Healthy Snack: Peanut Butter Protein Power Balls

Looking for an easy-to-make healthy indulgence to fuel your next day? Try these delicious no-bake peanut butter protein power balls!

In Search of the Perfect Protein Ball

As much as I love a good snack, I don’t love spending hours in the kitchen (or dollars at the store) achieving this goal. I want something simple, fast, and ideally portable. If it’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and grain-free, even better!

Over the years, I’ve spent far too much money on various brands of protein bars– some had crazy chemical ingredients, others tasted like cement, many had ingredients I can no longer tolerate (like dairy) and some were delightful but ridiculously expensive.

So I was left with one solution: why not make my own? Enter these delicious peanut butter protein power balls (with no protein powder!). They only have a few ingredients, you don’t have to bake them, and they taste like a nutty version of chocolate chip cookie dough. Plus they’re healthy! (or at least healthy-ish!)

So what makes these energy balls so delicious? It’s the fusion or the creamy and crunchy texture. They’re a little sweet, and a little salty, but not too much! They’re a hybrid between a dessert and a snack, but I often eat these peanut butter balls for breakfast with my morning coffee.

Rather than using oats or oat flour for the heartier texture, these peanut butter balls contain coconut flour as the primary dry ingredient. That way they’re grain-free for those who have dietary issues. But lest you think these energy balls taste too bland, remember, the chocolate chips that make the flavor really pop!

So what are we waiting for? Here’s the recipe!

Healthy Snack: Peanut Butter Protein Power Balls
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Peanut Butter Protein Power Balls

Decadent and delicious, these grain-free vegan snacks pack a powerful protein punch.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: clean, comfort food, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free
Servings: 24
Calories: 121kcal
Cost: $4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup peanut butter can substitute with any nut butter or allergy-friendly alternative.
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds can sub with hemp seeds.
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds can sub with hemp seeds.
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup

Instructions

  • Combine wet and dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Use a spoon and form into 24 balls (about 1 tablespoon size)
  • Freeze 1 hour.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7.5g | Sugar: 4.8g

Peanut Butter Protein Balls Extra Notes

You can add protein powder if you really want to, but between the hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, and nuts, you should have a pretty protein-packed snack.

Feel free to play around with the ingredients. You could substitute agave or maple syrup for the honey or almond butter for peanut butter. You could even use sunflower butter for a nut-free allergy-friendly snack. Or go with my personal favorite nut butter: cashew butter!

While the recipe calls for smaller serving sizes, you can make bite-size protein balls with a tablespoon for a little snack, or go with larger portions as a meal substitute.

Really, there’s no wrong way to enjoy this delicious treat. Enjoy!

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Laura was born with many stories to tell and has been writing in one way or another ever since. She's written TV news stories, blogs, children's cartoons, legal briefs, commercials, and everything in between. In addition to working for FamilyApp, she's also architecting the Faithful Beginnings School Readiness Guide for preschoolers. She loves traveling, new adventures, finding a great bargain, and reading to her three children.

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