Peanut Butter Chia Balls

This was one of my favorite recipes when I was pregnant, and I’m making it again now that breastfeeding is making me even more hungry. The bite-sized morsels are perfect for tiding me over between meals, and fill me up enough that I snack less. Plus, there’s just enough sugar to satiate my sweet-tooth. You can adjust the amount of sugar based on your taste, so it’s a good recipe for anyone avoiding the sweet stuff.

My nieces loved this energy-packed snack as well, so it’s kid approved!

Mine look darker than this because I added cocoa and my flax seed wasn’t golden

This recipe is adapted from the original on Gluten-free Gourmand (I added cocoa):

Peanut Butter Chia Balls

½ C creamy peanut butter
½ C chia seeds
1/8 C cocoa powder
1/8 C sugar (or more or less, depending on how sweet you like things)
¼ C flax seeds

Grind the flax seeds in a coffee grinder until finely ground. Even if you start with ground flax, you might still want to give it a spin in your grinder so it’s super fine. Set aside in a bowl.

Grind the chia seeds in a coffee grinder until finely ground. You really must use a coffee grinder, because I tried it with my food processor and it totally didn’t work.

Combine the chia seeds, peanut butter, cocoa powder and sugar in a bowl until well mixed.

Roll a tablespoon of the mixture into a ball, then roll in the ground flax seeds until well coated. I use a mini ice cream scoop and it makes it a breeze.

These treats can either be refrigerated or left at room temperature.


  1. Funny – I tried grinding chia and flax seeds in a food processor, too! It does work eventually for a rough grind of flax if you’re willing to wait forever. The seeds grind up in seconds in a coffee grinder, though, so that’s definitely the way to go. Thanks for trying my recipe – I’ll have to try your cocoa version! I may need a snack later today….

  2. Mm, I want to try these. I wonder about buying the seeds pre-ground? I have flaxmeal already. Must try it!

  3. Gina, I really like the cocoa version, but I’m a bit of a chocoholic. Thanks for providing me with so many great gluten-free recipes!

    Rebecca, when I first started making these I could only find whole chia seeds, and they were kind of hard to come by. Now you can even buy them at Costco! And I have been seeing packages for ground chia seeds everywhere. Let us know if you try the recipe with pre-ground seeds and how it turns out.

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