Recipe: Protein Balls
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2/3 cup toasted, shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate chips)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Stir everything together. Combine all ingredients by stirring in a large mixing bowl.
- Chill. Cover the mixing bowl, and place in the refrigerator to chill for 1-2 hours or until the mixture is cool.
- Shape. Roll the ingredients into 1-inch balls.
- Serve. Enjoy immediately, refrigerate in a sealed container for up to one week, or freeze for up to three months.
- Make energy bars. Press the mixture into an 8×8-inch baking pan lined with parchment paper, chill, and then slice into energy bars.
- Use a different nut or seed butter. Use almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, or any other nut/seed butter in place of peanut butter.
- Omit the coconut. If you’re not a big fan of coconut, omit the shredded ingredient and add an extra shake of oats instead.
- Add spices. If you would like to give these protein balls some extra flavor, feel free to add in a few pinches of ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
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