These no bake peanut butter energy balls are an easy snack recipe with just four ingredients. They’re bean-based, full of protein, and have no added sugar!
No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls
As you can imagine being post c-section with a two-year-old and a newborn, we have been ALL about the easy, simple, nourishing snacks in my house. Fortunately these no bake peanut butter balls were super easy to prep ahead and make even my two-year-old happy! Seriously, she is obsessed with these!
Peanut Butter Protein Balls Health Benefits
One of the reasons I love these little peanut butter protein balls with dates is how balanced they are. Check out the ingredients and how they help provide a balanced snack:
- Garbanzo Beans: fiber-rich carbohydrates and plant-based protein
- Dates: natural fruit-based sweetener that provide additional carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals
- Peanut Butter: healthy fats and a little plant-based protein
- Collagen Peptides: more protein for more balance (note: you can substitute a different type of protein powder, but you may need to play with the exact amount, as some may be dryer/ require a little more added moisture to the recipe)
Oh, and nutrient density aside? I also LOVE the simplicity and how delicious these no bake peanut butter energy balls are. Seriously – they taste like a peanut buttery dessert truffle! Which if you have a discerning eye, you may notice that only a chocolate coating separates these peanut butter energy balls from my healthy buckeyes. 😉
How to Make Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Keep it simple! Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse and process away for a few minutes until the mixture is smooth and evenly combined.
I like to refrigerate the mixture before rolling, just to help keep the dough a little more manageable.
Then to also help keep things simple, I use a small cookie dough scoop to portion the dough into balls. You can totally leave the balls as they are at that point, but if you’re looking for a smoother, more photogenic appearance, I’d recommend giving them a quick roll between the palms of your hands to smooth them.
How to Store No Bake Energy Balls
I like to keep mine stored in the refrigerator, or even freezer. As long as they’re stored in an airtight container, they should keep in the fridge up to 5-7 days. They can also be frozen in an airtight container up to one month. If freezing, I’d recommend freezing in the open air on a cookie sheet and then transferring to a freezer-safe storage container. This way they won’t freeze together as they’re touching each other in a bag or jar.
Looking for More Healthy Snack Recipes?
Try these Nutrition to Fit healthy snack recipes:
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Energy Balls
- Orange Chia Pudding with Collagen
- The NTF 5-a-Day Green Smoothie
- Oatmeal Banana Muffins
- Chocolate Banana Kefir Chia Pudding
- 3-Ingredient Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Rosemary Cumin Roasted Chickpeas
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No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls
These no bake peanut butter energy balls are an easy snack recipe with just four ingredients. They're bean-based, full of protein, and have no added sugar!
free from: wheat/ gluten, dairy, soy, egg, shellfish, fish, tree nuts
- 14.5 oz can garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 5 medjool dates pitted
- 6 tbsp collagen peptides optional
Combine garbanzo beans, peanut butter, dates, and collagen peptides in food processor. Process for 5-10 minutes (depending on the size and strength of your blender), occasionally stopping to scrape down sides. Stop when everything is one smooth mixture.
Refrigerate peanut butter filling for 30 minutes to make for easier ball rolling.
Roll into 20 balls (approximately 2 tablespoons each). I like to use a small cookie scoop (about two tablespoons) to portion the dough, then roll it between my palms to smooth it out.
I recommend storing in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
You can substitute a different protein powder if desired, or leave out entirely. If you're substituting a different powder, the consistency of the energy balls may change.