Peanut Butter Protein Balls (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain, dairy-free)

These 6-ingredient peanut butter protein balls only take a few minutes to throw together and are full of healthful ingredients! Naturally gluten-free, whole grain, dairy-free and with a vegan option.

There’s been enough savory food around here recently. It’s time to get back to sweet treats! I figured I wouldn’t go all out with a super decadent dessert being as the holidays just passed so here’s a healthy snack.

There’s loads of good stuff in these protein balls. Tons of natural peanut butter, raw honey (or brown rice syrup for a vegan option), oats and coconut. And of course, some mini chocolate chips because… why not? ;)

By the way, who else loves peanut butter + honey?! It’s one of my favorite combinations. If you love it too, try these peanut butter chickpea cookies! I swear you can’t taste the chickpeas (which I actually hate!).

Super Easy 6-ingredient Peanut Butter Protein Balls (gluten-free, vegan option, dairy-free)

All you do is dump the ingredients into a bowl and roll the mixture into balls. It’s not an especially sticky mixture so you’ll have to squeeze them together to get the balls to hold together.

I’ve made these peanut butter protein balls a number of times with the exact same ingredients (as in from the same package) and the very small amount of water I needed to add to hold the mixture together varied each time (hence the range in the measurement given). I also discovered that instead of using additional water to bring together the mixture, vanilla extract’s a tasty alternative!

Make sure to use the kind of peanut butter that just contains peanuts and salt. If you use a brand that has added fat and sugar, the recipe likely won’t turn out well. You’d also be adding a ton of fat (and probably not the healthy kind) and sugar!

Super Easy 6-ingredient Peanut Butter Protein Balls (gluten-free, vegan option, and dairy-free)

For a grain-free chocolate version, try these chocolate peanut butter protein balls. If you use cashew butter, then you’ve got youself some paleo protein balls. :)

I haven’t tried today’s recipe with any other nut butters and they’re not always 100% interchangeable so I can’t say for sure if other types would work in these protein bites. So if peanut butter’s not your thing, try these lemon energy bites. They’re my favorite protein balls! They’re so lemony and make me happy.

Peanut Butter Protein Balls (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain, dairy-free)

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Peanut Butter Protein Balls (gluten-free, vegan, whole grain, dairy-free)
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  • Yield: 24 1" balls


  • 1 cup (256 grams) natural peanut butter (the kind with just peanuts and salt)
  • 1/4 cup (80 grams) honey or 1/4 cup brown rice syrup for a vegan version
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (135 grams) rolled oats (use gluten-free oats, if needed)
  • 1/2 cup (42 grams) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup (57 grams) mini chocolate chips (use vegan chocolate chips, if needed)
  • 2-4 teaspoons water or additional vanilla extract


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the peanut butter, brown rice syrup or honey and vanilla extract.
  2. Stir in the oats, coconut and salt until well combined and then add the chocolate chips. If the mixture doesn’t hold together well when pinched together, add the additional water or vanilla, a teaspoon at a time until the mixture holds together well when pinched.
  3. Form 1” balls by pressing about 1 tablespoon of the mixture together.
  4. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for 1 week.

Source: My post on Cee – The Blog From Cohen's: Eating for Better Vision

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  • Margarita says
    March 18, 2017 @ 1:30 am

    Any idea what the nutritional stats are for these? I made them and LOOOOVE THEM! Just want to know how many calories, protein and fiber I’m consuming. Thanks for any help with this.

    • Erin replies to Margarita
      March 18, 2017 @ 9:46 pm

      I don’t have that info but you can copy and paste the recipe here for the nutritional profile, if you’d like. :) I’m so happy you liked them! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Trisha A. says
    March 10, 2017 @ 12:07 am

    Does anyone know the nutritional value on these such as calories and protein sugars etc.

    • Erin replies to Trisha A.
      March 12, 2017 @ 4:05 pm

      I don’t have that info but you can copy and paste the recipe here for the nutritional profile, if you’d like. :)

  • CB Loftin says
    March 3, 2017 @ 7:54 pm

    I just made these using crunchy natural peanut butter. Out of chocolate chips so added a little extra honey (less than tbsp) and organic pumpkin seeds. Along with the organic old fashioned oats and coconut I added 2 tbsp of cocoa powder. I had to add a little more water to get a good mixture but it is delicious! Taking to Zumba to celebrate the instructor’s birthday.

