My first time attempting to make any sort of energy or protein balls was a recipe I found on cottercrunch.com. Lindsay Cotter is the creator of Healthy Bites, which are essentially delicious protein or energy balls in any flavor you can imagine.
I’d attempted a peanut butter truffle recipe over the holidays that seemed similar and it absolutely failed, so I kind of assumed this would be another recipe I couldn’t make work. But as soon as I tried these No-Bake Cinnamon Vanilla Breakfast Protein Bites, I was hooked on them as a snack and ready to develop my own recipe!
The recipe I came up with is a very basic one, with a flavor profile I’ve been all about lately: Banana. What goes better with bananas than peanut butter and chocolate? And so, my Peanut Butter Protein Balls recipe was born.
I typically can take two of these for a snack at work, and the 8 grams of protein and 5+ grams of fiber keep me full for hours. It’s crazy how such a small snack can have such a great impact (and keep me away from the vending machine).
I chose to use Skoop vanilla protein powder because it is absolutely my favorite vegan protein powder that I’ve found. It’s completely plant-based, as are all the Skoop products. I love whizzing protein powder into a chocolate-banana smoothie, but it’s even more fun to make some tasty protein-packed no-bake bites.
Peanut Butter Protein Balls Recipe
- 1 c. rolled oats or oat flour
- ¼ c. almond flour
- ¼ c. coconut flour
- ½ c. Skoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ c. nut butter (I used crunchy peanut butter, but sunflower butter also works)
- ¼ c. maple syrup*
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1-2 T. almond milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 T. cacao nibs (or dairy free chocolate chips)
- Mix the dry ingredients in your food processor. Add nut butter, maple syrup or honey, mashed banana, vanilla and 1 T. almond milk into the food processor and pulse till a dough forms. If needed, add an additional tablespoon of milk to the dough. Stir in cacao nibs.
- Refrigerate dough 15 minutes.
- Using a 1-inch cookie scoop or a spoon, roll the dough into bite-sized balls and put them in a container lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate 15 minutes. Serve. Store in the refrigerator.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, however, Skoop did send me product to write about, only if I loved it. I will only ever share about products that I absolutely love.