Ryan’s Protein Balls

This recipe found its way to  me by email several months ago.  It belongs to a friend of a friend of Scott, so it’s Ryan’s delicious, super easy recipe.  And I tip my hat to him in gratitude.

These have been a consistent part of our snack rotation since I first made them a few months ago.  Probably the tastiest part of our snack rotation.  It’s like a healthier version of a candy bar, and who doesn’t want a healthier candy bar?  There’s chocolate, coconut, peanut butter, oatmeal (or just plain old oats, to be precise)… sweet, salty, crunchy.  And honestly, who wouldn’t pick one of these over grapes?  (The grapes in our fridge look sad and neglected, for the record.)

Sibling, niece and nephew tried these out this weekend and gave them a giant stamp of approval.  So they’ve been kid-tested, sister-approved.  Something like that.

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Here it is, y’all:

Ryan’s Protein Balls


  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup Agave
  • 2-3 scoops of protein powder (we use vanilla)
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • 1/2 bag of dark chocolate chips (if desired, which I always do)
  • 2 Tbs of coconut oil
  • 1/2 a package of shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup crushed nuts
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
How to:
Combine the peanut butter, Agave and coconut oil.  Add the nuts and chocolate and stir.  Add the oatmeal, protein powder, cinnamon, coconut, and flaxseed meal.  Stir some more.
Roll the mixture into balls and roll them in protein powder or flaxseed meal.  (I’ve only rolled them in flaxseed meal, because I’m not a huge fan of protein powder… but you could do that.  I hear it’s tasty, too.)  It doesn’t really matter how large you make these.  They don’t have to bake, so you could make some small and others large if you want a greater variety of snack options.  Put them on a cookie sheet or in a plastic container and place them in the fridge or freezer for a while to get them into a more solid state.  Eat.  But try not to eat all of them in a few days.  The struggle is real.



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