Power Balls make a great snack, and a sweet treat to help you curb cravings while staying on plan. These recipes for protein balls travel well, and pack up to 6 grams of protein each.
This article will supply you with 10 energy balls recipes, as well as ways to make your protein balls vegan, nut free, and even with extra protein added.
We’ve had recipes for power balls on the Lose Weight By Eating site for many years, part of the reason is the anti-inflammatory properties of many of the ingredients.
These no bake energy balls make a great snack, and can even ease pain, and reduce inflammation, while being part of a heart healthy diet.
This article will supply you with 10 recipes for Power Balls, plus ways to make them vegan, nut free, and even add in more protein.
Power Balls | Protein Balls | Energy Bites
In this article for power balls, protein balls, and energy bites, you will find a large printable recipe card, with 10 separate recipes for protein balls.
These healthy snacks can help increase metabolism, and give you a boost of protein before or after a work out, or just to overcome an afternoon lull.
Here’s what you’ll find in this article:
- How to Make Protein Balls with Peanut Butter and Other Nut Butters
- How to Make Nut Free Power Balls with Dates
- How to Make Protein Powder Boosted Energy Balls Recipes
- How to Make Vegan Power Balls Recipes
- 10 Recipes for Power Balls
- FAQ and Final Thoughts on Protein Balls
If you’ve never tried a recipe for energy balls, you’ll be surprised at how easy they are to make.
All of these recipes for protein balls are no bake! Which means you can get the kids to help, or enjoy making them on a hot day.
Learn how to make energy balls recipes with different nut butter, make them nut free, vegan and with extra protein….
Different Kinds of Power Balls
The basic ingredients for power balls recipes are likely items you already have in your pantry now!
But what if you need to make these recipes for protein balls nut free, or vegan? This section will show you how to tailor the recipes for protein balls to your own dietary needs.
The basic ingredients for a power balls recipe are as follows:
- Nut butter
- Liquid sweetener
All of these no bake energy balls ingredients are easy to change for dietary restrictions.
In the next sections you will learn how to make protein balls with different types of nut butters, power balls with dates, energy balls with added protein powder, and energy balls vegan.
Below you will learn how to make energy balls with different ingredients, tailored for your own dietary needs.
How to Make Protein Balls with Peanut Butter and Nut Butters
Most protein balls are made with peanut butter, or other nut butters. Protein balls with peanut butter are inexpensive to make, and a flavor even the pickiest eater will love.
Peanut butter energy balls are the most popular recipe, however not all energy balls are made with peanut butter.
I’m actually am very fond of using almond butter when I make my power balls. Almonds are great for increasing your metabolism, and for anti-inflammatory properties.
Here are some nut butters that you can use to make your protein balls:
The great thing about all of these nut butters, is that they translate well into all power balls recipes.
So, if an energy bites recipe calls for 1/2 cup of peanut butter, you could easily use 1/2 cup of almond butter in its place.
Peanut butter energy balls can be made with different types of nut butters!
How to Make Nut Free Power Balls with Dates
Power balls with dates are a good option for people looking to avoid nuts in their energy bites recipe.
Making date energy balls is quite easy, you’ll need to remove the pits from your dates, and add them to a food processor, along with the oatmeal. Then you can take the sticky substance and carry on with the energy balls recipe flavor you choose.
Nut Free Power Balls with Dates:
- Use 1/2 cup pitted dates in place of nut butter
- Use 1/2 the oatmeal
- Add both dates and oats to a food processor and process
- Add to a bowl, add in the remaining ingredients and mix together
Because dates do not have the protein power of nut butter, I recommend that you add a protein powder to your energy balls with dates. Below we will discuss how to add protein powder to your energy balls recipes…
You can make recipes for protein balls nut-free. Just use pitted dates in place of nut butter, and cut the oats by 1/2, and pulverize them together in a food processor.
How to Make Protein Powder Energy Balls
It’s easy to add extra protein to your recipes for protein balls! All you need is an all natural protein powder (unsweetened is best)…
There are different kinds of protein powder you can add to your recipes for protein balls. My personal favorite is collagen powder.
If you’re looking to make your energy balls vegan, I recommend a vegan protein powder.
Here are some of the best Protein Powders to cook with:
- Great Lakes Gelatin, Collagen Hydrolysate
- Ora Organic Vegan Collagen-Boosting Powder
- Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder, Peanut Butter – Vegan
- Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein Unflavored Powder
I like to add 4 scoops of protein powder (on average 23 grams of protein per scoop) per batch of protein balls. That adds 4.5 grams of protein for each of the oatmeal energy balls.
Simply add the protein powder to the mixture before you begin mixing the energy balls together.
It’s easy to boost the protein in your recipes for protein balls, simply add in your favorite protein powder! I recommend 4 scoops per batch of powder balls.
