10 Easy No-Bake Protein Ball Recipes
Healthy protein balls are the holy trifecta of modern snacking: good for you, easy to make, and tasty. Also called bliss balls or snack bites, these provide a flavourful energy boost at any time of day. If you like the sound of a short ingredient list that can be easily modified to meet dietary requirements, you’ll love these recipes.
10 Recipes for Healthy Protein Balls
These 10 recipes cover a range of tastes and ingredients, from sweet to savoury. Most of them also include substitutions for allergies, and are already vegetarian or vegan. No baking is required, though some ingredients may need toasting.
No Food Processor? No Problem
These delicious protein balls are made even better by the fact that they can be mixed up in a single bowl, no food processor required.
1. Versatile Nut Butter Balls
For a simple recipe that can be adjusted to suit any taste, these protein balls can’t be beat. The recipe calls for a classic peanut butter base (pro tip: look for natural peanut butters made from just peanuts) whipped up with some honey for sweetness, coconut flakes for texture, and oats for crunch. Finish off with some protein powder and you’re ready to snack. Get the full recipe here.
2. Oatmeal Raisin Protein Balls
Take everything that’s great about the oatmeal raisin cookie, get rid of the junk, and you’ve got a healthy protein ball to take on the go. This recipe uses ground flaxseed and almond butter as binding agents, and gets its dessert-like quality from vanilla essence, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Get the full recipe here.
3. Honey Sesame Protein Balls
There’s a magic ingredient in these balls that give them a unique flavour, and makes them perfect for those with nut allergies: tahini. The sesame seed paste is stirred up with coconut oil, honey, and vanilla, then thickened with oat flour and rolled up in sesame seeds. Get the full recipe here.
4. Sticky Date Bliss Balls
This one requires a bit of chopping, but it’s worth it for the result. Mix chopped dates and nuts with coconut oil, cocoa, and protein powder for a healthy result that tastes decidedly unhealthy. Roll the balls in desiccated coconut for an extra layer of sweetness. Get the full recipe here.
Level Up With a Food Processor
With the help of a food processor, you can take your protein ball recipes up a notch by blending together sticky ingredients like dates and dried fruit. Most of these recipes come together in minutes and can be refrigerated or even frozen to last longer.
5. Apple Pie Energy Balls
Plenty of protein balls can pull double duty as healthy desserts, like these apple-pie inspired bites. There’s no nut butter in these protein balls; instead you’ll blend up half a cup of dates and mix in 1.5 cups of dried apples. Perfect for an after-dinner sweet tooth or a morning breakfast on the run. Get the full recipe here.
6. Beet and Spinach Bliss Balls
For a veggie-packed twist on the protein ball, try this combination of beetroot and spinach. Once everything is whizzed up in a high-speed food processor, your kids won’t question what’s in them because they’ll be too busy eating. Get the full recipe here.
7. Blueberry Energy Bites
No need to wait for blueberries to be in season, because these healthy protein balls use ½ cup of dried berries. Along with lemon juice and zest, you’ll get a fresh zingy taste that sets them apart from other recipes. They take 10 minutes to make and last for up to a week in the fridge. Get the full recipe here.
8. Key Lime Pie Protein Balls
If you love the taste of key lime pie but hate the added sugar, this protein ball recipe is for you. By blending nuts, dates, lime juice, and coconut, you get a tangy combination of flavours that you’ll want to eat straight out of the food processor. Do your best to resist or you won’t have any protein balls left! Get the full recipe here.
9. Pumpkin Energy Bites
Get your comfort food fix with these no-bake pumpkin bites rolled in toasted pepitas. Sweetened with dates and honey, spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, these bites taste like autumn. The recipe includes an alternative method to create energy bars rather than balls. Get the full recipe here.
10. Chocolate Raspberry Protein Balls
At first glance, these look like decadent truffles that you’d find behind glass in a gourmet chocolate shop. But looks can be deceiving, because these are easy to make and sugar-free. Even that pretty dusting of raspberry is simple: just stick freeze-dried raspberries in the food processor and you’re good to go. Get the full recipe here.
These healthy bliss protein recipes should get you started, and who knows—you may even be inspired to create your own!