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No-Bake Oatmeal Protein Balls

August 9, 2020

This simple and healthy no-bake oatmeal protein balls recipe is perfect for easy snacking on-the-go! With rolled oats, protein powder, peanut butter and a touch of honey, these energy balls will keep you satisfied for hours!

This simple and healthy little no bake oatmeal protein energy balls recipe is perfect for easy snacking on-the-go! With rolled oats, protein powder, peanut butter and a touch of honey, these energy balls will keep you satisfied for hours!

I cannot accept the idea that someone could NOT like energy balls. Unless they’re one of those annoying people who “doesn’t like healthy food” (we should have a chat), the only reason I can think of for why someone might not love protein balls is because they have yet to find their flavor combo.

This is the reason why I am always trying to come up with new, creative flavors. From almond joy, to gingerbread and of course those blueberry muffin energy balls, I am absolutely convinced that there is a flavor out there for everyone.

The other week my friend Cat was over and the topic of energy balls came up. Obviously. Because when am I not chatting about energy balls? Like C (my C, not Cat) Cat is not a big chocolate fan. It took some digging but it turns out that oatmeal raisin is her jam. So I set out to convince another being of the world that energy balls are gods gift to the earth.

I’ve since made this recipe twice. Once with Oatmeal Raisin, and once with Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and both are BOMB.

I don’t discriminate between raisin lovers and chocolate lovers. 

But I do discriminate between those who love energy balls and those who claim to not like them. I prefer to pretend the latter just don’t exist! Life just makes more sense that way…

What You Need to Make Protein Balls

  • Rolled Oats – feel free to use gluten-free if necessary
  • Protein Powder – I personally find whey works best but you can use plant-based if you prefer
  • Cinnamon – not essential but I prefer adding it!
  • Chia Seeds – do not SKIP! The only alternative would be ground flax. This is essential to get the protein balls to stay together
  • Peanut Butter – or other nut butter. Ideally natural and without added sugar and oil.
  • Raw Honey – adds sweetness and helps these protein balls stick together
  • Vanilla Extract – for flavor
  • Add- ins – chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries etc…
  • Liquid – will depend on your protein powder how much liquid you add but you can use any type of non-dairy milk or water

How to Make Oatmeal Protein Balls

STEP 1: Add oats, protein powder, cinnamon and chia seeds to a large bowl and stir. Add in peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Add in raisins (or preferred add-in). Mixture should be slightly sticky but still crumbly.

STEP 2: Slowly add in liquid 1 tablespoon at a time and using hands (get dirty!) combine until it comes together in a sticky ball that holds together. If mixture is too dry, add in more liquid but not so much that it won’t hold shape. Roll into balls using hands. Roughly a tablespoon each.

STEP 3: Place in a container to set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Store in fridge until ready to eat.

This simple and healthy little no bake oatmeal protein energy balls recipe is perfect for easy snacking on-the-go! With rolled oats, protein powder, peanut butter and a touch of honey, these energy balls will keep you satisfied for hours!

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED:

How Long do Protein Balls Last?

These oatmeal protein energy balls will last in the fridge for up to two weeks. Alternatively you can store them in the freezer for up to 3 months and pull as many as you want out roughly 30 minutes before.

How Much Protein is in these Energy Balls?

This will depend entirely on which protein powder you are using. To calculate the correct amount, determine how much protein in 2 scoops (or 1/2 cup) and divide it by the number of protein balls you made. Note: There is also some protein in the other ingredients so your amount may actually be slightly higher.

Likewise – I do not calculate nutrition facts on my recipes. You’re welcome to enter the ingredients into an online calculator if you’re looking for this information.

Can I Make these Vegan?

Yes! To make these protein balls vegan you can replace your whey protein powder with plant-based protein and the honey with brown rice syrup. DO NOT use maple syrup. It is not sticky enough to help the protein balls keep their shape.

Are These Protein Balls Portable?

Yes but I’d recommend eating within a few hours of removing from the fridge. I’d recommend storing them in a hard glass container so that they don’t get squished in a ziploc of bag.

Can I Make These Energy Balls Nut Free?

Yes you most definitely can. Just replace the peanut butter with a seed butter like sunflower seed or pumpkin seed butter.

