Easy No Bake Protein Balls – 4 Ways

The easiest no bake protein balls on the internet with four different flavors – chocolate peanut butter, tahini chocolate chip, cinnamon raisin and almond joy. Take 10 minutes to whip up a batch of these protein balls and snack healthy all week long!

Who knew one snack could have so many names?! Protein balls, energy bites, just “balls”. . . I’m sure there are even more out there. No matter what you call them, one thing is for sure: they are one of the best snacks to have on hand for easy, healthy snacking!

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.

I know some people love their store-bought protein bars (and I have a few favs too) but I honestly really like making homemade protein balls because I can control what ingredients go into the mix AND they’re way cheaper. Plus, coming up with the different flavor combinations is so fun!

A bowl full of different flavors of protein balls.

 

WATCH HOW TO MAKE NO BAKE PROTEIN BALLS:


One thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of protein ball recipes call for medjool dates and a food processor. I personally have a TON of recipes that fit this bill – like my Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Protein BallsHomemade Larabars, Pumpkin Pie Larabar Balls, Blueberry Muffin Larabar Balls, etc.

That said, I know not everyone has a food processor (affiliate link) so I’m excited to share four different protein ball recipes that you can make without a food processor (affiliate link) and without dates!

The cool part about this recipe is that you can use the same basic formula to create FOUR different recipes — just by switching up a couple different ingredients you have a brand new flavor!

The Base Protein Ball Recipe:

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats (affiliate link) – I always use rolled oats for protein balls because during processing they get steamed and flattened/rolled. This makes the texture way better for no bake recipes!
  • Nut butter – My one tip for nut butter is to make sure it’s drippy! It can be hard to mix when you have a more “solid” or “dry” nut butter, so I recommend finding a runny nut butter. You can use any nut butter you want for the base . . . even a seed butter like sunflower butter or tahini if you’re allergic to nuts.
  • Honey – I add a hint of sweetener to my base because, in my opinion, it is the key to balanced flavor!
  • Protein powder – For these protein balls, I’m using a plant-based, organic protein powder. This obviously majorly increases the protein content, which I’m a huge fan of, but it also brings in some fun flavors like vanilla or chocolate and a little sweetness to the mix.

That’s it! That’s your base recipe. I like to add in fun mix-ins to make the flavors really unique, and I’ve included four simple recipes below. Try these first and when you feel comfortable mixing on your own, go for it and get creative!

Hand holding a chocolate chip peanut butter protein ball. Behind is a bowl of a variety of protein balls.

Protein Balls are Too Dry or Crumbly?

Some protein powders will soak up more liquid than others and some nut butters are drier than others. This is totally normal and it might cause your your protein ball mixture to seem a little dry or crumbly. If this happens, just add a little water or almond milk to the protein ball mixture, 1 teaspoon at a time until the mixture is moist enough to form into balls. Just be careful not too add to much liquid.

Parchment paper lined with 4 flavors of protein balls.

I love to make a batch of these on the weekend so that I have grab-n-go snacks throughout the week. They’re also perfect for a pre or post-workout snack (or even dessert). I usually eat two a time!

Parchment paper lined with different flavors of protein balls.

If you try any of these no bake protein balls, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how they turn out in the comment section below. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers who are thinking about trying the recipe.

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Easy No Bake Protein Balls – 4 Ways


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 24

Description

The easiest no bake protein balls on the internet with four different flavors – chocolate peanut butter, tahini chocolate chip, cinnamon raisin and almond joy. Take 10 minutes to whip up a batch of these protein balls and snack healthy all week long! 


Ingredients

Chocolate Peanut Butter 

Almond Joy

Cinnamon Raisin Cookie

Tahini Chocolate Chip 


Instructions

Chocolate Peanut Butter 

  1. Place oats, peanut butter, honey, protein powder and chocolate chips in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Getting the mixture to combine takes a little arm muscle and it may seem too thick at first, but it will come together as you keep mixing. I used my hands to knead the dough near the end and that seems to help.
  3. Once combined, use a small cookie scoop to scoop and form the dough into balls.
  4. Store in a covered container in the fridge or freezer.

Almond Joy 

  1. Place oats, almond butter, honey, protein powder and shredded coconut in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Getting the mixture to combine takes a little arm muscle and it may seem too thick at first, but it will come together as you keep mixing. I used my hands to knead the dough near the end and that seems to help.
  3. Once combined, use a small cookie scoop to scoop and form the dough into balls.
  4. Store in a covered container in the fridge or freezer.

Cinnamon Raisin Cookie

  1. Place oats, cashew butter, honey, protein powder, raisins and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Getting the mixture to combine takes a little arm muscle and it may seem a little crumbly at first, but it will come together as you keep mixing. I used my hands to knead the dough near the end and that seems to help.
  3. Once combined, use a small cookie scoop to scoop and form the dough into balls.
  4. Store in a covered container in the fridge or freezer.

