. These work perfectly for that.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Into the blender went fresh medjool dates, extra ripe banana, peanut butter, cocoa and protein. Mix all that up and you have a chocolate peanut butter protein ball that’s creamy, delicious and provides a nice little boost of protein.
chocolate + peanut butter!
use up extra ripe banana
perfect pre or post-workout snacks
yummy as an after-dinner treat
rich fudge texture
can be made peanut-free or nut-free
FYI. I use Vega Performance Protein in all my protein recipes. I find it has the best flavour and texture when used in recipes from muffins, to no-bake balls and bars, to smoothies. You can use Vanilla, Chocolate or Mocha flavour in this recipe and you find them all on Amazon.
- 1 cup (280 g) packed fresh medjool dates
- 1 cup (210 g) ripe banana (ideally extra ripe with brown spots)
- ⅓ cup (40 g) cocoa powder
- ¼ cup (35 g) powdered peanut butter (sub with another ¼ cup of cocoa powder)
- ¼ cup (65 g) natural peanut butter
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 2 scoops (82 g) Vega Performance Protein in Vanilla (or 82 g vegan protein powder of choice)
- Place all ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender and mix until it forms a dough.
- Roll into 20 balls and store in the fridge.
To make completely nut-free, omit the powdered peanut butter and use ⅓ + ¼ cup of cocoa powder and use sunflower butter instead of peanut butter.