These peanut butter power balls are self-care treats that every caretaker should keep stashed in the freezer. They’re filling, flavorful and use only wholesome ingredients that provide protein and healthy fats. Children and adults alike won’t be able to resist these tasty treats.
These super easy Peanut Butter Protein Balls are a healthy and portable breakfast, and you’ll love it more when you understand the countless Health Benefits Of Peanut Butter.
Peanut Butter Power Balls
Peanut butter protein balls are the perfect high-protein snack to munch on post-workout or mid-day when you need something to tide you over!
Protein Balls = The Best Snack Around Town
What is better than a healthy snack that tastes good and is ready for you whenever you have a craving for a little something sweet?
PROTEIN BALLS QUICK FACTS
- 9g protein/ball
- Lower in sugar
- 140 calories/ball
- No food processor necessary!
No Food Processor Necessary!
This may be one of the main differences between this protein ball recipe and the other protein ball recipes on our site! You don’t need a food processor to mix these bad boys up. Generally, we use dates in our ball recipes which requires a food processor.
Though we love our food processor (and dates), sometimes it’s just nice to use one bowl and a spoon, do you feel me? Our chocolate no bake peanut butter balls are the other ball recipe on FFF where there is no food processor needed.
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Peanut Butter Protein Ball Ingredients
These peanut butter protein balls are packed with nutrient-dense ingredients that go perfectly together and will keep you satisfied all. day. long.
Let’s go over everything you need for these protein balls.
Peanut Butter- Though peanut butter adds a whole bunch of amazing flavor to this recipe, it also acts as a nice binder as well has adds moisture to this ball recipe. So, when you are deciding what peanut butter to use in this recipe, make sure it is DRIPPY peanut butter!
Protein- Not to scare you, but what type of protein powder you use will dictate how chalky your protein balls are! We used Garden of Life protein powder in these balls and you can barely tell that there is protein powder.
Now, don’t go crazy and buy a ton of protein powder (unless you want to), just be prepared to add a little more water or honey to your balls. Or? Just have chalky protein balls with a big glass of water! They will still taste amazing!
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- Rolled Oats- Oats not only add a healthy dose of fiber to these balls, but they give these protein balls a nice bite and act as a great binder to soak up extra moisture.
- Honey- Honey is both the sweetener and the glue that holds these balls together! Don’t skip it!
- Chia Seeds- These protein balls are a great source of protein AND fiber and omega 3 fatty acids because of these chia seeds!
- Chocolate Chips- I mean, is there a better combination than peanut butter and chocolate? I didn’t think so. Add the mini chocolate chips! Feel free to replace the chocolate chips with vegan chocolate chips or even chopped up chocolate bar!
Peanut Butter Balls 101
ARE PROTEIN BALLS GOOD FOR YOU?
Yes is the short answer to this question. Protein balls are good for you if you eat them in moderation! Have one protein ball as a snack, for breakfast, or right after a workout.
WHY AREN’T MY PROTEIN BALLS STICKING TOGETHER?
If your protein balls are not sticking together you probably need to add a little bit more moisture. Add a teaspoon of water at a time until your protein balls stick together to form a ball!
IS THERE A GOOD NUT BUTTER SUBSTITUTE FOR PEANUT BUTTER?
If you don’t have peanut butter on hand you can substitute the peanut butter with any other DRIPPY nut butter. Just be sure it’s DRIPPY.
- Cashew Butter
- Almond Butter
- Sunflower Seed Butter
HOW MANY CALORIES IS IN ONE PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN BALL?
There are some pretty nutrient dense ingredients in these protein balls and for that reason they are a bit more calorie dense! There are about 141 calories per ball!
HOW DO I MAKE PROTEIN BALLS ALL THE SAME SIZE?
You can make sure all your protein balls are the same size by using a cookie dough scooper or a tablespoon!
CAN I STORE MY PROTEIN BALLS IN THE FREEZER?
Yes, after you make your protein balls, freeze them on a cookie sheet to harden them and then place them all in a freezer safe bag and store them in the freezer!
Peanut Butter Protein Balls
If you feel happier after a snack, then keeping a container of Peanut Butter Protein Balls on hand is a sure, easy way to up the quality of your everyday.
A mix of protein-packed ingredients like peanut butter, protein powder, flaxseeds, and chia seeds, along with a touch of honey for natural sweetness and chocolate chips for good measure, these easy protein balls take fewer than 15 minutes to pull together and don’t require any special equipment.
Just you, a bowl, and all the peanut butter you care to lick off your fingers!
Like the originals, they are filling and wholesome, but (thanks to the protein powder), they offer more grams of protein per ball.
About Protein Balls
Keeping quick-fix snacks on hand is a sure way to keep hanger at bay.
When your refrigerator or desk are stocked with healthy options like these peanut butter oatmeal protein balls, you’ll be less likely to turn to processed foods or expensive store-bought protein bars (which often have lots of sugar).
