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.

No Food Processor Needed

One thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of protein ball recipes call for medjool dates and a food processor. I 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!

Protein Ball + Energy Bite Ingredients:

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats – 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.

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No Bake Protein Balls


  • 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 

  • 1 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 scoops (about 5060 grams) chocolate protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips

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 (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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    162 comments
    1. judi
      October 23, 2020 AT 11:32 am

      Do you have nutrition values for all recipes protein muscle bites?

    2. Kristin
      October 1, 2020 AT 5:26 pm

      Have made these so many times and they come out great! My favorite are the almond joy & chocolate peanut butter. They aren’t super crumbly or dry, which is my biggest pet peeve in energy/protein balls I’ve tried in the past! They’re perfect as a meal addition or quick snack on-the-go!

    3. Amber L Inman
      September 27, 2020 AT 6:41 pm

      Yum! Just made the oatmeal raisim variation. Changed the recipe slightly for what I had on hand subbing almond butter for cashew butter. Used only 1 scoop of protein powder because my scooper seemed large. I heated up the ingredients before stirring for about 15 seconds in the microwave to make it easier to mix together since the almond butter was thick.

    4. Kat
      September 15, 2020 AT 1:47 pm

      Very tasty. I did peanut butter ones but with vanilla protein powder (only one I have atm) still really good

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 15, 2020 AT 2:47 pm

        Glad you enjoyed these protein balls, Kat! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    5. Amanda
      September 9, 2020 AT 9:24 am

      These recipes are so easy to whip up and they are so filling! I typically have all of the ingredients on hand in my pantry and if I’m out of something there are lots of options to substitute. I typically add in some ground flax seed and/or chia seeds for an extra boost – bc why not!? I’ve made 3 of 4 of the options, still need to try the Tahini & chocolate.

    6. Veronica
      September 7, 2020 AT 8:21 pm

      These were good. I used chunky natural peanut butter and maple syrup instead of honey. I added superfoods chia seeds and cacao powder. I had to add about 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk so it would be less crumbly.
      Delicious, thank you for the recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 8, 2020 AT 12:54 pm

        So glad you enjoyed these protein balls, Veronica! The chunky pb probably contributed to them being a bit crumbly, but I’m glad you were able to make them work! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, I so appreciate it. 🙂

    7. Tami Nicole
      September 4, 2020 AT 7:22 pm

      I love that there are so many ways to make these! They were not nearly as messy to make as I imagined. Super easy!

      1. Niharika Katyal
        September 9, 2020 AT 9:40 am

        I loved the chocolate peanut butter recipe. It’s delicious. Although they are very sticky and stick on my teeth when I eat them. How can I combat that?

        1. Brittany Mullins
          September 9, 2020 AT 11:39 am

          hmmm!! They shouldn’t be sticky on your teeth. Did you change anything about the recipe? Is your protein powder usually sticky?

      2. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 5:55 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you enjoyed these protein balls, Tami. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    8. Dr Natalia Musial
      September 3, 2020 AT 2:53 pm

      I absolutely love the recipes for the protein balls. They are a great and healthy energy source. Also so easy and quick to make! Amazing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 3, 2020 AT 11:14 pm

        So glad you love these protein balls, Natalia! I so appreciate you coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    9. abby
      August 28, 2020 AT 8:00 pm

      as a vegan athlete i’m always looking for extra protein and these have been my go-to snack for months now! i meal prep them for the week (yes i go thru an entire batch in a week w only a little help from my fam who also love them). they r so easy, delicious, and satisfying! my favs r the tahini and chocolate pb.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 30, 2020 AT 7:41 pm

        So glad you’re loving these protein balls, Abby!! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    10. Theresa
      August 17, 2020 AT 10:22 am

      Hi Im vegan and was wondering what your suggestion would be for replacing the honey ? Thank you

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 17, 2020 AT 3:07 pm

        Hey Theresa – you can use maple syrup instead.

    11. Margaret Drumheiser
      August 14, 2020 AT 2:29 pm

      How can I lower the sugar content I am supposed to get more protein in my diet and less sugar also what is tahini

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 14, 2020 AT 5:22 pm

        Hey Margaret – you can skip the maple syrup or use a sugar-free syrup or a few drops of stevia instead and tahini is ground sesame seeds.

    12. Marsha Martinez
      August 4, 2020 AT 10:40 am

      They taste so good. I have made the peanut butter and also the tahini protein balls. They are both my favorites. Thank you Brittany for these recipes.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 5, 2020 AT 1:35 am

        You’re so welcome, Marsha! I’m so glad you’re loving these protein balls. I really appreciate you coming back to leave a comment + star rating. 🙂

    13. AMY
      August 3, 2020 AT 9:10 pm

      I tried the almond joy ones and they were DELICIOUS!! I only had coconut almond butter so i used that ..yum! Although im going to freeze most of them since im only one person so they should last..cant wait to try the others!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 5, 2020 AT 1:37 am

        Woo!! So glad you loved the almond joy ones, Amy. I so appreciate you coming back to leave a comment + star rating!

    14. Lori Dusterhoft
      July 26, 2020 AT 10:38 pm

      Brittany, I made the peanut butter/chocolate chip combo protein Balls and they are absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for your recipes! I’m looking forward to trying the others!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 27, 2020 AT 9:36 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear, Lori! I’m so glad you’re loving these protein balls. 🙂 Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me!

    15. Tom Cordero
      June 28, 2020 AT 3:53 pm

      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.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 29, 2020 AT 1:20 am

        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. 🙂

    16. Kimberly Morgan
      June 3, 2020 AT 3:03 pm

      Why do you need to refrigerate the protein balls (as long as you don’t add milk.) ??

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 4, 2020 AT 1:28 pm

        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.

        1. Randi
          August 11, 2020 AT 11:45 am

          How long can you freeze them for?

          1. Brittany Mullins
            August 11, 2020 AT 11:59 am

            They should last about 3-4 months in the freezer. 🙂

    17. Lori Geurin
      May 26, 2020 AT 2:22 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 1, 2020 AT 11:08 am

        Me too!! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the almond joy version. Keep me posted!

    18. Lex
      May 15, 2020 AT 1:27 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 15, 2020 AT 1:56 pm

        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

    19. Susan Leah
      May 12, 2020 AT 7:23 pm

      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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 12, 2020 AT 9:00 pm

        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!

    20. Melinda Muyargas
      May 3, 2020 AT 10:58 am

      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?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 3, 2020 AT 4:19 pm

        Hey Melinda! It depends on the recipe. For these protein balls, I would make these energy bites instead. They don’t call for protein powder.

    21. Robyn Cavagan
      April 30, 2020 AT 9:17 pm

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 30, 2020 AT 10:55 pm

        Hey Robyn – The nutrition info is at the bottom of the recipes. 🙂

    22. Tracy Gonzalez
      April 26, 2020 AT 4:49 pm

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

      Great recipes thanks from GIBRALTAR xx

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 26, 2020 AT 6:59 pm

        I’m so glad you enjoyed these protein balls, Tracy!! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    23. cathy
      April 25, 2020 AT 6:05 pm

      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

    24. Jennifer
      April 22, 2020 AT 9:01 am

      I loved the recipes, added some chia seeds to the peanut butter chocolate recipe. It worked well.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 23, 2020 AT 1:14 pm

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed these protein balls, Jennifer. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    25. iona
      April 17, 2020 AT 8:23 am

      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?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 17, 2020 AT 6:44 pm

        So glad you’re enjoying these so far! They will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks and in the freezer for up to 6 months!

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