Nothing will help you recharge after a workout like one of these soft and chewy No-Bake Protein Balls. With 8 tempting flavors to choose from, you’ll be stocking up your fridge with a new batch every week!
My Favorite Protein Ball Recipes
Hitting the gym is a beloved hobby of mine, but if I don’t have a protein ball to snack on when I come home, I get a little hangry. I need something wholesome to hold me over while I work on preparing lunch or dinner. Luckily, these no-bake energy bites stay fresh in the fridge all week long! I’ll whip up a batch on Sunday night and work out worry-free all week.
From snickerdoodle to pumpkin spice, each crave-worthy flavor makes it feel like you’re enjoying a dessert. In reality, you’re munching on a healthy snack that powers your body with a wealth of essential nutrients. Whether you grab a couple protein balls for breakfast or enjoy one as a snack after walking the dog, you’ll be ready to take on anything.
What Is a Protein Ball?
I’m glad you asked! Each of these recipes will feature a unique ingredient lineup, but there are a few protein ball staples that you’ll see across the board. Oats, seeds and nut butter are present in pretty much every variation. Other common ingredients include dry dates, chopped nuts and protein powder.
The base components are mixed in a bowl or blended in a food processor to form the protein ball “dough.” Mix-ins like chocolate chips and dried cranberries are added to the dough before it’s rolled into bite-sized balls. Some of the protein balls can be enjoyed immediately while others have to chill in the fridge until they’re set.
8 Must-Make Energy Ball Recipes
There’s only one challenge when it comes to these recipes – deciding which one to try first! Each protein ball flavor will have you counting down the seconds until snack time.
Vegan Cookie Dough Energy Balls
These low-carb and low-sugar protein bites will convince you that you're sinking your teeth into the most amazing homemade cookie dough. Only this time, you don't have to worry about raw eggs – or any animal products for that matter!
Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls
Flavored with pure pumpkin puree and cozy pumpkin pie spice, these little balls of heaven are perfect for fall. They feature tart pops of dried cranberry to complement the sweet spiced pumpkin.
Vegan Chocolate Brownie Energy Balls
Brownies for breakfast, but make it healthy. Studded with rich dark chocolate chips, these vegan and gluten-free protein bites will have every sweet tooth hooked!
Snickerdoodle Protein Balls
Who doesn't love the soft texture and the cinnamon-sugar goodness of a snickerdoodle cookie? These easy energy balls taste just like that crowd-favorite treat.
Banana Bread Energy Balls
With these healthy protein balls, you can satisfy your craving for a moist piece of banana bread in 15 minutes or less. You don't even have to think about touching the oven!
Oatmeal Cookie Energy Balls
Infused with the comforting flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, these quick-fix energy bites taste like a million bucks! If you're not a huge fan of raisins, simply use chocolate chips instead.
Dark Chocolate Coconut Protein Bites
These soft and chewy protein balls combine almond butter, coconut flakes, chia seeds and more. Throw them together for a nutrient-rich snack that tastes like a tempting no-bake cookie!
Are These Healthy Snacks?
Yes – these energy balls are all made with good-for-you ingredients and natural sweeteners that increase their nutritional value. They’re packed with protein, fiber, potassium and antioxidants, as well as many additional vitamins and minerals. Even though they taste like decadent treats, they’re a great option for anyone looking to maintain a healthy diet.
If you’re concerned about an allergy or a special diet plan, I have some reassuring news. These protein balls are easy to adjust according to your specific needs! That means you can enjoy any of these flavors by simply making the necessary substitutions.
How to Store Protein Balls
Follow the instructions below when you’re storing your homemade protein balls. You can either keep them in the fridge or the freezer.
In the Fridge
Place the protein balls into an airtight container or a resealable storage bag. Close the container or remove the air from the storage bag and seal it shut. Keep your protein bites in the fridge and enjoy them within 5-7 days.
In the Freezer
Spread the energy balls out on a baking sheet and flash-freeze them for 1 hour. Once they’re frozen solid, transfer them to a freezer-safe storage container and keep them frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw them out in the fridge before you enjoy them.