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No-Bake Oatmeal Protein Energy Balls

This simple and healthy no-bake oatmeal protein energy balls recipe is perfect for easy snacking on-the-go! With rolled oats, protein powder, peanut butter and a touch of honey, these energy balls will keep you satisfied for hours!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 20-24 balls (depends on size) 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Raw
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla whey protein powder (about 2 scoops)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter (or any nut butter)*
  • 3 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup raisins, chocolate chips, craisins or preferred add-in
  • 24 tbsp liquid (almond milk, milk, water etc…)

Instructions

  1. Add oats, protein powder, cinnamon and chia seeds to a large bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Add in peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  3. Add in raisins (or preferred add-in). Mixture should be slightly sticky but still crumbly.
  4. Slowly add in liquid 1 tablespoon at a time and using hands (get dirty!) combine until it comes together in a sticky ball that holds together. If mixture is too dry, add in more liquid but not so much that it won’t hold shape.
  5. Roll into balls using hands.
  6. Place in a container to set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Store in fridge until ready to eat.

*Make sure it is drippy. If not you may need to add in extra liquid at the end.

This simple and healthy little no bake oatmeal protein energy balls recipe is perfect for easy snacking on-the-go! With rolled oats, protein powder, peanut butter and a touch of honey, these energy balls will keep you satisfied for hours!Like this oatmeal protein ball recipe? Here are a few others you might enjoy:

  • Reply
    Jackie
    May 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Made these for the first time today after looking forever for a recipe I liked. They are so good and I’m surprised at how well they’re sticking together! They will be perfect for grabbing when I need something in my stomach before the gym or even taking to the beach!

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    kay
    May 5, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I would like to know what kind of peanut butter people are using, I want to make these as healthy as possible and don’t want to use like Jiffy, I would like to use fresh ground peanuts or almonds from Whole Foods, I know there is less oil, so will it work? Thanks

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 5, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      I use all natural peanut butter, no sugar, salt or oil added. I’d go with that since it’s the healthiest option and the recipe will turn out the best.

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    Amanda
    April 17, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Fantastic! I used whey protein from TPW, and it came out very nice.
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    Johannes
    April 10, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    How many calories would you think per 100 ball?

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    Stephanie
    March 18, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    What is the nutrition information?

    • Reply
      Johannes
      April 10, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      I’d like to know too!

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    Laura
    March 12, 2016 at 1:39 am

    These are delicious, will make again.

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    Chris
    March 10, 2016 at 11:08 am

    These look amazing. I am curious though if you use milk for the liquid won’t they eventually sour? How do you avoid them going bad if you don’t eat them all in a day or two?

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      March 10, 2016 at 11:13 am

      I would recommend using water or non-dairy milk to prevent them for going bad quickly. Alternatively, store them in the freezer and take one out 10-20 minutes before eating.

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    Molly
    March 9, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I made these today following the recipe, but I included some specifics because it might slightly alter the nutritional value depending on what brands and items you use. I used jiff peanut butter, dark chocolate chips as my add-in, water as my liquid, and a tablespoon of ground flax. I made 14 good sized protein balls and calculated the nutritional information per bite as follows: Calories: 128, Fat: 7.4 g, Net Carb 10 g, Protein: 6 g

    These were so tasty and satisfied my sweet tooth! Only needed 1, because it was pretty rich with the dark chocolate 🙂

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    Lee
    March 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Recipe looks good, but it’s absolutely useless for any fitness enthusiasts because it doesn’t have any nutritional information to go with it.

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      Lauren
      April 30, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Disagree – fitness enthusiasts can eat mindfully and intuitively and don’t base what goes in their. It’s based on numbers! Who cares about calories? Eat what your body needs.

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        Donna
        March 12, 2018 at 7:37 pm

        I disagree with you Lauren. You can exercise as much as you want. But if you don’t keep track of your nutrition, all the workout goes down the tubes.

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      Morgan
      May 27, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      Yes!!! I need to know how much protein is in them! I could figure out everything, but I’d rather just find a recipe that gives me all of the info.

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    Nancy Kuntz
    February 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    I so agree with you; anyone that doesn’t like protein balls hasn’t found the right recipe. I just made a similar recipe to yours. This one called for dried cranberries (I used raison’s), raw sun flower seeds (I used chopped pecans) & chocolate chips! I also used cinnamon honey & flax seeds. Delicious & my fav so far ??. I can’t wait to try your bberry muffin & ginger bread recipes! Thanks! Nancy

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 12, 2016 at 9:15 am

      The balls you made sound delish!! I totally agree that there’s a flavor out there for everyone. Hope you enjoy the bberry muffin and gingerbread balls!

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    Jillian
    February 10, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    I am currently in a Speech class and I used this recipe for my demonstration speech!!! Everyone loved the balls- thanks for the great recipe 🙂

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      Jillian
      February 10, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      also.. used peanut butter protein powder and greek yogurt chips. so yum.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      February 12, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Aw so happy to hear that! Love the additions you added too 🙂 Glad you enjoyed!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    February 6, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    How many does one eat for breakfast? Anyone know ball park calorie for one?

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