Easy no bake peanut butter and jelly protein bites made with peanut butter, dried strawberries, oats and chocolate chips. 80 calories and 4 grams of protein each!
Protein powder can add a different texture and flavor to some recipes but not in this one! These peanut butter and jelly protein balls are so delicious! I made four batches in the past week to make sure the recipe is spot on and no one’s mad about it!
These little bites contain a good amount of protein, taste delicious and work great for breakfast, an afternoon treat or as a pre or post-workout snack. I’ve been eating them for all of the above. They also take almost no time to make – I like to make a batch while doing my food prep on Sunday so I have a portable snack for the rest of the week.
creamy peanut butter – You can definitely swap in a different seed or nut butter here.
unsweetened apple sauce
organic freeze-dried strawberries – I hadn’t done much baking or cooking with freeze-dried fruit before but I loved the berry flavor and crunchy texture of these freeze-dried strawberries! Bonus points for having less sugar than most regular dried fruit.
honey or maple syrup
mini chocolate chips – I love the EnjoyLife dark chocolate chips which are dairy-free.
Making and Storing Protein Balls
No kitchen equipment is needed for these balls! Just a couple bowls and some arm strength. 😉 Mix the oats, protein powder, strawberries and chocolate chips together in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the peanut butter, applesauce and honey/maple syrup. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir well. This mix may be a little crumbly at first but don’t give up! I like to use my hands to knead and mix the dough. If it’s too crumbly, you can add an extra tablespoon of applesauce. Once all of the ingredients are well combined, form the dough into one inch balls.
To store, place in an airtight container and keep in the fridge or freezer. If you don’t plan on eating them over the week, I recommend storing in the freezer! I actually love storing my energy bites in the freezer… something about the texture is so yummy!
If you make these peanut butter and jelly protein bites, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce + 1–2 Tablespoons more, if needed
1/2 cup organic freeze-dried strawberries
2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup
2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
Place oats, protein powder, freeze-dried strawberries and chocolate chips into a small bowl and stir to combine.
In a separate bowl mix together the peanut butter, applesauce and honey/maple syrup. Pour the wet peanut butter mixture over the dry mixture and stir well. Combining this mixture will take a little stirring power and it may seem a little crumbly at first. I used my hands to knead the dough near the end and that seems to help. If it’s too crumbly, you can add an extra tablespoon of applesauce to moisten it.
Once combined, start forming the dough into one inch balls.
Store in a covered container in the fridge or freezer.