These no bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls taste 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 peanut butter based protein balls that I’ve seen for sale in health food shops, which although taste 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 butter from My Protein.
P.S If you don’t have protein powder check out my No Bake Cookie Dough Bites 🙂
No Bake Peanut Butter Balls
- 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!
- Mix together the protein powder, milled flax seed/ground nuts and peanut butter in a bowl before adding the sweetener e.g. agave nectar/honey
- 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!
*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
**I buy milled flax seeds from Holland and Barrett or you could use ground nuts e.g. ground almonds/almond meal
*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
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6 g
Total Carbohydrates 4 g
Protein 5 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
*This blog post contains an affiliate link. 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.
Looks good ladies. Might be something I’d eat.
Ooh fab! Let me know if you make them 🙂
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.
Nic is posting my pic of them soon.
Thanks Carl 🙂 Glad my suggestions worked *mini cheer* enjoy! x
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!!
Hurray!! Let me know how they turn out Nikki – do tweet me a pic! xx
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
Hurray that sounds so good! Thank you so much for the pic too!! xx
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!
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
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!!
Hurray! Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment Jo, so glad you like them!! xx
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 🙂
Hi Claire, I love your suggestion! Thank you so much! So glad you like them 🙂 xx
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!
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
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
Aw thanks Gem! So glad you liked them.. look out for my new almond cookie biscuit recipe coming soon – so good!!
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?
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
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! 🙂
Ooh I’d pop them in the freezer to harden! or add more protein powder to dry them out a little.. good luck! xx
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…
Love these swaps!! Thanks for your comment Debbie! xx
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.
Thank you! And you’ve done the leg work already.. if the difference looks negligible then it is 🙂 x
They look like great alternatives to cake pops!
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!
Aw thank you Lorna!! xx
Wow – had been looking for a bit of a sweet protein kick for the afternoon at work before I go to the gym. Used Meridian all natural “no added anything” peanut butter (I don’t like added “unnecessary” items like the salt and/or sugar and/or palm oil added to a lot of them). They are currently chilling in the fridge. Added a healthy does of cinnamon too 🙂
Oooh that sounds gorgeous!! Thanks so much for your comment Helen! Enjoy!! x
So I decided to make these at 10pm tuesday night and my what a treat! I used ground almonds and had to use skippy PB as thats all i had but they were amazing! My personal trainer agreed that theu were delish and has demanded i take in more with me next session! The longer they are in the fridge the better! I was amazed at what a pick me up they are mid afternoon! Will deffo be making again Very soon!
Aw that’s so great to hear, thank you so much!!
Aldi do milled linseed packs for a fraction of the price of H&B ;-D
Hello! Ah yes I know.. but I think they mix them with fruit.. but still, that would be a great way of adding some different flavours!! xx
Just tried these they’re so good! I used ground almonds instead of flax and had unflavoured protein powder so used two spoons of honey. Next time I’m going to try adding a few different bits, maybe some fruit or something, but they are gorgeous! X
Ooh great idea!! Let me know what you try 🙂 Thanks for your comment Charlotte!! xx
This looks yum!
Aw thank you!! They are!!
I’ve made quite a few protein balls in the past. Check these ones:
I was looking for a quick no bake, few ingredient version though and stumbled across your blog. It’s my new heaven. Your blog is amazing. I’m looking forward to spending the next few days going through it.
Thanks Dave! Yours SOUND FAB!! I’ll def try them, thank you! Nic x
Hi Nic, so glad someone has attempted to make the bounce balls! theyre amazing!
just wondering if these ones are chewy like the bounce ones? almost caramel in consistency??
thank you 🙂 🙂
Yes they are chewy!! So good!!!! Let me know if you try them 🙂 x