PB&J protein balls are perfect for PB&J lovers looking for a healthy, protein-packed snack thanks to creamy peanut butter and diced dried strawberries.
Protein balls (a.k.a. protein bites) are one of my most favorite healthy snacks. They're simple to make, super easy to eat on the go and a great way to get in a solid serving of protein. They're also absolutely delicious...or at least the protein bites I make because I'm all about healthy snacks tasting good.
In past recipes for protein balls, I've paired peanut butter with chocolate, peanut butter with coconut and peanut butter with cherries (and sometimes peanut butter with all of the above!). But I'm a sucker for a classic PB&J sandwich and knew there had to be a way to translate that flavor into a protein ball recipe.
I was so totally right.
One of the secrets to these PB&J protein balls is combining natural, creamy peanut butter with unsweetened coconut, rolled oats and honey (a great natural sweetener) and then throwing in a healthy serving of finely diced dried strawberries. I had no idea I could buy dried strawberries but my life has forever changed since I discovered them.
The other secret is using one of Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Boosters. The company's new plant-based protein powders are made using clean ingredients and are an excellent source of protein (20g per serving), omega-3s (240 mg per serving) and fiber. They're also gluten free, vegan and sweetened with Monk fruit. (Monk fruit is a sweet fruit with origins in Asia; it's used as a healthy, natural way to sweeten without the added calories of sugar.)
And guess what? Every protein powder in the line of Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Boosters features chia seeds and probiotics.
Those protein powders have a lot going for them, which is why I knew the Vanilla Protein Powder Nutritional Booster would be perfect for these PB&J protein balls.
I basically love all things Bob's Red Mill. No lie.
Making these protein balls is super simple. First, you combine the peanut butter, honey and vanilla in a large bowl.
Second, you add the protein powder, coconut, ground flaxseed, oats, chia seeds and diced dried strawberries.
Then you use a spoon or medium cookie dough scoop to form into balls.
Place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator and you're ready for healthy snacking on the go! We have a lot of swim meets this summer and you better believe this will be in our cooler alongside carrots, yogurt, string cheese, grapes and goldfish crackers!
Don't wait to make these PB&J protein balls—they're at the top of my list!
Printable recipe for PB&J protein balls below. Enjoy!
- ½ cup natural creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ⅓ cup Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder Nutritional Booster (or your favorite vanilla protein powder)
- ⅓ cup ground flaxseed meal (I like Bob's Red Mill)
- ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (also Bob's Red Mill)
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- ½ cup finely diced dried strawberries
- Mix together peanut butter, honey and vanilla in a large bowl.
- Add protein powder, coconut, flaxseed, oats, chia seeds and strawberries. Mix until thoroughly combined.
- Form into 12 balls using a medium scoop or large spoon. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze up to 1 month.
Because not all peanut butters and protein powders are created equally, you may need to add more peanut butter or honey to help the mixture stick together.
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