Having healthy high protein snacks on hand is a life savor, especially when they taste as good as these Peanut Butter Protein Balls. The crunchy crispy rice combined with salty-sweet peanut butter is totally satisfying. The whole family will love these little snacks, and you'll feel good knowing they are homemade and healthy.
At my house, we always tend to be rushing out the door in the morning to make it to school on time. Breakfast and snacking on the go is pretty much a daily routine at this point. It's like a scramble for something healthy; grabbing anything that's in plain sight.
That's why having this snack on hand works well around here. I personally like to eat these little peanut butter protein balls before I work out. They don’t fill me up but they give me energy from the amino acids and the carbs.
Each protein ball has more than 5 grams of protein.
This is perfect for toddlers and kids. The texture, the sweetness, and the portion size. Give them these instead of bags of cereal or packaged granola bars.
And there’s no baking required! Sounds like a perfect homemade snack to me.
What you will need for this recipe
- Peanut Butter
- Puffed Rice Cereal
- Raw Honey
- Coconut Flour
- Vanilla Protein Powder (this is a vegan collagen I like)
- Sea salt
- Vanilla Bean Paste (or extract)
Peanut Butter Protein Balls Recipe Variations
This recipe is pretty good as it is. But you can definitely have fun with different spices. I would suggest trying almond butter, tahini, cashew butter or sunflower butter for those that can't do peanuts. But, I haven't tried this recipe with anything but peanut butter so far, so I can't guarantee an even swap. It's worth a try though.
Other things you can do are add spices. Try cinnamon or even pumpkin pie spice. Maybe do almond extract or mix in some coconut shreds. Try swapping chocolate puffed rice cereal, adding some chocolate chips, and using chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla for Chocolatey Peanut Butter Protein Balls.
You can make these protein balls into superfood balls instead if you'd like. Add a superfood in place of the protein. My favorites:
I have a recipe for Tahini Cardamom Balls if you want a peanut-free recipe.
Peanut Butter Protein Balls
- Food processor
- 1 cup Organic peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 1.5 tablespoon Coconut flour
- 1.5 Tbsp Vanilla Vegan Protein Powder
- 2 tablespoon Raw Honey
- ½ teaspoon Sea salt
- 1 cup Crispy rice cereal
- In a food processor at all of the above ingredients except the crispy rice cereal. Pulse until smooth.
- Fold the cereal in by hand separately.
- Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet or plate.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Serve cold. Store in air tight container for one week.