No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls

2013-10-12
  • 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 :)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (30g) protein powder*
  • 1/4 cup (30g) milled flax seed**
  • 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

No Bake Protein Balls

Method

Step 1

Mix together the protein powder, milled flax seed and peanut butter in a bowl before adding the sweetener e.g. agave nectar

Step 2

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!)

Step 3

Roll the balls in desiccated coconut (optional) and place onto a plate covered with greaseproof paper.

Step 4

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. 

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who sends me pictures of my recipes on Twitter & Facebook - here are a selection!!

Protein Balls

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*Made with almond butter instead of peanut butter!

Protein balls

*Made with skimmed milk powder & cocoa instead of protein powder, and flaked almonds instead of flax!

no bake peanut butter protein balls

peanut butter protein balls

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no bake peanut butter balls

No bake protein balls

Protein Balls*Jen used almond butter instead of peanut butter!

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

Protein balls

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Protein balls

*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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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    90Kcal
  • Carbs

    4g
  • Protein

    5g
  • Fat

    6g

Recipe Comments

Comments (30)

  1. posted by David E, RD on October 12, 2013

    Looks good ladies. Might be something I’d eat.

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  2. posted by Carl Mynott on October 13, 2013

    So I don’t have protein powder or flax seed. Does that stop me? No!

    Take out the powder and replace with skimmed milk powder and bournville cocoa. Swap out the flax for almonds, ground or flaked.

    Make ‘em.

    Nic is posting my pic of them soon.

    Yum.

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on October 13, 2013

      Thanks Carl :) Glad my suggestions worked *mini cheer* enjoy! x

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  3. posted by Nikki on October 18, 2013

    I have everything except the flaxeed, so I’m going to try it with pumpkin seeds…. to be fair they’ve been in my cupboard for a month because they are vile, so if I can make them more palatable by putting them in this recipe then I’ll be very happy!!

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on October 18, 2013

      Hurray!! Let me know how they turn out Nikki – do tweet me a pic! xx

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  4. posted by Bei on October 20, 2013

    Hi Nic, I made these today, they taste so good. Used warrior blend protein and as I didn’t have flax seed on its own used the one that is mixed with sunflower, pumpkin etc. Thanks so much for sharing. :-) look forward to your next tasty treat.xx

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on October 20, 2013

      Hurray that sounds so good! Thank you so much for the pic too!! xx

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  5. posted by Aki on October 20, 2013

    These Protein Balls were easy to be made!! I made mine with Almond Butter instead as I didn’t have enough Peanut Butter when I was making the balls. They taste yummy and sweet enough when I’m craving for something sweet. I think these balls are also great as my post workout meal when I don’t have time to make a smoothie!

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on October 20, 2013

      Hi Aki! Aw thank you for your comment, that’s so great to hear! So glad you like them and thank you for the lovely pic!! xx

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  6. posted by Jo Sharp on October 22, 2013

    So quick and easy to make, I made mine with choc/caramel sativa protein and flaxseed with goji berries – so nice and filling I had one after my morning run as I still had a few hours until breakfast and it really filled me up and tasted great.. these are definitely going to be made each week!!

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on October 22, 2013

      Hurray! Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment Jo, so glad you like them!! xx

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  7. posted by Claire on November 17, 2013

    These have become a staple for me now: I make a batch on a Saturday and take 2 each day to work for my break. I love them! I experimented yesterday, using almond butter and adding 1 tbsp melted coconut oil (I know it’ll add fat / calories but thought it was worth it). I also added 10g of chlorella powder, as I got it in the H&B penny sale and am trying to find ways to incorporate it in my diet. Well, they were lovely. I had to leave the mixture to firm up in the fridege before rolling, and I popped a few in the freezer… eaten very cold they taste like chocolate. Winner! Thanks Nic :)

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 17, 2013

      Hi Claire, I love your suggestion! Thank you so much! So glad you like them :) xx

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  8. posted by Jen Martinez on December 2, 2013

    Hey! I made these this afternoon and I have to say, they are soooo DIVINE! I used almond butter for mine as I didn’t have peanut and they turned out amazingly well. You wouldn’t think they are a clean treat! They are really filling too so perfect as a snack in between meals or after a workout. They look really pretty. Fitness party food!

    Will definitely be making these again. Might try with different nut butters and protein flavours. I used vanilla this time and it works really well with the dark chocolate chips.

    Thanks for another great recipe, Nic!

    Jen

    x

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on December 2, 2013

      Thank you so much Jen for your lovely comment! Awesome pic too. So glad that you like them!! And you’ve inspired me to make them this weekend in chocolate flavour now.. oooh, maybe with cashew butter! Nic xx

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  9. posted by Gemma on January 1, 2014

    Hi Nic,
    I have just made these for the first time and they are amazing!! I used chocolate whey and they are scrummy. Can’t wait to try with cashewnut butter next time

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 1, 2014

      Aw thanks Gem! So glad you liked them.. look out for my new almond cookie biscuit recipe coming soon – so good!!

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  10. posted by deb on January 15, 2014

    Sounds great!
    Have you tried using PPB/PB2? I prefer using yogurt to hydrate the powder but that would suggest you couldn’t keep outside the fridge for very long. Suggestions?
    thanks!

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 15, 2014

      Hello! Not in this recipe but I have in my next ‘peanut ball’ recipe so look out for it :) I like mixing PPB with yoghurt or almond milk.. gorgeous :) x

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  11. posted by Cec on January 27, 2014

    I doubled the batch and mine were really sticky when I rolled them, hopefully they harden a bit once they are in the fridge. I used sunflower seeds and slimfast vanilla protein powder everything else was the same as your ingredients. Also chocolate chips, and coconut were a must! Hope they harden, they are going in the fridge now! :)

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 27, 2014

      Ooh I’d pop them in the freezer to harden! or add more protein powder to dry them out a little.. good luck! xx

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  12. posted by Debbie Clendon on February 3, 2014

    Made your peanut butter protein balls with a few adjustments, substituted agave for sweet freedom’s choc shot and added some raw cacoa powder. Brilliant and tasty for a post workout…

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on February 4, 2014

      Love these swaps!! Thanks for your comment Debbie! xx

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  13. posted by A. on February 21, 2014

    Hi Nic, these look great, going to try them out tomorrow! I have a question about peanut butter – is the HB roasted peanut version really all that much better than Sunpat (95% peanuts)? Comparing the nutritional information the difference seems negligible so just wondering what you think.
    Thanks! xx

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on February 21, 2014

      Thank you! And you’ve done the leg work already.. if the difference looks negligible then it is :) x

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  14. posted by Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy on March 14, 2014

    They look like great alternatives to cake pops!

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  15. posted by Lorna Walsh on April 2, 2014

    I made these today following the recipe at the top of the page without coconut or chocolate, I’m trying to keep the calories low, and they were so tasty! These will be great for an energy boost, a snack between meals, pre/post workout fuel. This recipe was just what I was looking for. Thank you for sharing it!

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