OATMEAL PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN BALLS

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls are made with oats, peanut butter, honey, flaxseed, Rice Krispies, coconut oil and a little bit of vanilla. These are healthy, filling and the tastiest protein ball recipe that I’ve ever tried!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls - full of oats, peanut butter, flaxseed, Rice Krispies, coconut oil, honey and vanilla!

Lately I have really been trying to make sure that I get enough protein each day and I’ve also been making a huge effort to get more protein into my kids too! This can really be a struggle, especially since I have a couple of kids who are extremely picky eaters and don’t really like any type of meat! I know, I know – what’s wrong with them?!? The answer to this dilemma? Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls!

What makes these Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls different from other recipes?

A couple of years ago, I tried several different protein ball recipes trying to find one that was pretty healthy and one that all of my kids (and me!) would eat. A lot of the recipes actually have protein powder in them which obviously adds more protein, but it’s often accompanied by that protein powder taste that I don’t love and my kids won’t touch.

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I did some experimentation and came up with this recipe. I was shocked when I first tasted it because it really tastes very similar to traditional no-bake cookies. You know, the ones that have like 2 cups of sugar and chocolate in them? I’ve had so many people eat these and say the same thing! These are so yummy! I think one of my favorite things about this recipe is the addition of Rice Krispies – it adds a wonderful crunchiness without adding any weird flavors.

A lot of similar recipes also add in mini chocolate chips, which you are welcome to do, but they are really so good without them! I’m really glad I didn’t start making them with chocolate chips because then my kids wouldn’t want to eat them plain. But since I started making them this way, they don’t know any better!

How do you store protein balls?

I usually make a batch every week or two and then keep the protein balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator. My kids will often put a couple in their lunches and they will eat one or two as an after-school snack. My favorite thing about these protein balls is that they are so filling even though they are small! Sometimes we will eat a couple of these with some fruit for breakfast and it keeps you full for several hours!

OATMEAL PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN BALLS

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil*
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

*(I use the liquid coconut oil for this recipe, but if you use regular coconut oil, make sure to melt it down to a liquid before adding it in!)

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Scoop out the batter and then roll it into a ball between your hands. (If you use a cookie scoop, all your balls will be the same size!)
  2. Place the protein balls in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes to set up. (You can eat them right away but they are better cold!)
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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Step-by-step instructions on how to make Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Are protein balls the same as energy bites?

I have found quite a few recipes for protein balls and quite a few for energy bites and as far as I can tell, they are pretty much the same thing! These protein balls provide a great combination of fats, carbs and fiber to help you stay full and give you long-lasting energy!

How many calories are in each protein ball?

There are 125 calories in each protein ball. There are 7 grams of fat, 13.5 grams of carbs and about 4 grams of protein in each ball. Plenty of calories to give you energy for a long time – just don’t plan on eating dozens of them every day if you want to stay within a reasonable calorie range!

What kind of oats do you use in Oatmeal Protein Balls?

I use quick oats because I think that the texture is a little bit more palatable and easier to chew. I keep intending to try the recipe with old-fashioned oats just to see how different they are. I’m guessing that the taste would be similar, but the consistency would be quite a bit chewier.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls are made with oats, peanut butter, honey, flaxseed, Rice Krispies, coconut oil and a little bit of vanilla. These are healthy, filling and the tastiest protein ball recipe that I've ever tried!

OATMEAL PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN BALLS

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls are made with oats, peanut butter, honey, flaxseed, Rice Krispies, coconut oil and a little bit of vanilla. These are healthy, filling and the tastiest protein ball recipe that I've ever tried!

Servings 30 balls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil*
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Scoop out the batter and then roll it into a ball between your hands. (If you use a cookie scoop, all your balls will be the same size!)
  2. Place the protein balls in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes to set up. (You can eat them right away but they are better cold!)
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe Notes

*(I use the liquid coconut oil for this recipe, but if you use regular coconut oil, make sure to melt it down to a liquid before adding it in!)

1 COMMENT

  1. Could you please tell me what the nutritional information is on these oatmeal peanut butter protein balls? I am interested in the calories, carbs, and how many grams of protein. Thank you so much. These look yummy!

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