This peanut butter chocolate protein balls recipe makes for the perfect keto friendly, vegan, gluten free, low carb, and no bake snack for fuelling tired muscles after a workout!
Take a time machine back to 2017 and you will likely see a slew of energy balls / energy bite recipes filling your Pinterest and Instagram feeds. I know I myself have a few on the blog (like these delish gluten free energy balls with peanuts and cherries. And while there are definitely times of days when I need a good hit of carbohydrates (like before a workout, or in the morning), I also get that a lot of you have been asking for recipes that are keto friendly and no carb. So I went on a mission to develop an awesome vegan, gluten free, no bake peanut butter chocolate protein balls recipe that is perfect for refuelling tired muscles after a hard workout.
How to Make these Keto Friendly Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Balls
This recipe is surprisingly simple and starts with your favourite protein powder. If you don’t want these protein balls to be vegan, you can totally use a whey based protein powder, but I used a chocolate flavoured vegan option. Feel free to play with the flavours if you have something else in the house!
I then add in some high fat, high protein almond flour, powdered peanut butter for fibre and protein, natural peanut butter for texture (instead of dates or maple syrup), and some flax and some hemp hearts for Omega 3s. You can also use any kind of nut butter if you prefer, but I do recommend using a natural nut butter with no added salt or sugar. These peanut butter chocolate protein balls come together in legit 10 minutes, and are naturally vegan, gluten free and loaded with high quality protein. I like to keep them in the freezer and then pull out one or two to bring with me to the gym since they will typically thaw out within an hour or so and are totally safe at room temperature for at least a week.
Each energy boosting keto friendly protein ball contains 100 calories, 6.5 grams of healthy fat, 9 grams of protein, and only 4 grams of carbs, making them a super awesome snack to keep on hand for satisfying your hunger and satisfying your sweet tooth.
Now loves, let me know – what are some of your favourite post workout snacks?
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Balls Recipe
- 2 tbsp finely chopped peanuts
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- To a food processor, process the protein powder, almond flour, powdered peanut butter, flax, water, and natural peanut butter until it forms a smooth ball.
- Roll into 20 balls, then roll into the peanuts and hemp hearts. Freeze for long term storage, or keep at room temp for a week.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.