Tahini Chocolate Chip

  1. Place oats, tahini, honey, protein powder and chocolate chips in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Getting the mixture to combine takes a little arm muscle and it may seem too thick at first, but it will come together as you keep mixing. I used my hands to knead the dough near the end and that seems to help.
  3. Once combined, use a small cookie scoop to scoop and form the dough into balls.
  4. Store in a covered container in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

  • If the protein ball mixture seems a little too dry or crumbly, add water or almond milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the mixture forms together.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 104
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 5g

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  1. I made the chocolate peanut butter balls, and they turned out perfectly! The consistency was perfect, and they tasted like dessert! I also added 3tablespoons of milled flaxseed, and once the balls were made I rolled them in shredded coconut, SO good. Thanks so much for this recipe!

    • Hi Jenna! Yay, I’m so excited to hear that you enjoyed the protein balls. The chocolate peanut butter balls are my favorite so I’m glad you liked them! And I so appreciate you taking the time to come back and leave a comment and star rating on the recipe. It means the world to me!

  2. I’ve long been obsessed with the tahini protein balls but just realized I had never weighed in with the 5 stars this recipe deserves! I will now reward myself for doing laundry and dishes by whipping up a half-batch of the almond joy bites (with an agave substitution) 🤗

    • Hi Cat! I am so happy to hear that you have been enjoying the tahini protein balls! I hope you also love the almond joy ones. 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and leave a comment (and star rating). Your feedback is SO helpful to the EBF team + community so I really appreciate it!

  3. For this receipe, is it 24 total balls for all four of these recipes combined or is it 24 balls for each recipe?

  4. I have never made protein balls as have no food processor, then on a google search came across your amazing page here! I never realised how easy they were to make! I tried out the Almond Joy balls, but as they were for a toddler, missed out the protein powder.I made them Cahsew Balls as that’s the nut butter I had at home. I also added sultanas and chopped dates. They are honestly amazing, and look forward to testing out the others too!

    • Hi Rene! Welcome to Eating Bird Food! I’m so excited that you found this recipe and enjoyed it (I hope your toddler did too!). The changes you made sound delicious! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment (and a star rating), letting me know how the Almond Joy balls turned out. Your feedback is super helpful! Definitely let me know how the other variations turn out once you make them. 🙂

  5. Made your oatmeal chocolate chip balls (subbed in natural peanut butter since that’s what I had on hand). Found the balls a wee bit dry, so I’d probably recommend adding in an extra tbsp of melted coconut oil at the end if it’s still too try, OR starting with 40g of protein powder next time to be on the safe side. Don’t get me wrong – I’m still eating them. Just had some for my late snack at the office 😉

    • Hi Kate! Thank you for letting me know. Every protein powder is so different and absorbs differently so I’m sure that’s what caused them to be a little dry. Did you see the note in the recipe about adding a little almond milk if the mixture seemed dry? I’ve found that it really helps!

  6. Thank you for this! I used Justin’s brand chocolate almond and hazelnut nut butter softened with some THC-infused coconut oil, rolled oats, protein powder, honey and then split the batch. In half the batch, I added shredded coconut and in half I added dried cherries. Rolled them up and froze them. Delicious!

  7. I made the peanut butter cup ones with almond butter and they came out great. Perfect snack size. If I have a nut butter that isn’t runny, will heating the butter work for this recipe?

    • Woo! I’m so glad that you liked the pb cup protein balls. They’re my favorite! If you’re nut butter isn’t runny I recommend adding a little melted coconut oil to help thin it out. Just be sure not to add too much. You could try heating it, but I’m not sure how well that will work. Let me know if you try either method.

  8. Thank you for making recipes without dates! I’m mildly allergic to them and its not fun to eat a snack when it makes your throat itchy for hours! I’m making the tahini balls right now!

  9. These turned out wonderful – we made the coconut ones and the cinnamon raisin and loved them both!

  10. Hi! I love these and so does my family! I made the chocolate chip ones. One little thing I added was pure vanilla from Mexico. I added about a teaspoon, give or take. This vanilla is so good you will want to drink it, so I added a tad more. 😂 I have almond butter and coconut and will try the almond joy recipe next. I am very curious about trying cinnamon in these also. Has anyone added walnuts? I might try that too. It all sounds so delicious! Thank you for sharing.

  11. How do you store them and how long do they last? should I freeze if I want to make a lot and have for awhile? Can they be stored in a cupboard if wrapped or should it be a fridge?

  12. Hi!
    Do I have to use protein powder at all for them to stay together?

    Obviously, these are protein bites but I would like to not use protein powder haha

  13. Hello I’m curious what protein powder you used because I can’t find any with enough protein to yield 24 balls and have 5g of protein in each.

