Almond Butter Protein Balls

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These almond protein balls are a perfect no-bake healthy dessert! Ready to eat in just a couple of hours, high in protein, healthy, and kid-approved!

These almond protein balls are vegetarian, gluten-free, high protein, and with a few adjustments, could even be turned vegan!

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Do you remember how tasty oatmeal chocolate chip cookies were as a kid? Do you remember sneaking some of that cookie dough as well?

These almond butter protein balls are the next best thing. They have all the same flavors and are packed with protein.

They also really taste like oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough. All of that delicious flavor without the guilt.

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Ingredients You’ll Need:

Almond butter (1 cup)

Rolled oats (3/4 cup)

Vanilla protein powder (2 tbsp)

Unsweetened shredded coconut (4 tbsp)

Maple syrup (1/4 cup)

Dark chocolate chips (1/4 cup)

How to Make Almond Protein Balls

Step 1. Add all ingredients into a medium bowl.

Step 2. Combine the ingredients. You can use a wooden spoon, spatula, or even your hands. Tip: To avoid a sticky mess, rub a small amount of coconut oil on your hands prior to mixing.

Step 3. Roll the mixture into small 1-1 1/2” balls. Again, you can use your hands here. Don’t forget the coconut oil trick if you want to keep your hands clean!

You may also use a small cookie scoop like this for evenly shaped balls. It’s still best to roll with your hands, but this will create even proportions.

Step 4. Place the protein balls on a large plate or small baking tray. It’s best to line the plate with parchment paper so the balls don’t stick.

Chill the protein balls in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. This will allow the bites to set up and solidify. The balls will likely crumble if you eat them before chilling. It’s worth the wait!

steps to prepare protein balls

Are Protein Balls Good for You?

These protein balls are very good for you. They are made with whole foods that fuel and nourish your body. None of the ingredients are processed or have any artificial ingredients.

They will fill you up and keep you satisfied. They’re a good source of protein and great if you’re on a high-protein diet. Additionally, this no-bake dessert is high in fiber, potassium, and calcium.

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Is Almond Butter Healthier Than Peanut Butter?

Both almond butter and peanut butter are great nut butter options. But which one is healthier?

Firstly, both kinds of butter have about the same number of calories. One tablespoon of almond butter is 98 calories, while one tablespoon of peanut butter is 96 calories.

However, almond butter has twice the amount of fiber. This is what’s going to help you stay full. Almond butter also has less saturated fats. It also has more unsaturated fats (the good kind!).

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Almond Butter Protein Balls (No Bake)

By Karo @ AllNutritious
These almond butter protein balls are a perfect no-bake dessert that will give you the energy you need. Sweet, flavorful, high in protein, and vegan-friendly when made with vegan chocolate chips!
Prep: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 20 protein balls



  • Mix the ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Roll the mixture into balls that are around 1-1.5 inches long.
  • Store in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.

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Serving: 1 protein ball | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.1g | Protein: 4.4g | Fat: 8.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.1g | Cholesterol: 0.4mg | Sodium: 7.6mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 4.4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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