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Peanut Butter protein balls

The best kid-friendly protein balls

 close up of protein balls on baking sheet

We make these protein balls on repeat in our house. My husband is in a hurry most mornings, and at least a couple of the mornings a week I am too; so something to quickly grab out of the freezer that’s also nutritious is a must! These fit the bill, and are great for quick, on-the-go breakfasts and snacks for adults and kids alike!

Something else great about these is that they are so versatile! Have raisins? Chocolate chips? Throw them in! Don’t have coconut? Leave it out this time! Having at least Chia seeds or Flax seeds to throw in is great because it adds that extra boost of fiber and Omega 3’s.

Close up of the dry ingredients for protein balls.

So let’s jump right in! How do you make these scrumptious, quick snacks?

What you’ll need

  • Large mixing bowl or Kitchen Aid mix. Here’s one similar to mine. “#ad” https://amzn.to/41OtLXv
  • Small-medium pot for melting ingredients
  • Mixing spoon
  • Cookie sheets
  • Parchment paper – you can find my favorite here: “#ad” https://amzn.to/3pPBWWg

What to do

First you’ll want to put all the dry ingredients together in your large mixing bowl, or kitchen aid if you’re using one. Pour the rolled oats, cinnamon, raisins and any other kind of dried fruit you want, chocolate chips, flax seeds, chia seeds, dried coconut, and whatever else you want to mix in with it. You can even add some of your favorite protein powder for a little extra protein! Remember, the list is endless so use your imagination! While you’re mixing the dry ingredients together, don’t forget to grind some of the oatmeal in a blender real quick to add to the other dry ingredients! This is optional as I don’t always do it, but it makes the consistency a little better to roll.

another close up of dry ingredients in bowl for protein balls

Next you’ll want to melt the coconut oil, peanut butter, and maple syrup in a small-medium pot on the stove like shown below.

close up of wet ingredients for protein balls

Once that’s melted and you’ve stirred it enough where the different ingredients are mixed together, you’ll pour that mixture into the dry ingredients and start blending together! You can always add some cocoa powder too to make them a chocolate peanut butter ball. And ya’ll, its heavenly. Peanut butter goes with anything, but especially with chocolate…can I get an amen? Okay, moving on. Depending on how the consistency is and how will they form together, you may need to add a tad more peanut butter-melted or not, or oats, ect. You can use your judgement.

Forming the “batter”

If you’re like me and my family you will snack on this as you mix and start rolling, so you may be full by the time they’re all formed. Fair warning. šŸ™‚ Like I mentioned before, start rolling into balls and place them on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet and place in the freezer overnight. You can then get them out, put in a gallon freezer bag and keep in the freezer. They are ready to grab and eat anytime!

close up of protein balls on baking sheets

Looks tasty eh? Seriously, you and your kids will love these! The best part is you know exactly what went into them and that they’re healthy to eat…..in moderation. Everything. in. moderation. We’ll just keep telling ourselves that anyway. šŸ™‚

Enjoy your creation and let me know what you think in the comments!

close up of protein balls in bowl
Yield: 24

Peanut butter protein balls

Peanut butter protein balls

A healthy and tasty kid-friendly snack that the whole family is sure to enjoy!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes


  • 4-6 cups of rolled oats-1-2 cups ground
  • mix in's-however much you want
  • 1.5 cups of coconut oil-melted
  • 1 cup of maple syrup
  • 2 cups of peanut butter


  1. Mix together rolled oats, ground oats, and whatever mix in's you decide
  2. Melt the coconut oil, peanut butter and maple syrup together
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and blend together
  4. Form into balls and line on parchment paper covered cookie sheets
  5. Put in the freezer overnight.
  6. Take out, put in gallon freezer bag and keep in freezer
  7. enjoy as you wish!


You are welcome to use a Kitchen Aide for this if you have one. It makes the mixing a little easier, but not at all necessary! I've made it plenty of times without one.

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