    • Erin replies to CB Loftin
      March 5, 2017 @ 8:29 pm

      Yum! Adding cocoa powder always a good idea. ;) That’s great that it worked out well here. I hope that they were enjoyed at Zumba! Thanks a bunch for your feedback. :)

  • Pam pleitner says
    March 1, 2017 @ 12:48 pm

    Can these be frozen and saved fir a later time?

  • Kim and Kalee
    February 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

    These look so amazing! I love peanut butter balls – especially when you can just dump all of the ingredients into one bowl! It makes it so simple, and they last about a week in our house as a sweet treat after dinner. Thank you for such a simple and tasty recipe!!

    • Erin replies to Kim and Kalee
      February 7, 2017 @ 11:07 pm

      You’re welcome! I hope you’ll get the chance to try these out. I’m also a fan of recipes where you just dump everything into a bowl. ;) Thanks for your comment!

  • Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny says
    January 23, 2017 @ 12:55 pm

    Oh Erin, I’d have a hard time eating eating just one or two! They look delicious… and I love bite sized snacks!

  • Kelly Barcroft
    January 21, 2017 @ 8:55 pm

    I almost didn’t make these because they are so much like some of your other protein ball recipes but we buried my grandmother this week and I needed a pick me up so I made them. I used unsalted pb (because I accidentally picked up unsalted bleh) and added a bunch of salt to it. Used half creamed honey (it was all I had) and half maple brown rice syrup and used a mix of white chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Love, Love, Love….I was stuffed before I ever got to the funeral home…because I um…ate WAY too many of them before leaving the house. Hey, at least I indulged in a fairly healthy manner.

    • Erin replies to Kelly Barcroft
      January 22, 2017 @ 10:39 pm

      I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother. I’m glad that you gave the recipe a try and that it didn’t let you down. And I agree with you – at least it was a fairly healthy indulging session. Much better than downing three 500-calorie cookies, for example. ;) Thanks for your comment!

  • colleen kennedy says
    January 20, 2017 @ 1:38 am

    I could use a small bowlful of these in my office…I’ll bet I’d be fueled to get the days work done!

  • Maryanne | the little epicurean says
    January 19, 2017 @ 11:39 pm

    These would be great to take on trips! I’ll need to make a batch before heading to the airport :)

  • Michelle | A Latte Food says
    January 19, 2017 @ 7:08 pm

    Energy bites have become my latest obsession! These look incredible!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
    January 19, 2017 @ 5:46 am

    Glad we’re back to the sweets again! Especially because I’m on a diet and can actually eat these ones! ;)

  • Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
    January 19, 2017 @ 2:50 am

    6-ingredients is my kind of recipe! I love these! i really do need to make some to take to the office.

  • Laura says
    January 18, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

    These are everything I love and MORE! So many delicious ingredients in one healthy treat!

  • katerina @ says
    January 18, 2017 @ 12:03 pm

    I love this combination, its SO delicious!! I can’t wait to try these!!

  • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
    January 18, 2017 @ 5:28 am

    I love snacks like these – I’m totally making these with my kids tomorrow, they’ll have a blast!

  • Amanda | The Chunky Chef
    January 18, 2017 @ 2:50 am

    Protein balls are my latest obsession, and I’m definitely going to have to give these a try!!

  • Cookin Canuck says
    January 18, 2017 @ 1:44 am

    Protein balls are so great to have on hand. My kids always grab one or two before running off to their afternoon activities.

  • Lora @savoringitaly says
    January 18, 2017 @ 1:22 am

    I just love peanut butter (and almond butter!)and need a snack like this almost every morning. I have to try them with brown rice syrup, so curious to see how the flavor would be!!

  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
    January 18, 2017 @ 12:21 am

    Yes! I love sweet treats (a little too much), so I’m happy to have a fun, tasty & healthy option these days. Can’t wait to make a batch!

  • Alyssa | EverydayMaven says
    January 17, 2017 @ 11:11 pm

    These are the kinds of snacks I love to have on hand for my kids! So healthy and so good!

  • Miranda
    January 16, 2017 @ 7:12 pm

    I need to make these protein balls! I love peanut butter and chocolate together!

    • Erin replies to Miranda
      January 18, 2017 @ 1:37 pm

      Same here! And I hope you’ll enjoy them. :)


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