These peanut butter protein balls need just 4 ingredients to make and are completely refined sugar free! Ready in 5 minutes, they make the perfect quick and easy snack that happens to be healthy!
Peanut Butter Protein Balls
As someone who tends to workout more than the average person, getting an adequate amount of protein is imperative. I try to ensure all my meals and snacks have some form of protein in them, especially after a workout.
While my main meals always have some form of protein, my snacks have often been my downfall. I tend to gravitate towards fresh fruit or cereal bars when I get peckish, and, while delicious, they contain very minimal amounts of protein. Luckily, I’ve recently spent time prepping my own snacks each week, starting off with peanut butter protein balls!
I’ve been meaning to share a peanut butter protein balls recipe for quite some time. They have been my go-to snack between meals and something I’ve been enjoying straight after a heavy workout. The combination of complex carbs, protein, and healthy fat helps my recovery time just as well as a protein shake will!
No refined sugar and no milk are needed, but you’d never tell. The texture is thick, soft, and perfectly chewy. The balls are sweet and full of peanut butter flavor, and can easily be customized.
Every weekend, I’ve been spending some time meal prepping and whipping up a batch of these protein balls- They are so easy to pack in my bag so I always have snacks on hand!
How do you make peanut butter protein balls?
- Rolled oats– Be sure to use certified gluten free oats, if needed.
- Protein powder– I recommend using a vanilla brown rice protein powder, as it is considerably thicker than other protein powder blends.
- Peanut butter– Smooth and creamy peanut butter, with no added sugar. Almond butter and cashew butter can also be used.
- Maple syrup– Sweetens the protein balls, but also holds them together. You can also use agave nectar or honey.
Start by adding the rolled oats and protein powder to a mixing bowl, and mix until combined. Next, add the peanut butter and maple syrup to a microwave safe bowl and microwave until the peanut butter has melted. Whisk the mixture together until smooth. Pour the peanut butter/maple syrup mixture into the dry ingredients and mix very well, until a thick batter remains.,
Now, using your hands, form small balls and place them onto a lined plate and refrigerate for at least an hour, to firm up.
Tips to make the best peanut butter oat balls
- If your peanut butter is extra smooth and drippy, you can skip the microwaving step and simply add it straight to the dry ingredients.
- For a nut free option, replace the peanut butter with tahini or sunflower seed butter.
- Feel free to fold through up to 1 full cup of your favorite mix-ins, like chocolate chips, dried fruit, or chopped nuts.
Storing and freezing peanut butter protein balls
- To store: Peanut butter oat balls should be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 weeks. Refrigerating the balls will ensure they keep their thick and chewy texture.
- To freeze: Place the balls in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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Peanut Butter Protein Balls
- In a mixing bowl, add your oats and protein powder and mix well, until combined. In a microwave safe bowl, add your peanut butter and maple syrup. Microwave until the peanut butter has melted. Add the peanut butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
- Using your hands, form small balls using the batter and place them on a lined plate. Refrigerate for at least an hour, to firm up.