Welcome to another installment of “why chocolate and peanut butter are the best combination on the planet.”

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bites I howsweeteats.com

I mean, they are. Right?

If you don’t agree, well, I have no idea how we are in this weird invisible relationship. I’m sure we have something else in common like eating all of the cookie dough out of the cookie dough ice cream and returning it to the freezer for the next poor soul to discover. Or wondering how we can someday have a small child and still participate in (consecutive) ten hour Friday Night Lights marathons. Connie Britton… please be my best friend.

P.S. your hair is so pretty.

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bites I howsweeteats.com

So. These are a complete knock off of my oatmeal peanut butter bites I made a few months ago. Oh my gawwwd. I love those things. I make a double batch some weeks. Sometimes I have them before workouts in the morning and occasionally as an afternoon snack. Originally they were mostly peanut butter with a hint of chocolate (in chip form) but then I thought… why aren’t they almost ALL chocolate? Like mostly chocolate with a touch of peanut butter?

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bites I howsweeteats.com

Then… I did that.

And I added some of those chocolate covered sunflower seeds because they are addicting. And okay, I had to add them to something because I often inhale them by the handful which is just socially unacceptable for some reason. Why, I have no idea. True story: when I first had these candy coated morsels of goodness years ago, I’m 97% sure that I ate an entire container in one day. They are just so cute. And tiny. And chocolately. And healthy! They are a seed for goodness sakes. Plus, when they come in all these adorable bright colors and a beautiful array of pastels? Um, how can you expect me, a secret 17-year old, to pass that up?

I’m currently shoveling them in my mouth right now too. Just like a needy addict. Help.

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bites I howsweeteats.com


No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bites

Yield: 12-15 bites

Total Time: 20 minutes


1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
a pinch cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
2 tablespoons chocolate covered sunflower seeds
ground peanuts or almonds mixed with a few pinches of cocoa powder, to roll the balls in


Combine oats, almonds, flaxseed, cocoa, chia seeds, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir.

Melt peanut butter and allow it to cool slightly (I melted mine in the microwave for about 30 seconds, then stirred), then stir in honey and vanilla extract until it's combined. Once peanut butter has cooled a bit, pour it over the oat mixture and mix well with a spoon then bring together with your hands. Once mixture is sticking together, fold in chocolate chips and sunflower seeds.

Roll dough into golf-ball sized (or slightly smaller) balls, then roll in ground peanuts or ground almonds tossed with cocoa powder. These can be eaten at room temp but we really like them stored in the fridge!

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bites I howsweeteats.com

Just try to stay away. Really.

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121 Responses to “No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bites.”

  1. #
    Liz — January 17, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    No way I’d stay away from those – LOVE the addition of the sunflower seeds! Great addition to the already-perfect chocolate & peanut butter combination.


  2. #
    Sara @my less serious life — January 17, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    oh my freakin’ word. i am addicted to the original ones – i have some in my freezer right at this moment. but, i am also separately addicted to chocolate. so these – my dear – will be addiction times 2. love it.


  3. #
    Pam — January 17, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    Hi Jessica, I have never tried chocolate covered sunflower seeds. Is there a particular brand you really like or could suggest?


    • Jessica — January 17th, 2013 @ 9:37 am

      I get mine at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods – I’ve never really seen a specific brand, I think they are usually a store brand?


      • Pam — January 18th, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

        Thank you! Two of my favorite stores.

    • Sarah M. — January 17th, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

      The first time I actually saw some was in the candy isle in Jo-Anns Fabrics and Crafts. Go figure.


  4. #
    Sarah — January 17, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    If I wasn’t having such a lazy day I would make these right this second! They look amazing. I’m also going to go on a hunt for chocolate covered sunflower seeds for class later today – I’ve never seen them at my local grocery store.


  5. #
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — January 17, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    I actually have a container of chocolate covered sunflower seeds that I haven’t touched since I got them as a gift. They just seemed a little too healthy to me. But now I have something to use them in! Great idea!


  6. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 17, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    Making these tonight!! I agree that chocolate and peanut butter are one of the best combos of all times!!


  7. #
    Simply Life — January 17, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    oh what a great snack!


