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No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls

All you need is a few simple ingredients for this quick and healthy recipe for No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls.

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Protein balls that taste like cookie dough? Count me in! As a mom of two busy toddlers and a four month old, I’m all about healthy snacks on-the-go. Best of all, these No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls taste like cookie dough so my little guys love them, too.

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What sets these protein balls apart from the hundreds of thousands of other recipes online? I’m so glad you asked! Two words: oat flour.

No need to buy the store-bought stuff because we’re transforming the old-fashioned oats you already have in your pantry into oat flour with the press of a button. Simply pulse the oats in your food processor until they are a powder-like consistency. Ta-da! Oat flour!

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Consider this recipe your ultimate protein ball template. Peanut allergy? No problem! Swap in your nut butter of choice. Want an even healthier version? Ditch the mini chocolate chips in favor of raisins. Let your Flavor Freak Flag Fly (say that ten times fast!).

Here are a few of my favorite combinations:

  • Almond butter with dried cranberries
  • Cashew butter with raisins
  • Peanut butter with toffee bits
Can You Freeze Protein Balls?

Yes! I love to freeze these so I always have a healthy snack to grab-and-go. Store them in an airtight container in your freezer and they’ll last up to two months.

Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls studded with chocolate chips piled high in a bowl

Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls studded with chocolate chips piled high in a bowl

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls

  • 1
    cup
    old-fashioned (rolled) oats (See Kelly’s Note)
  • 1/2
    cup
    peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 3
    Tablespoons
    honey
  • 1
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/4
    cup
    mini chocolate chips

In the bowl of a food processor, blend the oats until they are a powder-like consistency.

Add the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon and pulse just until combined.

Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl then stir in the chocolate chips. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the mixture for a minimum of 20 minutes.

Using a small ice cream scoop or two spoons, portion out the mixture and roll it into 1-inch balls. 

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (See Kelly’s Notes.)

Kelly’s Notes:

Unlike flour, old-fashioned (a.k.a. rolled) oats can be consumed raw. Oats are actually steamed and rolled (hence the name) prior to being packaged, so they actually aren’t raw at all!

To freeze the protein balls, store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.

For additional protein, add 1 to 2 scoops of your preferred protein powder to the bowl of the food processor (when you add the peanut butter) and continue as directed.

This recipe can be easily doubled.

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Nutrition Facts

No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Amount Per Serving

Calories 150
Calories from Fat 72

% Daily Value*

Fat 8g12%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Cholesterol 1mg0%

Sodium 63mg3%

Potassium 113mg3%

Carbohydrates 16g5%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 9g10%

Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 10IU0%

Calcium 15mg2%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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