Easy No Bake Protein Balls – 4 Ways

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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!

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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.

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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? 

No Bake Protein Balls

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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! 
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 24

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 50-60 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 50-60 grams chocolate protein powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut

Cinnamon Raisin Cookie

  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 scoops, about 50-60 grams vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Tahini Chocolate Chip 

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 scoops, about 50-60 grams vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Instructions
 

Chocolate Peanut Butter 

  • Place oats, peanut butter, honey, protein powder and chocolate chips in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • 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.
  • Once combined, use a small cookie scoop to scoop and form the dough into balls.
  • Store in a covered container in the fridge or freezer.

Almond Joy 

  • Place oats, almond butter, honey, protein powder and shredded coconut in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • 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.
  • Once combined, use a small cookie scoop to scoop and form the dough into balls.
  • Store in a covered container in the fridge or freezer.

Cinnamon Raisin Cookie

  • Place oats, cashew butter, honey, protein powder, raisins and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • 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.
  • Once combined, use a small cookie scoop to scoop and form the dough into balls.
  • Store in a covered container in the fridge or freezer.

Tahini Chocolate Chip

  • Place oats, tahini, honey, protein powder and chocolate chips in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • 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.
  • Once combined, use a small cookie scoop to scoop and form the dough into balls.
  • Store in a covered container in the fridge or freezer.

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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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ball (Chocolate PB) Calories: 104kcal Carbohydrates: 10g Protein: 5g Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Sodium: 2mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: no bake protein balls

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    335 comments
    1. larissa
      January 20, 2022 AT 12:39 am

      4 stars
      Quick & easy! I personally love alot of flavor, these weren’t very flavorful but at the same time not bland. I added chia seeds as I didn’t have protein powder. I think I may add cranberries next time to give em abit more zing.
      (Choco peanut ones)

    2. Melissa R
      January 2, 2022 AT 3:27 pm

      4 stars
      Super easy recipe! Had to add some unsweetened cocoa powder to cut the “protein powder” flavor. I used a vegan one but still had a protein powder flavor. Can you recommend one that might taste more natural?

      I also made your no bake cookies and they were delish!

      1. Tammy
        January 19, 2022 AT 7:25 pm

        5 stars
        I omitted the chocolate chips and used just maple syrup.
        I use Dr. Axe multi collagen protein. It has no after taste.

        1. Brittany Mullins
          January 20, 2022 AT 10:51 am

          Happy to hear you enjoyed these protein balls, Tammy. Thanks for the review!

    3. Cristan
      December 25, 2021 AT 5:19 pm

      Haven’t tried these yet but they should delicious!
      Have you tried freezing extras?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2021 AT 5:53 pm

        Hey Cristan- yes, I love freezing these so I can have on hand!

    4. Linda
      December 16, 2021 AT 5:23 pm

      Can you ship these, if so which recipe ships well?

    5. Susan Young
      December 3, 2021 AT 5:12 am

      5 stars
      I make these often. Sometimes I like to roll them in a little powder sugar or coconut flakes. Adds a little extra ‘sweet’ and keeps them from sticking together. My whole family (including picky husband) loves them!

      1. Linda
        December 16, 2021 AT 5:21 pm

        Can you ship these?

      2. Brittany Mullins
        December 6, 2021 AT 11:01 am

        Woo!! Happy to hear these no bake protein balls were a hit, Susan. Thanks for the review!

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