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 so I’m excited to share four different protein ball recipes that you can make without a food processor 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 to add too 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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Close up shot of protein balls on parchment paper with four different flavors.

Easy No Bake Protein Balls – 4 Ways


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

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 (affiliate link) 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 (Chocolate PB)
  • Calories: 104
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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  1. Truth is, I went online looking to BUY some protein snacks, but when I came upon these recipes, they looked so good, I decided to give making my own a try. I’m so glad I did. I made the Almond Joys, and wow…they were delicious and completely satisfying. Fun and easy to make, too. The full recipe made enough protein balls to carry me for about 10 days (sharing with my wife and son as well). I’m onto the Cinnamon Raisin Cookie next. So impressed!

    A few more things to add here: 1) I went for quality on all the ingredients, starting with those from-heaven Red Mill rolled oats, and I think that made a difference. 2) Thanks, Brittany, for posting these recipes. They are the solution to a problem for me–late night carb cravings. One protein ball and a small Greek Yogurt if I’m very hungry, and the problem is solved.

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Tom! I’m so glad you came across my recipe and enjoyed it!! I really appreciate you coming back to leave a comment + star rating. The reviews are super helpful to other readers, so thank you. 🙂

    • Hey Kimberly – They last way longer if stored in the fridge / freezer and keep them from becoming too soft. You can definitely store them in an airtight container at room temp if you prefer, but they won’t stay fresh as long.

  2. I love making protein balls and bars because they have fewer ingredients and are less processed than the packaged kind. Plus, my kids love them. Chocolate chip is always a hit and I can’t wait to try your Almond Joy recipe. These all look delicious!

  3. These are awesome and super customizable! I added a little more protein powder (cake flavored!) in mine, used cashew butter because it was what I had, but stayed mostly consistent with the proportions mentioned in this recipe. I didn’t even need to add honey since my protein powder is stevia-sweetened. Can’t wait to get some chocolate protein powder next time I’m at the store and try to the almond joy ones!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Lex! I’m so glad you enjoyed these protein balls. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

  4. Just made the Almond Joy. Love them! Had to add a little cashew milk and found more success pinching them into balls, rather than rolling. Yum, yum, yum! Can’t wait to try the Tahini Choc Chip. Now if you’ll excuse me, I must go hide these from myself so I don’t eat them all

    • Haha yay!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the almond joy ones, Susan. 🙂 Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me!

  5. This is a weird question for a recipe focused on protein powder, but I’ve been wondering… whenever I see protein powder in a recipe, is there something else I can substitute for it?

  6. Hi there, there’s no nutrition info?
    Lovely recipes but def need those deets.
    Cheers Robyn
    (Aspendale, Melbourne, Australia)

  7. Tried and loved them I put the oats into a mixer to make them more smooth

    Great recipes thanks from GIBRALTAR xx

  8. made your protein balls for a yoga retreat and they went down so well ive been making them for my family ever since. Ive played aroound with ingredients and fave so far is adding dark chocolate chip, orange blossom and chopped figs. making another batch (3 different flavours) to keep us going during lockdown.

    Thanks for sharing – Ive also shard with friends x

  9. thanks for the recipe, just made some of the chocolate peanut butter balls today and they’re so yummy! just wondering whether or not to freeze some of this batch…how long would you recommend keeping them in the fridge for; will they “go bad” past a certain amount of time?

  10. Love these protein balls!! Super easy to make, takes no time! Everyone in the family love these little healthy treats!! I love mix and matching ingredients into these 🙂

    • Yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Amy! I’m so glad these protein balls are a hit with your family. Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it. <3

  11. I LOVE using Arbonne protein powder since it is Vegan and Gluten free. I like the idea of adding water or almond milk because sometimes mine are too dry. Thanks

  12. Love these! So easy to make with very few ingredients. My hubby is notoriously picky and he likes them as well! I made the chocolate peanut butter today and will try the other flavors ASAP. These will definitely be added to my weekly rotation. Thanks EBF!

