Peanut Butter Protein Balls Recipe

A pyramid of carob balls with grated coconut
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Total Time 15 min
Prep 15 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 16 balls (150 calories each)

This peanut butter protein balls recipe is so easy to make and it's just the ticket when your energy is flagging and you need a quick nosh to get up to speed.

The exact ratio of ingredients and resulting taste will depend a little on the kinds of protein powder and peanut butter you use. This basic recipe was made with Designer Protein, French Vanilla flavor, but chocolate and other flavors work fine as well.

If the peanut butter you use has a lot of oil (natural peanut butter will vary quite a bit in the amount of oil), you'll probably need more protein powder. Also, the amount of agave syrup you use is obviously dependent on your personal taste.

Note that these balls are soft at room temperature so you can't throw them in a bag and expect that they will hold their shape. This recipe will make about 16 (1-inch) balls. The agave syrup goes a long way in giving it some sweetness. Remember that 1/2 cup is for the entire recipe, which means that the syrup itself only provides about 5 grams of carbohydrates per ball.


  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 4 scoops (or 1 1/3 cups) any flavor whey protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup or to taste


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together peanut butter, protein powder, vanilla and agave syrup until thoroughly combined. A stand mixer works great for this, but a food processor would probably be fine as well, or just a wooden spoon. You might need to add more protein powder if the mixture is too wet or more agave syrup if it's too dry.
  2. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls.
  3. If you like, roll in crushed nuts or almond flour / almond meal (the calorie count given does not include the nuts or almond flour).

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