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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
    sanchez
    December 3, 2018 at 12:24 am

    The name is so cute! I love oatmeal not only because it’s healthy, but also it tastes good. Thank you for sharing us your recipe.

  • Reply
    Linda
    November 24, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    the raw oats absolutely killed my stomach. did anybody else have an issue with that, and have an alternative solution?

  • Reply
    Stefanie Fillipan
    October 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    So here’s my favorite recipe:

    1 cup dry oats
    2/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (I prefer bobs red mill)
    1/2 cup favorite protein powder (any flavor but I love vanilla)
    1/3 cup honey
    1/2 cup skippy natural peanut butter
    1 tsp vanilla extract

    Mix everything together until
    It sticks and put it in the fridge until firm.
    Roll into balls and refrigerate until ready to eat.

    • Reply
      Stefanie Fillipan
      October 24, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      This makes about 20 balls. Also these have about 120 calories per ball depending on protein powder

  • Reply
    Chrissy Benson
    October 23, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Can you make these into bars?

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      October 30, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      You could though their structure may not hold as well as the honey is not as sticky as other types of binders!

  • Reply
    Monica
    October 21, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Just made these, rolled them in coconut, black and white sesame seeds and they are delicious!

  • Reply
    Katie
    September 17, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Hi there. Around how many calories are in each if you make 20 balls?

  • Reply
    Anjali
    September 16, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Good recipe. I found mine to be a bit dense, can only have one per every few days.
    Notes: Substituted the chia seeds for puffed chia seeds and then rolled them in shredded coconut. I’m going to make these without the vegan protein powder.

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    Barbara Sonehimer
    September 15, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    What kind of chia seeds and protein powder do you use/ Do you have a favorite brand or can recommend some? I know nothing about these to ingredients. Thank you !

  • Reply
    Jessica
    September 10, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    How long do they last in the refrigerator?

  • Reply
    christina
    August 10, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    can you freeze them to enjoy later?

  • Reply
    Jalexis
    July 11, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Made these with dried cranberries & white chocolate chips! mouth-watering!

  • Reply
    solaira
    June 26, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    If you are on a low carb, keto, diabetic, etc diet, you can substitute sugar free maple syrup for the honey. I took someone’s advice and used tahini instead of nut butter, and they came out fabulous.

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