Protein Packed Energy Balls

Easy Protein Balls

I have been making these easy protein balls for almost a decade. They are simple to make and great to keep in the freezer for a quick protein snack. What’s great about these simple snacks is the ability to use what you have on hand and change things up depending on what your pantry looks like. The base is always the same: peanut butter, protein powder and oats. After that, the options are endless. This my quick go-to combination that my whole family loves. Minus Gold, cause..she’s allergic to peanuts.

I make a large batch and keep in the freezer in a gallon size Ziplock bag. You can half this if you want or double for a large group. They freeze really well!

Ingredients for Easy Protein Packed Energy Balls

ps..that’s a scratch on my mixing bowl. Jeff asked if it was a hair. Uhh, no it’s not.


1 large jar (40 oz) of peanut butter. I had reduced fat skippy on hand, but you can use any peanut butter you like. The only kind I don’t love for these are the nut butters with with oil resting at the top that you need to stir to mix. In my opinion they are too runny of a consistency.

2 cups of quick oats

1 cup of honey (agave works too)

2 scoops of vanilla protein powder ( I used Vega proteins & greens from Costco or Target)

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


Combine all ingredients and mix well. The consistency should be like firm cookie dough and not stick to the sides of your bowl. If yours is not, add more oats and/or protein powder. Next, roll into 1 to 2 inch balls and place on parchment paper. Freeze for one hour then transfer into a Ziploc or air tight container. That’s it! Additional add-ins: coconut, raisins, pb chips, flax or chia seeds. This makes about 40 balls. So easy even your kids can make them!

If you like this recipe, also check out this high protein guacamole recipe.

No Bake Easy Protein Balls

Easy Protein Balls by Lisa Allen of Salty Lashes


  • Reply Jocelyn August 11, 2017 at 9:52 PM

    These are my favorite snack while dieting!!!

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  • Reply Erin March 20, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Do they need to stay refrigerated?

  • Reply Andrea October 1, 2018 at 7:07 AM

    Just FYI for anyone wanting to use natural peanut butter (the kind with the oil on top, which is actually healthier because it’s just peanuts and salt), use an electric mixer with only one beater attached. Push it into the jar as far as you can and slowly mix all the PB and oil in the jar. Hold on tight and go slow. Your Pb will become completely homogenized and then you place it and keep it in the fridge and it will stay that way. Just like other PB that use other oils and sugar to get the smooth consistency. Costco’s organic natural PB is the best in my opinion 😊

    • Reply Lisa Allen October 1, 2018 at 8:07 AM

      Great tip 👍🏻

    • Reply Wendy March 22, 2019 at 11:55 AM

      I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. I’m tired of struggling with a butter knife.

  • Reply Wendy April 20, 2019 at 12:46 PM

    After the protein balls are frozen, are they kept in the freezer, refrigerator, or can they be kept at room temperature? I ask because we are taking a road trip (4 days) and wonder if they need to be kept really cold.

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