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Homemade Protein Balls and Energy Bites

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Homemade protein balls are an easy and healthy snack for both kids and adults. They are easy to make with minimal ingredients and packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats to keep you full longer. If you have been with me for any length of time here on Just the Woods then you know how important eating healthy and clean is to me. And I love being able to share these healthy protein balls recipes with you. 

Store-bought snacks often hide more sugar than they reveal. Today, we’re ditching those and making protein balls – delicious, healthy bites bursting with energy-fueling protein!

These protein balls are incredibly easy to whip up, requiring no fancy equipment (though a food processor helps if you have one). Plus, they’re completely customizable! Tailor them to your taste and dietary needs for a perfect on-the-go snack.

homemade protein balls

These recipes for protein balls are all about fresh flavors and wholesome ingredients. We’ll be using organic options whenever possible. The recipes are all naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, but feel free to customize them based on your dietary needs and preferences.

Oatmeal Protein Balls

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These protein balls with oats all have one ingredient in common – oats. But not just any oats, these all use organic gluten-free rolled oats.

Old-fashioned rolled oats are a great option to incorporate into your oat protein balls because they’re a heart-friendly whole grain that shines for its high fiber content. This fiber promotes gut health and helps sustain energy by regulating digestion and preventing blood sugar spikes.


Strawberry Protein Balls

These sweet treats all use the delicious addition of freeze-dried strawberries to give these protein balls a light naturally sweet flavor.

strawberry protein balls

Funfetti Protein Balls

These colorful homemade protein bites all incorporate fun and colorful sprinkles. I found a great option for sprinkles without artificial dyes or coloring.

funfetti protein balls with sprinkles

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Homemade protein balls made with peanut butter are an all-time favorite. They are a taste sensation, packing peanut butter’s rich, nutty flavor into a bite-sized delight.

peanut butter protein balls with chocolate chips

More Homemade Protein Balls Recipes

These are a few more delicious recipes for protein balls:

How to Make Protein Balls

Homemade protein balls are a delicious snack option for on the go, at work, or at home. Here is a simple rundown of what you need and how to make your own protein balls:

  • Dry base: Rolled oats are a classic choice, but you can also use other ingredients like almond flour, shredded coconut, or chopped nuts.
  • Protein powder: Any flavor you like will work. Choose one that complements your other ingredients, and look for a clean protein powder with minimal ingredients and no processed additives.
  • Binding agent: Peanut butter, almond butter, honey, or dates are commonly used to hold the balls together.
  • Other mix-ins: This is where you can get creative! Chocolate chips, dried fruit, seeds, or spices are all great options.

Check out my essentials for making protein balls for everything you need to make delicious homemade protein ball recipes.

When you decide on the perfect protein balls recipe then all you have to do is:

  • Mix the dry ingredients: In a large bowl, combine your oats, protein powder, and any other dry ingredients like nuts or seeds.
  • Add the wet ingredients: Next, stir in your peanut butter, honey, or chosen binding agent.
  • Mix it up: Use a spatula, or food processor, or get in there with your hands and combine everything until it forms a sticky dough. You may need to add a little more of the wet ingredient if it’s too dry, or a bit more dry ingredient if it’s too wet.
  • Chill: Place the protein balls mixture in the fridge or freezer to chill. The balls are much easier to form when cold.
  • Form the balls: Scoop out the dough by tablespoonfuls and roll them into balls between your palms. You can use a cookie scoop to make things easier.

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