Protein Ball Recipe

You will fall in love with this easy and delicious protein ball recipe.  Packed full of all the goodness and protein you need and nothing you don’t.

And if you need some great high protein dinner ideas you will love these teriyaki chicken or salmon meal prep options, or this super juicy marinated flank steak! 

Super easy protein balls garnished with shredded coconut served on a black plate on a white background, easy no bake treat by The Food Cafe.

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Protein Ball Recipe

This protein ball recipe is one of the easiest recipe for protein balls to make.  Full of so many heart healthy ingredients that will also provide you with a good source of protein and is a delicious post workout or midday snack.

I promise you will love these power house protein balls so much you won’t be able to stop eating them, and you can keep them stored in your freezer whenever you need to curb a sugar craving that will surly lead to a sugar high, then a sugar crash.

Do protein balls need to be refrigerated?

This protein ball recipe does not have any ingredients that makes them necessary to refrigerate, but I like to keep them stored in an airtight container or ziplock bag that has been lined with parchment paper. Showing how to store protein balls, either in a airtight plastic container or gallon sized freezer bag lined with parchment paper, by The Food Cafe.

How to make protein balls

  1. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.  Using a food processor add rolled oats and mix for 30 seconds.  Add in shredded coconut and pecans and mix another 30 seconds. Three images showing rolled oats, shredded coconut, and pecans in a food processor on a white background then mix together to form a fine texture, by The Food Cafe.
  2. Add in dates, MCT oil, salt, vanilla, maple syrup, and protein powder.  process until blended.Three images showing adding dates, MCT oil, and protein powder to a food processor to make protein balls, by The Food Cafe
  3. Add the rice crispy’s and ground flax seed to food processor and continue mixing until all ingredients are incorporated.  Using a cookie scoop or spoon, form into balls and place on prepared sheet pan.  Place in the freezer for 1 hour. Three images showing a food processor with rice crispy's and flax seed added to the protein ball mixture and placing them on a sheet pan lined with white parchment paper, by The Food Cafe.

What ingredients do I need to make this no bake protein ball recipe?

all the ingredients needed to make this protein ball recipe on a white background, by The Food Cafe.

  • Old fashioned rolled oats
  • Maple syrup
  • MCT oil or coconut oil
  • Pitted dates
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Pecans
  • Vanilla
  • Protein powder, either flavored or flavorless
  • Salt
  • Shredded coconut (optional)
  • Rice crispy cereal

Other protein ball add ins:

  1. Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter
  2. Chocolate chips
  3. Rasins
  4. Honey
  5. Cashews

No bake protein balls stacked in a white bowl with a bite taken out of one protein ball garnished with shredded coconut on a white background, by The Food Cafe.

If you have never made protein balls before, they truly are super easy to make and once you start eating them it is very hard to stop.  Plus they are perfect ball protein for a little “pick me up” during a crazy day, or can be thrown in a snack bag for an on the go treat.

You can always add in chocolate chips for a little sweeter and richer flavor, but they truly are amazing just the way they are.

What are some other high protein snacks?

Celery and peanut butter: cut a piece of celery into 3 smaller pieces and fill the hollow surface with peanut butter.  Perfect for on the go.

Hard boiled eggs: I love to buy Egglands best hard boiled eggs.  They come peeled and ready to eat, so know waiting for water to boil or eggs to cool

Tuna: either in a can or in a pouch, simple and easy to eat.

Veggies and hummus: buy some veggies that are already sliced and put in a snack bag, then place some hummus in a small container, and enjoy an on the go snack

Three protein balls on a white food scale with additional protein balls in a white bowl behind the scale, by The Food Cafe.

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Protein ball recipe

Protein Balls

Servings: 16 Balls
You will fall in love with this easy and delicious protein ball recipe.  Packed full of all the goodness and protein you need and nothing you don't.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats not quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup raw coconut
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp MCT oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed or flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup rice crispy cereal
  • 2 scoop flavored or unflavored protein powder

Instructions

  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.  Using a food processor add rolled oats and mix for 30 seconds.  Add in shredded coconut and pecans and mix another 30 seconds. 
  • Add in dates, MCT oil, salt, vanilla, maple syrup, and protein powder, process until blended.
  • Add the rice crispy's and ground flax seed to food processor and continue mixing until all ingredients are incorporated.  Using a cookie scoop or spoon, form into balls and place on prepared sheet pan.  Place in the freezer for 1 hour. 
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: no bake protein balls, protein ball recipe, Protein balls

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 81mg, Potassium: 206mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 60IU, Vitamin C: 0.7mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1.1mg

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