  13. Can u use plain collagen protein powder and just adjust (for chocolate powder add cocoa and for vanilla protein powder add vanilla extract)

  14. I made these (the chocolate and pb) they were bomb the recipe is so simple (i also added some flax seeds for more protein and it is something to try) I will make sure to be making these again 🙂

  15. Haven’t tried these yet, but just wondering how much the recipes make? As I will be making them as a work snack for myself.
    Thanks x

    • Hey Renae – This recipe yields about 24 protein balls, depending on how big you make them. They are also freezer-friendly so if you don’t think you’ll get through the whole batch you can definitely freeze some for later!

  16. Thanks for these recipes! I made a first attempt batch of protein balls (with Moringa) and I gave one to my 15 year old. After a few chews, “Whoah… dry.” Thanks! So back to search more recipes… always–medjool dates and food processor–neither of which I have, so–again, thanks, these will help alot. (…I thought they tasted good–!)

  17. I make these every week and they are AMAZING! I love how quick they are to make and extremely filling. Thank you Brittany for creating such amazing recipes 🙂

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Haley!! I’m so glad you’re loving these protein balls. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It’s super helpful for other readers, so I really appreciate it. <3

  18. Made the almond joy so far and it was a hit even My dad who needs protein due to dialysis loved them I will be making them often can’t wait to make the others!!

  19. I’ve been wanting to make these ever since I saw it. We didn’t have any protein powder and I was reluctant to buy any since I could really only find it in the big tubs and I wasn’t sure my family would like it. We got a sample packet and made the chocolate peanut butter balls and my family has been loving them! My husband was super skeptical and has been eating them up! My kids love them too. Will definitely be buying a big tub so we can continue to make them, and we can try out some more of your recipes that use the powder!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Emily!! I’m so glad these protein balls were a hit with the entire fam! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

  20. I make these for my boyfriend and my housemate all the time.our favourite ones are the Cinnamon Raisin Cookie. I’m going away for 6 months. Do you think these balls can be frozen and defrosted?

  21. Just made the peanut butter chocolate energy balls. They are super delicious! My kids all love them too. I will add a little milk or water next time around to make them a little easier to chew/swallow. Can’t wait to try the other flavors!

  22. I’ve made the chocolate peanut butter protein balls a few times now, and they are one of my absolute favorites. I actually have to hide them from myself sometimes they are THAT good! Highly recommend. 🙂

  23. Modified but that’s because I missed the comment about the water until after I mixed everything and had some free time. I increased the honey and peanut butter but I’ll try the water trick.

  24. I have just made your Tahini Chocolate Chip balls BUT I edited them a bit.

    In an attempt to keep the calories down, I reduced the amount of tahini (2tbs), honey (1tbs) and didn’t add any chocolate chips.

    I wanted to tell you that they are nevertheless incredibly delicious and I had to stop myself from eating the entire lot! I can’t wait to try some of the other variations 🙂

  25. Thanks for an easy no bake recipe. I just made the tahini chocolate protein balls. I did not have any honey so tried a pinch of avocado oil+ maple syrup. You are probably right in that honey is needed to keep things binded. I was able to form the balls with a little effort however.

    These may become regular item in my meal prep! Tasty, easy and made with ingredients I normally have at home.

  26. I actually used almond meal and oat flour and it turned out very good. The color is a little darker but the taste is yummy. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  27. Your recipes look great, but you web site has SO many ads and pop-ups, that I don’t want to spend any time here. I”m downloading as quick as I can, then leaving. 🙁

  28. Is it possible to substitute the honey for maple syrup in the protein ball recipes? Thanks for your time. They look fab!

    • I think honey works best because it’s thicker and holds the balls together better! If you want a vegan/plant-based option, I would go for brown rice syrup or agave — both are thicker than maple syrup. Of course, you can try maple syrup and see! Let me know how they turn out.

  29. I was looking for some healthy alternatives and came across these protein balls. I made the chocolate peanut ball and love them. I am not the biggest peanut butter fan but these balls have a great balance. Thanks..I can’t wait to try the others recipes.

    I have some latte protein do you have any mix in suggestions??

    • So glad you enjoyed these protein balls! You can always sub in another nut butter if you don’t prefer peanut butter. If the latte protein is a powder, it should mix in the same as regular protein powder!

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

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

  33. 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. 🙂

  34. 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!

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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!

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

  39. 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.

  40. 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?

  41. 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

  42. 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).

  43. 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

  44. 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?

  45. 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!

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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!

  51. 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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