Have protein balls become the new granola bars? It makes me chuckle how we find new snacks to keep us filled with energy and reduce the hanger (hungry anger). My family LOVES protein balls. So, for every volleyball tournament I make protein balls. But we can’t have the same kind every time! How boring would that be?? This recipe reminds me more of granola bars than my other go-to protein ball recipe. This is a recipe for protein balls with oats. It must be the oats that make me think of the granola!
Our routine of getting ready for a volleyball tournament always includes making various protein balls. Sometimes I won’t use chocolate chips, and instead I will use butterscotch chips or caramel chips. I also have been known to swap peanut butter for almond butter, and once in a blue moon, cashew butter. If cinnamon isn’t your thing, leave it out! Or, try adding a dash of cayenne pepper to it – it really kicks up the flavor! You can also substitute maple syrup for the honey and get yet another different flavor! One of my favorite flavors is coconut so I have been known to add some flaked coconut into the protein balls with oats for a little different texture, flavor and nutrition. Any of the options taste amazing! It is fun to try all different combinations!
This is my original protein balls with oats recipe – unaltered! Feel free to make it your own! If you need a gluten free version, substitute the regular oats for gluten free oats and make sure your protein powder is also gluten free. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do! Please leave me a comment below and let me know what you did to customize your own version!
Protein Balls with Oats
Delicious and easy to transport for games, road trips, hikes, etc!
- 2 Cups Rolled Oats
- 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/3 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 Cup Ground Flax Seed
- 1 TBS Chia Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Honey
Put all ingredients in a food processor (except the chips) and pulse until combined. Add chips and pulse until mixed in. Scoop into balls and refrigerate until ready to eat!
These can be frozen and stored for up to a month.