Protein Balls

5 from 210 votes

Get your protein fix the delicious way, in these instant protein balls! Easily customizable and with over 40 flavor options, they need just 4 ingredients and take less than 5 minutes to make.

protein balls

I’m the person who ALWAYS needs a snack between meals.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a morning snack and an afternoon snack. I’ve never really been the three square meals a day kind of person, and I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

When I started regularly weight lifting, I had to ensure every meal and snack had protein in it. Breakfasts were fine, with either a bagel or a smoothie. Lunches included pasta or meal prep, and dinners were… well, pretty much anything. For snacks, though, I started making protein balls.

What are protein balls?

Protein balls are energy balls or bliss balls that have added protein in them, thanks to protein powder. They are made with peanut butter and oatmeal, and can be flavored a variety of ways. They make the perfect snack and keep you satisfied between meals.

Why this protein balls recipe will be a weekly snack staple for you-

  • 4 Ingredients only. Unlike other energy ball recipes, this one only needs four ingredients. Bonus? No butter, no eggs, no oil!
  • Ready in 5 minutes. From prep to plate, this entire recipe takes just five minutes.
  • Over 20 flavor options. From peanut butter, to chocolate chip, to oatmeal raisin, there are over 20 flavors to try.
  • Vegan and gluten free! Yep, these tick both these dietary boxes!

What I love about this recipe is just how easy to customize with your favorite flavors! We’ve included 40 delicious flavors, including-

  • Chocolate chip
  • Peanut butter
  • Oatmeal raisin
  • White chocolate cranberry
  • Monster cookie

They have a chewy, yet doughy texture, similar to raw cookie dough. Taste-wise, it’s like an un-baked oatmeal cookie, with a protein twist!

How do you make protein balls?

The Ingredients.

  • Rolled oats– Gives the energy balls a chewy texture. This is a fabulous slow-releasing energy carb. 
  • Protein powder– The key ingredient giving this recipe the added boost! I prefer using casein or brown rice protein powder, but some whey protein brands can work. 
  • Peanut butter– Hold the balls together, along with providing a rich flavor. See below for easy substitutions and nut-free options!
  • Maple syrup– Adds sweetness and helps hold the balls together. 

The Instructions. 

In a large mixing bowl, mix the oats and protein powder together. Add the peanut butter and maple syrup and mix until combined. Fold through your flavor mix-ins of choice.

Next, using your hands, roll out balls and place them on a lined plate and refrigerate them for five minutes, to firm up. 

peanut butter protein balls

Flavor variations

For the flavor variations, make the basic base recipe first. Then, fold through the extra ingredients to change up the flavors.

  • Protein ball base
  • 1/2 cup mini m & m’s or vegan candy buttons

White chocolate cranberry balls

  • Protein ball base
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dried cranberries

Chocolate peanut butter balls

  • Protein ball base
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Oatmeal raisin balls

  • Protein ball base
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Chocolate chip balls

  • Protein ball base
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Dietary swaps and substitutions

How long do protein balls last?

  • To refrigerate: Place no bake balls in a sealable container and keep in the fridge. They will keep fresh for up to 4 weeks.
  • To freeze: If you make a big batch of these balls, they can be placed in a ziplock bag and stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

More high protein snacks to try

no bake protein balls

Frequently Asked Questions

Are protein balls good for you?

Protein or energy balls are a great snack to enjoy between meals, as they contain ample amounts of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. One or two balls will keep you satisfied and energised between your main meals.

Are protein balls good after a workout?

As these balls contain a good amount of protein and carbs, they are a fantastic option after a workout. Studies show that eating something with a balance of carbs and protein 30 minutes after a workout improves recovery time and also aids muscle growth.

How many calories in an energy ball?

These protein energy balls have less than 100 calories each. Enjoy two or three for a well balanced and satisfying snack, without going overboard on your caloric needs.

protein balls recipe

4 Ingredient Protein Balls (40 Flavors!)

An easy 5-minute recipe for homemade protein energy balls made with 4 ingredients! Chewy, easy and made in one bowl, they are EASILY customizable with a myriad of options!
5 from 210 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 24 Balls
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Arman

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix your oats with protein powder until combined. Add your peanut butter and syrup and mix well. Fold through your mix ins of choice.
  • Lightly wet your hands (or spray them with cooking spray). Form 20-24 small balls of dough. Place on a plate and refrigerate until firm.

Notes

* Any nut or seed butter can be used.
TO STORE: Place no bake balls in a sealable container and keep in the fridge. They will keep fresh for up to 4 weeks.
TO FREEZE: If you make a big batch of these balls, they can be placed in a ziplock bag and stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Protein ball | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg | NET CARBS: 10g
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    15 thoughts on “Protein Balls

    1. I’m wondering if I may have permission to post a few of your protein balls on my healthy eating FB group? We have 180 members. I would give you credit and you could get more followers as well. May I have permission?

    2. 5 stars
      I used some of my post pandemic supplies to make these. I had everything on hand. Big tub of Vanilla Protein powder I bought last year when there was limited meat in the stores (only to find out it was for a few weeks because of hoarders!) I followed the recipe exactly, used honey and regular Peanut Butter. I started out with a bowl and a wooden spoon but was no not mixing fast enough for me. I have an electric stand mixer so dumped everything in there on low. Used some of my “vinyl gloves” to roll them into med. size balls. Great taste and simple recipe with everything I had on hand. Thank you posting this !

    3. I don’t like using protein powder. Is there something else I could use as a substitute? Maybe flax meal, chia seed powder, etc.?

    4. I’m kinda stupid 😉 but I made 18 instead the proper amount how do I work out the protein and calories now

    5. Would chocolate protein powder be a good substitute for vanilla (it’s all I currently have on hand)? Or do you think that would change the taste of them too much?

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