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No-Bake Brownie Protein Bites

No-Bake Brownie Protein Bites made with 6 wholesome ingredients for a delicious protein-boosted bite of chocolate bliss! This simple recipe comes together quickly and is perfect for a small snack or even dessert.

Bowl of protein bites with a bowl of chocolate chips and a bowl of cocoa powder to the side.

After sharing my Chocolate Date Energy Bites a while back, I wanted to create a protein-boosted version that was even easier to make.

These simple protein brownie bites are designed to bring you a small burst of chocolate joy with a little kick of protein to make it all seem guilt-free.

Easy to whip up in your food processor, this easy snack can be whipped up at a moment’s notice. They’re like healthy protein brownies but in ball form.

The best part is you likely already have everything you need on hand already.

If you’re a big fan of peanut butter, also be sure to check out my Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Balls!

Bowl of fudge brownie protein bites, ready to eat.

Let’s discuss the healthy ingredients for these delicious brownie protein bites.

Ingredients for Protein Brownie Bites:

Almond Butter: Used for the glue that holds everything together, unsweetened creamy almond butter is a crucial ingredient here.

Any well-stirred nut butter or seed butter will work here, including sunflower seed butter or peanut butter.

Cocoa Powder: The majority of the rich chocolate flavor comes from cocoa powder, so be sure to use a brand you’ve tried in the past and love.

I like using raw cacao powder because it has a creamier, less bitter flavor than regular cocoa powder.

Protein Powder: Pick your favorite protein powders for these delightful protein balls. I use an unsweetened goat whey protein powder which has a lovely creamy flavor, adding to the brownie flavor.

Vanilla protein powder and chocolate protein powder are great in this application. Read the ingredients label to be sure there isn’t any unnecessary sugar or artificial ingredients.

I recommend using any kind of protein powder that includes all essential amino acids to ensure you’re getting complete protein. This is especially important for those whose goal is muscle protein synthesis, or hypertrophy (building muscle).

If you don’t keep protein powder on hand and aren’t worried about the protein content of the bites, replace the protein powder with 3 tablespoons of oat flour or 4 tablespoons of almond flour. 

Use vegan protein powder such as pea protein, brown rice protein, or hemp protein powder to keep the recipe vegan.

Pure Maple Syrup or Pitted Medjool Dates: To sweeten the bites, use 4 to 5 tablespoons of pure maple syrup or 4 to 6 large pitted medjool dates.

If you use dates, the bites will be chewier and fudgier with a closer flavor to raw brownie bites.

Pure Vanilla Extract: A touch of pure vanilla extract adds warm flavor to this delicious snack. 

Sea Salt: A pinch of sea salt brings out all of the individual flavors and makes these energy bites taste sweeter without the need for more sweetener.

Mini Chocolate Chips: While chocolate chips are optional, I love adding them because they boost the sweetness and they bring a lovely texture element to the healthy snack as well.

Recipe Notes:

If your ball mixture seems overly dry, it could mean that your protein powder is more absorbent than the one I use. To remedy this, you can add more almond butter, some melted coconut oil, or any non-dairy milk like almond milk until the mixture resembles a regular dough that isn’t overly sticky and holds together nicely.

For a boost of omega-3 fatty acids you can add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to the brownie batter bites.

Hand holding a protein bite with a bite taken out.

Now that we’ve covered the simple ingredients for these healthy protein brownie bites, let’s make them!

How to Make Protein Brownie Bites:

Add all of the ingredients for the brownie bites to a food processor and process until completely combined. There’s no need to separate the dry ingredients from the wet ingredients as everything can be added at the same time.

Ingredients for no-bake brownie protein bites in a food processor.

Note that this process will be easier on your food processor if the almond butter is at room temperature. If your almond butter has been chilling in the refrigerator, microwave it for 10-20 second intervals until it softens up.

Taste the mixture for flavor and if desired, add more pure maple syrup and/or chocolate chips.

Food processor with brownie bite mixture and chocolate chips on top, ready to be mixed in.

Roll the mixture into balls and enjoy!

Brownie bite balls on a white plate, ready to eat.

If you’d like, you can roll the protein balls in more cocoa powder, unsweetened shredded coconut, or press more chocolate chips into them.

protein ball on a pile of cocoa powder, ready to be rolled.

Store protein bites in an airtight container or zip lock bag in your refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also freeze the brownie bites in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information:

Each ball contains 7 grams of protein when you’re making the recipe into 12 balls or 5 grams of protein when made into 16 balls.

This amount will vary slightly depending on the brand of protein powder you use. While there is a decent portion of fat, healthy fats are essential to a balanced diet as well and shouldn’t be avoided. 

If you’re watching your blood sugar levels and are looking for a low carb version with less sugar, you can use sugar-free maple syrup or any sugar-free granulated sweetener to replace the pure maple syrup.

Bowl of brownie energy balls.

The next time you’re craving a portion controlled treat with a boost of protein, whip up these fudgy brownie bites for a nutritious snack.

You can make these protein balls in big batches and keep them stored in the refrigerator or freezer to have on hand whenever the sweet tooth arises.

Looking for more no-bake treats? My No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cups are a reader favorite!

If you love energy ball recipes or protein ball recipes like these no bake protein brownie bites, also try out these favorites.

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Put some protein in your chocolate and let’s go!

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No-Bake Fudge Brownie Protein Bites

An easy go-to snack or treat, these no-bake brownie protein bites come together quickly and are the perfect size to quench your sweet tooth with a protein boost.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Desserts & Treats
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 Balls
Calories: 191kcal
Author: Julia

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients for the brownie bites to a food processor and process until completely combined. There's no need to separate the dry ingredients from the wet ingredients as everything can be added at the same time. Note that this process will be easier on your food processor if the almond butter is at room temperature. If your almond butter has been chilling in the refrigerator, microwave it for 10-20 second intervals until it softens up.
  • Taste the mixture for flavor and if desired, add more pure maple syrup and/or chocolate chips.
  • Roll the mixture into balls and enjoy!
  • If you’d like, you can roll the protein balls in unsweetened shredded coconut, more cocoa powder, or shaved chocolate.

Notes

Store protein bites in an airtight container or zip lock bag in your refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also freeze the brownie bites in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Ball (of 16) | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g

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