Learn how to make this easy no bake healthy protein balls recipe in multiple flavors. Protein balls are the prefect afternoon snack for kids or an energy boosting snack for adults.
Protein balls have been a life saver on busy days when I just don’t have time to sit down and eat something. I love meal prepping recipes like these so that we can have a quick and easy snack at our fingertips any day of the week.
What are protein balls?
Protein balls are bite size balls typically made of oats, nut butter and honey. They can be flavored with a variety of extracts, freeze dried fruits, chocolate chips, citrus zests, coconut or anything else you can think of!
How can I change up the flavors?
I get creative by thinking of some of my favorite ice cream flavors or desserts and then running with it! I like to use different types of extracts or citrus zests. The possibilities are really endless. Just keep the basic ingredient quantities of oats, honey and your nut butter the same and then switch up the rest!
Can I add more protein?
Of course! One way to add more protein is to add some protein powder. I like this protein powder as it doesn’t leave an unpleasant after taste but you can choose any protein powder you like.
What if I am allergic to nuts?
Not a problem at all! You can use sunflower seed butter or blend some dates to form a thick paste and use that in place of the cashew butter. You can also use your favorite nut-free spreads in equal proportions.
How do I store them?
I like to store them in a Ziploc bag and throw them in the freezer. But you can also place them in a Tupperware container and keep them in the fridge.
How long do they keep?
They can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months and in the fridge for about 1 week. But I promise they won’t last that long!
Whether you need a quick meal prep snack or a healthy kid snack idea protein balls are the way to go!
Pair this healthy protein balls recipe with my make ahead Daily Harvest replacement smoothies for a perfect meal replacement.
- 2 Cups Quick Cooking Oats
- 2 Tablespoons Dark Cocoa Powder
- 3/4 Cup Cashew Butter (or nut butter of choice)
- 1 Teaspoon Mint Extract
- 1/2 Cup Honey
- 1/2 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips (or regular semi-sweet chocolate chips)
- Place all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until well combined. *If mixing by hand it is easier to mix the cashew butter and honey together first.
- Wet your hands with water and grab about a golf ball size amount of dough. Roll to form a ball and place in a large gallon size Ziploc bag. If hands become sticky, just wet them with water again.
- Place the protein balls in the freezer to have on hand for up to 3 months.
- When you are ready to eat let the protein balls sit out at room temperature to thaw for 5 minutes.
You can also make overnight oats with this recipe. Just add some chocolate almond milk to cover your oats and leave them in the fridge overnight.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g