The ultimate easy no bake energy balls. Made with just 6 ingredients and make the perfect healthy breakfast or snack! You can’t go wrong with this simple favorite recipe.
The ultimate protein energy balls recipe made with just 6 easy ingredients.
These energy bites taste like cookie dough, have 6g of protein each, and are a cinch to make!
I have made these countless times over the past few months 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.
Basic Energy Ball ingredients
Protein Powder – for the basic energy ball recipe, I use vanilla protein powder.
But any flavor will work!
Chocolate protein powder is also delicious, and my personal favorite way to switch things up is to use half vanilla and half chocolate protein powder.
To make vegan – just use your favorite vegan protein powder.
Honey – the sticky sweetener needed to help it all stick together.
If you want to make these vegan, you can also use pure maple syrup!
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!
For dairy free chocolate chips, I like Enjoy Life brand.
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 energy balls are made without a food processor.
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.
Step 3: line a baking sheet with wax paper.
Step 4: Use a mini cookie scoop to drop balls of energy bite batter onto the wax 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.
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.
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.
Are energy balls good for you?
Every bite is filled with healthy fats and protein which will keep you full and satisfied.
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.
You can even make your own oat flour!
Just grind up rolled oats in a blender until they turn to flour.
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.
Ways to customize these energy bites
These are easy to make your own!
Try adding in:
- chia seeds
- ground flax seed
- chopped nuts
- chopped dried fruit
- shredded coconut
- different kind of chocolate chips
You can also use different kinds of nut butters and different protein powder flavors to switch up the taste!
More Protein Packed Recipes
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No Bake Energy Balls
The best easy no bake energy balls recipe made with just 6 ingredients! These oatmeal energy bites are made with protein powder for a filling and healthy snack.
- 1 ½ cups no stir creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup honey
- 1 ⅓ cups old fashioned oats (rolled oats)
- ½ cup vanilla protein powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup mini dark chocolate chips
- 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 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 freezer
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 22 - 24 good sized energy bites. Each one has 6g of protein!
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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 6g
or these monster cookie protein balls!
for fall you’ve got to try my pumpkin energy balls
Sunday 19th of March 2023
Can you use the stir peanut butter
Thursday 16th of March 2023
I threw in a handful of granola to give it a little crunch and they were delicious!
Monday 13th of February 2023
How long do these last in the fridge
Friday 10th of February 2023
Second batch I’ve made I added 3/4 cup of rice crispy instead of protein powder and I use the crunchy peanut butter, nice treat for breakfast. Might try raisins in the next batch.
Sunday 29th of January 2023
Haven’t tried the finished product yet (they’re in the fridge now) but the “dough” is delicious. I used unflavored whey protein powder and it tastes plenty sweet. To save time, I didn’t use a spoon or scoop to portion them, I just grabbed a chunk off and rolled it. Question…do you eat them frozen or thaw them first?
Thanks for a great recipe! These are for my husband but I look forward to modifying it to be low-carb for me.
Friday 3rd of February 2023
I eat them frozen, or I let them thaw a minute or two!