An easy 4-ingredient recipe for no bake low carb keto chocolate peanut butter protein balls! A thick and fudgy peanut butter center, covered in a sugar-free chocolate. These 5-minute keto chocolate peanut butter fat bombs are a quick healthy dessert or protein-packed snack with a peanut-free option! Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free.
Healthy peanut butter and chocolate recipes are a huge hit around here, especially these chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies and chocolate peanut butter protein bars!
Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs
When it comes to flavor pairings, nothing beats chocolate and peanut butter. It has to be one of my favorite combos when it comes to snacking or desserts, or just eaten together!
As mentioned in previous posts, ketogenic sweet snacks and desserts have been my savior lately. The low carb, low sugar recipes have satisfied my sweet tooth, along with keeping my energy levels up.
I guess that is where the ‘fat bomb’ term comes in- Packed with healthy fats, they keep hunger at bay and sugar cravings absent!
One of my all-time favorite candy bars has been Reese’s peanut butter cups. Instead of recreating the cups themselves (they are going in my second cookbook!), I’ve given them a chocolate peanut butter protein ball makeover!
I’ve got a fair few fat bomb recipes on here, but not a keto chocolate peanut butter fat bomb- it was time to rectify that! Not only are these chocolate peanut butter balls keto-friendly, they are also vegan and gluten-free, with a peanut-free and paleo option!
Is Chocolate Okay On a ketogenic diet?
It’s often hard to correlate low carb and sugar free with chocolate, but it can be done! The right kind of chocolate is acceptable on a ketogenic diet. As long as it is low carb and 100% sugar-free, you’ll be fine!
Is there a sugar-free chocolate available?
For dark chocolate lovers, you can use a 100% bakers chocolate bar. It is extremely bitter, but when used in these peanut butter balls, they’d be perfect, as they would pair with the sweet and salty peanut butter filling.
Stevia-sweetened chocolate chips are also another option and are perfect for those with a sweet(er) tooth. These chocolate chips are also low carb and keto-friendly.
Is peanut butter good for a keto diet?
Peanut butter is a fantastic ingredient to use in keto recipes or eaten on its own. It’s low in carbs, high in healthy fats and contains a good dose of plant-based protein.
Ensure the peanut butter you use is all natural and not pre-sweetened, as those contain sugar and excess carbs.
To make these low carb chocolate peanut butter protein balls, you only need 4 ingredients-
- Peanut Butter
- Coconut Flour
- A sticky sweetener of choice
As mentioned earlier, there are several keto-friendly and sugar free chocolate brands available.
If you don’t follow a strict keto diet, use paleo and vegan dairy free chocolate chips to coat them. They are semi-sweet, which work well with the creamy filling.
For my friends following a paleo diet, you can swap out the peanut butter for almond butter or cashew butter. Both work in this recipe and are also still keto-friendly.
If you’d like this recipe to be allergen-friendly and nut-free, it’s super simple to do that- Just swap out the peanut butter for sunflower seed butter, tahini or soy-nut butter!
The sticky sweetener is necessary to not only add sweetness but to also help the dough have a soft and chewy texture. Unfortunately, using a granulated sweetener will not yield the same result. As such, I used a monk fruit sweetened maple syrup, which is 100% sugar free, keto-approved and low carb.
For those who don’t follow a ketogenic diet, you can use pure maple syrup or agave nectar as your sweetener. Both are 100% refined sugar free and work well. For non-strict vegan, honey can also be used.
Like the sticky sweetener, coconut flour also helps the peanut butter filling possess a chewy and dough-like texture. Do not swap coconut flour out for another flour, as it simply won’t work. You can try substituting it for almond flour, but you’ll need to double the amount used, along with adding some extra syrup or milk.
Want more keto fat bomb and protein ball recipes?
- Peanut Butter Fat Bombs
- Almond Butter Keto Cups
- Chocolate Coconut Keto Cups
- Keto No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls
No Bake Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls (Paleo, Vegan, Low Carb)
- 2 cups smooth peanut butter * See notes
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup sticky sweetener of choice ** See notes
- 2 cups sugar-free chocolate chips *** See notes
- Line a large plate or tray with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients, except for chocolate chips, and mix until fully combined. If the batter is too thick and crumbly, add some liquid (water or milk) slowly until a thick, formable batter remains.
- Using your hands, form small balls and place on the lined plate or tray. Freeze for 10 minutes.
- While the peanut butter balls are firming up, melt your sugar-free chocolate chips. Remove the peanut butter protein balls from the freezer and using two forks, dip each ball in the melted chocolate until completely covered. Repeat until all the balls are covered in chocolate.
- Refrigerate for 20 minutes, or until the chocolate coating has firmed up.
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When I was a kid, over half a century ago, lol…my mom made peanut butter balls using the peanut butter, powdered milk and honey…I like the idea of using coconut, because I am now super sensitive/mildly allergic to dairy. I am so grateful for your website and Facebook group. Thanks for sharing things with us, I am most grateful!
🙂 You are too sweet!
I just made these!! Yummmmm! I was wondering if powdered erythritol would work the same as a sticky sweetner?
can you sub almond flour or no?
You could try, double the amount though!
Can you use liquid stevia for the Sweetener
That won’t provide a creamy center.
I’ve made these 3 times now and boy are they ever good!
I’m just wondering how you calculated only 54 calories each? I made 46 balls with this recipe and using pc organics unsweetened smooth peanut butter brought each ball to approximately 90 calories each!! What kind of magic peanut butter are you using? 😉
Hi Michelle! This uses the recipe plugin’s calorie calculator, based on their ingredients. I always recommend my readers to double check if thye are strict calorie counters or counting macros 🙂 Enjoy
Help! I’m making the recipe for Valentine’s Day and my “batter” is not thickening enough to form in to balls. Any suggestions?
Hi Kelsey! Add more coconut flour, it should help thicken!
It looks like you use chocozero maple syrup. I am wondering how the taste of maple is in this. I love reese’s cups but now that I am on keto I cant have reeses. so I wanted to try this recipe but for some reason I just can’t see the taste of pancake syrup tasting anywhere near a reese’s cup. I clicked your link on the sweetener you used and it came up as the chocozero maple pecan syrup. Is that correct? I have powered and granular swerve but nothing in a sticky sweetener. Can you help me please?
Hi Jill, I used the maple syrup, which has a light maple flavor. A sticky sweetener is recommended.
These Peanut Butter Balls taste delicious, but were too dry. I followed the recipe exactly. I even added water to the dough. I’m going to make them adulyadej with 1/2 cup coconut flour instead of 3/4 cup to see if that makes a difference. Thank you again!
Ahh that sometimes happens with different brands of coconut flour- Definitely decrease next time! 🙂
How can it be sugar free if you are using a sweetener?
Because it isn’t sugar. Enjoy.
Can I use sugar free maple syrup and then add in liquid stevia to make them sweeter?
I’m in a small town and everything out of the norm, like monk fruit syrup or choczero syrup isn’t sold by the grocery stores here. I hate waiting days for the mail when I find a recipe with items I want to make today!
Hi there, I haven’t tried- You can try it out, but it will be more crumbly that soft.
I’d like to try these but with crunch. Do you think adding some pork rind crumbles would change the recipe too much?
I haven’t tried it myself but feel free to experiment and see 🙂
I just made these and they’re so fulfilling and delicious! Omg! The dark chocolate and the peanut butter is a win! So easy to make! Simple and awesome! Will be making more! Keto version!
🙂 Thank you, Shouna! 🙂