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

No bake oatmeal protein balls in a colorful bowl.
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I cannot accept the idea that someone could NOT like energy bites. 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 and taste 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 healthy snacking 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 protein balls recipes 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

This protein balls recipe is fairly simple and uses a lot of ingredients you likely have around your house:

  • Rolled Oats – feel free to use certified gluten-free oats if necessary
  • Protein Powder – I personally find whey works best but you can use plant-based protein powders if you prefer. Vanilla protein powder is ideal but you could also sub with a different flavor.
  • Cinnamon – not essential but I prefer adding it!
  • Chia Seeds – do not SKIP! The only alternative would be ground flax seed. This is essential to get the protein balls to stay together and are also a great source of fiber
  • Peanut Butter – or other nut butter such as almond butter. Ideally natural and without added sugar and oil.
  • Raw Honey – adds sweetness and helps this protein balls recipe stick together
  • Vanilla Extract – for flavor
  • Add- ins – mini chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries etc…
  • Liquid – will depend on your protein powder how much liquid you add but you can use any variation of non-dairy milk or water. Keep adding until you get the desired texture.

What I love about these no bake protein balls is that NO FOOD PROCESSOR is required! These literally could not be easier to make!

How to Make No Bake Protein Balls

STEP 1: MIX ALL INGREDIENTS IN ONE BOWL

Add oats, protein powder, cinnamon and chia seeds to a large mixing 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.

Ingredients for protein balls mixed in a white bowl

STEP 2: ROLL INTO BALLS

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.

rolled protein balls in a black storage container.

STEP 3: SET IN FRIDGE

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 No Bake Protein Balls Last?

These peanut butter protein 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 eating.

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 No Bake Protein Balls Portable?

Yes but I’d recommend eating them 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 butter or pumpkin seed butter.

Help! My Energy Bites Are Too Dry!

You’ll just need to add a little bit more liquid 1 tablespoon at a time. Every protein powder is slightly different so some are more absorbent than others. Just slowly add your liquid until a sticky but not too wet mixture comes together.

MORE PROTEIN BALL RECIPES

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No-Bake Oatmeal Protein Energy Balls

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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: 2024 balls (depends on size) 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Raw
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 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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254 Comments

  1. 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.






  2. 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 !

  3. 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.

  4. I have a broken foot currently but as soon as i am driving i am buying the ingredients for this recipe, i freaking love energy balls and protein balls and the ease and taste! Any recipes with peanut butter will be the only ones i make, and hopefully replace naughty snacks such as Doritos and bars of chocolate! If i have a bowl ready to go in the fridge i am hoping to help in the revolution of energy balls, i will get my family into them!
    My health kick and exercise kick started January 2018 and recipes like this get me thinking again about making healthier and happier choices.
    Thank you! 🙂 x






  5. I made these for the second time today. Yes, they are that good. I used maple syrup (organic from Trader Joe’s), dried cherries and this time I added 1 T of cacao powder. I try to remember to take them out of the ‘fridge since to me they taste better at room temp. They are dry but oh so very tasty! Thank you for this recipe!






  6. Hi there!
    I am making a lot of bliss balls- I love them! And I saw your recipe- I love it too!But I can feel a funny after taste , hard to explain but maybe acidic. I was thinking that it may be because sometimes I leave the balls in the fridge for a few days (but none of the ingredients should be a problem,?). I thought it was the coconut (maybe poor quality) mixed with the water (I replaced the milk with water, but maybe it is the water or milk together as I also add porridge oats.. If you have a recommendation or a tip it would be great !!! Thanks!!, Lucy

  7. I’ve made the recipe before and it is amazing. Just one quick question: could I sub the 1/2 cup of PB with 1/4 cup PB and 1/4 cup blended dates? They’re often used as binding agents in other energy ball recipes, so I was wondering if this is something that could work well in this case?

    1. That should work! Haven’t tried it myself but the dates should be sticky enough to do the trick!