How to Make Energy Balls Vegan
It’s easy to make energy balls vegan, below you will find my how to tips… I have to warn you, they’re pretty simple (wink).
Many recipes for power balls include honey, which is typically the only non vegan ingredient in power balls recipes.
It’s easy to make energy balls vegan, here are my tips:
- Use Maple Syrup in place of honey
- Make sure your nut butter is vegan (no honey)
- Use vegan chocolate chips
- Choose a vegan protein powder should you decide to add it
Making energy balls vegan is simple, it’s just a matter of a few ingredient swaps.
10 Recipes for Power Balls
Below you will find a basic recipe for power balls, then 10 additional power balls recipes for you to try.
From a German Chocolate Cake Power Balls, to a recipe for Peaches and Cream Protein Balls… these are sure to cure all your cravings!
Special Tip: If you like crunchier Protein Balls, hold back 2 tablespoons nuts and or oats and roll the power balls in them before moving to the fridge.
10 Recipes for Power Balls | Healthy Recipes for Protein Balls
BASIC POWER BALLS RECIPE:
- 1 1/2 cup oatmeal- seal cut or old fashioned
- 1/4 cup flax seed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup almond butter or Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter, see above
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 scoops protein powder ~optional~
1. Vegan Power Balls:
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup in place of honey
- 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
2. Cookie Dough Power Balls:
- 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
3. Double Chocolate Chip Power Balls:
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
4. Chocolate Coconut Power Balls:
- 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
5. PB&J Power Balls:
- 1/3 cup dried cherries chopped
6. Peaches and Cream Power Balls:
- 3 tablespoons chopped dried peaches
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
7. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Power Balls:
- 1/3 cup white chcolate chips
- 1/3 cup macadamia nuts chopped
8. German Chocolate Chip Power Balls:
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons coconut flakes
- 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
9. Trail Mix Power Balls:
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
- 2 tablespoons raisins
10. Nut-Free Power Balls: (blend the following together, then move to bowl and add toppings)
- 1 cup pitted dates in place of nut butter
- 1 cup oatmeal in place of 1.5 cups
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl with a spatula, you may need to add a little more maple syrup to make it more workable. Once you can ball up the ingredients in your hand you have the right consistency.
- Get your hands wet, then take ping-pong sized balls of the protein ball mixture and roll in your hands. Place on a parchment lined plate and place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.
Be sure to see above for tips to help you make your energy bites vegan, nut free, with extra protein, and more…
Below I will answer all your Protein Ball Questions.
Final Thoughts and FAQ for Protein Balls | Power Balls | Energy Balls
These protein balls areas easy, no bake snack. They’re packed full of good for you ingredients, and hold well in the fridge for up to a week.
I like to pop the oatmeal energy balls in the freezer, this way when I take them on the go… they don’t get mushy.
Below I will answer all your Power Balls Recipes questions in the FAQ, be sure to comment with any new questions, or your favorite flavor of our healthy energy balls recipes.
Power Balls FAQ:
Below are some popular questions for power balls, also known as protein balls, and energy balls or bites.
Is it bad to eat uncooked oatmeal?
In small batches, raw oatmeal is both safe and healthy to eat.
One of the reasons these energy bites help keep you full for so long, is that the oatmeal expands in your tummy as you digest it. Keeping you full, longer.
Just be sure to stick to no more than 2-3 energy bites at a time to avoid bloating.
When should I eat protein balls?
Protein balls are great after a workout, or in the afternoon as a pick me up snack.
They don’t make ideal nighttime snacks… so I would recommend sticking to daytime snacking for your protein balls.
Does peanut butter give you energy?
Protein can give your body a boost of energy… so yes, absolutely peanut butter can boost energy.
Just be sure to get all natural peanut butter, without any added sweetener… Or the “pick me up” you get will end with a sugar crash!
Do protein balls go bad?
Just like any all natural food, protein balls do go bad.
I recommend one week or less in the fridge, and 3 months or less in the freezer.
Are protein balls good for weight loss?
“All things in moderation” is the saying… and it rings true here.
Yes protein balls make a good snack for weight loss, and yes you can overdo it by eating too many. I recommend snacks equal 100-150 calories… that means 2-3 protein balls.
Why are my protein balls not sticking together?
If your protein balls are not sticking together you may need more liquid.
If you don’t mind a few extra calories, add more honey or maple syrup. If you’re looking to minimize calories, try 1 tablespoon of water at a time until you can get them to ball up.
Are Protein Balls healthy for you?
Protein balls can be extremely healthy for you… in moderation!
What I love about our protein ball recipe is that you can add more protein, make them vegan or nut free, they cater to all dietary restrictions
Are energy balls fattening?
As you can see below, our recipe for energy balls are extremely healthy and not at all fattening.
It’s all about the ingredients you use, so choose hearty healthy ingredients and you will be good to go.