3 Ingredient No Bake Keto Peanut Butter Balls (Paleo, Vegan, Low Carb)

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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. 

Peanut butter recipes are a huge snack favorite around here, like the healthy peanut butter no bake cookies and healthy low carb peanut butter bars!

3-Ingredient No Bake Keto Peanut Butter Balls (Paleo, Vegan, Low Carb)- Easy chewy, fudgy no bake peanut butter protein balls recipe ready in 5 minutes and needing 3 ingredients! A quick and easy snack! #peanutbutter #proteinballs #energyballs #ketorecipe | Recipe on thebigmansworld.com

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! 

3-Ingredient No Bake Keto Peanut Butter Balls (Paleo, Vegan, Low Carb)- Easy chewy, fudgy no bake peanut butter protein balls recipe ready in 5 minutes and needing 3 ingredients! A quick and easy snack! #peanutbutter #proteinballs #energyballs #ketorecipe | Recipe on thebigmansworld.com

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.

3-Ingredient No Bake Keto Peanut Butter Balls (Paleo, Vegan, Low Carb)- Easy chewy, fudgy no bake peanut butter protein balls recipe ready in 5 minutes and needing 3 ingredients! A quick and easy snack! #peanutbutter #proteinballs #energyballs #ketorecipe | Recipe on thebigmansworld.com

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)

4.98 from 490 votes
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. 
Servings: 40 Balls
Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 1 min
Total: 3 mins

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • 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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Notes

* Any smooth nut or seed butter can be substituted. For a paleo option, use cashew butter or almond butter.
** I used a monk fruit sweetened maple syrup. Non-keto sweeteners include pure maple syrup, honey, and agave nectar.
3-ingredient No Bake Keto Peanut Butter Balls (Paleo, Vegan, Low Carb) should be kept refrigerated, and are also freezer friendly. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1BallCalories: 57kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 4gPotassium: 3mgFiber: 1.5gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.2mgNET CARBS: 2g
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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3-Ingredient No Bake Keto Peanut Butter Balls (Paleo, Vegan, Low Carb)- Easy chewy, fudgy no bake peanut butter protein balls recipe ready in 5 minutes and needing 3 ingredients! A quick and easy snack! #peanutbutter #proteinballs #energyballs #ketorecipe | Recipe on thebigmansworld.com

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Arman Liew

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  1. I checked on ordering the monk fruit maple syrup and it in fact contains 21 calories and 12 grams of carbs. Where do you find the zero calorie and low carb?

    1. Well aware of that, as it clearly states that for strict vegans, don’t use honey. Enjoy

  2. Can’t wait to make these to have on hand in the freezer! only 3 ingredients that I always have on hand too…could it get any easier?! 🙂

  3. Sooooo good, love how simple and quick these are to make…thank you!!

    1. It would be best to use a sticky sweetener, as it will yield a creamy and smooth texture.