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! Feel free to use maple syrup if you want these balls to be vegan.
  • 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.

Want More Protein Balls & Energy Bites? 

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 turned 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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Parchment paper lined with protein balls.

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 or maple syrup
  • 2 scoops (about 5060 grams) chocolate protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips

Almond Joy

  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup natural almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 scoops (about 5060 grams) chocolate protein powder
  • 12 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut

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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    196 comments
    1. Anna
      March 1, 2021 AT 10:36 pm

      I have made the chocolate PB balls several times, and I love them! I use whey protein powder and it works well. Thanks for a great recipe!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 2, 2021 AT 11:51 pm

        So glad you’re loving these, Anna!! Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Carrie
      February 28, 2021 AT 11:08 am

      The ratios are way off for this recipe. I converted to grams and the mixture was waaaaaay too dry and resembled sand. I took 1/3 of the oats out and doubled the peanut butter and it was still really dry.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2021 AT 11:29 pm

        Hey Carrie – So sorry to hear that. I’ve made this recipe hundreds of times with no issues. Something probably happened in converting the recipe to grams. Did you change anything about the recipe? Also, what type of peanut butter did you use? If the peanut butter is dry it will cause the balls to turn out dry and crumbly. You can always add a splash of water if yours turn out too dry to help the ingredients stick together.

    3. Lisa
      February 13, 2021 AT 9:21 am

      I’ve tried so many different recipes and these are now the only ones I make! I love the peanut butter ones!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 13, 2021 AT 10:13 pm

        Woo!! The pb ones are my fave too. So glad you’re loving these, Lisa. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Elisabet
      February 8, 2021 AT 6:23 pm

      Thank you for all these wonderful recipes! So much inspiration and flavor! I can’t wait to try them, I start tomorrow 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 8, 2021 AT 8:02 pm

        Definitely come back and let me know what you think of the recipes you try!!

    5. Judith
      February 7, 2021 AT 1:13 am

      Thanks for this recipe. I have been looking for one that makes a larger quantity as I love to freeze them so I always have them ready To go. Easy and delicious

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 7, 2021 AT 2:19 pm

        Yay!! So glad you’re loving this recipe, Judith. Thanks for the review. I appreciate it!

    6. Sheree
      February 2, 2021 AT 7:13 pm

      Can these be made and then frozen? I’m prepping for the birth of my second baby and looking for freezer friendly options. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 2, 2021 AT 9:27 pm

        Totally! Just package them up and freeze them for up to 3 months. Take them out of the freezer and place in the fridge the night before you want to enjoy them.

    7. SherryLynne Litten
      February 2, 2021 AT 10:12 am

      I am diabetic, so this would’t work for me. Too may carbs.

      I’d like to fid a healthy, crunchy

    8. Meryl MacDougall
      February 1, 2021 AT 11:58 am

      Made the chocolate peanut butter balls with Earthli vegan protein! SOO good! I have made other protein balls before and I found Earthli’s chocolate protein works the best for me!
      Thanks for the recipe

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 1, 2021 AT 3:13 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved them. Thanks for the review, I so appreciate it!

    9. Christine K
      January 27, 2021 AT 5:59 pm

      Easy, delicious! Used 2 scoops of Primal Kitchen vanilla coconut collagen fuel and added cocoa powder & chocolate chips to up the chocolate factor since I didn’t have chocolate protein powder.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 27, 2021 AT 6:43 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe. Thanks for the review, Christine. I so appreciate it!

    10. Megan
      January 25, 2021 AT 8:21 pm

      Hi I’m trying to figure out the exact protein I am getting from these.. I wanna try the chocolate peanut butter and my protein powder alone is 20g.. so what is the accurate way to calculate ?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 26, 2021 AT 12:44 pm

        Hey Megan – I use My Fitness Pal for calculating nutrition!

    11. Nicole
      January 18, 2021 AT 9:08 pm

      Love them! Just made the peanut butter chocolate one and added some sliced almonds – makes for a nice crunch. I plan to eat these for my breakfast with a banana but could totally seeing these also working as an evening snack/“dessert”! Will make again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 20, 2021 AT 12:16 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved them! Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    12. Melissa
      January 17, 2021 AT 10:24 am

      Is this low carb or keto

    13. Julia
      January 14, 2021 AT 4:33 pm

      Very good loved them

    14. Jennifer
      November 22, 2020 AT 9:42 am

      Question about the amount of protein powder in your recipes. You usually reference one scoop or two scoops, etc.; however, the scoops are not the same size from one powder to the next…even in the same brand from flavor to flavor. Can you be more specific in actual measurement?

      1. Lee ann
        December 27, 2020 AT 7:11 pm

        What size scoop to use is an excellent question I never thought of asking. My Huel protein powder scoop is 1/3 cup. These would have been so dry! Thanks.

      2. Brittany Mullins
        November 22, 2020 AT 6:37 pm

        One serving size of protein powder is usually either 1 or 2 scoops which is around 25 grams or 3-4 Tablespoons. Hopefully that helps!

    15. Paul Tuckey
      November 21, 2020 AT 5:33 am

      Only ever tried and enjoyed the chocolate chip and peanut butter so far, and have to say they are really wonderful out on a long cycle ride, stored in sealable plastic carry bags. (3-4 in each). I find I am now providing half my work force with them or even imparting the recipe over to them to try. Looking forward to trying one or two of the other recipes, but if anything like the first. Stumbled upon a secret energy supply that actually works and tastes great. Thank you.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 21, 2020 AT 6:51 pm

        Ahh I’m so glad these protein balls have been a hit with everyone, Paul! That makes me so happy to hear. 🙂

    16. Sharleen Doherty
      November 19, 2020 AT 10:13 am

      hi
      could you give the ingredients weights in grams if possible?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 19, 2020 AT 6:12 pm

        Hey Sharleen – You can use this gram converter to figure out the weight in grams.

    17. Rhonda Liston
      November 15, 2020 AT 1:57 pm

      Super unhappy to see these came up in a search for “vegan” protein balls… also to see that you have a “V” rating. I’m assuming it is intended to mean vegan? Which these are not. These could easily be made vegan if you are handy around the kitchen

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 15, 2020 AT 7:55 pm

        Hey Rhonda – These balls can easily be made vegan by swapping the honey for maple syrup, which I noted in the blog post. I also just added it to the recipe card.

    18. Carissa Marks Thomson
      November 1, 2020 AT 2:20 pm

      Great recipe, super easy! I do not own a food processor so i appreciate that this recipe doesnt require it!

    19. judi
      October 23, 2020 AT 11:32 am

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

    20. 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!

    21. 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.

    22. 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. 🙂

    23. 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.

    24. 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. 🙂

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