No-Bake Protein Balls (Two Ways!)

No bake protein balls are so quick and easy to make, and are the perfect snack on the go! I loved having these as a breastfeeding snack that tasted amazing straight from the freezer. Make these energy balls two different delicious ways.
Chocolate Oat & Almond Coconut Protein Balls

Anybody need a really tasty, no-bake protein-packed snack to shove in your mouth on busy days? YEAH YA DO!

My no-bake protein balls are two of my all-time favorite recipes. When I owned my meal-service business, they were a total hit! Clients would order these by the dozens to keep in the freezer and munch on all week long!

If you’ve ever had a protein bar, you know that they are usually ok, at best. At their worst, they are nasty. Chalky, bitter, stick in your teeth in the worst way.

But these little energy bites are everything you want in a protein-packed snack. They’re chocolatey, satisfying, and have a great texture. A little crunch from the nuts, and a smooth creaminess from the nut butter.

I eat them straight from the freezer, but you can also keep them in the fridge if you prefer a softer bite. In my opinion, they are at their best texture if you store them in the freezer and then let them sit out for a couple minutes before you eat them. In other words, you can grab them as you’re running out the door and they’ll be perfect by the time you’re ready to stuff your face in the car!

MILK MAKERS

If you’re a mama-to-be, and even more so if you expect to breastfeed. I highly suggest making a couple batches of these ahead of time! In those moments when I was absolutely ravenous and needed a good snack, fast, these seriously saved the day.

BONUS: the Chocolate Oat no-bake protein balls contain oats (obviously), which are said to be good for milk production. Not everyone experiences a boost in supply, but I noticed a difference when I started eating oats regularly while breastfeeding Leon. Regardless of how effective oats are though, making sure you’re eating enough good-quality protein and fat is essential to producing enough milk. And having these handy will definitely help with that. So feed yourself, mama!

Want some other meal-prep ideas to store up before baby comes along? Check out my Healthy Freezer Meals to Make Before Baby  post & store up for those long days and nights of feeding a newborn.

PLANT-BASED GOODNESS

Just a heads up, protein balls are not meant to taste like candy. But I can proudly say these are the absolute best no-bake protein balls (or bars) I have ever had.

Yep, they’re that good.

For my paleo people, the Almond Coconut is made with a base of almond butter, cashews, almonds, and unsweetened shredded coconut. My stricter meal-service clients would stick with these. If you just want something healthy but don’t mind some good peanut butter in your life, the Chocolate Oat are for you. They’re my favorite of the two!

Both recipes use either honey or maple syrup as a light sweetener. And the high protein content in these comes from the nuts/oats, nut butter, and chia and flaxseeds. Two of these bad boys has as much protein as your normal protein bars, too! That’s plant-based goodness that’ll fill you right up.

I even included the nutritional information for you guys on these.

I know, I love you too. Enjoy, friends.

XOXO,

VICTORIA

Protein balls - Chocolate Oat and Almond Coconut

No-Bake Chocolate Oat Protein Balls

Servings: 16 balls
Total time: 15 min

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup organic peanut butter (or other nut butter – preferably w/ no added sugar)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp raw organic cacao
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw local honey
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp organic chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil. Place all ingredients (except the chia seeds) in a food processor. Pulse and chop until well combined. Dump the mixture into a bowl and work in the chia seeds by hand. (If you choose to add the chia seeds in the food processor, the texture will not be the same).

  2. Split the mixture in half, and then continue to split each portion in half until you have 16 even portions. In other words, you want 16 protein balls of the same size. Roll the portions between your hands to form balls. Place them on the lined baking sheet and place in the freezer until set. 

  3. Alternatively, you can press the mixture into a lined baking sheet, freeze, and then cut into 16 even bars.

  4. Put all the balls or bars in a ziptop bag or other air-tight container and store in the freezer! Allow the balls to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before eating. Alternatively, store them in the fridge for a softer bite.

Notes

NUTRITIONAL INFO (PER BALL):

150 calories

7.75 g fat

1 g saturated fat

5.65 g protein

16 g carbs

5 g sugar


No-Bake Almond Coconut Protein Balls

Servings: 24 balls
Total time: 15 min

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetend coconut
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (or other nut butter)
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp organic raw cacao
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips of choice (Enjoy Life is a great healthy option!)
  • 1/4 cup organic chia seeds
  • extra coconut shreds for rolling

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil. Place all ingredients (except the chocolate chips and chia seeds) in a food processor. Blend until well combined. Dump the mixture into a bowl and work in the chia seeds and mini chocolate chips by hand. (If you choose to add either ingredient in the food processor, the texture will not be the same).

  2. Split the mixture in half, and then continue to split each portion in half until you have 24 even portions. In other words, you want 24 protein balls of the same size. Roll the portions between your hands to form balls. I like to have a little bowl of coconut shreds ready when I make these, to roll each ball in! It helps differentiate them from the Chocolate Oat balls, and adds nice texture. Place them on the lined baking sheet and place in the freezer until set. 

  3. Alternatively, you can press the mixture into a lined baking sheet, freeze, then cut into 24 even bars. 

  4. Put all the balls in a ziptop bag or other air-tight container and store in the freezer! Allow the balls to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before eating. Alternatively, store them in the fridge for a softer bite.

Notes

NUTRITIONAL INFO (PER BALL):

146 calories

11 g fat

2.1 g saturated fat

4.65 g protein

9.67 g carbs

4.14 g sugar


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