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. With a how-to recipe video.

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.

Prefer something more cookie-like? Try these no-bake oatmeal cookies! They’re also 100% whole grain and naturally gluten-free + vegan. And seriously – they’re one of my favorite recipe!

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, these peanut butter balls 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)

Wondering how to make peanut butter? All you need is 1 ingredient and a food processor! Check out the video to see how easy it is.

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 peanut butter balls 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.

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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.

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  • Chirstine Hayden says
    December 16, 2018 @ 4:50 pm

    How much protein is in ball?

    • Erin replies to Chirstine Hayden
      December 17, 2018 @ 10:55 am

      I don’t have that info but you could use this recipe analyzer for the nutritional profile.

  • Lisa@eatfrysmith says
    December 13, 2018 @ 2:38 pm

    Awesome!I made it last weekend. The taste was wonderful. Thank for your recipe

  • Alicia says
    November 27, 2018 @ 7:06 pm

    Do we have to wait a week until we can eat them?

    • Erin replies to Alicia
      November 27, 2018 @ 8:44 pm

      Nope. You can store at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for up to 1 week.

  • Anthony Allen
    November 23, 2018 @ 9:19 am

    Thank you so much for a great recipe. I made these yesterday and they were super easy and tasty.

    • Erin replies to Anthony Allen
      November 25, 2018 @ 8:03 pm

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Rachel Cell says
    November 1, 2018 @ 3:04 pm

    what is the calorie, fat, protein and carb count in the original recipe?

  • Cory Dennis says
    October 27, 2018 @ 1:25 am

    How much protein per ball

  • Virginia Saucier says
    October 4, 2018 @ 5:52 am

    I calculated the calories of the ingredients listed and found that the calories per piece would be around 115.

    • Tammy replies to Virginia Saucier
      November 27, 2018 @ 10:33 pm

      What about carbs??

      • Erin replies to Tammy
        December 17, 2018 @ 2:42 pm

        I don’t have that info but you could use this recipe analyzer for the nutritional profile. :)

  • Sheryl Baugh says
    September 29, 2018 @ 4:40 pm

    Can these be made with powdered peanut butter, such as PB2?

    • Erin replies to Sheryl Baugh
      October 1, 2018 @ 9:37 pm

      I’ve never tried it so I really can’t say. Sorry about that!

    • Mike replies to Sheryl Baugh
      October 2, 2018 @ 4:38 pm

      You could, but you would need to add more liquid so they have moisture to stick together…

  • Dannielle Tucker says
    September 27, 2018 @ 10:36 pm

    These look very good, do you know nutritional value of them? protein and calories mainly? thank you

    • Erin replies to Dannielle Tucker
      October 2, 2018 @ 8:12 pm

      I don’t have that info but you could use this recipe analyzer for the nutritional profile.

  • Gloria says
    September 19, 2018 @ 3:09 pm

    How many balls do you think is a serving size? They are Delicious thank you for this recipe!!

    • Erin replies to Gloria
      September 24, 2018 @ 9:40 pm

      Sorry for just now seeing your question! I think 2-3 is a reasonable number. I’m so happy you liked them. :)

  • Daisy
    September 2, 2018 @ 5:29 pm

    I love this recipe! I really appreciate having the weight listed too as cups confuse me and put me off using a recipe. I add a scoop of vanilla protein powder too and eat one with some fruit when I need a snack after work before I go to the gym.

    • Erin replies to Daisy
      September 6, 2018 @ 9:10 pm

      I’m happy you find the grams useful! I’m from the US but hate using cups because they’re not accurate. Everyone packs a cup of flour differently. I’m happy you love the recipe! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Tracey Evans says
    July 16, 2018 @ 10:33 pm

    I’ve been making this recipe for about 6 months and use most of the original recipe but use honey, dessicated coconut and Meridian peanut butter (which is pure peanut ie no salt, palm oil or sugar added) and sometimes add in dried raisins or cranberries. They always turn out delicious and Ive never needed to use any water. My 5 year old daughter takes one to school in her packed lunch instead of sweet treats. Thanks Tracey (UK)

    • Erin replies to Tracey Evans
      July 18, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

      Hi Tracey from the UK! :) Raisins and cranberries sound like great additions. I love that you pack your daughter one of these instead of a dessert! I hope she enjoys her not super sweet treats. Thanks a bunch for your feedback!

