All you need is a few simple ingredients for this quick and healthy recipe for No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls.
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.
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!
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.
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- 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.)
- 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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Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. Please do not reprint this recipe without my permission. If you'd like to feature this recipe on your site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link to this post as the original source.