Earlier this year, I went through a stage where I was mildly obsessed with making no bake protein balls. One of my more popular creations was a recipe for White Chocolate Protein Bites. If you’ve made them and love them, then you’ll love this recipe as well since they’re very similar.
I often revisit past recipes to try and make them better, address reader questions, and even update photos since aesthetics matter more than ever. In this case, what started as testing the white chocolate protein bites with different protein powders turned into an entirely new fudge brownie spin on the original.
These fudge brownie protein balls use extra chocolate in place of a sticky sweetener like honey. Despite the added chocolate, the protein balls have similar macros with 115 calories, 10 grams of protein, 12 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of fat. Compare that to 119, 10, 13, and 3 in the white chocolate bites.
And if I’m being honest, swapping the honey for more chocolate makes these fudge brownie balls even easier to make. Check out the video below for a full walkthrough and a look at what your protein balls should look like at each step.
What You’ll Need to Make Fudge Brownie Protein Balls
If you watched the video, this will be repeat info. If you’re feeling confident about your ability to make no bake protein balls, here are a few commonly asked questions about ingredients in this recipe.
This is where I always like to add that you can use any protein powder you’d like. In the video above, I used Muscletech Whey protein that was on sale at Sam’s Club. You may have heard me mention Optimum Nutrition and Dymatize, which I typically use for all my recipes. I’m not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned, I just like to answer this FAQ in advance.
In the no bake recipes, you don’t have to worry about products getting tough during baking. But I will caution against using super lean isolate proteins or plant-based blends that are very granular. You don’t want sandy, gummy, or chewy protein bites.
It’s also worth mentioning that thicker protein powders may require more liquid. If you’re using something like the PEScience Select I use in my protein cookie dough for one, you may need a bit more almond milk or liquid for these protein balls.
If you’d like to learn more about the different types of whey protein and how to analyze cost and value of different products, check out my guide to buying protein powder.
Sugar Free Fat Free Pudding Mix
I touched on this in the video, but I always like to mention possible alternatives for pudding mix. Since these protein bites already call for cocoa powder, adding more is an easy swap. You can also add thickeners like corn starch, arrowroot powder, xanthan gum, or a bit of protein powder to the cocoa. They will all make the consistency work, you’ll just have to tinker a bit with amounts. For comparison, the pudding mix in total is around 44 grams.
If you have all purpose flour or almond flour on hand, start with two times the amount and add as needed. Most recipes require a two or three to one ratio when substituting for coconut flour since it’s so absorbent.
Okay, that’s all ya need to know. You’ll find the full recipe below.
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- 3 scoops (96g) Protein Powder, vanilla
- 1 Tbsp (7g) Coconut Flour
- 1 packet (1.4oz) Sugar Free Fat Free Pudding Mix, chocolate fudge flavor
- 1 Tbsp (5g) Unsweetened Dark Cocoa Powder
- 5 Tbsp (70g) Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 C (60mL) Unsweetened Almond Milk, 1-2 Tbsp extra as needed
- 1-2 tsp Sprinkles
- Line a baking sheet or plate that can fit in your refrigerator or freezer with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Microwave the chocolate chips with 2 Tbsp (30mL) almond milk for 20-30 seconds or until melted. Stir well and set aside.
- Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add the melted chocolate and fold everything together as best you can before adding the remaining milk.
- Continue to work the mixture, pressing down and folding dry ingredients into the moist parts of the mixture. (You'll think you need more liquid but make sure you've mixed everything well before adding any additional liquid. If you do add extra liquid, add 1/2 Tbsp at a time.)
- Use your hands to form a large ball with the mixture before breaking it into 8 pieces. Roll each piece between your palms until smooth. (Spraying your hands with cooking spray can help prevent sticking and aid in sprinkle adhesion.) Top with sprinkles and refrigerate.
- Macros do not include sprinkles.
- If you don't have pudding mix, you can use more cocoa powder and add thickeners like corn starch, arrowroot powder, xanthan gum, or a bit of protein powder to the cocoa. They will all make the consistency work, you'll just have to tinker a bit with amounts. For comparison, the pudding mix in total is around 44 grams.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Protein Bites Serving Size: 1 Protein Bite
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 3.1gCarbohydrates: 11.6gProtein: 9.8g
More Healthy No Bake Recipes You Might Like
My no bake s’mores protein bites are by far my most popular no bake bites. They have very similar macros to the fudge brownie protein balls, too. If you’d like a lower calorie option, my no bake oatmeal peanut butter bites might tickle your fancy with around 65 calories each.