These no-bake protein energy balls are the perfect pre- or post-workout snack! They are full of fiber, protein, and antioxidants and taste amazing too!
No-bake protein energy balls are certainly not a new trend, but for some reason I have been making these a lot more lately. It’s fun and easy to throw different ingredients in the food processor and have them in the fridge to snack on during the week! No-bake protein balls are also a little tempting because every time I walk by the fridge I want to pop one in my mouth! (Who’s with me on that?)
Protein energy balls ingredients
These oatmeal energy balls can easily be customized (more on that in a bit!), but here’s what I put into these specific energy balls:
- Almond flour
- Rolled oats
- Vanilla protein powder
- Peanut or coconut oil
- Nut butter
- Vanilla extract
- Chia seeds (optional)
How to make energy balls
To make these healthy energy balls, you’ll first need to pulse the oats in a food processor. Then, add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse until everything is nicely incorporated. Scoop the mixture into balls and roll between your palms to make them look pretty. You’ll want to store these protein energy balls in the fridge, and they’ll stay fresh for up to a week!
How to customize no-bake protein balls
Like I mentioned already, these date energy balls can be made with so many different mix-ins, toppings, and drizzles. A few of my favorite ways to change up these protein energy balls are:
- Use coconut flour or chickpea flour instead of almond flour.
- Drizzle the energy bites with peanut butter or melted chocolate.
- Roll in coconut flakes or mini chocolate chips.
- Use chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla, or even collagen.
- Use different nut butters, such as cashew butter, almond butter, soy nut butter, and sunflower butter.
Are protein energy balls gluten-free?
They will be if you use certified gluten-free rolled oats. Double check the label on your oats to confirm that they were processed in a gluten-free facility.
Tips for making protein energy balls
Once you blend together all the ingredient for these no-bake protein balls, the mixture will appear crumbly. Once you start to form it together between your palms, it should come together to make an energy ball. If it’s just not working out, add a little more nut butter and a splash of water until desired consistency is reached.
If your dates feel really try, you might want to soak them in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes before blending them into the energy ball mixture (make sure to pat them dry first!). Dry dates could prevent the mixture from forming balls easily.
More no-bake snack recipes:
- 5-Ingredient High Protein Energy Bars
- Vegetarian Bean Dip
- High-Protein Cheerio Trail Mix
- Broccoli Pesto Dip
- Chocolate Lover’s Peanut Butter Bites
No-Bake Protein Energy Balls
No Bake Protein Energy Balls are a great snack in the afternoon or pre/post workout. They have minimal ingredients and are easily made in the food processor!
- 1/2 cup almond flour* (or almond meal)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 Tbsp. peanut oil or coconut oil
- 6 dates, chopped
- 3/4 cup nut butter (peanut, almond, soy butter, etc)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. water
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds optional
Pulse oats in food processor a few times. Then, add in all other remaining ingredients and mix on high until it is all incorporated nicely. Roll into balls, then store in refrigerator.
*Note: Mixture will appear crumbly. Once you start to form it together between your palms it will come together to make a ball. If it’s just not working out, add more nut butter and a splash of water until desired consistency is reached.
- *Can also use coconut flour or chickpea flour.
- Optional toppings: roll in unsweetened shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips, or drizzle with melted peanut butter!