These peanut butter bliss balls are nutritious and easy to make. A peanut butter and chocolate protein snack for kids and adults made with 4 main ingredients in 10 minutes.
These peanut butter bliss balls are fudgy and delicious. And with the added peanut butter, they taste like peanut butter bliss balls. Just like my no bake chocolate protein bars, these protein balls are an easy, no bake, nutritious snack that tastes great, like a dessert.
Like my chocolate coconut truffles, my chocolate black pepper truffles and my chocolate fudge truffles, these peanut butter balls contain only 4 familiar ingredients and is extremely customizable so I have included a list of suggested add-ins below.
Why You'll Love These Balls
High in protein. True to their name, each ball is 8 grams of protein coated in peanut butter powder. Yet the sugar level is low, 5 grams, so these balls are filling and energizing yet don't cause a sugar crash.
Quick to make and delicious. These peanut butter bliss balls can be made in minutes with only 4 main ingredients and no chilling required. The fudgy texture of these balls is unsurpassed. And they taste fresh and chocolatey with none of the processed aftertaste you'll get from a commercial protein bar.
Excellent snack for everyone. These balls are dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free. And they can be nut free by choosing oat flour and sunflower seed butter.
Almond Flour - Or use oat flour. Both are perfect base for a nutritious snack because they are both gluten-free, high in protein and fiber and other essential nutrients.
Peanut Butter - Or use almond butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter to keep this snack nut-free. You can use a natural peanut butter or a commercial brand such as Jif, though the latter will contain far more sugar than the natural brands.
Maple Syrup - This syrup comes straight from a tree if you buy organic, and although it contains sucrose it had many antioxidants that fight disease and essential nutrients such as calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron. Of course, if you are a dates or date paste person, use this instead, 1:1 replacement.
Cocoa - I used a high-quality unsweetened cocoa such as Valhrona or Ghiradelli.
I also suggest adding vanilla, granulated coffee, cinnamon and salt to boost the flavor of these delicious balls.
Coating - for the coating you can use cocoa, crushed cookies or a store-bought peanut butter powder. Most brands provide the flavor and protein of peanut butter but with half the calories.
See the recipe card at the bottom for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Step by Step Instructions
For more detail, visit the complete recipe at the bottom of this post, but here are general steps.
1. Begin by lining a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and measure out the ingredients.
2. Make the protein balls by mixing ingredients into a bowl with a spoon or hand-held mixer.
3. Use a medium scoop to create scoops of batter, and then roll each in clean hands until you have round smooth balls and line them up on the pan. No chilling necessary.
4. Coat your balls. Use crushed cookies or granola or even store bought peanut butter powder. Roll the balls in the coating. Enjoy!
Store the bliss balls at room temperature in a sealed container for about 1 day. Refrigerate in a sealed container for a week. Or freeze them for a month, again well covered.
1.Since there are so few ingredients, anyone of them can influence the flavor so choose quality peanut butter and cocoa brands.
2.When you roll the batter, roll until the warmth of your hands brings out the nut butter oils. The ball will then be shiny and sticky, and take on the coating easily. For this reason, do not use a mainstream peanut butter brand like Jif, or any other that has sugar and other additives.
One mistake a lot of people make when creating protein balls is they add too many healthy ingredients to make them even more nutritious but this ruins the flavor. So I suggest adding only one of the following at a time.
1. chocolate chips. Use your favorite mini chips or a dark chocolate bar chopped up.
2. crush nuts - walnuts, almonds or even pistachios would work well
3. flaxseed or chia seeds would add to the nutrition and not impact flavor if you only add 2 tablespoon of each.
4. dried fruits, especially cranberries, chopped, would add flavor and nutrition.
Protein balls are high in protein, fiber and healthy fats, so they can make you feel full and meet your protein requirements as well as provide many other nutrient that help energize and support muscle recovery.
Protein balls are filling so they are good for weight loss in that they will help you not snack, but the balls themselves can be higher in calories with healthy fats so keep to 2 protein balls as day.
The average person needs 50 grams of protein daily. Eat the balls in the morning to energize your day. Eat them after exercise to replenish lost nutrients. And at bedtime to provide your muscles energy during sleep.
They are all the same kind of snack. They are usually made of a flour or oats, nut butter for protein, and a sweetener such as maple syrup or dates.
Additional Protein Snacks
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Peanut Butter Bliss Balls
- ½ cup almond flour (48g) or oat flour
- 3 tablespoon cocoa
- ½ cup peanut butter (125g)
- 3 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon coffee granulated
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Measure out ingredients.
Make Bliss Balls
- Mix all bliss ball ingredients in a bowl. Mix with a spoon or hand-held mixer.½ cup almond flour (48g), 3 tablespoon cocoa, ½ cup peanut butter (125g), 3 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon coffee, ¼ teaspoon salt
- Use a medium scoop to create scoops and put them on the cookie sheet.
- Roll each round and smooth with your hands.
Coat the balls
- Roll the balls in cookie crumbs, unsweetened cocoa, or peanut butter powder.½ cup peanut butter powder (147g)
1.Since there are so few ingredients, anyone of them can influence the flavor so choose quality peanut butter and cocoa brands. 2.When you roll the ball, roll until the warmth of your hands brings out the nut butter oils. The ball will then be shiny and sticky, and take on the coating easily.