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No Bake Protein Balls

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. 

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These are the best energy balls!

The ultimate protein balls recipe made with just 6 easy ingredients. These easy 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.

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. 

energy bites stacked in a bowl

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. 

fingers taking an energy ball from the stacked bowl

Are energy balls good for you?

Yes! Every bite is filled with healthy fats and protein which will keep you full and satisfied. 

Ways to customize these protein balls

These are easy to make your own! Here are some add on ideas:

  • 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. You can even make your own oat flour! Just grind up rolled oats in a blender until they turn to 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. 

energy ball with a bite taken out sitting on a stack of other energy balls

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No Bake Energy Balls

Yield: 22 - 24 energy balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

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.


  • 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


  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Roll the energy balls with your hands to form the shape
  4. Place cookie sheet with the energy bites on it in the fridge for 1 hour, or until the balls are hardened
  5. 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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 6g

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chocolate energy ball with a bite taken out

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Sunday 7th of January 2024

Where do you find mini dark chocolate chips? I can only find mini semi sweet?

Joy Shull

Monday 8th of January 2024

Mini semi sweet would be good too!

Amy Zanetti

Sunday 7th of January 2024

I love this recipe. I have been making it for about two years now. I always have them on hand. I have made them for my friends & coworkers who absolutely adore them. I did have a question please. Approximately how much calcium is in each protein ball? Thank you!

Joy Shull

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

I'm not sure but you could use a nutritional calculator using the brands you use for the recipe and get a more accurate estimate! So glad you enjoyed the recipe :)


Monday 25th of December 2023

I made these, and they’re so good! I added 1/3 cup of ground flaxseed to make mine less sticky and ground my oats up to make them smoother (I only have peanut butter that needs to be stirred) and rolled these in unsweetened shredded coconut to help cut the sweetness, and it’s delicious! These will be a great snack after the gym and just before dinner!!


Friday 1st of September 2023

Could you swap the peanut butter for sun butter??

Joy Shull

Sunday 10th of September 2023

I think so! I have used different nut butters with great results!


Monday 28th of August 2023

Can you use oat flour and the rolled oats together to make these?

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