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Easy Cashew Strawberry Protein Balls Recipe

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This easy cashew strawberry protein balls recipe is a delicious and nutritious way to curb your cravings! Packed with protein, healthy fats, and real fruit flavor, these no-bake bites are perfect for a quick breakfast on the go, a post-workout pick-me-up, or a satisfying afternoon snack. Made with freeze-dried strawberries, raw cashews, gluten-free rolled oats, and sweetened with honey, they’re a guilt-free indulgence that’s kind to your body and your taste buds. Homemade protein balls are the perfect energizing snack made from simple wholesome ingredients. 

Whip up these delicious strawberry protein bites in the food processor for a healthy snack the whole family will love. 

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These strawberry energy balls are bursting with delicious strawberry flavor from the freeze-dried berries.

Using freeze-dried fruit in your protein ball recipes has numerous benefits. Freeze-dried fruit has a much longer shelf life than fresh fruit, typically lasting for several years. This is ideal for meal-prepping your energy balls and having them on hand for whenever you need a quick snack. Plus, the freeze-drying process removes water from the fruit, concentrating the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This means you get a bigger nutritional punch with a smaller amount of fruit compared to fresh.

What You Need to Make This Strawberry Protein Balls Recipe

To make these tasty strawberry energy bites you will need just a few simple ingredients and a food processor. 

  • 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp water
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To keep these protein balls gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free rolled oats. While quick oats and steel-cut oats are delicious options, they may contain gluten unless specifically labeled gluten-free. These are the gluten-free oats that I like to use: oats.

Protein powder options seem endless and often filled with unnecessary extras. I finally found one that keeps it simple, with just a few key ingredients. If you are looking for a clean simple protein then check this one out: Truvani Protein. This recipe uses vanilla but you can use chocolate protein powder. 

Freeze-dried strawberries add the perfect amount of strawberry sweetness to these protein balls. They are made with one ingredient: strawberries! You can find them online here: freeze-dried strawberries.

This recipe features raw cashews in their purest form, providing a rich, buttery taste and a dose of healthy fat without any added oils or salt. Here are simple raw cashews.

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How to Make Strawberry Protein Balls

First, you will need a food processor. This is the one that I have and love: food processor.

cuisinart food processor

Add the raw cashews to the food processor. 

raw cashews

Next, add the rolled oats to the food processor and pulse the mixture together until it reaches a coarse crumb mixture.

Don’t overprocess – the oats add a delightful chewy texture to these protein balls, so leave them a bit roughly pulsed. You do not want a fine cashew oat flour.

raw cashews and gluten free rolled oats in food processor

Then add the freeze-dried strawberries to the mixture.

freeze dried strawberries in food processor

Add the protein powder and pulse again to incorporate it evenly throughout the mixture.

freeze dried strawberries and protein powder in food processor

You should have a well-combined mixture with flecks of strawberry pieces and strawberry powder throughout. Transfer the mixture to a medium mixing bowl.

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Then add the wet ingredients. Add the raw honey, water, and vanilla extract. 

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Stir to combine the ingredients. You might have to get your hands dirty and blend the strawberry bliss balls mixture by hand. But wash your hands first!

For easier shaping, chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. In a hurry? Pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes instead. The chilled mixture will be less sticky and easier to roll into perfect protein balls.

cashew oat honey strawberry protein balls mixture

How to Roll No-Bake Strawberry Balls

Remove the mixture from the fridge and use a small cookie scoop to scoop even portions of the mix.

Roll into 1-2″ balls and place on a sheet of parchment paper. 

rolled cashew strawberry protein balls with honey and protein powder on parchment or wax paper

Homemade Strawberry Protein Balls

These strawberry protein powder balls are a great alternative to any prepackaged treat and make a great pre-or post-workout snack.

The natural sweetness of the honey and strawberries pair perfectly with the chewy oats and mild flavor of the cashews. 

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This easy recipe offers a delicious and nutritious way to curb cravings with homemade strawberry protein balls. Packed with protein, healthy fats, and real fruit flavor, these strawberry bites are perfect for on-the-go breakfasts, post-workout pick-me-ups, or anytime snacks.

Made with simple, wholesome ingredients like freeze-dried strawberries, raw cashews, and gluten-free rolled oats, they’re a satisfying and guilt-free treat. Plus, they’re easy to whip up in a food processor and require minimal chilling for shaping. So ditch the refined sugars and store-bought snacks and try this no-bake energy bites recipe for a healthy and flavorful energy boost.

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Store these strawberry balls in an airtight container, or freeze them for later. 

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Cashew Strawberry Protein Balls Recipe

Yield: 14
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Make this recipe for easy cashew strawberry protein balls with strawberries, cashews & oats. No-bake, nutritious & perfect anytime snacks.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp water

Instructions

  1. First, add the cashews and oats to a food processor and pulse to a coarse mixture.
  2. Then add the freeze-dried strawberries and protein powder. Pulse again
  3. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  4. Add the vanilla extract, raw honey and water
  5. Mix thoroughly, then place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes, or 10 min in the freezer.
  6. Roll into 1-2" balls
  7. Store in an airtight container
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g

nutritional values are estimates and may vary depending on products/ingredients used.

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