Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Bites

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!

Bowl of peanut butter and jelly protein bites made with oats, dried strawberries, and chocolate chips.

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.

Bowl of peanut butter and jelly protein balls made with chocolate chips.

Ingredients in Peanut Butter Protein Balls

  • old fashioned oats
  • vanilla protein powder
  • 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.

Hand holding a peanut butter and jelly protein ball.

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!

Glass mixing bowl with ingredients for peanut butter and jelly protein bites including apple sauce, oats, protein powder, peanut butter, and honey.

More No Bake Energy Ball Recipes to Try:

Bowl full of peanut butter and jelly protein bites with chocolate chips.

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.

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Hand holding a peanut butter and jelly protein ball.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Balls


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 18

Description

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!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 scoops of organic vanilla protein powder
  • heaping 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce + 12 Tablespoons more, if needed
  • 1/2 cup organic freeze-dried strawberries
  • 2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Place oats, protein powder, freeze-dried strawberries and chocolate chips into a small bowl and stir to combine.
  2. 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.
  3. Once combined, start forming the dough into one inch balls.
  4. Store in a covered container in the fridge or freezer.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bite
  • Calories: 80
  • Sugar: 3
  • Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 8
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 4

Keywords: peanut butter and jelly protein bites

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  1. Wow!!! I love these no bake bites and I love that applesauce became a part of the bite. It made them creamy and lowered my PP (I’m a WW leader and often these bites are too high for me to justify the point values all of the time for such a tiny bite). LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!! I will definitely be making these very, very soon!

  2. My favorite protein snack is definitely protein smoothies! So many different combos to be made. I am usually a fan of anything with some greens, banana, and a nut butter!

  3. I make these awesome protein brownies with, basically, just cocoa powder and protein powder, using stevia as my sweetener, and they TOTALLY hit the spot.

  4. My favorite protein packed snack is something fairly similar to these – the TIU/Tenley Peanut Butter Bites. Super easy, yummy, and packed with protein!!

  5. We like to make peanut butter “cake” using peanut butter, honey, baking soda, and eggs. It bakes into a nice treat. Sometimes we add enjoy life chocolate chips too.

  6. Yum! I love Santa Cruz products. My favorite protein filled snack would be apples with peanut butter, or plain yogurt with a dollop of peanut butter and fruit!

  7. I like to make no-cook cashew butter bars! I use almond flour, cashew butter, chopped cashews and dates, honey, and sometimes other add-ins like black sesame seeds. I cut them into squares and wrap them individually.

  8. These look great! I like to have no-bake protein bars and such on hand for snacks. It isn’t that much harder than buying protein bars, and there aren’t any of those weird chemicals in them 🙂

  9. Wow! Talk about perfect timing… I was looking for no-bake bites that weren’t too high in calories. These look great! My fave protein packed snacks are hard-boiled eggs and tamari-flavored almonds. So good!

  10. I love just a hunk of peanut butter on a spoon. It really gives me a boost and is just what I need to get going. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

  11. Plain Greek yogurt topped with 1/2 sliced banana, maple syrup, and sunflower kernels. I call it my “traveling snack” because I always eat it before road trips because it keeps me full the whole time.

  12. These sound amazing! I make bites just like it with coconut in them. My go to protein snack is a power protein smoothie with almond butter, Greek yogurt, banana and coconut milk. My morning protein concoction is oats, chia seeds, milk, almond milk, cinnamon, and sprinkle nuts or seeds in top with a drizzle of honey! Yum addicted!! 🙂

  13. My favorite protein snack is a couple of hard boiled eggs. However, they can’t be transported without getting gross and warm, so my second favorite is protein balls. I look forward to trying out your recipe!

  14. I loooove organic peanut butter, for one makes me feel better when I eat over the required amount by accident. lol Also I eat at least one protein shake a day to make it through!

  15. Wow these look awesome! My favorite go to protein packed snack is plain greek yogurt topped with fresh fruit and homemade granola!

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