No-bake, 5-ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls that take just 5 minutes to make in one bowl. These yummy, high-protein snack balls are filled with chocolate chips and provide a boost of sustained energy. (Vegan and Gluten-free)
Why You Will Love These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
This easy gluten-free snack recipe is so easy to make and only takes 5 minutes to make. They are no-bake and are made in just one bowl - no need for a blender or mixer. These energy balls are a great meal-prep snack option and can be stored in a fridge whenever you need a healthy snack. You can store these high-protein energy balls can be for up to two weeks in an airtight container, but mine never last that long!
Who wouldn't want to eat peanut butter and chocolate as a healthy snack?! These easy protein balls have a great yummy flavor and texture from all the delicious and nutritious ingredients. The ingredients are all naturally gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free. These bliss balls are also high in protein and healthy fats to provide you with a boost of sustained energy without spiking your blood sugar levels.
What You Will Need To Make These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls
To make these yummy peanut butter protein balls, you only need five simple ingredients. The 5 ingredients are all pantry staple ingredients that are naturally vegan and gluten-free. The ingredients you will need to make these easy snack balls are:
- Rolled Oats: High in fibre and add a great texture to the energy ball.
- Chia Seeds: A superfood that is high in protein and adds a yummy crunch to the recipe.
- Peanut Butter: Adds lots of protein and healthy fats - as well as its yummy creamy flavour and texture.
- Choc Chips / Cocoa Nibs: Because chocolate makes everything better!
- Honey / Agave Syrup: To add the perfect balance of sweetness to the protein balls. You can also substitute with maple syrup if preferred.
How To Make No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls
These Peanut Butter Bliss Balls are so easy to make using simple ingredients. It is a simple, no-bake snack recipe that can be made using just one bowl in only five minutes. To make these chocolate chip bliss balls:
- Combine ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine the protein ball ingredients together. (TIP: Use a large wooden spoon or spatula to make sure everything is well combined.)
- Perfect the consistency. If the mixture is too dry for your liking, add a little bit of extra peanut butter. Alternatively, if it is too wet, add some more oats.
- Roll into balls. Once you are happy with the consistency, grab small scoops of the mixture (about 2 tbsp) and roll them into small balls with your hands. (TIP: Wet your hands before rolling, it makes the process a lot easier and less messy!)
- Store the protein balls. Once the protein balls are shaped, place them in the fridge in an airtight container and enjoy them when desired.
Storing Peanut Butter Protein Balls:
How long can you keep protein balls in the fridge?
Protein balls should always be stored in an air-tight container or bag. You can then keep the protein balls in the fridge for up to two weeks. Storing protein balls in the fridge is a great way to always have healthy snack options ready to go!
Can you freeze protein balls?
Protein balls can also be frozen. If you freeze protein balls, they will last up to 3 months in the freezer. Freeze the protein balls in airtight bags or containers. To use after freezing, take them out of the freezer to thaw at room temperature until completely defrosted.
How do you make protein balls less sticky?
Adding more of a dry ingredient is an easy way to make protein balls less sticky. The dry ingredient will soak up any excess moisture in the mixture. Another way to make your protein balls less sticky is by chilling the balls in the refrigerator (or freezer) for a couple of hours until they are firmer and less sticky. And once they are stable and solid, transfer the balls to an airtight container or bag and then keep them stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
Recipe Notes & Substitutions
- Quick oats would work as a substitute for rolled oats, but this will alter the texture.
- Peanut butter can be swapped for any other nut butter you prefer, like almond or cashew butter. Just be sure your nut butter is drippy and not super thick or dry. Thick/dry nut butters will make the energy balls dry in consistency and they won’t hold together as well.
- You can leave out the chia seeds in this recipe, but this will lower their protein content and change the consistency of the energy balls slightly.
- Chocolate chips can be left out. Or substituted for cocoa nibs, raisins, dried cranberries, or dried blueberries.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup peanut butter (or any other preferred nut butter)
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoon chia seeds
- ¼ cup honey / agave syrup
1. Combine ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine the protein ball ingredients together. (TIP: Use a large wooden spoon or spatula to make sure everything is well combined.)
2. Perfect the consistency. If the mixture is too dry for your liking, add a little bit of extra peanut butter. Alternatively, if it is too wet, add some more rolled oats.
3. Roll into balls. Once you are happy with the consistency, grab small scoops of the mixture (about 2 tbsp) and roll into small balls with your hands. (TIP: Wet your hands before rolling, it makes the process a lot easier and less messy!)
4. Store the protein balls. Once the protein balls are shaped, place them in the fridge in an airtight container and enjoy when desired.