  8. #
    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — January 17, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    Oh my gawwwd is right! I’m not a chocolate lover myself, but if you put peanut butter with it then I’m game! I’m loving the quick snack options these days. These look perfectly addictive! ;)


  9. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — January 17, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    These look so cute, and almost Easter-y with the colour of the candy-coated sunflower seeds. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of those sunflower seeds because something in my head just doesn’t like the salty-sweet combo, but I know a lot of people who would LOVE these so I might just have to whip up a batch anyway!


  10. #
    Cindi — January 17, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    Where do you purchase chocolate covered sunflower seeds?


    • Jessica — January 17th, 2013 @ 9:36 am

      I get mine at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, but they have them at my local grocery store too! They just don’t always have the cute colors.


  11. #
    DessertForTwo — January 17, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    These are on my list for breakfast next week! Does that make you feel better that I eat chocolate for breakfast? ;)


  12. #
    Rachel — January 17, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    These are so cute! A perfect post workout snack!
    Also have you started watching Nashville? I think you’d love it!


    • Jessica — January 17th, 2013 @ 9:36 am

      oh god yes… been obsessed since the pilot.


  13. #
    Morgan — January 17, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    Oh my god. Last week I searched out all of the cookie dough in the last half of the carton. I am dying that we have that in common, and that I have put that on the Internet. We also share a love of Girls, your reaction is my favorite part of Tuesday Things haha,


  14. #
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — January 17, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    I love the sunflower seeds in this recipe – they make them so adorable!


  15. #
    Kim in MD — January 17, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    I see those chocolate covered sunflower seeds everywhere, and I have never purchased them because I didn’t know what to do with them. Now I do-YUM!


  16. #
    Brandi @ New 30 Something — January 17, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    These look amazing!!


  17. #
    Kim — January 17, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    Where can I get those sunflower seeds???


    • Jessica — January 17th, 2013 @ 9:36 am

      I get mine at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, but they have them at my local grocery store too! They just don’t always have the cute colors. :)


  18. #
    Courtney — January 17, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    Maybe I’ll actually make these properly. Just last night I was making the oatmeal peanut butter bites. And then I concluded that I was too lazy/hungry to roll them into balls. Literally, too lazy to roll them into balls. Too much effort. So throughout the night I would just walk by and eat a spoonful of the mixture. I have no shame.


  19. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — January 17, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    No need to convince me – peanut butter and chocolate are BOTH incredible alone but put together and it’s out of this world amazing. I LOVE recipes that are no-bake too. Easy is the best!


  20. #
    Nicole — January 17, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    I’m pretty certain that we are twins. That paragraph at the beginning pretty much described me! FNL, one of the best shows ever. And LOVE Connie Brinton. Do you watch Nashvile? Addicting!

    I found this page through pinterest and this is right up my alley. I need to go make these asap! And these candy coated sunflower seeds!? I can’t believe I haven’t had them yet. Where do you get them?


    • Jessica — January 17th, 2013 @ 9:38 am

      yes, obsessed with nashville. I find the seeds at trader joe’s or whole foods, but they also have them at my local grocery store often – just in different colors.


  21. #
    Annie @ What's Annie Making? — January 17, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    You are a genius my friend. I’m not such a fan of throwing dates in oats and calling it cookie dough. It’s not. These look absolutely delicious. And you really can’t go wrong with the choc-pb combo. Ever.


  22. #
    Tabitha (From Single to Married) — January 17, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Wow. Just wow.

    Enough said.


  23. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — January 17, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    Well, you’ve done it again, woman. I love how you manage to make everything you cook so darn cute in addition to being delicious.


  24. #
    Lauren @ Berry Sweet Lauren — January 17, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    Definitely no better combination than peanut butter and chocolate! If I were at home, i would be making these right now! Can’t wait to try them out :)


  25. #
    Betsy — January 17, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    Yum. These would be perfect for a snack right after work before going to the gym. Thanks!