    • Have you counted in the nut butter Ryan? Peanut butter for example has a whopping 65g per cup, so even two scoops of a generic powder (50-60g protein total) gets around that figure when /24.

    • Have you counted in the nut butter Ryan?
      A cup of peanut butter as the one recipe calls for, for example, has more protein (65g) than two scoops of any protein powder I’m aware of (generally 25-30g/scoop).

  14. I am looking forward to joining y’all on my weight loss journey. I have lost 40 of the 100 I have to lose. I have been buying Clif bars to use at 300 calories for a meal replacement on my way out the door to church or early appointment. I’ll be experimenting to replace Cliff bars. I just discovered dried cherries at Walmart. I’ve been using dried cranberries and cherry flavored cranberries. I’ll be glad to follow you on my email. Thanks

  15. I always have issues with my honey staying liquid so no longer buy liquid honey. Have you tried these with maple syrup instead of honey? Any luck?

  16. I tried the chocolate chip one and it was delicious and easy! I only had regular peanut butter on hand and I get why I would need the runny type of but butter. I was so excited to make it and knew I had all the ingredients so I just wanted to try it right away plus I have a huge sweet tooth! Thanks!

  17. My comment pertains to the German chocolate energy balls in the 6 weeks meal plan that I purchased. I made them last night and was shocked at how delicious they are. I see no reason to buy pre-made protein bars ever again after tasting these little balls of goodness. I did add some honey and cinnamon (not in the recipe) and a bit of extra water. Plus, I used almonds instead of walnuts because they were on hand. I brought them to work and shared and got rave reviews!

    • Ahhh!!! This makes me so happy to hear, Laura! I love the German chocolate energy balls too. So glad that you’re a fan and that your co-workers enjoyed them too. What a nice treat to share at the office. 🙂

    • Hey Anna! I have never used Bob’s Red Mill 7-minute steel cut oats so I’m not sure the consistency, but overall probably wouldn’t recommend steel cut oats for this recipe because of the hard texture and the fact that these are no-bake balls. Hope this helps.

  18. Hi Brittany. As I am doing Weight Watchers I made some adjustments to these great recipes so as to keep the Smart Points down. I used prepared PB2 in place of the peanut butter and used plain Greek yogurt to help hold them together and add a bit more protein. I omitted the protein powder as I have not found one that is free of Stevia as I just don’t like the after taste. In addition to the honey I used the Wholesome Zero sugar.

    My husband loved your recipe!!
    If you have a protein powder sans Stevia I would love to try it.

  19. I am on my second attempt to make the chocolate peanut butter (using almond butter)…they are completely crumbly. The first time I put too much protein powder. Now I’ve put less than called for and they are falling apart. Any help would be appreciated!

    • My grand daughter and I had a wonderful time making these yummy healthy snacks. We did the basic recipe with a twist…I used a macro organic oat and coconut muesli instead of plain oats. Mix was a little dry so just. Added a good tablespoon of organic coconut oil. They are super delicious. The peanut butter we used already had chai seeds in it for something different. Thank you for sharing these recipes they will become a staple in our household

    • Are you using natural almond butter and are you at the bottom of your jar? I’ve found that almond butter tends to dry out quickly and can get crumbly towards the end of the jar. Another issue could be that you need to keep stirring or use your hands to combine the mixture. It can seem a little try at first but it will come together.

  20. Can I leave out the oats or possibly replace them with coconut flour? I am a bariatric patient and do not consume oats or regular flour..etc.

  21. Interested in your review of the plant-based protein powder and why you love it so much. I’ve tried a few different plant-based powders and certainly can tell that some are better than others. Our favorite at the moment is a Whole Foods brand after trying Vega and Raw but we just ran out so I’m open to trying another!

  22. Hello ? Brittany, my hubby and I are going to start a low carb high protein diet and we are looking for a decent protein powder to use in drinks and recipes could you please suggest one for us ? Also I would like to make us some of your beautiful protein balls to snack on also but I have a question how many carbs and protein are in each batch, each ball ? Remember we are trying to loose weight for health reasons so I’m searching for low carb high protein recipes for breakfast, lunch , dinners, snacks, desserts, I have been drinking detox water with oranges in it all week and I hate water and never drink it and I am proud to say I have gotten myself up to drinking almost 64 ounces ( a gallon) a day. If you can help us we would appreciate it. Thanks P.S could you give us the names of the ingredients your using so we can go to a health food store and buy them and make our protein balls like yours ? I’m sure all of your fans would appreciate it if you would do that ? I couldn’t find a low carb high protein diet in the rest of your diet categories is there a reason for that ? I look forward to hearing from you. Have a Blessed Day. God Bless you

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