No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls2013-10-12
- Course: Snack
- Servings : 14
- Prep Time : 10m
- Cook Time : 0m
- Ready In : 40m
These Peanut Butter *no bake* Protein Balls are *amazing* .. there is no other word for them!! They are raw, bursting with nutrients and are SUPER easy to make too – they contain just 4 main ingredients!
This recipe was inspired by the Bounce Peanut Protein Balls and the Pulsin Maple & Peanut Protein Bars, which although are DELICIOUS have a few too many ingredients for my liking .. I wanted to create a home-made version of these raw protein treats that tasted equally delicious and I’m so happy with the result!
If you like peanut butter then you will LOVE this recipe (do let me know if you try it with other nut butters). Peanut butter not only tastes great but it is good for us too – it is a great source of protein and fibre (which keep us feeling fuller for longer), as well as the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6. Studies have even shown that people who regularly eat nuts or peanut butter in their diets are less likely to develop heart disease or type 2 diabetes!
The best type of peanut butter to get is the one that has the highest percentage of nuts (and least amount of added sugar/oil/salt) – you can get 100% ‘peanut’ nut butters from Holland and Barrett – hurray!
P.S If you don’t have protein powder check out my No Bake Cookie Dough Bites
- 1/4 cup (30g) protein powder*
- 1/4 cup (30g) milled flax seed/ground nuts**
- 2/3 cup (140g) peanut butter
- 1 tbsp agave nectar/honey/freedom
- Optional: 25g dark chocolate chips
- Optional: desiccated coconut for rolling!
*I use protein powder in some of my recipes as protein helps us to feel fuller for longer and it’s a great, low calorie, convenient and tasty way of helping people who train regularly to meet their daily protein needs (1.2-2.4g protein/Kg body weight/day). I used protein from Protein World today (use NICS10 code for 10% off!).
If you want a 100% natural (seed-based) protein powder I can suggest Purition (all readers get 10% off.. discount applied automatically via [this link]!), and if you want a plant based/dairy free powder I suggest Sativa (use NIC15 for 15% off).
I also use MyProtein in baking as it’s the cheapest and it’s also one of the highest in protein and lowest in fat/carbs (however the ingredients, in my opinion, aren’t as favourable as those found in Purition/Sativa), as well as MaxiNutrition.
If you don’t want to use protein powder you could use skimmed milk powder plus cocoa/vanilla instead!
**I buy milled flax seeds from Holland and Barrett or you could use ground nuts e.g. ground almonds/almond meal.
Mix together the protein powder, milled flax seed/ground nuts and peanut butter in a bowl before adding the sweetener e.g. agave nectar
Use your hands to clump the mixture together into a big ball (and add your optional chocolate chips*), before breaking bits off and rolling into smaller balls (watch the video above to see it being done!)
Roll the balls in desiccated coconut (optional) and place onto a plate covered with greaseproof paper.
Chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins before serving.. the balls can be frozen too!
*If you don’t use chocolate chips then the balls (x 14) work out to be (per 15g ball) 80 Kcal, 3g carbs, 5g protein and 6g fat.
*Made with almond butter instead of peanut butter!
*Made with skimmed milk powder & cocoa instead of protein powder, and flaked almonds instead of flax!
*Samples of Protein World Protein were supplied to me free of charge however this mini review is 100% honest and of my own opinion. I was not influenced in any way by the free samples/incentives supplied and do not promote this product more than other products that I have not reviewed. This blog post contains affiliate links. Please read my disclaimer page for more information and for my policy on using protein powders in recipes, gluten-free foods/baking and vegetarian/vegan recipes.
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