  • Pam says
    July 10, 2018 @ 3:16 pm

    Any idea of calorie content on these?

    • Erin replies to Pam
      July 10, 2018 @ 8:09 pm

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

    • Chelsea Martinez replies to Pam
      July 14, 2018 @ 11:43 pm

      Pam did you ever find out the calorie content? I got a really hIgh number.

  • Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy
    June 29, 2018 @ 2:34 pm

    These peanut butter protein balls look absolutely fantastic. Beautiful photos, too. I look forward to trying this.

  • Angie says
    June 12, 2018 @ 7:52 am

    I was wondering if you could substitute maple syrup for the honey. Any thoughts? I can’t wait to try these. What a perfect summertime snack!

    • Erin replies to Angie
      June 13, 2018 @ 8:32 pm

      That should work but my worry is that they might not be as sticky, and therefore more difficult to roll into balls. I would love to hear how they come out. :)

  • jessica ball says
    June 11, 2018 @ 3:44 am

    Do you cook the oats first?

    • Erin replies to jessica ball
      June 11, 2018 @ 8:38 pm

      Nope! Never cook oats first unless a recipe specifically says to. :)

  • M J Helms says
    June 6, 2018 @ 6:02 am

    What can you substitute for coconut? (lot of fat in coconut) Can handle the peanut butter and chocolate chips but would love a lighter fat sub for the coconut.

    • Erin replies to M J Helms
      June 7, 2018 @ 8:14 pm

      You could add more oats until the texture is how you’d like it. :)

  • Dawna Boxwell says
    June 4, 2018 @ 10:17 pm

    Would this recipe still work if the oatmeal was replaced with almond flour?

    • Erin replies to Dawna Boxwell
      June 5, 2018 @ 8:39 pm

      The two aren’t interchangeable but you could mix everything except for the chocolate chips together and then add almond flour until it comes together. I’d love to hear how it goes!

  • Deborah says
    June 4, 2018 @ 1:03 pm

    Has anyone froze these? How well do they freeze and what’s the best length of time? Thanks.

    • Erin replies to Deborah
      June 5, 2018 @ 8:36 pm

      I’ve frozen them and it works well! What do you mean by best length of time? Like how long? I didn’t freeze them for super long but I’m guessing a few weeks would be fine.

    • Yansell replies to Deborah
      July 8, 2018 @ 7:42 am

      Put them in the fridge till the next day! Delicious and addicting

      • Erin replies to Yansell
        July 8, 2018 @ 9:29 pm

        Thanks for the tip! So happy you liked them. :)

  • Lori Yoder says
    May 29, 2018 @ 10:56 pm

    These are delicious! I ate two and satisfied my sweet tooth. One probably would have done it, but I just couldn’t help myself. So easy!

    • Erin replies to Lori Yoder
      June 2, 2018 @ 4:53 pm

      Haha. Two is still very reasonable. :) Thanks a bunch for your comment!

  • Julie says
    May 22, 2018 @ 4:13 am

    Just made these and they are delicious! And nutritional value wise, I’m sure they aren’t even that bad! Yum!

    • Erin replies to Julie
      May 23, 2018 @ 9:15 pm

      So happy you liked them! :)

  • Serena LeDuc says
    May 13, 2018 @ 8:01 pm

    Awesome recipe! I love it!

    • Erin replies to Serena LeDuc
      May 14, 2018 @ 8:18 pm

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for letting me know. :)


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