Peanut butter protein balls

These peanut butter protein balls are made with 7 ingredients, are whole food based and child-friendly. A delicious, slightly sweet, slightly salty snack or dessert that takes under 10 minutes to make.

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You know, one thing I honestly hate buying (but buy every week) is protein balls or bliss balls, but my girls have never enjoyed the ones I make at home. I honestly don’t know why but I put it down to texture- I’ve always used dates as my sweetener and binder, and for whatever reason the kids don’t approve (they love dates on their own, go figure). 

Peanut butter protein balls

Peanut butter protein ballsSo, my assignment was to stop buying packaged, over-priced supermarket bliss balls and create a recipe at home that my kids would actually eat- and this meant swallowing my pride and swapping out my preferred sweetener for something else.

The pantry inspection showed up some peanut butter, honey and oats and I decided to roll with that. Generally we don’t eat oats raw- and you can read this post here if you want to know why– but honestly I’d prefer to add in raw oats than continue to buy prepackaged bliss balls. For me, my philosophy is something made at home will always trump something bought in a packet. Period (but, like you, I love a good convenience buy, and definitely purchase packaged snacks). 

Peanut butter protein ball

Peanut butter protein ballsSo, here we are. We arrived at a peanut butter, collagen and honey bliss ball and it turns out these were an instant hit. Better yet- they take under 7 ingredients, 10 minutes to prepare and last weeks in the fridge. 

Peanut butter protein ballsIngredient list for peanut butter protein balls

  • Natural peanut butter. You can use smooth or chunky, salted or not– just whatever you’ve got. The best swap is cashew butter, though if you love almond butter that would work too. 
  • Honey. We use beautiful honey to sweeten our, though you can swap for maple syrup or your preferred liquid sweetener, though honey is a great choice as it pairs well with teh oats. I love to use a floral, raw honey like these ones here
  • Butter. You might not be use to seeing butter if your bliss balls but I love to add in butter whenever I can. A traditional superfood loaded with vitamins, its a perfect addition to a nutritious little snack. For a vegan option swap in coconut oil. 
  • Collagen powder. Collagen is my preferred protein powder. Its flavourless and odourless and provides specific amino acids that support a healthy gut wall. You could use hemp protein for a vegan option, or any unflavoured protein powder you have if you don’t own collagen already. 
  • Rolled oats are perfect in bliss balls as they allow the balls to firm up with out going too hard or altering the flavour. They are an affordable pantry staple and taste great with peanut butter and honey. If you need gluten free oats, try these ones.  
  • Cinnamon and salt (optional ingredients). Cinnamon and salt add a little extra flavour but are optional. I personally love this cinnamon here, as well as Celtic salt for a mineral boost. 
  • Chocolate chips. The bliss ball base is mildly sweet so extra chocolate chips help to create the perfect mix of sweet and salty. If you don’t have great chocolate chips (like these here) just choose your favourite block of dark chocolate and chop some of it into small chunks. 

Peanut butter protein balls

Peanut butter protein balls

Peanut butter protein balls

Peanut butter protein pumpkin balls 

Want to transform these into tiny little Halloween pumpkins? Just simply roll each ball in coconut sugar, use a tooth pick to create groves and add a chocolate drop on top. 

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Peanut butter protein balls

Peanut butter protein balls

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Peanut butter protein ball

Peanut butter protein balls

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  • Author: Jade Woodd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 large- 20 small 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: No bake
  • Cuisine: Australian
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These peanut butter protein balls are made with 7 ingredients, are whole food based and child-friendly. A delicious, slightly sweet, slightly salty snack or dessert that takes under 10 minutes to make.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Add the oats, collagen, cinnamon, salt to a. food processor and blitz for 15 seconds or until fine.
  2. Add honey, peanut butter and butter and process for 1 minute or until creamy and uniform. Add chocolate chips and pulse few 10 or so times, or simply fold through if preferred.
  3. Roll in balls around 2 Tbsp each in size, then place in an air tight container and store in  fridge.

Notes

Substitutions

  • Rolled oats can be swapped for certified gluten free oats for a gluten free option
  • Cinnamon and salt may be omitted
  • Peanut butter can be swapped for runny, roasted cashew or almond butter
  • Butter can be swapped for ghee or coconut oil
  • Collagen may be swapped for hemp protein or plain protein powder
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