Peanut Butter Protein Balls

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Peanut Butter Protein Balls – simple and easy homemade snacks are the best!  These little protein bites are loaded with protein powder, flax seed, oat, honey, and even a little bit of chocolate! 

I love snacks.  I work from home, so I am near the kitchen all day long.  Having healthy snacks that I can grab easily are a must for me.  I also have a teenage boy who is always hungry, so I need snacks that are going to fill him up and be good for him.  Protein balls are my new favorite snack to have in the fridge ready and waiting for me. 

Homemade energy balls with peanut butter, flax seed, oats, honey, protein powder, and chocolate chips



These No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls were the first ones I made and have been a staple for a long time.  But I wanted to mix it up, and bump up the protein a little bit more.  So I came up with these.  Vanilla protein powder is added and it definitely helps bump up the protein and keep you fuller longer.  

If you like chocolate, I have also made these with chocolate protein powder and they are definitely tasty!  Chocolate and peanut butter, even in a healthy snack form, is always a good idea.  The thing I really like about these, is how easily you can customize them.  I added mini chocolate chips, but you can mix it up with whatever you like!

Protein Ball Mix-In Ideas

  • Dried Fruit
  • White or Dark Chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Coconut
  • Chia Seeds


Peanut Butter protein balls are a perfect quick snack.

Can You Freeze Protein Balls

Yes, you definitely can.  They last for 7-10 days in the fridge. I like to mix up a double batch when I make them and freeze a bunch.  Then I can just take them out when I am hungry, or have a few in the fridge that I just continue to restock until they are gone.  My son runs track and cross country at school, so they are great to send for him to get a little boost of energy after school before practice starts.  

I like to use old fashioned oats in these, because I like the texture, but if you only have quick cooking they will definitely work!  You may need to add a little bit more peanut butter or honey to get everything to come together, but only if your mixture is dry and crumbly.  

Homemade energy ball are a great snack to have in the fridge - peanut butter, oats, honey, and even chocolate

These are a great snack to have on hand for pre and post workout as well.  They are just enough to take the edge off, give you a little bit of energy, but not leave you hurting during your workout.  I like to use honey in there, but you could definitely use agave or maple syrup if that is what you have or prefer.  It give it just a touch of sweetness without making them taste like dessert.  

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4.73 from 18 votes

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

By Erin
Peanut Butter Protein Balls - simple and easy homemade snacks are the best!  These little protein bites are loaded with protein powder, flax seed, oat, honey, and even a little bit of chocolate! 
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 30


  • 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup ground flax meal
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix until well blended and it starts to stick together.
  • Form about 30 equal portions and roll into balls.
  • Place on a baking sheet and put in the fridge until they are set.
  • Store in an air tight container in the fridge or freezer.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Snack Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30
Calories: 99
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  1. I love these! I make a very similar recipe,but I never added applesauce. I’m going to make them this weekend! I am in need of some good balls! lol

  2. These look and sound full of goodness yet flavour – off to check out the awesome guest post 😀

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  3. Awesome protein ball that I will be trying very soon, I need one of these before my morning work outs!