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Protein Bites

Easy Protein Balls made 12 Different Ways! Switch up your snack lineup with these easy no-bake protein bite recipes. They're perfect for on the go and include grain-free, refined sugar free, gluten free and nut-free options too!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword energy balls, energy balls recipes, energy bites, energy bites no bake, energy bites recipes, no bake energy balls, no bake energy bites, protein balls, protein bites recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 144 (12 energy bites per flavor)
Calories 77 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

Apricot Protein Bites

  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 3 tablespoons dried unsweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tsp pea protein powder , optional

Banana Nut Protein Balls

  • 1/3 cup natural creamy almond butter slightly heated
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup , OR honey if not vegan
  • 1 small (1/4 cup) extremely ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups rolled oats gluten free as needed - I use Bob's Red Mill
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp pea protein powder , optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews (or walnuts)

Carrot Cake Protein Balls

  • 1/2 cup pitted dried dates
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots or raisins
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp pea protein powder , optional

Coconut Almond Butter Protein Balls

Lemon Protein Balls

  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp pea protein powder , optional

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Pecan Butter Protein Balls

  • 3/4 dried pitted dates
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 tablespoons pecan butter can also sub with your favorite nut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup OR Lakanto sugar-free
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 12 pecan halves optional for garnish
  • 1 tsp pea protein powder , optional

Grain-free Paleo / Keto Protein Bites

  • 1/4 cup cashew butter can sub with nut butter or seed butter of your choice
  • 1.5 Tbsp Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup OR pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 cup superfine blanched almond flour
  • 1 tbs pea protein powder can also sub with 2 Tbs more superfine blanched almond flour

Instructions

Go to link for 5 Ingredient Energy Bites: https://lifemadesweeter.com/no-bake-peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-energy-bites/

Go to link for Almond Joy Energy Bites: https://lifemadesweeter.com/stuffed-almond-joy-energy-bites/

Go to link for Apple Cinnamon Energy Bites: https://lifemadesweeter.com/apple-energy-bites/

For the Apricot Energy Bites

  1. Place the cashews and almonds in a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until combined into a sticky "dough" like consistency.

  2. Form and roll dough tightly (wet hands slightly if needed) into 1" - 1.5" balls.

  3. Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy.

For the Banana Nut Energy Bites

  1. In a large bowl, mix together heated nut butter, maple syrup (or honey if not vegan) and mashed banana until smooth.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients until well combined.

  3. Wet hands slightly and form dough tightly into 1" - 1.5" balls. If dough doesn't stick together add 1/2 tablespoon water (or melted coconut oil) at a time until dough comes together or place dough in the fridge for 30 minutes prior to forming dough balls so it's easier to handle.

  4. Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy.

For the Carrot Cake Energy Bites

  1. Place the apricots, dates and nuts in a food processor until roughly chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until combined into a sticky "dough" like consistency.

  2. Form and roll dough tightly (wet hands slightly if needed) into 1" - 1.5" balls.

  3. Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy.

Go to link for Cranberry Energy Bites: https://lifemadesweeter.com/no-bake-cranberry-coconut-energy-bites/

For the Lemon Energy Bites

  1. Place the apricots, cashew butter and 1/4 cup of shredded coconut in a food processor until roughly chopped. Add the remaining ingredients except for the reserved coconut and pulse until combined into a sticky "dough" like consistency.

  2. Form and roll dough tightly (wet hands slightly if needed) into 1" - 1.5" balls. Roll into the remaining 1/4 cup of shredded coconut, if desired.

  3. Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy.

For the Coconut Almond Butter Energy Bites

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the heated nut butter and coconut oil until smooth. Add maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut and oats and mix until well combined.

  2. Wet hands slightly and form dough tightly into 1" - 1.5" balls. If dough doesn't stick together add 1/2 tablespoon water (or melted coconut oil) at a time until dough comes together or place dough in the fridge for 30 minutes prior to forming dough balls so it's easier to handle.

    Garnish each energy bite by pressing one almond in the center, if desired.

  3. Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy.

For the Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bite

  1. In a large bowl, mix together heated nut butter and honey until smooth.

  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients until well combined.
  3. Wet hands slightly and form dough tightly into 1" - 1.5" balls. If dough doesn't stick together add 1/2 tablespoon water (or melted coconut oil) at a time until dough comes together or place dough in the fridge for 30 minutes prior to forming dough balls so it's easier to handle.

  4. Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy.

Go to link for Pumpkin Energy Bites: https://lifemadesweeter.com/pumpkin-energy-bites-no-bake/

For the Turtle Pecan Energy Bites

  1. Place the dates and pecans in a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Add the remaining ingredients (except for the pecan halves and pulse until chopped well).
  2. Form and roll dough tightly (wet hands slightly if needed) into 1" - 1.5" balls. Press one pecan halve in the middle of each energy bite.

  3. Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy.

For the Grain Free / Keto / Paleo Protein Bites

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the nut or seed butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, almond flour and protein powder (if using.

  2. Form and roll dough tightly (wet hands slightly if needed) into 1" - 1.5" balls.

  3. Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy.

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Nutrition Facts
Protein Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 energy bite)
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.