Fudge Brownie No Bake Protein Balls

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 super simple no bake protein balls are loaded with chocolate and tout 10 grams of protein each with only 12 grams of carbs and 115 calories.

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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.

Protein Powder

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.

protein cookie dough on a spoon in front of ingredients

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.

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Coconut Flour

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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fudge brownie no bake protein balls

Fudge Brownie No Bake Protein Balls

Yield: 8 protein bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A quick and easy, mess-free no bake protein balls recipe.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet or plate that can fit in your refrigerator or freezer with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Microwave the chocolate chips with 2 Tbsp (30mL) almond milk for 20-30 seconds or until melted. Stir well and set aside.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. 
  4. Add the melted chocolate and fold everything together as best you can before adding the remaining milk.  Fudge Brownie No Bake Protein Balls
  5. 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.) Fudge Brownie No Bake Protein Balls step 2
  6. 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.  Fudge Brownie No Bake Protein Balls step 3

Notes

  • 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

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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.

These super simple no bake protein balls are loaded with chocolate and tout 10 grams of protein each with only 12 grams of carbs and 115 calories.



11 thoughts on “Fudge Brownie No Bake Protein Balls”

  • I love these. I found that I do have to add a little extra milk to make a large ball but it’s maybe 30ml tops do nothing too critical. They are good and easy to make and grab for a quick post workout snack. My three year old loved them too. I didn’t do the sprinkles but still delicious!

  • These look so good. I’ve found protein balls and other “clean” desserts help me stay on track and avoid junk food.
    Can’t wait to try these.

  • These look so good. Can’t wait to try. Just wanted to say thank you so much for mentioning a way to substitute the coconut flour. I can’t eat coconut which makes the Palo diet a no go for me. Never seen anyone mention a substitution.

  • I can’t believe I waited so long to make these. I had to use almost double the amount of milk (I used a generic “low carb” skim milk vs almond milk and pescience vanilla), but holy moly these are so incredible. Thanks!

  • These are so good! The only thing I gotta say is Masons balls must be really big ( pun intended) because I made 12 from my batch, I did sprinkles and coconut flakes ones

  • For a chocolate freak- these are amazzzinng. I was on a streak of making these every week until I ran out of SF pudding mix and boy was that a mistake. I miss these little no bake bites in my life. That’s it, I’m making tonight!

  • Just made my first MasonFit recipe and have zero complaints! These fudge protein balls really are simple to make, especially if you watch the video and measure using a scale. Only trouble I had was getting my “toppings” to stick, spray and coconut oil fidnt work so I used organic light agave then rolled 4 in unsweetened coconut and 4 in chia seeds. I will make these again and add a tad more moisture next time. Using melted dark chocolate with almond milk as the stick ingredient is genius! Next on my list to make are the s’mores bites. Thank you for a tasty protein packed no bake treat, so glad I found your website!

  • I made these with PFC, as I have a huge container to use up, and they were delicious. I needed a little extra almond milk than what is called for in the recipe and omitted the sprinkles just because I didn’t have any. They tasted like brownie truffles!

  • These are THE BOMB. I used MyProtein (Chocolate Smooth) and the dough was extremely sticky. You have to re-oil your hands a few times when forming the balls, but for the 15-20 mins it took to make the whole batch—- it is sooo worth it. Definitely satisfies ANY chocolate craving with amazing macros. Mine came out at 97 calories with 6g carbs, 10g protein, and 3g fat.

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