Protein Balls are a delicious way to sneak more protein into your life. You can stir them together in less than 10 minutes, for a healthy snack idea!
Why You’ll Love Them
They taste great. These bite-sized energy bites taste like cookie dough, and are naturally sweetened to help you avoid an energy crash later. They are perfect for meal prep!
They are easy to make. Unlike date energy balls, which require a food processor, this protein ball recipe is easy to stir together in one bowl. (It makes clean-up easier, too.)
They’re filling. With 6 grams of protein in each ball, along with healthy fats and fiber, these bite-sized treats will help keep you feeling satisfied between meals, or after your workout.
They are easy to customize. There are 3 easy flavors to try below, but you can also get creative with this recipe. Try adding in dried cranberries and a little orange zest for a holiday flavor, or add in some chia seeds for a little crunch. You can also add in a few mini chocolate chips, or some shredded coconut, if you prefer. The variations are endless!
Ingredients You’ll Need
I tested this recipe with Garden of Life Organic Vegan Protein Powder (< affiliate link), which is not particularly delicious on its own. If you are starting out with a protein powder that is already sweetened, you most likely won’t need as much added sweetness from the honey or maple syrup that the recipe below calls for.
Feel free to add a splash of water, instead, of help the dough come together.
How to Make Protein Balls
1. Mix the dough.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, rolled oats, protein powder, honey, and salt. (If you’re making another flavor, you may end up adding ground cinnamon & raisins, or cacoa powder, too.)
Mix well with a spatula, until the dough is thick and looks relatively uniform.
Use a tablespoon or 1-ounce cookie scoop to scoop the mixture, then roll it between your hands to form balls.
Place the balls on a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat the rolling process, until all of the dough has been rolled into balls. Place them in the fridge to firm up for at least 1 hour. (Although it’s also fine if you want to eat one right away!)
Once the balls have been chilled, they should be less sticky and easy to store in an airtight container. You can stash a few in your bag to take on-the-go, but they will last the longest if you keep the rest stored in the fridge.
They taste like dessert!
Frequently Asked Questions
You can keep them chilled for up to 2 weeks, or you can store them in the freezer for up to 3 months, if you’d like to make a larger batch.
This recipe is gluten-free when you use certified gluten-free oats and make sure the label on your protein powder says its gluten-free.
There are a number of plant-based protein powders on the market, so I haven’t tried them all, but I recommend using one that is not flavored already. If you don’t need a vegan or dairy-free recipe, you can use whey protein powder, or check out my other Peanut Butter Protein Balls recipe, if you want a version that doesn’t use protein powder at all.
The oats help add bulk to this recipe, but feel free to experiment with adding in ground flax seed or almond flour, if you need a grain-free option.
Protein Balls (3 Flavors!)
Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Cinnamon Raisin Protein Balls
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the flavor of protein ball you want to make, including the oats, nut butter, protein powder, sweetener, and salt. Use a spatula to mix well, until the dough looks thick and relatively uniform.
- Use a tablespoon or 1-ounce cookie scoop to scoop the dough, and then roll it between your hands to form a ball. Place the ball on a parchment lined plate or baking sheet, and repeat the process to make the rest of the balls. You should get roughly 12 to 14 balls for each flavor listed above, but this recipe can be doubled or tripled if you need to make more.
- Place the balls in the fridge to firm up for at least 1 hour (this will help make them less sticky), then transfer them to an airtight container and keep them stored in the fridge. They should last up to 2 weeks when chilled.
If you try this protein ball recipe, please leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how you like it.