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. Updated with new photos in July 2019 (you can see the original one at the bottom of the post).
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!).
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!
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.
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 or sunflower seed butter for nut-free (the kind with just peanuts / seeds 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
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the peanut butter, brown rice syrup or honey and vanilla extract.
- 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.
- Form 1” balls by pressing about 1 tablespoon of the mixture together.
- Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for 1 week.