5-Ingredient No-Bake Protein Balls

updated Sep 13, 2019
Easy No-Bake Protein Balls

Simple energy balls made with peanut butter, oats, and chocolate chips.

Makes12 balls

Prep35 minutes

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The arrival of September brings the return of busy days. We’re running to school, work, play, and everything in between, with little time to keep our energy up while doing it all. If you can find about a half an hour to make these peanut butter-chocolate protein balls this weekend, you’ll be rewarded. They pack up easily and each one delivers five grams of protein, so they’re just the thing to curb mid-morning and afternoon slumps all week long.

A Simple Customizable Formula

It’s hard to go wrong with this crowd-pleasing peanut butter and chocolate chip-flecked equation, but you can easily mix things up for allergy or dietary reasons, or just sheer preference. Swap peanut butter for almond or sunflower seed butter, try date syrup instead of maple syrup or honey, and switch out the chocolate chips for chopped dried fruit, shredded unsweetened coconut, or cacao nibs. Once you get the hang of it, you might never make the same version twice.

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman/Kitchn; Food Stylist: Brett Regot/Kitchn

Easy No-Bake Protein Balls

Simple energy balls made with peanut butter, oats, and chocolate chips.

Prep time 35 minutes

Makes 12 balls

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 cup

    old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 2/3 cup

    creamy peanut butter, at room temperature and stirred well if natural

  • 1/2 cup

    flaxseed meal

  • 1/4 cup

    mini chocolate chips

  • 2 tablespoons

    maple syrup or honey

Instructions

  1. Place 1 cup rolled oats, 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter, 1/2 cup flaxseed meal, 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, and 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey in a large bowl and stir well to combine. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

  2. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, shape the mixture into 12 (1-inch) balls and place on a baking sheet or plate. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Storage: The protein balls can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks of frozen for up to 3 months.

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