Vanilla Protein Balls with Chia Seeds – Vegan + Gluten Free

Vanilla Protein Balls with Chia Seeds are the perfect go-to snack. Packed with protein and fiber, these bites of whole food goodness will satisfy your afternoon or post workout cravings. 

Vanilla Protein Balls with Chia Seeds

What better recipe than one featuring balls to get me back on track with both my blogging and healthy eating.

I do love a good ball. πŸ˜‰

These Vanilla Protein Balls with Chia Seeds have become a favourite. What holds them together is a base of peanut butter and brown rice syrup. The brown rice syrup is such a great binder. It helps these balls to hold together and also makes them chewy. Gotta love that chew factor.

Vanilla Protein Balls with Chia Seeds

After a recent trip to my Naturopath, I discovered two things.

  1. I do NOT get enough protein in my diet.

A lot of days, I’ve been poaching a couple of eggs, tossing them on some toast, and calling it dinner. I truly thought eggs were such a good source of protein. Well, it turns out they contain like 6 grams of protein each, so 12 grams for my meal. Considering I eat virtually no protein in either my breakfast or lunch this is not good. My Naturopath recommends I get 75 grams per day! I’m so short of that number it’s not even funny.

Vanilla Protein Balls with Chia Seeds

The first thing I did was invest in a good quality protein powder. I’ve started adding protein into my green smoothies and I’m back into eating protein packed snacks. These Maple Vanilla Protein Bars are also a favourite, if you want something with a bit of chocolate.

These Vanilla Protein Balls have the addition of chia seeds. I love the texture and crunch from the chia and the antioxidants and fiber boost from them don’t hurt either. πŸ™‚

Vanilla Protein Balls with Chia Seeds

The second thing I learned from my Naturopath was that I have a pretty serious iron deficiency. Yikes, I know. If this is something you struggle with also be on the lookout for lots of recipes packed with foods containing that important mineral upcoming.

In the meantime, it’s all about the Balls.


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Vanilla Protein Balls with Chia Seeds – Vegan + Gluten Free

Sharon Rhodes
4.84 from 43 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 124 kcal



  • Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside
  • In a small pot over medium low heat, melt together the peanut butter and brown rice syrup, stirring frequently.
  • Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, protein powder, salt & chia seeds
  • Once the peanut butter mixture is fully blended pour it over the oat mixture and stir well. It's pretty sticky so I used my hands with a bit of water on them to prevent stickage
  • Form into balls and leave at room temp to harden
  • I store these at room temp or fridge in a sealed container


Calories: 124kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 82mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gCalcium: 30mgIron: 0.8mg
Keyword Vanilla Chia Protein Balls
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    1. You could try honey or maple syrup or a combination of both. They might not hold together as well at room temp as the brown rice syrup though so you might want to keep them in the fridge.

    1. Yes, the nutritional breakdown is per ball assuming you make 16. You could make them half the size or larger too.

  1. Hello.. How long do these last outside the fridge and also in the fridge? Looking forward to making these. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi there! Keep these in the fridge for up to a week. πŸ™‚ Outside the fridge they only will last about 24 hrs.

  2. I really want to try these but I’m having a hard time finding brown rice syrup. Would honey be a good substitute?

    1. Hey Lexi, you could totally try honey but they may not hold together quite as well as the brown rice syrup – that stuff is amazing! If you do try the honey maybe make the balls smaller so they hold a bit better. Good luck and let me know if you try it. Also – it’s not going to be a strict vegan recipe using the honey either – just in case that was something you were concerned with. πŸ™‚