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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
    Miriah Thompson
    August 11, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    *few

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    Miriah Thompson
    August 11, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    These are delicious. I made 1/2 a batch the first time and used chocolate chips. I ate them all within a grew days lol. The second time i made the full batch and split it in half and added raisins to one and chocolate chips to the other. I made both batches with almond butter. So good! Thanks!

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    Lisa Wilson
    July 23, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Do you happen to know calorie count per ball?

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    mike
    July 22, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    thank you for this recipe 🙂 Jesus loves you and desires for you to follow Him! 🙂 He’s not in the churches, He just wants a relationship with you <3

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      ramel carpachior
      December 29, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      this ain’t no preachin time. people want the recipe not your preachin. i hate when people do that. like im a firm religious woman but i dont need that.

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    Julie Bonavita
    July 22, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    My husband and I have recently started this diet and exercise program..hes way more intense about it than I am. he bought a ton of diff protein powders and the one he liked drinking least he had me make stuff with. I made these using cookies and cream flavor which tastes like the inside of an oreo I guess ..I used cranberries and I mixed it all up in a food processor so it was all kinda ground up and not whole oats. They are so yummy..taste like oatmeal cookies with cranberries. Cant wait to try other flavors! I resisted this “healthy” kick strongly but if i can eat stuff like this as a treat them I’m a teensy bit happier!

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      Nicole
      June 2, 2019 at 8:42 pm

      Can I ask what kind of protein powder your husband has? That sounds amazing!

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    Barbara
    July 19, 2016 at 7:20 am

    How long do they last more or less?

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    Andy hanson
    July 7, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Is there a way to add banana or make bars out this recipe

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      July 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      you could certainly add banana in place of some of the liquid and definitely make them into bars. They won’t last as long with the banana but store them in the fridge and you should get a good week out of them! Enjoy.

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    Barry
    June 19, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Thanks for the tips. I’m going to try this tonight!

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    candace
    June 19, 2016 at 12:02 am

    any sub for protein powder?

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      June 20, 2016 at 9:22 am

      oat flour is a good substitute!

      • Reply
        Graeme
        July 14, 2016 at 1:40 am

        I will be attempting these very soon, as time permits – love the idea.

        In other recipes, I substitute the following for whey/protein powder: finely milled millet, barley and quinoa seeds (plus chia and flax and whatever else is lurking in the dark recesses of my cupboards).

        In the Asian country where I live, goji berries are cheap – about $20 US a kilo from the street stalls. So I shall use those in the balls, along with crushed walnuts and almonds. Thanks so much you guys.

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    Jennifer M
    June 14, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    First time I have seen this recipe using pumpkin and I can’t wait to try it out!

  • Reply
    Selina
    June 5, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Can I use steel cut oats instead?

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      June 6, 2016 at 10:33 am

      No I wouldn’t recommend it. Steel-cut oats are too firm for this recipe!

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    Letty Bromenschenkel
    May 29, 2016 at 1:35 am

    please a word of caution:

    transporting these in the presence of other people, be mindful of the peanut allergy hazard.
    exposure can be deadly for anyone allergic to peanut products and especially children.

    it is not a “PC” preference issue, just recently a child died within 1 hour of being exposed to peanut butter that was in another child’s food .

    Families with a child who is allergic to peanut products have reliable caused to be alarmed because It is their child who is at grave risk in an uncontrolled setting like any mass transit traveling.

    thank you for considering caution

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