Great energy bites: These peanut butter protein balls taste like cookie dough but provide healthy energy. Can be prepared vegan and gluten-free.
Protein Balls. Sounds hip. Tastes delicious. And it is healthy too!
Behind the term hide energy balls with peanut butter and oat flakes. They can be prepared in a flash, consist of only 5 ingredients and give instant power.
Taste and Occasion
The best thing about them is that the peanut butter protein balls are wonderfully variable. That's why they always taste slightly different.
Want vegan Protein Balls? No problem! Gluten-free is just as possible as nut-free - then just add almond paste or sunflower seed paste.
I have tested 7 (!) different alternatives of peanut butter balls for you. Because you are to get naturally only the best recipe presented 😉 . Honestly: Not all of the energy balls were edible…
Unlike these excellent peanut butter protein balls: They remind me of unbaked cookie dough from Peanut Butter Cookies. But they are much healthier (although this is of course always a matter of definition).
So what's in my No Bake Peanut Butter Balls recipe? First of all, peanut butter from 100% nuts, i.e., without sugar or added fats or flavors. The best is homemade peanut butter.
Oatmeal, rice syrup and milk and protein powder are also used. You can either make the oatmeal yourself from tender oat flakes. Or you can use like me baby cereal porridge made from oats 😉 . It is perfect for consistency!
Protein powder and nut butter result in high protein content. Which makes the Energy Balls a great source of energy. Also, a delicious snack with almond paste! The highlights are spices, cocoa nibs, coconut flakes and the like.
Despite the oatmeal, the Protein Balls can be called low carb. Especially with a low carbohydrate sweetener like Fiber Syrup. In my tests I used all ingredients in very different proportions.
In addition, I used four different types of protein powder - from neutral to vanilla flavored or sweetened with vanilla and vegan.
How to make the Peanut Butter Protein Balls
As you only need five main ingredients, the preparation is rather simple. Put nut puree, oatmeal, protein powder, rice syrup and milk into a food processor. Knead or mix it to a homogeneous mass (alternatively use dough hooks).
If the mixture is still much too dry and crumbly, stir in more milk in sips. Flavor "dough" with spices as desired.
Remove small portions of the dough and form them into balls with your hands. Roll e.g. in coconut flakes, cocoa nibs, chopped nuts or similar. And that's all about it!
You best store the peanut butter balls in a (Tupper) tin in the refrigerator. There they will easily last 1-2 weeks. At least in theory ;-). Outside the fridge for a few days. But there they can also become quite soft.
How tasty and malleable the peanut butter protein balls become depends strongly on the protein powder! It should never taste too artificial. I prefer to use neutral multi-component protein from whey and casein.
If you already use flavored and sweetened powder, you should adjust the sweetening amount. Leave me a comment with your favorite alternatives and tips 🙂.
Peanut Butter Protein Balls (Low Carb)
- 200 Grams (0.8 cups) peanut butter , 100% purée; or almond /cashew
- 40 Grams (0.4 cups) oat flakes , finely ground or oatmeal
- 40 grams (0.4 cups) protein powder , best unsweetened
- 70 Milliliters (0.3 cups) milk , rough indication
- 5 tablespoon rice syrup , or agave or fiber syrup
Possibilities for refinement
- 2 pieces vanilla pod , of which the pulp
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- chocolate drops, to fold in
- cocoa nibs, to fold in to roll in
- coconut flakes, to roll in
- nuts, chopped, to roll in
- Put nut puree, oatmeal, protein powder, rice syrup and milk into a food processor and knead or mix to a homogeneous mass (alternatively use dough hooks). If the mixture is still much too dry and crumbly, stir in more milk in sips.
- Flavor "dough" with spices as desired. Remove small portions and form into balls with your hands. Roll e.g. in coconut flakes, cocoa nibs, chopped nuts or similar.
You can make a vegan version of the energy bites with vegetable protein powder and vegetable milk. However, taste and consistency of vegan protein powder varieties are often a bit "special". Also, you may need more or less liquid.
Another favorite low carb snack of mine are these delicious low-fat and low-carbohydrate chocolate biscuits. You should definitely give them a try, as well!