  26. #
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — January 17, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    ohhh holy yummmyyness


  27. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — January 17, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    no-bake desserts are my favorite!!

    the only thing I would change here is the PB – I am currently obsessed with Peanut Butter & Company’s “Bees Knees” PB – it’s peanut butter with honey already blended in and it is DELECTABLE. I will def be using it in my version :)


  28. #
    Devon | the food bitch blog — January 17, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    There really is no combination quite like chocolate and peanut butter… except for maybe red velvet and cream cheese… or bacon and anything. But regardless… chocolate and PB is wonnnnderful.


  29. #
    nicole — January 17, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    My sister in law HATES chocolate and peanut butter together. She says it doesn’t taste right. I didn’t think people with this mind frame existed but sadly they do. :-(


  30. #
    Sabatino - hotcupoflove.com — January 17, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    Chocolate and peanut butter gets me all hot and bothered- soulmates?? You had me until the chocolate covered sunflower seeds. I may need to give this invisable relationship more thought. haha.


  31. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — January 17, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    I LOVE those seeds! My sister introduced me to them and she puts them all over ice cream. She’s sorta a sprinkles freak and when she discovered Trader Joe’s didn’t have sprinkles, she thought these were the next best thing. Or mostly just the best thing.


  32. #
    Ashley — January 17, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    Mention the words “snack bite” and “peanut butter” and/or “chocolate” and you’ll see me come running. I can only imagine the nice crunch that the chocolate covered sunflower seeds add!


  33. #
    Meagan Wied @ A Zesty Bite — January 17, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    These are super cute! I agree with you that peanut butter and chocolate go hand in hand!


  34. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — January 17, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    Those sunflower seeds are like the chocolate version of sprinkles. They’re like big, giant, sprinkles.


  35. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — January 17, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    chocolate and peanut butter IS the best combo ever. i need to pick up some of those sunflower seeds at my local trader joe’s.


  36. #
    Julie — January 17, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    Oh my word, it is like you are in my brain! I got some chocolate covered sunflower seeds in my stocking and I have been wanting to throw them in cookies or something equivalent. The only reason they have lasted this long is because I’m refusing the open the package until I decide what recipe I’m using them for, otherwise they would be gone in approximately 30 seconds.

    This is happening this weekend. Thanks for the perfect inspiration, as always :)


  37. #
    Jill — January 17, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    Yum! I am totally making these in like 10 minutes. Mmm…


  38. #
    deva at deva by definition — January 17, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    The phrase “no-bake” has me caught. Hook, line, and sinker. YUM!


  39. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 17, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    I love these! I’m totally trying them asap. Mmmm.


  40. #
    Katie — January 17, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    Seriously? I don’t even have to turn the oven on? TROUBLE.


  41. #
    Jen@whenpigsfly — January 17, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    Wow! These look amazing. I really need to not be on a diet right now. Looking at yummy food sites is not helping.


  42. #
    April — January 17, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    I cannot wait to make these! And I just happen to have all the ingredients, too!

    I think chocolate & PB are the perfect combo. So much so that I even have a Pinterest board devoted strictly to this pairing!


  43. #
    Tink — January 17, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    The whole watching what you want thing works for the first year or so of having kids. Then you need to wait till they start school.
    Unless you’re like me and you watch stupid amounts of cartoons by choice, then you’re golden.


  44. #
    Julia Jolliff — January 17, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    Sunflower seeds and chocolate sound amazing–I haven’t actually tried that combo before. I will have to try and find those somewhere. Great recipe!!


  45. #
    Lauren — January 17, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    Um, so these look fantastic!


  46. #
    Lauren — January 17, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    These remind me of Easter. I love the pastely colors so much! Anything pastel colored cannot be bad for you, right?


  47. #
    Jennifer — January 17, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Oh yummy! I make a similar oatmeal/peanut butter ball but I will have to try this one!

    xo Jennifer



  48. #
    Lisa @ Floating Along... — January 17, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    Chocolate + Peanut Butter = Heaven. I must make these, and then eat all of them!!


  49. #
    Aikko @ Bake Happy — January 17, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Peanut butter and Chocolate – definitely an unbeatable combination in my book! :)


  50. #
    Larry — January 17, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    They are so pretty! I can envision myself shoveling 5 in my mouth (that’s my “it’s still acceptable” number when it comes to things that are mini) and being completely happy.



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