An easy 3-ingredient recipe for no bake keto peanut butter protein balls! Soft, chewy and low in carbs, these protein balls are the perfect snack ready in 5 minutes! Peanut-free, nut-free, and paleo option! Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free.
No Bake Keto Peanut Butter Balls
When it comes to snacking, peanut butter always somehow makes an appearance. If you checked out my weekly grocery haul, peanut butter would always make its way in there…even with 4 unopened jars at home!
While enjoying peanut butter straight from the jar is my usual go-to, sometimes we need a portable and satisfying snack.
For me, I need my snacks to be low in carbs, but high in healthy fats and protein. I’ve also found that ketogenic friendly snacks tend to keep my energy levels higher. This is where the magical ingredient that peanut butter is taking center stage!
Is Peanut Butter a low carb food?
All natural peanut butter is indeed a low carb food. It is high in healthy fats, has moderates amount of protein and has a relatively high amount of fiber.
A two-tablespoon serving sees it providing a mere 3.5 grams of net carbs!
Not only is peanut butter low carb, it is also suitable for a ketogenic diet. Although compared to other nuts the carb count is a little higher, on a large scale, it is negligible.
As such, including peanut butter in many of my snack and dessert recipes have been a lifesaver. it’s one of the cheapest nut or seed spreads on the market, easily accessible and tastes delicious. Not only that, it is super simple to make- I simply blend up raw peanuts until a smooth paste remains!
Is peanut butter paleo?
Peanut butter is NOT allowed on the paleo diet as technically, it isn’t a nut but actually a legume. However, as I want my paleo readers to have a tested alternative, I tried this out with both cashew butter and almond butter. Both work beautifully, but I prefer the cashew butter, as the flavor was more mild and rich.
To make these 3-ingredient no bake keto peanut butter balls, you only need 3 ingredients-
- Peanut butter
- A sticky sweetener of choice
- Coconut Flour
While there are peanut-butter free options for my paleo friends, there are definitely options for my nut-free and allergen-friendly friends too. Sunflower seed butter and soy nut butter are both two fantastic alternatives, which have the same consistency as peanut butter.
In terms of a sticky sweetener, the only keto-friendly sweetener I’ve tested (and used in this recipe) is a monk fruit sweetened maple syrup. It is low carb, 100% sugar free and keto-approved.
Other sweeteners (which aren’t keto, but are paleo/vegan) are pure maple syrup, agave nectar or honey. Any of these can also be used.
Finally, the coconut flour gives these protein balls the thick, chewy and fudgy texture. Do not swap it out for another flour, as it simply won’t work. Coconut flour absorbs liquids differently and acts like a sponge. Even if you were to double or triple the amount of another flour, you’ll find that the texture will be gummy and have less of a peanut flavor.
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3-ingredient No Bake Keto Peanut Butter Balls (Paleo, Vegan, Low Carb)
- Line a large tray or plate with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients and mix well. If the batter is too thick, add some liquid (milk or water) until a thick batter remains.
- Using your hands, form the dough into small balls and place on the lined plate/tray. Refrigerate the peanut butter no bake balls for 30 minutes, or until firm.
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