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Vanilla Protein Energy Balls

4.75 from 4 votes
Created by Mariam E.
Simple and healthy, these Vanilla Protein Energy Balls are perfect for on-the-go breakfast or snack. They take next to no work to make while being packed with goodness and will satisfy your cravings. No cooking required!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 20 balls
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • cup vanilla protein powder use vegan if you like
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • cup honey or maple syrup for vegan option
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsps. of water
  • dash of salt optional

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients into a large bowl.
  • Using a spatula, or with your hands, mix everything until well combined. You need to have pliable but firm, dough-like consistency. If the mixture seems to be on the tough side and does not want to roll into a ball add more water or honey. Do it so 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir well and try rolling again.
  • If the mixture seems to be too soft that doesn’t want to hold a ball shape, add oats. Do so 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir well and try rolling again.
  • Take a tablespoon-sized piece of dough and with the help of your palms tightly roll even balls. You can also use an ice cream scoop to help you have even portions.
  • Place rolled balls onto a sheet lined with parchment paper and chill for 10 minutes.
  • Once chilled place the balls into an airtight container and store them in a fridge.
  • Use within 5 days.

Notes

  • If the mixture seems to be on the tough side and does not want to roll into a ball add more water or honey. Do it so 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir well and try rolling again.
  • If the mixture seems to be too soft that doesn’t want to hold a ball shape, add oats. Do so 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir well and try rolling again.
  • You can add some hemp hearts, collagen, or other add-ins for some extra added nutrition. 
  • Don’t have peanut butter? Try some almond butter or cashew butter.
  • Since we are not cooking or baking this, I highly recommend using a high quality vanilla extract over artificial vanilla extract as the flavors will really shine.
  • Don’t want to roll them? You can press the mixture into a square pan and once they’ve chilled, cut them into squares to make them into no-bake vanilla energy bars.
  • Honey can be swapped with maple syrup or agave. 

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
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