NO Bake Protein Energy Balls

My sons have state tournaments this weekend for swimming and wrestling.  My husband and I are responsible for snacks for the wrestlers.  Since they need to get energy and protein in between their intense matches, we are making no bake energy balls with whey powder. 

We have made these energy balls both with and without whey powder so we will give you recipes for both.  These are a simple snack to have on hand any day and I have been popping in a few for breakfast myself. 

Since these are a no bake energy snack, they come together in less than 15 minutes.   Just make them a few hours ahead so they can set up in the fridge or place in the freezer for 1 hour before serving.

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What type of peanut butter is best for energy balls. 

We have made them with both chunky and smooth peanut butter.  The result is that the smooth peanut butter has more peanut butter flavor in our opinion. 

However, we did only use the chunky when we used whey powder which could have been the reason it tasted less like Peanut butter.

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If you don’t have peanut butter on hand orIf you have peanut allergies, you could use almond, cashew or sunflower butter.  It will just have a different flavor profile

  • Cashew Butter
  • Almond Butter
  • Sunflower Seed Butter

What type chocolate chips should I use for homemade energy bars

We made our first batch with regular size chocolate chips and the second batch with mini chips.  I found that large chocolate chip in such a small bite was a little hard to bite.  

The mini chips also mix much better into the already hard to mix batter.

Can I make homemade energy balls with whey ahead of time

You definitely need to make them a few hours ahead, but to store them in the fridge 

for a week or in the freezer for over a month.   Just make sure they are served cold or they may fall apart. 

What kind of whey powder should I use for homemade no bake energy treats? 

We used vanilla flavored since that was what we had on hand.  You could also use peanut butter powder. 

They were gobbled up by the team and hope it helped them achieve first in states this year.

It is best to scoop the balls and then roll them.  Place them on a baking sheet to set up in the fridge or freezer. 

How to store no bake energy bites

Refrigerated energy bites will last up to 2 weeks in the fridge

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What would you add to these Energy Bites? 

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NO Bake Protein Energy Balls

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
set up: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

A quick snack packed with oats, chocolate chips, honey and peanut butter to give you a blast of protein in these energy bites. Kids and adults will gobble them up


  • 1 1/3 cup Old Fashioned Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup Ground Flaxseed Meal
  • 1/2 cup Whey Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup Miniature Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter (Crunchy or Smooth)
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Scoop out balls 1 inch balls and roll to smooth
  3. Allow to set up in the fridge or freezer for 1 hour at the min.
Nutrition Information
Yield 36 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 82Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 37mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 3g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline.

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