These no-bake protein balls are healthy no-bake peanut butter balls made with plant-based pea protein powder and seeds. Plus, these healthy energy balls are gluten-free and keto-friendly! So keep reading to learn more.
How to make these protein balls?
Vegan protein balls are no-bake energy balls, perfect for refueling after a workout. They are made of 5 main ingredients in 1 bowl. No food processor is needed. All you need are:
- Fresh runny nut butter – you can use peanut butter or almond butter to decrease saturated fat and increase protein naturally.
- Liquid sweetener – the best choice to make healthy protein balls for endurance and sports is brown rice syrup. In fact, brown rice syrup has a lower glycemic index and contains 50% of maltose and glucose. Consequently, brown rice syrup provides a slow release of energy and maintains a steady energy level, avoiding spikes of sugar from other sweeteners.
- Vegan protein powder – there are many options to choose from. Pea protein, brown rice protein powder, or peanut protein powder. All these options are great, but I recommend pea protein powder to ensure the best texture and flavor in this no-bake protein balls recipe.
- Other ingredients – most protein balls use oatmeal, but flaxseed meal or seeds work too to make the balls lower in carbs.
No-bake peanut butter balls
These are no-bake peanut butter balls boosted with protein from pea protein powder and seeds.
In fact, peanut butter contains a lot of natural protein, which is a great choice to make no-bake protein balls.
However, almond butter can be a great swap if you don’t enjoy the peanut butter flavor or if you are watching the saturated fat amounts.
Healthy energy balls recipe
These are healthy energy balls made from plant-based proteins.
In fact, a single of these protein balls is very fulfilling with 3.9 grams of protein, 1.9 grams of fiber, and 125 kcal.
Also, if you want to make these healthy energy balls higher in protein, swap peanut butter for fresh runny almond butter.
You will bring the proteins per ball to 6.5 grams!
More no-bake vegan post-workout snacks
Vegan post-workout snacks must be high in protein and complex carbs to repair muscles after endurance activities and replenish the glycogen stores. Other no-bake recipes that can be added to your post-workout routines are:
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No-bake Protein Balls
- ½ cup Peanut Butter - no added oil, no added sugar
- 3 tablespoons Brown Rice Syrup - or liquid sweetener you like: agave syrup, maple syrup, or coconut nectar
- ¼ cup Vanilla Pea Protein Powder
- ¼ cup Flaxseed Meal
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 2-3 tablespoons Almond Milk - unsweetened. I used 3. Start with 2 and add extra one if too dry to shape balls.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine fresh runny peanut butter and brown rice syrup. If your peanut butter is not runny you can warm the mixture under bain-marie (hot bath) while you stir to help ingredients comes together.
- Stir in the rest of the ingredients: flaxseed meal, pea protein powder, chia seed, and unsweetened almond milk. Start with 2 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk. If the dough is too dry, this may happen depending on the brand of pea protein powder you are using, then add an extra tablespoon of unsweetened almond milk.
- The no-bake cookie dough should be consistent, slightly sticky, but you should be able to shape balls easily.
- Shape 10 cookie dough balls and place each ball on a plate covered with parchment paper. If the dough is too sticky, rub your hands with a tiny oil (or water) to roll balls easily.
- Roll the balls into hemp hearts for extra plant-based proteins and in vegan dark chocolate chips if desired (optional)
- Refrigerate 15 minutes to firm up.
- Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight box.