No Bake Protein Balls

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This is the ultimate easy No Bake Energy Balls recipe. Made with just 6 ingredients, these make a great healthy breakfast or snack!

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The ultimate protein balls recipe made with just 6 easy ingredients. Made and loved by thousands of readers. These easy energy bites taste like cookie dough, have 5g of protein each, and are so simple to make! 

I have made these countless times over the years and as soon as my freezer stash disappears I have to make more. I make these and my homemade protein bars on repeat.

These delicious little bites are perfect as a healthy snack, breakfast, or even dessert to knock out that night time sweet tooth. Great for having on hand when you need something fast! These became such a hit that I was inspired to make these almond butter energy balls too.

energy balls in a bowl from the side with chocolate chips in the background

Basic Energy Ball Ingredients

  • Protein Powder – for the basic energy ball recipe, I use vanilla protein powder. But any flavor will work.
  • Honey – the sticky sweetener needed to help it all stick together. You can substitute maple syrup to make these vegan
  • Peanut Butter – I use creamy no stir peanut butter which has just a tiny bit of added sugar in it. 
  • Salt – just enough to make the salty sweet flavors pop!
  • Rolled Oats – Rolled oats are inexpensive and delicious and help these energy balls taste like cookie dough! 
  • Chocolate Chips – I prefer to use mini chocolate chips so that there is chocolate and crunch in every bite!
ingredients overhead picture - peanut butter, protein powder, salt, oats, honey, and mini chocolate chips

How to make Energy Balls

It is so easy to make this recipe. All you need is a rubber spatula and a mixing bowl! These protein balls are made without a food processor.

ingredients in a mixing bowl

Step 1: Add the peanut butter, rolled oats, honey, salt, chocolate chips and protein powder to a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Stir with a rubber spatula to combine. I do not recommend using a spoon because the batter is very thick and sticky. It will take a few minutes to mix it all together. 

ingredients mixed together with a rubber spatula in a bowl

Step 3: Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper.

Step 4: Use a mini cookie scoop to drop balls of energy bite batter onto the paper. If you do not have a mini cookie scoop, just use spoons. You want balls around 1 inch in size. Roll the energy balls with your hands to form the shape. 

scooping energy balls onto a baking sheet

Step 5: Once you have put all of the batter on the baking sheet, place it in the fridge for one hour, or until the energy balls are firm to the touch. 

Once set, serve immediately, or store for later! From here you can now remove them from the wax paper and place into a ziploc bag in the freezer. I always have a bag of these on hand for easy snacking. 

energy balls with honey and chocolate chips in the corner of the photo

I love these energy balls because they are easy to make and made with pantry ingredients that I almost always have on hand. No need to run to the store! Most importantly, they are irresistibly delicious! Honestly, it feels like I’m eating a treat. 

Be sure to read the comments below from other readers!

fingers taking an energy ball from the stacked bowl

Ways to customize these protein balls

  • chia seeds
  • ground flax seed
  • chopped nuts
  • chopped dried fruit
  • shredded coconut
  • different kind of chocolate chips
  • use almond butter or sun butter instead of peanut butter
  • substitute chocolate protein powder

Do I have to use protein powder?

No, you do not, but you will need to replace it with something else so that the batter is not too sticky. I suggest using either more rolled oats or oat flour. 

energy balls lined up on a baking sheet

How long can you keep energy balls?

When stored in the freezer, these will be good up to 3 months, but I doubt they will last that long in your house! We usually go through a batch every week or two. 

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4.50 from 1482 votes

No Bake Protein Balls

By: Joy Shull
The best easy no bake protein balls recipe made with just 6 ingredients! These oatmeal energy bites are made with protein powder for a filling and healthy snack.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 26

Ingredients 

  • 1 ½ cups no stir creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 ⅓ cups old fashioned oats, rolled oats
  • ½ cup vanilla protein powder
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions 

  • Add the no stir creamy peanut butter, honey, rolled oats, vanilla protein powder, salt, and mini dark chocolate chips to a mixing bowl and use a rubber spatula to mix until the batter is combined
  • Use a mini cookie scoop or a spoon to drop energy balls with a spoon onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet. They should be around 1 inch in size.
  • Roll the energy balls with your hands to form the shape
  • Place the cookie sheet with the energy bites on it in the fridge for 1 hour, or until the balls are hardened
  • Transfer energy balls to a ziploc bag and store in the fridge for around a week, or the freezer for 2-3 months

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Notes

What kind of protein powder should I use?

Just use your favorite protein powder! I used vanilla protein powder in this recipe, but I love chocolate in it too. My personal favorite way to mix things up is to use half vanilla and half chocolate protein powder.

How many energy balls does this make?

This makes around 26 energy bites. 

Are rolled oats the same thing as old fashioned oats?

Yes they are! This is the kind of oats that you want for this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 83mg, Potassium: 111mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 8IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 1mg
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170 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Simply delicious and curves my hunger! So easy to make and seemingly healthy. How many per serving? Please don’t say just one…

  2. 5 stars
    best protein balls I’ve made to date (I’ve made a lot)! these have the absolute best texture!

  3. These are so good! Love that it’s done in one bowl! Completely satisfied my sweet tooth while staying on track with healthy choices. Used Lily’s chocolate chips for even less sugar.

  4. I made a variation of these because I wasn’t sure about my protein powder. I made about a 1/3 of the recipe and use Nutrisystem chocolate fudge protein powder. I didn’t use salt or chocolate chips. I did heat the peanut butter and honey to make it blend well. It was a bit dry so I added a little more honey and they taste great! Can’t wait to make them again. Thanks for the recipe!