3 No-Bake Protein Ball Recipes That Are Surprisingly Easy to Follow

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3 No-Bake Protein Ball Recipes That Are Surprisingly Easy to Follow

Are you a busy Mom? Going to gym classes or looking for a protein-rich snack for on the run?
Perfect pre- or post-workout snack, protein balls have become the latest craze in the world of fitness.

I have been sampling a few recipes for protein balls, through my own trial and testing, I have put together delicious and healthy, no-bake protein ball recipes that are not only easy to follow but hit the spot.

Recipe #1: Oatmeal Protein Energy Balls

If snacking on rolled oats is your thing, then you’ll love this recipe for oatmeal protein energy balls! Combined with an assortment of awesome and wholesome ingredients, these protein energy balls are the perfect snack for workout enthusiasts.

Total Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Yield: 20 – 24 Balls

What you need:

  • 1/3 cup raisins, chocolate chips, Craisins or preferred add-in
  • 1/2 cup vanilla whey protein powder (about 2 scoops)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter (or any nut butter)*
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2-4 T liquid (almond milk, milk, water etc…)
  • 3 T natural honey

What to do:

  1. Put protein powder, chia seeds, cinnamon, and oats in a large bowl.
  2. Add in honey, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Stir well to mix.
  3. Add in raisins (or preferred add-in like Craisins or chocolate chips). Mixture quality should be moderately sticky but still crumbly.
  4. Gradually add in liquid (water, milk, almond milk, etc.) 1 tablespoon at a time and use your hands to mix until it forms a sticky ball that holds together. If mixture quality is too dry, add in more liquid but just to the right amount so it would hold shape.
  5. Use your hands and roll the mixture into balls.
  6. Let the balls set in the fridge for a good amount of time (at least 30 minutes). Be sure to place in a container.
  7. Store in fridge until ready for consumption.
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe #2: Dirty Chai Energy Balls

To all coffee lovers out there, this recipe for dirty chai energy balls will absolutely blow your minds. They make for an excellent pre-workout snack because they are capable of providing your body the energy boost (and some of the nutrition) it needs before exercise.

Total Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

Yield: 18 – 20 Balls

What you need:

(Energy balls)

  • 1/3 cup honey or brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural nut or seed butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder (for less flavor, only add ½ tablespoon; for stronger taste, add 1.5 tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoon cacao nibs (or mini chocolate chips)

NOTE: If you want to add a scoop of protein powder, most likely you will need to add more tablespoons of liquid to compensate.

(Homemade chai spice blend)

  • 1/8 ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon all-spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

What to do:

  1. Put oats, espresso powder, chai spice blend, chia seeds, and cacao nibs/mini chocolate chips in a large bowl.
  2. Add in honey or brown rice syrup, vanilla extract, and nut butter. Combine using a sturdy spoon or spatula.
  3. Once combined, put bowl in fridge for 20 minutes, or in freezer for around 10 minutes. Letting the mixture cool will make rolling the energy balls much easier.
  4. Using a combination of tablespoon and hands, scoop mixture into rounded balls and roll between palms to shape. For the amount of ingredients used, the estimated yield is around 18 to 20 balls.
  5. Place in a container to set in fridge for 2 to 3 weeks.
  6. Store in fridge until ready to eat.
  7. Enjoy!

Recipe #3: Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Loaded with healthful ingredients, these peanut butter protein balls are a great snacking option for individuals who are looking to maximize their workout gains. It is also available in a vegan or gluten-free option that makes it applicable for nearly everybody!

Total Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Yield: 24 Balls

What you need:

  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup honey or 1/4 cup brown rice syrup for a vegan version
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate chips, if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (or gluten-free oats, if necessary)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-4 teaspoons water or additional vanilla extract

What to do:

  1. Combine peanut butter, brown rice syrup or honey and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add in salt, oats and coconut and mix until well combined. Then, add in chocolate chips. If mixture doesn’t hold together, add more water or vanilla (a teaspoon at a time) until the mixture holds together.
  3. Roll about 1 tablespoon of the mixture into balls.
  4. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for 1 week until ready to eat.
  5. Enjoy!
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