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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.

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  • Reply
    Daniel Roberts-Eisenhauer
    May 17, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Awesome recipe. Such an easy thing to make, with huge room to be creative and personalize the recipe I did a mixture of peanut butter and tahini and added turmeric to help cut the sweetness because my protein powder was quite sweet. Turned out great!

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    Hannah
    May 16, 2019 at 7:28 am

    These were beautiful, I added some cacao nibs and rolled them in coconut, so much nicer than store bought protein balls and I know exactly what went in to them! I did add about 6 tablespoons of water though as the mix was far too dry. Probably wouldn’t add vanilla extract again with the vanilla protein as sweet enough but that’s just my taste 🙂

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    James
    May 14, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Justice made em, won’t ever not have them made again.

    Thank you so much these were so easy, and are Da Bomb.com.

    If you are thinking about making them, stop thinking, start making.

    The End. lol

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    Kristie
    May 12, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    I’ve made this recipe, exactly as written, at least a dozen times. My husband takes them to work to keep himself from eating donuts in his weekly, 3 hour manager’s meeting. And now my 10 year old, Autistic, SUPER PICKY grandson has started taking them to school for his morning snack. Everyone loves these. Thank you so much Davida, for this awesome recipe!!

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    habitat
    April 8, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    101/5000
    Looks great! I can feel it. will wait to try it. Thanks for your sharing

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    Joe Hunnings
    March 1, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Energy balls or perhaps bars, sound like a potentially great snack for backpackers. But the refrigeration requirement sounds like it may prevent their use for warmer periods. What do you think? How long can EBs be stored un-refrigerated?

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    Bec
    February 28, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Absolutely love these protein balls. I used organic hemp protein powder, and substituted the milk with coconut milk, I also didn’t opt for the chocolate chips but rather mixed in some cacao powder and maca powder. Absolutely delicious. My kids have these as an after school snack – perfect. Thank you so much for sharing

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    Ed
    January 31, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Looks great, must try!

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    Jeffrey
    January 8, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Word of warning: I used milk and had the balls in the fridge for about two weeks and some bad bacteria messed with my digestive system for a few days. Obviously, this was my fault for keeping milk mixed with chocolate in the fridge for so long, but keep in mind that milk with chocolate grow bacteria faster than milk by itself. So, now I make them without milk.

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    LC
    January 3, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    I used to make energy balls with just the peanut butter/honey mix, but adding the protein powder really ups the ante! I omitted the chia seeds, used extra cinnamon, and used water as the liquid and they came out really tasty! This’ll be perfect for those times I don’t really feel like eating too much in the morning and after workouts 🙂 And it gives me another reason to use up my protein powder as well!

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    Jeffrey
    December 15, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Excellent. You’ve converted me.

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    [email protected]
    December 12, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I loved it! it’s so yummy can’t wait to try it

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