15 Protein Ball Recipes That Will Wow Your Taste Buds

These delicious protein-rich snacks are easy to bring on-the-go—and take just minutes to make.

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Protein: It’s filling, it fuels our muscles post-workout, and it helps our bodies repair cells and make new ones. So, yeah, it’s important that we get enough of the stuff—and most of us do. But if you’re constantly on the go, it can be tough to consume healthy and delicious sources of protein. Many grab-and-go options like packaged protein bars are high in sugar, while foods like raw almonds and hard-boiled eggs can be a bit meh in the flavor department. So, what’s a healthy eater to do? Whip up a batch of protein balls. Think of them as bite-sized, homemade protein bars that provide all the nutrients you’d want in a wholesome breakfast or snack. Plus, there’s no shortage of delicious flavor combinations. Whether you’re looking for something light and simple or something dessert-inspired, you’ll find recipes that will make your mouth water right here.

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Cinnamon Vanilla Breakfast Protein Bites
Cotter Crunch
Cinnamon Vanilla Breakfast Protein Bites

If you love Cinnamon Toast Crunch, these are the protein balls for you. Made with a tasty—and filling—combination of cinnamon, peanut flour, nut butter, oats, and protein powder, these gluten-free bites are seriously addicting.

Get the recipe for Cinnamon Vanilla Breakfast Protein Bites from Cotter Crunch »

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Fig Protein Balls
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Fig Protein Balls​

Cocoa powder, orange zest, and shredded coconut perfectly complement the naturally sweet figs that make up the bulk of this recipe. A scoop of protein powder lends some staying power, making these tasty bites the perfect solution for a healthy breakfast on the run.

Get the recipe for Fig Protein Balls from Prevention »

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Cookie Dough Protein Balls
Well Plated
Cookie Dough Protein Balls

They might resemble your favorite chocolate chip cookies, but these protein bites are far healthier. Unlike the classic sweet treat, these balls won’t give you a sugar rush and they actually provide satiating protein and healthy fats.

Get the recipe for Cookie Dough Protein Balls from Well Plated »

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Maple Vanilla Latte Protein Bites
Cotter Crunch
Maple Vanilla Latte Protein Bites

What could be better than a maple-toasted vanilla latte, you ask? An eatable rendition that's just as delicious and also provides a surge of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Better yet, these bites are super easy to make. All you need are chopped nuts, almond meal, nut butter, coffee, protein powder, and a hint of maple syrup.

Get the recipe for Maple Vanilla Latte Protein Bites from Cotter Crunch »

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Salted Caramel Snickerdoodle Protein Bites
Cotter Crunch
Salted Caramel Snickerdoodle Protein Bites

Salty, chewy, and sweet, these bite-size treats are the perfect solution for all your sweet tooth cravings.

Get the recipe for Salted Caramel Snickerdoodle Protein Bites from Cotter Crunch »

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Coconut Nut protein Balls
Running To The Kitchen
Coconut Nut Protein Balls

Cashews, walnuts, and almonds make up the bulk of the batter and are also responsible for the protein and healthy fats in these tropical-inspired protein balls.

Get the recipe for Coconut Nut Balls from Running to the Kitchen »

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Black Bean Chocolate Protein balls  
Ambitious Kitchen
Secretly Healthy Black Bean Chocolate Protein Truffles

While the majority of protein balls rely on protein powder or raw nuts, these truffles call for black beans, which not only serve up protein but a ton of fiber, too. Sure, the idea of using black beans in a dessert-inspired snack may sound a little wacky, but once they’re blended, they actually create the ideal creamy base for chocolatey treats. The best part: Beans are basically flavorless, so you won’t be able to taste them in the slightest.

Get the recipe for Secretly Healthy Black Bean Chocolate Protein Truffles from Ambitious Kitchen »

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Chocolate Protein Bliss protein Balls
Sweet Simple Vegan
Chocolate Protein Bliss Balls

Medjool dates and a hint of maple syrup bring just the right amount of sweetness to these chocolate protein balls, while protein-rich almond and fibrous oats lend their staying power. (Have leftover oatmeal? Consider whipping up some of these delicious overnight oat recipes.)

Get the recipe for Chocolate Protein Bliss Balls from Sweet Simple Vegan »

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5-Minute Protein Peanut Butter Energy Bites protein balls
Ambitious Kitchen
5-Minute Protein Peanut Butter Energy Bites

The name really says it all: These protein balls take just minutes to make and are filled with peanut buttery goodness. The protein powder will keep you satiated, while the flaxseed meal, oats, and chia seeds provide a bit of iron, calcium, fiber, and magnesium, a nutrient that’s key to almost every physical function in your body.

Get the recipe for 5-Minute Protein Peanut Butter Energy Bites from Ambitious Kitchen »

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Thin Mint Protein Balls
Eating Bird Food
Thin Mint Protein Balls

Love Girl Scout cookies but hate the excess calories and sugar? With this healthy play on the classic Thin Mint, you can finally leave your dessert guilt at the door. Cashews and protein powder feed your muscles while crispy rice cereal, peppermint extract, and chocolate chips delight your taste buds.

Get the recipe for Thin Mint Protein Balls from Eating Bird Food »

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S’mores Protein Balls
Busy But Healthy
S’mores Protein Balls

There’s nothing better than the combination of marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers, and now, thanks to this creative recipe, there's a healthier way to enjoy the classic combo. Um, yes, please!

Get the recipe for S’mores Protein Balls from Busy But Healthy »

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Oatmeal Protein Energy Balls — protein balls 
The Healthy Maven
Oatmeal Protein Energy Balls

These easy oatmeal energy balls are perfect for hectic mornings when you need something filling to get your day going. Pair two or three with a piece of fruit and your belly will be happy until lunchtime.

Get the recipe for Oatmeal Protein Energy Balls from The Healthy Maven »

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Hazelnut Mocha Protein Balls
The Starving Musician
Hazelnut Mocha Protein Balls

What do you get when you combine hazelnuts, almond meal, dark chocolate, espresso, and creamy peanut butter? A protein ball that’s addictively delicious. Not to mention, a plethora of protein and healthy fats, as well as some immune system-boosting vitamin E—an antioxidant 90% of us don't get enough of.

Get the recipe for Hazelnut Mocha Protein Balls from The Starving Musician »

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Chocolate Covered Chickpea Protein Balls
Emilie Eats
Chocolate Covered Chickpea Protein Balls

Mild-flavored chickpeas are the primary source of protein in these treats, while protein powder and peanut butter add some additional fuel for your muscles. Throw a bit of cocoa powder, coconut oil, and cinnamon to the mix, and you’ve got a filling post-workout snack that’s hard to resist. (Psst! Here are 10 other tasty ways to use canned chickpeas.)

Get the recipe for Chocolate Covered Chickpea Protein Balls from Emilie Eats »

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Vegan Matcha Protein Balls
Simply Quinoa
Vegan Matcha Protein Balls

These bites are a matcha lover’s dream come true. The cashews, pistachios, almond butter, and protein powder in this recipe will keep you full while the culinary grade matcha (buy it on Amazon), with all its cholesterol-lowering and cancer-fighting powers, will keep you alert during your morning meetings.

Get the recipe for Vegan Matcha Protein Balls from Simply Quinoa »

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