Protein balls can be good for you when they are made with healthy ingredients, keep sugar to a minimum, and are enjoyed in moderation.
- Yes, this recipe uses high fat ingredients like peanut butter, but it’s healthy fat. Further, fat is important to make the protein balls satisfying.
- Other important factors to consider when weighing the health benefits of protein balls is the amount of fiber, protein, and sugar.
- Fiber and protein (along with fat) make a snack filling so that you aren’t digging in the pantry again an hour later, still hungry.
Protein balls are the perfect size for munching between meals or to enjoy as a post-workout snack.
- Peanut Butter. While drippy, natural style peanut butter may not be the best in baked recipes where it can separate (like these Peanut Butter Protein Cookies), it works wonderfully for no bake protein balls like these.
You can make these protein balls with any nut butter of your choice. For a peanut-free protein bar, try almond butter or cashew butter. For a 100% nut free protein bar, use sunbutter.
- Oatmeal. Fiber-rich oats make these peanut butter balls filling and help hold them together.
- Flaxseed Meal. This super food is loaded with omega-3s and fiber
WHOLE V. GROUND FLAXSEEDS
Flaxseed meal is made of ground whole flaxseeds. Whole flaxseeds can pass through your body undigested, so you miss the benefits. Ground flaxseeds (flaxseed meal) allow your body to absorb the nutrients.
Since it contains oils, flaxseed meal can go bad quickly. Store it in the refrigerator for freezer. If it smells rancid or bitter, it has gone bad and needs to be thrown out.
- Chia Seeds. Another super food! These cutie seeds pack a wallop of fiber and omega-3s in a low calorie package.
- Vanilla Protein Powder. Adding protein powder is the best, easiest way to create a high-protein snack that’s still reasonably low calorie. You can use any vanilla protein powder you enjoy. (Garden of Life, About Time, Bob’s Red Mill, and Optimum Nutrition are my favorites.)
- Honey. Just 2 tablespoons are all you need for perfectly sweet protein balls. Feel free to add more to taste (you’ll want to add more protein powder or oats if the dough feels too sticky and lose).
- Chocolate Chips. Because why settle for just peanut butter when you can have CHOCOLATE peanut butter protein balls? I like the mini chips here, which roll in the balls nicely.
You can replace the chocolate chips with finely chopped pecans, dried fruit, another baking chip of your choice, or simply omit them.
- Place the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Stir together.
- Use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop dough into your palms.
- Then roll into balls and refrigerate to enjoy!
- To Store. Refrigerate protein balls for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
- To Freeze. Freeze protein balls for up to 3 months or longer (if they are airtight, you can freeze them practically indefinitely). Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature if you are in a hurry.
MEAL PREP TIP
Since protein balls are so freezer f
5-minute Protein Peanut Butter Energy Bites
No bake protein packed peanut butter energy bites that taste like peanut butter cookie dough with amazing chewy texture. These healthy peanut butter energy bites are loaded with nutritious ingredients like flaxseed, chia and oats for the perfect no bake snack.
- PREP TIME
- 5 MINS
- COOK TIME
- 0 MINS
- TOTAL TIME
- 5 MINS
If there’s one thing I learned about myself during my health and fitness journey, it’s that I absolutely must have snacks (like these peanut butter energy bites) available or I become an out of control raging hypoglycemia animal.
Think Tom Cruise mixed with a wolverine. Very scary stuff.
Ever since I’ve been little, my blood sugar has always been on a rigid 3-hour dive schedule. As in, I’m the type of person who has to have something to eat every few hours or I’ll crash. My mom says that when she brought me somewhere, she always had to make sure that she had food with her otherwise I’d ruin the day and throw a fit. Terrible, right?
But it’s true! When I get hungry, I cannot think, make decisions or even pretend to be in a good mood. I’ve seen the doctor a few times about it and apparently that’s just the way my body is. Wacky.
Of course, it I’m working from home it’s pretty easy to grab snacks, but a few times I’ve been in situations where I was far from both home and food (especially when traveling). To avoid a meltdown into hunger oblivion, I started creating my own little energy bites and trail mixes to bring with me anywhere I went. Not only are they a life saver, but they also help me make better food choices (instead of reaching for junk food).
Ingredients in peanut butter energy bites
These wonderful no bake peanut butter energy bites are my latest creation and loaded with some of my favorite things. I highly recommend whipping up a batch of these peanut butter energy bites. They take 5 minutes tops and you have yourself a nutritious, homemade snack with healthy fats, omega-3 (thanks to chia + flax) and over 5g protein per serving!
- peanut butter: I recommend using an all natural drippy creamy peanut butter with only peanuts + salt as the ingredients. I’ve also made them with almond butter, but everyone knows peanut butter reigns king on Ambitious Kitchen.
- oats: I recommend using rolled oats, and if you’re gluten free, be sure to use certified gluten free rolled oats.
