Healthy Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Hello my darlings! What a week. I’ve been pretty busy at home between our renovations and new furniture arriving (I can’t wait to give you a sneak peek!), so in the midst of the craziness, it was necessary for me to make a few healthy snacks to feel prepared. And out came this delicious healthy peanut butter protein balls recipe, which I know you’re going to love!
Healthy protein balls and energy bites are all the rage these days, especially since they take less than 10-15 minutes to make and are packed with fiber, healthy fats, and of course, protein. In one or two little nuggets of heaven, you’re getting more nutrition than most people obtain in a full day.
I want you to keep in mind that most protein ball recipes (especially ones that are sold in stores) tend to be very high in sugar. It’s best to make your own at home, and with the ease of this recipe, I have a feeling you’re going to do so this weekend! The same applies to protein bars—here’s my personal recipe that everyone loves.
I played with the healthy protein balls recipe quite a bit: almond versus peanut butter, water versus almond milk, protein powder or no protein powder, etc. I prefer the texture of oats in protein balls, and am not generally a fan of “grain-free” products (especially granolas). They tend to be super high in fat and leave something to be desired (because, we all love carbs).
I also left out chia seeds, because really, chia seeds should be soaked prior to consuming (like in chia pudding). So if you see a ball recipe with chia seeds, omit them and opt for ground flaxseed meal instead. In some stores, you can even find ground chia seeds.
Oh, and…! I found so many protein ball recipes that didn’t have any additional protein outside of the nuts or oats. I added my favorite vegan protein powder, and each bite is packed with over six grams per ball.
One more thing. I’m sorry but peanut butter is KING. I’m a nutritionist, and I’m telling you right now that as long as you are buying high quality peanut butter, you don’t need to be afraid of it. The peanut is actually a legume as opposed to a nut, and there’s so much misinformation out there on peanuts that I wanted to clear the air. Look for a brand that is organic and the ONLY ingredient is ground peanuts (maybe sea salt, too). Almond butter, cashew butter, and walnut butter are all great, but nothing will ever replace my love of peanut butter. My favorite brand is Santa Cruz.
Here you go! I’d love for you to give them a try and let me know how you like them in the comments. Of course, you can sub the Sun Warrior Protein for any protein powder, preferably vegan.
Healthy Peanut Butter Protein Balls Recipe
Makes 24 balls
Ingredients (all organic if possible):
- 1 cup gluten-free oats
- 3/4 cup protein powder
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1/4 cup cocoa nibs
- 3 T maple syrup
- 2 t vanilla
- ¾ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup+ water or almond milk
Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl and gently stir. Add in your wet ingredients one by one, with the water or almond milk last. Start with two tablespoons of water or nut milk, then add two more, and maybe another two until the dough is formed into one ball. It’s okay if the ball is slightly sticky or doesn’t come together completely; this is natural and the smaller balls will stay together just fine.
If you have the time, you can cover the mixture and allow it to sit for 30-45 minutes in the fridge before you roll it into balls. It will make the rolling process easier and less sticky. If not, no worries!
Roll each individual ball with your hands (get dirty!) and place into an airtight glass container. Refridgerate for at least 20 minutes. Balls will stay for up to 5-7 days in the fridge and may be frozen as well if you have leftovers.