Peanut Butter Protein Balls it’s the perfect high-protein snack to eat after a workout or midday when you need something to wind you down! These protein balls have 9g of protein per ball and don’t require a food processor!
We are HUGE fans of protein balls here at Fit Foodie Finds and have been making them since this website launched in 2010! Heck, I’ve been making these since before the website as a quick snack in college.
These Peanut Butter Protein Balls are the most popular protein ball recipe on the site, and rightfully so. They are made with just 6 ingredients and do not require a food processor.
What’s in these Peanut Butter Protein Balls?
- Peanut butter- While peanut butter adds a whole bunch of amazing flavor to this recipe, it also works as a nice binder as well as adding moisture to this ball recipe. So when deciding what peanut butter to use in this recipe, make sure it’s DRIPPY peanut butter!
- Protein powder- Not to scare you, but the type of protein powder you use will dictate how chalky your protein balls are! We used Garden of Life protein powder in these balls and you can barely tell there is protein powder.
- Oat flakes- Oats not only add a healthy dose of fiber to these balls, but they give these protein balls a nice bite and act as a great binder to absorb extra moisture.
- Honey- Honey is both the sweetener and the glue that holds these balls together! Don’t miss it!
- Chia seeds- These protein balls are a great source of protein AND fiber and omega 3 fatty acids because of those chia seeds!
- Chocolate Chips- I mean, is there a better combination than peanut butter and chocolate? I did not believe it. Add the mini chocolate chips! Feel free to replace the chocolate chips with vegan chocolate chips or even a chopped chocolate bar!
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Instead of peanut butter, try a different nut butter, like cashew or almond. Add different additives to the dough for easy rotation, such as:
- Nuts, chopped
- Mini M&M’s
- Pumpkin seeds
- Dried grapes
What is the best protein powder for protein balls?
We get this question all the time. What is the best protein powder? Lucky for you, we’ve done an extensive protein powder review on the site and have a few options for you below. You are more than welcome to use a whey-based protein powder or a plant-based one.
Quick tip: make sure you like the taste of your protein powder. We’re not big fans of stevia, so just look out for that on the label.
Can I use collagen powder?
You sure can! I actually prefer it. Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen it was my favorite in this protein ball recipe. I love how smooth and creamy it is and it doesn’t taste fake for sure! In addition, it is also rich in protein.
Why aren’t my peanut butter protein balls sticking together?
If your protein balls aren’t sticking together, you probably need to add a little more moisture. Add water one teaspoon at a time until your protein balls stick together to form a ball!
PS: this is why we recommend using a natural, runny peanut butter because that extra moisture helps these balls stick together.
Can I use a different nut butter?
If you don’t have peanut butter available, you can substitute any other DRIPPY butter for the peanut butter. Just make sure it’s DRIPPY.
- Cashew Butter
- Almond butter
- Sunflower butter
How do I make protein balls the same size?
You can make sure all your protein balls are the same size by using a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon.
How to store protein balls
If you look in my freezer, there is always a bag of protein balls! And this is my preferred way to store them.
- Line a tray with parchment paper and then place the balls on the parchment paper.
- We freeze them for 2 hours. You do this so they don’t stick to each other in the bag.
- Transfer them to a gallon-sized plastic bag and remove as much air as you can. Freeze for up to 3 months.
Peanut Butter Protein Balls Recipe
Our Peanut Butter Protein Balls it’s a reader favorite! They’re made with 6 ingredients, require NO food processor, and have 9 grams of protein per scoop.
Place the peanut butter, protein powder, rolled oats, chia seeds, honey and mini chocolate chips in a medium bowl.
Use a wooden spoon or your hands to mix the dough. At this point, start adding water by the teaspoon.
Depending on how runny your peanut butter is, you may need to add more or less water. Not only does water help moisten things so your balls hold their shape, but it actually helps your balls become less salty.
Use a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop the dough into your palms. Roll into balls until all the dough is gone. You should get somewhere between 14-16 balls.
Store in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Tips & Notes
- Protein powder: All protein powders are different and may require a different amount of water. If you’re using a whey or collagen-based protein powder, you’ll probably need more than 1/3 cup. We tried with Bulletproof Vanilla Collagen Protein Powder and Vital Proteins Vanilla Protein Powder and you need to use an additional 2.5 tablespoons of protein powder and not water.
Calories: 141kcal Carbohydrates: 8G Protein: 9G Fat: 7G Fiber: 2G Sugar: 3G