Peanut Butter Protein Balls

With only three healthy ingredients, this Peanut Butter Protein Balls recipe is the easiest thing you will do all day. With a soft cookie dough texture and taste, it is hard to eat just one.

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Energy bites are my JAM. We also can’t get enough of these Protein Cookie Dough Balls and this Chocolate Chia Balls recipe. For more inspiration, check out all of our Healthy Snack Recipes.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • It is super simple. These no-bake energy bites are ready with less than five minutes of prep work.
  • No fancy equipment is necessary. No food processor, just a bowl and spoon.
  • This recipe is naturally vegan and gluten-free. Bonus!
A tray of peanut butter protein balls.

Ingredients

Find the complete ingredient list, with measurements, in the recipe card below.

  • Vanilla Protein Powder – We recommend using Ora So Lean So Clean. This is our tried-and-true product. It works great for energy ball recipes; the ingredient list is plant-based and contains nothing toxic.
  • Peanut Butter – Natural, drippy, fresh peanut butter works best. The natural oils help to hold the balls together. Use creamy peanut butter or chunky.
  • Maple Syrup – One of our fave natural sweeteners! The stickiness also works as a binder.
Ingredients on a tray.

Expert Tip!

We use this handy hook tool to stir the natural peanut butter more easily. It makes mixing the oil so much simpler, and it has a little scraper to scrape it clean when you are done. I highly recommend it if you make a lot of recipes with peanut butter, as we do.

Our Pick
Natural Peanut Butter Stirrer
  • Made of stainless steel. Won't rust or corrode over time.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
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Collage of peanut butter being stirred.

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl – A medium-sized bowl works well for mixing everything.
  • Spatula – We love using a small spatula for stirring. It scrapes down the sides well, so you don’t miss anything. You could also use a large wooden spoon.
  • Small Cookie Scoop – This is handy for evenly portioning your dough. You could also use heaping tablespoons.
  • Baking Tray – We use a small baking tray to chill the protein balls on.
  • Parchment Paper – A must for easy cleanup and no sticking. We recommend using unbleached parchment.
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Mini Silicone Spatula Set

A versatile and handy tool for the kitchen. Durable and easy to clean.

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Instructions

Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the FULL recipe details.

Step 1

First, start by lining the small baking sheet with parchment paper.

Then, add your ingredients to the mixing bowl.

Ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2

Next, stir the ingredients into a dough-like mixture.

This is why we love using a spatula for mixing. It does a great job of incorporating everything evenly.

A spatula stirring ingredients in a bowl.

Step 3

Then, scoop out the dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet.

We use the small cookie scoop, which makes the job even easier. Just scoop it out and drop it onto the baking sheet.

Dough in a cookie scoop.

Step 4

Next, place the tray in the freezer to set.

Freeze for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Protein bites on a tray ready for the freezer.

Then enjoy!

We love testing these right out of the freezer.

They have the best cookie dough texture. Yum!

A hand holding a peanut butter protein ball with a bite out it.

Substitutions

  • Swap out the peanut butter for any other seed or nut butter. Almond butter, cashew butter, and sunflower seed butter all work well.
  • Use honey instead of maple syrup. Just know that it will not be technically vegan anymore.

Recipe Variations

  • Get creative with all kinds of add-ins. Chia seeds, coconut, and mini chocolate chips are all yummy additions.
  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and a handful of toasted pecans.
  • Incorporate some chewy dried fruit such as raisins and cranberries.
  • Use chocolate protein powder for a healthy peanut butter cup vibe.

Serving Suggestions

  • Keep these on hand for afternoon snacks.
  • Power up before or after a workout with these protein balls.
  • Pair one up with a vegan bulletproof coffee and enjoy the extra brain boost.
A tray of peanut butter protein balls.

FAQS

Why are my protein balls crumbly?

Protein powders are not created equal, and they all absorb liquid differently. This recipe was tested using plant-based Ora brand protein powder, which absorbs similarly to whey protein powder. Both of these are best for no-bake protein ball recipes.

What kind of peanut butter is best for protein balls?

Look for only peanuts and sea salt on the label. Read through this list to find the best healthy peanut butter brands.

Storage Tips

To Store: These peanut butter energy balls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for up to 2 weeks.

A tray of peanut butter protein balls.

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Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Sharon Rhodes
With only three healthy ingredients, this Peanut Butter Protein Balls recipe is the easiest thing you will do all day. With a soft cookie dough texture and taste, it is hard to eat just one.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 68 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Add the protein powder, peanut butter, and maple syrup to a mixing bowl.
  • Then, stir everything well to combine.
  • Once the mixture is a smooth dough, use a small cookie scoop and scoop heaping tablespoon-sized balls onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet into the freezer for 45 minutes or until firm.

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Notes

To Store: These peanut butter energy balls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 37mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 4gCalcium: 45mgIron: 0.1mg
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These turned out delicious! They were super easy to make too. I brought them for work for a snack throughout the day.

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