No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Bites
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Is there a better combination than peanut butter and banana? Sure, there’s the peanut butter and chocolate tandem, but we’ll get to that. These no bake protein bites are packed with flavor and have unbelievable macros when compared to regular “oatmeal energy bites” or things like that.
With only 65 calories and 6 grams of protein, they are perfect for a snack around your workouts. Munch on
twelve two or three of these on your drive to the gym and you’ll have the perfect amount of protein and carbs to fuel your training sessions.
The whole process should take less than 10 minutes from start to finish and if you skip out on my advice to freeze them, you’ll be snacking in no time. I’ve included two recipes below that use different ingredients. Check out the video below to see the second recipe go from start to finish.
No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Bites Ingredients
I made my own oat flour from oats and have included instructions on how to do this in the recipe. However, you can definitely just buy ready-to-go oat flour like this. For what it’s worth, making your own is more cost-effective.
I used Walden Farms pancake syrup, like many recipes that call for syrup. Since it has 0 calories, the macros may be affected if you use regular sugar-free syrup (only 2-3 total calories per ball). I’ve noticed Walden Farms is now carried at Kroger and if you haven’t tried the pancake syrup, I would encourage you to check it out. It puts sugar-free syrups to shame.
On forming these into balls, I’ve found spooning the mixture out and just sliding it off worked better than rolling each one by hand. With the minimal fat in this recipe, they can be difficult to work with. I give a few ideas to troubleshoot uncooperative batter in the recipe.
One last thing. You can use any protein you’d like, but I typically recommend Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey and/or Dymatize’s Whey or Elite XT blended protein. They’re reputable brands that have been around forever.
The macros are calculated with Gold Standard vanilla whey.
No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Bites
Quick and easy protein bites that aren't loaded with sugar.
- 1 large (110g) Banana mashed
- 1 C (80g) Quick Oats ground/blended (or 3/4 C oat flour)
- 2 scoops (64g) Protein Powder vanilla
- 1/4 C (24g) PB2 or Powdered Peanut Butter
- 2 Tbsp (30mL) Walden Farms Pancake Syrup or your choice of sticky sweetener
- 1 Tbsp (14g) Mini Chocolate Chips optional
- 1 Tbsp Stevia or Low Cal Sweetener optional
To make your own oat flour, put oats into a food processor or blender and blend to a fine texture. 1 C of quick oats (80g) should do the trick for 3/4 C oat flour.
Mash the banana in a large bowl before adding the remaining dry ingredients.
Add the pancake syrup or sticky sweetener and stir until you can form a large ball of dough. Fold in optional chocolate chips here as well.
Line a plate or baking sheet with parchment paper and form your mixture into balls about the size of a golf ball. The mixture might be sticky. Using a spoon to form the ball and a rubber spatula to scoop off the spoon should help. You should end up with 12 total.
If you have trouble forming your mixture into balls, you can either chill the dough or try adding a bit more powdered peanut butter to thicken things up.
Once you're finished, they're ready to eat, but I recommend placing them in the freezer. I find they're the best after a 5-minute thaw.
Macros with chocolate chips: 67 calories, 5.9 grams of protein, 8.6 grams of carbs, and 1.2 grams of fat
No Bake Oats and Peanut Butter Protein Bites (coconut version)
High protein, low calorie protein bites perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth.
If you're using quick oats, blend them into oat flour before mixing. Add remaining ingredients except for pancake syrup to a large bowl and mix evenly.
Add pancake syrup and fold until you have a moist looking ball.
Using a spoon, create 12 small balls on a sheet of parchment paper. (Reference video above.)
Optional: top with chocolate sprinkles before adding to the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
Per protein bite (makes 12): 75 Calories | 6P | 8C | 2F
If you make this recipe or a recipe like my pumpkin banana bread protein bites for a post-workout snack or sweets fix, tag me in your creation on Instagram. I’ll be sure to share it with everyone. Enjoy!