Easy Chocolate Fudge Bites (Gluten-Free)

  Feb 25, 2019  |  #Recipes

These Easy Chocolate Fudge Bites are a healthy snack or dessert option. Made with coconut flour, these chocolate bites are gluten-free, full of fiber, protein and flavor. 

overhead view of easy chocolate fudge bites with coconut flakes

We took a trip to Savannah this weekend to visit my parents. Ed was traveling for work and we have been sick of the rain in Charlotte. We thought it was the perfect time to get out of Charlotte. We’ve had a very low key and relaxing weekend. It was just what I needed after feeling sick, depleted and under the weather last week. We’ll be traveling back to the Charlotte area today.

These chocolate protein balls I’m sharing with you today have been KEY for the road trip and snacking. Yes, you heard me right, CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BALLS. They are also very fudgey, almost like a healthy chocolate fudge. Sadly, I couldn’t share these easy chocolate fudge bites with Camryn because they do have honey in them (no honey until 1 year), but that meant more for me. And my mom liked them too!

These easy chocolate fudge bites got a recipe makeover this weekend. I’ve been wanting to re-shoot this recipe for a long time because they are so so delicious but the older pictures were so gross and poorly lit. They definitely did not do them justice! My parents’ kitchen here is so bright and open so it made for much better lighting. It actually reminds me of when we came here for part of our babymoon.

Chocolate fudge bites with coconut flake sprinkles

I’m looking forward to getting back to Charlotte. I have some fun projects this week, and we have a fun dinner party I’m looking forward to with some of our neighbors. I’m planning on bringing these vegan protein bars and black bean avocado dip. Good thing I’ve tested these chocolate protein bites out because I think they’ll also be a hit. And they are perfect snacks for meal prep.

Now, onto recent eats… these easy chocolate fudge bites, aka bites of heaven. I’m not joking when I say they taste like fudge and have the consistency of fudge. Soooo good. I can’t stop snacking on them.

These can also be a great snack for kids because:

  • chocolate
  • sweetened with honey
  • full of fiber and protein

Perfect combination if you ask me. They are not allergy friendly, though. We’re using peanut butter to hold these guys together, and coconut flakes to top them.

So, these first came about while messing around in the kitchen and testing out my Ninja. I was trying to find a suitable match for these trail mix bites. And by suitable match, I mean something with chocolate. And these easy chocolate fudge bites are the perfect after-dinner snack or snack to fuel your day. They have wholesome ingredients that will leave you satisfied and energized, not sluggish.

These easy chocolate fudge bites get their staying power from the combination of protein and fiber. We’re getting protein from oats, peanut butter and coconut flour. You could substitute protein powder for the coconut flour if you want to add even more protein (I would probably go with a fudgey chocolate flavored one!)

Wholesome Ingredients In Easy Chocolate Fudge Bites

  • oats (use certified GF to ensure they are gluten free)
  • coconut flour (I love this one)
  • peanut butter
  • honey
  • cocoa powder (highly recommend this fair trade one)
  • coconut flakes

Ingredients for Easy Chocolate Fudge Bites

Just mix all the ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender. If you prefer, you can add the coconut flakes last, but I actually like having small pieces in the actual batter. Personal preference!

Coconut flakes add flavor, fiber and some potassium. Just make sure not to overprocess these chocolate protein balls, or else they won’t stick well.

Mixed ingredients for Easy Chocolate Fudge Bites in food processor

I actually experimented with this recipe months ago. I wasn’t ready to share with you yet, though. Since, I made a few adjustments and revamped them a little bit and here we are. An upgraded, more delicious and updated version! And that is how these easy chocolate fudge bites came to fruition. I mean, when you combine peanut butter and chocolate and honey … how can you really go wrong? And, then add coconut to the equation. It’s a fun flavor-addition. They’re just so little and cute and I  did eat them all.

And, best of all – you probably have all of these ingredients in your pantry at home right now.

close up of easy chocolate fudge bite

Other Notes For These Easy Chocolate Fudge Bites

Make sure to use certified gluten-free oats (if you need them to be gluten free). If the mixture seems too dry or dense after processing, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of almond milk, as needed to smooth them up.

Also, I recommend letting them firm up in the fridge for 30 minutes or so. It makes rolling them a lot easier and they will stick together better. Believe me, the hardest part about making these chocolate protein balls is the waiting.


Easy Chocolate Fudge Bites (Gluten Free)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These Easy Chocolate Fudge Bites are a healthy snack or dessert option. Made with coconut flour, these chocolate bites are gluten-free, full of fiber, protein and flavor. 

Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Gluten Free, No Bake, Snacks
Keyword: Easy Chocolate Fudge Bites
Servings: 12 balls
Calories: 130 kcal
Author: Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes + more for topping
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ¼ cup cocao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp almond milk
  1. Mix all ingredients in bowl except extra coconut flakes, and transfer to food processor or high speed blender (I used a Ninja). Process for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Be careful not to overprocess. 
  2. Add the final coconut flakes after processing. If dough is too dry, add 1-2 tbsp of almond milk to smooth it up.
  3. Form into 12 one-inch balls. Transfer to fridge for 30 minutes to firm up!

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42 responses to “Easy Chocolate Fudge Bites (Gluten-Free)

    1. Yes, you can definitely freeze them. I’ve left them in the freezer for up to 2-3 months, but I wouldn’t do longer than that.

  1. So I don’t use coconut flour very often and I am wondering whether it could be substituted in this recipe?
    I absolutely love these types of bites and the fact that you said they are fudgier and denser then typical energy bites was enough explanation for me to want to make them!
    Ill be pinning this for later, thanks!

  2. These look so good, peanut butter, chocolate, and coconut? You know I’m all over these! Might have to make these this weekend. Girls have soccer games, we are hosting a dinner for my in-laws anniversary, have a birthday party, and are going to the orchard… and the girls have requested some healthy bites for this weekend since we just realized our freezer stash is GONE! Guess I better get on that in my free moment today.

  3. Yesterday, I heard that maple syrup is one of the most nutrient dense sweeteners? Is that true? 🙂 I would love for you to answer that on a nutrition Q&A. And these little bites looks so good. Chocolate + peanut butter + coconut make me think of the Wild Friends flavor; It’s so good.

  4. Favorite form of chocolate is probably dark! I love chocolate pb cups too, or chocolate banana bread 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend Sarah!

  5. wow..
    Great post..I feel like eating everything that I can see on this page. All of it sounds so tempting and yummy. Energy Bite Munchkins stand out for me. I have had them before but never added coconut to them. Let me try for myself.
    Evelyn M. Speaks

  6. $2 margaritas?! Amazing! Those energy bites also look amazing – I have no will power and would easily eat several hundred calories worth in one go I think 😉

    My FAV thing mixed with chocolate is banana!

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