Protein Balls Recipe “No-Bake Energy Bites”

Protein Balls Recipe No-Bake Energy Bites
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Protein Balls Recipe
These easy no-bake protein balls are a nutritious and delicious snack made with rolled oats, nut butter, honey, and optional add-ins like chocolate chips. Perfect for a quick energy boost!

Hey there, friends! It’s Austin from “Beyond The Bayou Blog” diving into a wholesome snack adventure with my latest creation: Protein Balls.

Today’s kitchen escapade took me on a journey blending rolled oats, natural peanut butter, honey, and a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips. As I mixed and rolled, memories of childhood baking with my maternal grandma flooded back. She’d always say, “The secret ingredient is love,” and indeed, every bite of these protein balls is infused with that warmth and care.

These little energy boosters aren’t just about the ingredients; they’re about fueling your day with goodness. Try having these balls with Oat Milk or Vegan Oat Milk Ice Cream for a better combination.

So whether it’s a midday pick-me-up or a post-workout refuel, these protein balls pack a punch of nutrition and flavor. So, grab one, savor the chewy texture, and let it remind you that a little homemade goodness can make any moment brighter. Enjoy!

Overview: How To Make Protein Balls?

Overview How To Make Protein Balls

Today, I’m sharing a delightful recipe for protein balls that are not only delicious but also packed with nutritious goodness.

To whip up these tasty treats, you’ll need rolled oats, natural peanut butter (or almond butter for a twist), honey for natural sweetness, and optional add-ins like ground flaxseed or protein powder, chia seeds, vanilla extract for a hint of flavor, kosher salt (if using unsalted nut butter), and mini chocolate chips for a touch of indulgence.

Simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. If you’re including chocolate chips, now’s the time to add them in! Then, scoop out the mixture and roll it into smooth balls. Place them on a lined baking sheet and chill in the fridge until firm.

These protein balls are perfect for a quick energy boost or a post-workout snack. Keep them stored in an airtight container in the fridge, and they’ll be ready whenever hunger strikes. Enjoy the goodness in every bite!

Protein Balls Recipe No-Bake Energy Bites

Protein Balls Recipe

These easy no-bake protein balls are a nutritious and delicious snack made with rolled oats, nut butter, honey, and optional add-ins like chocolate chips. Perfect for a quick energy boost!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Austin Carter
Servings: 18

Equipment

  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon or fork
  • Spoon or cookie scoop
  • Rimmed baking sheet
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt if using unsalted nut butter, optional
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips optional

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, natural peanut butter (or almond butter), honey, ground flaxseed (or protein powder), chia seeds (or protein powder), vanilla extract (optional), and kosher salt (optional).
  • Mix well using a wooden spoon or fork until thoroughly combined.
  • If using, add mini chocolate chips and mix to combine evenly.
  • Scoop out the mixture using a spoon or cookie scoop and roll it into smooth balls with your hands.
  • Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Serve immediately or store the protein balls in the fridge in an airtight container until ready to eat.

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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May These Tips Help!

  1. Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality rolled oats and natural nut butter for the best flavor and texture.
  2. Flavor Variations: Experiment with different flavor combinations by adding ingredients like dried fruit, nuts, or spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg.
  3. Texture Enhancement: For a crunchier texture, toast the rolled oats in the oven before mixing them with the other ingredients.
  4. Nutritional Boost: Consider adding superfoods like hemp seeds, flaxseeds for added nutritional benefits.

Try out These Variations!

  1. Oatmeal Raisin: Perfect with almond or cashew butter, and don’t forget to sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon for that extra cozy touch.
  2. White Chocolate Cranberry: Blend almond or cashew butter with honey, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips for a sweet and tangy twist.
  3. Double Chocolate: Indulge in double the chocolate goodness by adding cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips to your energy balls.
  4. Almond Joy: Transform a candy bar into a snack by using unsweetened shredded coconut, almond butter, chocolate chips, and chopped almonds for a satisfying treat.
  5. Trail Mix: Enjoy a mix of flavors with peanut butter, honey, chocolate chips, chopped peanuts, and raisins, giving you a bit of everything in each bite.

What to Serve with Protein Balls?

What to Serve with Protein Balls

Storing These Balls Is Simple!

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the balls on it.
  2. Freeze them for 2 hours to prevent sticking together.
  3. Transfer the frozen balls into a gallon-size plastic bag, removing excess air before sealing.
  4. Freeze the bag for up to 3 months to store the protein balls.

Are Protein Balls Good for Losing Weight?

Protein balls can be a beneficial snack for weight loss when included as part of a balanced diet. They are often high in protein and fiber, which can help keep you feeling full and satisfied, reducing the urge to snack on less healthy options. However, portion control is key, as they can be calorie-dense. Incorporating protein balls as a nutritious treat within your calorie goals can support weight loss efforts.

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