- honey, coconut palm syrup or date syrup: either will work! If you want to make these vegan, use coconut palm syrup or date syrup.
- flaxseed meal: this provides a boost of healthy fats, fiber, protein and vitamins. It’s also great for lactating mamas.
- chia seeds: a boost of healthy fats and omegas to help keep you fuller, longer.
- vanilla extract: the one and only (but feel free to skip if you don’t have!)
- protein powder of choice: I prefer to use unflavored collagen peptides or this vegan protein powder, but you can feel free to use whatever protein powder you prefer.
- cinnamon: a dash of cinnamon helps these taste like Teddy Grahams, I swear.
- mini chocolate chips: because who doesn’t love a little chocolate in their life? Feel free to use vegan/dairy free chocolate chips if you’d like.
- optional: I personally love to add in unsweetened shredded coconut because I’m a coconut addict, but it’s definitely not necessary.
How to make no bake energy bites
- With a food processor: add in the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, protein powder, flaxseed meal, oats, cinnamon and chia seeds. Pulse together until well combined. Add in chocolate chips (and coconut if using) and pulse a few more times. Use a medium cookie scoop or your hands to grab dough and roll into 10 balls.
- Without a food processor: add wet ingredients to a medium bowl, mix to combine. Add in dry ingredients and mix together until combined. I usually have to use my hands to mix and work with the dough. At this point you should be able to form balls that stick together. You may need to add a bit more nut butter and/or sweetener to help them stick together.
Customize these peanut butter energy bites
- If you don’t have any protein powder, these balls should be just fine without it too, although you may need to add more oats.
- Keep these energy bites nut free by using sunflower seed butter and nut free chocolate chips.
- Make them into bars. Feel free to press the energy bite “dough” into an 8 1/2 x4 1/2 inch loaf pan before placing it in the refrigerator. Cut into bars and enjoy!
How to store energy bites
Keep these energy bites in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. If you’re eating them straight from the freezer I’d recommend letting them soften up a bit in the fridge or at room temp before doing so.
Health Benefits Of Peanut Butter
1. Aids Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance
Peanut butter plays a massive role in appetite suspension. It also enhances metabolism with greater meal satisfaction. About 20% of the calorie in peanut butter comes from its protein content, which in turn promotes a feeling of fullness. It also reduces the urge to eat between meals, helping weight loss.
Peanuts are a high-calorie, high-fat superfood but should least be associated with weight gain, if taken in moderation. Although, researchers assert that more findings are required to understand the role of peanut butter. However, a recent study shows how it can aid in maintaining weight.
2. Peanut Butter Preserves Muscle Mass
During weight loss efforts, what becomes essential is strength in muscles. Losing muscles can instantly reduce the rate of metabolism. Consumption of protein-rich peanut butter aids in weight loss and preserves muscle mass to ensure metabolism is not affected.
Protein increases muscle mass and fat burning. It boosts metabolism and remains beneficial for bones. It also helps to maintain weight and keeps kidneys healthy.
3. Peanut Butter Reduces Risk of Heart Diseases
According to research, Resveratrol, an antioxidant in peanuts, reduces cardiovascular inflammation, lowers blood pressure, increases circulation and relaxes blood vessels. It also reduces LDL oxidation responsible for the hardening of arteries and coronary artery diseases.
Peanut Butter further improves heart health. It is because of monounsaturated fatty acids, niacin, vitamin E, magnesium and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Therefore, peanut butter consumption also becomes a cost-effective way to improve heart health.
4. Peanut Butter Best for Fitness Enthusiasts
Fitness enthusiasts and bodybuilders include peanut butter in their diet to increase calorie and unsaturated fat intake. Many nutritionists recommend consuming 1.2-1.7 grams of protein per kg of body weight to increase muscle mass. Hence, peanut butter also becomes a source of protein, containing essential amino acids.
As per studies, amino acids enhance the muscle repair system in the body. So, peanut butter helps fulfil your daily protein requirement and helps increase muscle mass.
5. Peanut Butter Manages Blood Sugar Levels
Peanut butter carries low amounts of carbohydrates but essential protein and fats. Also, it does not have any added sugar component. It has a GI value of 13 which makes it a low GI food. Low magnesium levels have always been linked to type 2 diabetes.
As per research, Peanut butter has high levels of magnesium in it, which is an essential nutrient for a person with diabetes. Eating peanut butter in the morning may help control your blood sugar throughout the day.
6. Peanut Butter Contains Anti-cancer Properties
Peanut butter is an excellent source of many essential antioxidants like magnesium, vitamin B and vitamin E. These nutrients prevent and repair cell damage. In addition, peanut butter reduces the risk of chronic diseases like cancer.
Furthermore, as per studies, coumaric acid, a powerful antioxidant in peanut butter, also has anti-cancer properties. Again, the antioxidant Resveratrol cuts the blood supply to growing cancers and inhibits cancer cell growth.