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No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls – Low Carb Energy Bites

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These are the easiest no-bake peanut butter protein balls with chocolate chips that take 10 minutes to make. Enjoy the best keto energy bites that are incredibly delicious and only 4g net carbs.

These no-bake peanut butter protein balls take 10 minutes to make. Enjoy the best keto energy bites that are incredibly delicious and perfect for a quick snack.

These peanut butter protein balls need only 8 simple pantry ingredients and are the right snack for when you need a little boost of energy or some extra protein to fuel those challenging workouts.

Ready in just a couple of minutes, these keto protein balls are gluten-free, soft, chewy, and low in carbs.

It’s one of the favorite recipes that I usually make every other week to have on hand for when the sugar cravings start to appear. 

Can you Eat Peanut Butter on a Keto Diet?

We all know that peanut butter is one of the most popular and delicious spreads. And it goes well with almost everything, whether you eat a tablespoon straight from the jar as a midnight snack or add it into your chocolate protein smoothie.

But is peanut butter keto-friendly? You will be happy to know that it is keto, but you need to pay attention to the ingredients list. Watch out for hidden sugars or for any other ingredients that are not peanuts.

According to the USDA, two tablespoons (32g) of natural peanut butter contain:

  • Calories: 190g
  • Total Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Total Fat: 16g
  • Protein: 8g
These no-bake peanut butter protein balls take 10 minutes to make. Enjoy the best keto energy bites that are incredibly delicious and perfect for a quick snack.

Peanut Butter Balls Ingredients

These keto protein balls are super easy to make and so delicious. These keto protein balls are made with low carb ingredients without dates. Here’s everything you’ll need:

8 ingredients for keto peanut butter protein balls
  • Peanut Butter – make sure to use unsweetened peanut butter that doesn’t contain any sugar or palm oil, and it’s made 100% from peanuts. In fact, you can use any nut butter such as almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter.
  • Protein Powder – use your favorite low carb protein powder, and make sure it doesn’t contain sugar. I used unflavored protein powder, but you can use chocolate protein powder for some delicious chocolate protein balls.
  • Almond Flour – keeps the protein balls keto and low carb, and makes the batter stick together. Peanut flour would be a great addition if you can find almond flour.
  • Chia Seeds – help the ingredients bind well, and they also boost healthy fats and fiber.
  • Keto Maple Syrup – it replaces the honey and makes the protein balls more sweet and tasty. You can use any powdered keto sweetener as well. Just mix it with the peanut butter first. Add a splash of unsweetened almond extract if the dough is too thick. 
  • Vanilla Extract – adds a delicious vanilla flavor and brings out the sweetness in protein balls.
  • Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips – If you can’t find chocolate chips, just chop up an unsweetened chocolate bar of choice and use chocolate chunks instead – so good!
texture of protein peanut butter balls

How To Make Keto Peanut Butter Protein Balls

It’s incredibly easy to make these keto protein balls, and there’s no food processor needed. Just gather all the ingredients and take a large bowl and a silicone spatula.

  1. Add the room temperature peanut butter, protein powder, almond flour, chia seeds, low carb maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a bowl.
  2. Mix the dough using a spatula or a spoon until a thick batter starts to form. 
  3. Incorporate the chocolate chips and allow the batter to rest for a few minutes.
  4. Roll about one tablespoon of dough to make small balls. You’ll get about 15 balls.
  5. Place the protein balls onto wax paper. Serve straight away or refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Tips for Making the Perfect Protein Balls

  1. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more protein powder or almond flour.
  2. If you end up with a thick peanut butter mixture that’s too dry or too thick, add a little almond milk or water to the mixture. Add a little at a time until the mixture is moist enough to form balls.
  3. If rolling the balls is still difficult, wet your hands before forming each ball.
  4. Make keto energy bars – You can put the peanut butter balls mixture in a square 8×8-inch baking dish lined with parchment paper, refrigerate them, and cut them into small energy bars. Yum!
  5. Spice them up using a little ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
  6. Use any nut or seed butter you have on hand – Peanut butter is easily available at most grocery stores. Still, these energy bites turn out great with almond butter, cashew butter, or any other nut or seed butter you prefer.
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How To Store the Peanut Butter Balls

There are two options for storing these Keto Peanut Butter Protein Balls:

  1. First, you can refrigerate them for about five or seven days in an airtight container.
  2. Or, you can freeze them for up to two months, and then you can grab one in the morning or any time when you need a quick and healthy snack.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls – Low Carb Energy Bites

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Yelds 16 servings
Author Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com

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These are the easiest no-bake peanut butter protein balls with chocolate chips that take 10 minutes to make. Enjoy the best keto energy bites that are incredibly delicious and only 4g net carbs.
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Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, add peanut butter, protein powder, almond flour, chia seeds, low carb maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  • Use a wooden spoon or your hands to mix the dough. Add one teaspoon of milk at a time to get a cookie dough consistency. Depending on the peanut butter used, you'll need to add more or less liquid.
  • Incorporate the chocolate chips into the peanut buttter mixture.
  • Roll about one tablespoon of dough to make small balls. You'll get about 16 balls.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving.
Calories
140kcal
Total Carbs
6g
Net Carbs
4g
Protein
7g
Fat
11g
Fiber
2g
Sugar
2g

How do we calculate the nutrition info?

These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.

Course Keto Snacks
Cuisine American
Keyword energy balls, protein balls
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls - Low Carb Energy Bites
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