Years ago, if you had told me that one of my favorite snacks to make would be a protein ball made like an oatmeal cookie, I probably would have laughed you. I’m so glad that I gave them an honest chance though, as they are indeed one of my go-to snacking options as of late. This recipe for making no bake oatmeal cookie protein balls is 100% irresistible. Wondering what makes the protein balls so tasty? How about the fact they’re made from scratch using delicious ingredients like rolled oats, coconut flour, chocolate chips, and cream cheese. If you’re already a fan of healthy oatmeal cookies, then you’ll love this recipe – it takes an already great cookie recipe and adds a hefty amount of protein to make some truly yummy protein balls.
Oatmeal Cookies + Extra Protein = One Amazing Healthy Snack
The first thing you’ll need to do when making these protein balls is prepare your rolled oats. Add ⅓ cup of them into a blender and blitz them until they’re very fine and powdery. As I mentioned above, I wasn’t really all that big a fan of oatmeal until the last few years or so. Now I can’t get enough of it – while I usually try and keep my carb intake to a minimum, rolled oats are an incredibly nutrient-dense option. They provide a balanced mix of nearly everything your body needs, offering protein, dietary fiber, a moderate amount of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Not only does the fiber and healthy fat content of rolled oats help to lower your risk of developing heart disease, but they’re also a great source of antioxidants as well, helping to further reduce your risk of disease. (1)
After blitzing the rolled oats, you can add in the vanilla flavored protein powder, cream cheese, natural almond butter, coconut flour, pure vanilla extract, and a low carb sweetener such as Stevia.
Using almond butter instead of regular butter is another great choice when making these protein balls. While I have nothing against regular butter (I absolutely love grass-fed butter!), almond butter just fits in perfectly with the rest of the ingredients used in this recipe. It adds an incredible amount of healthy fats to the mix – five grams of saturated fat, 17 grams of polyunsaturated fats, and a whopping 40 grams of heart healthy monounsaturated fats. In addition, almond butter is also an excellent source of fiber, protein, calcium, iron, and magnesium. It’s also another great option to help lower your risk of heart disease, as almonds are great for lowering LDL cholesterol levels. (2)
Pulse all of the ingredients in the blender until it makes a soft dough, and then gradually fold in two tablespoons of chocolate chips. I would encourage you to use sugar free dark chocolate when making this recipe. Not only does it help to keep the carb count down, but it also adds even more monounsaturated fats and dietary fiber to the protein balls. On top of that, studies have found that dark chocolate is loaded with beneficial polyphenols that further help to decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease. (3)
All that remains is to roll your dough into about 16 balls and then they can be safely stored in an airtight container in the fridge. These oatmeal cookie protein balls are a great snack to make in advance so you can enjoy a heart healthy treat every day of the week.
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No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Protein Balls (These are Irresistible)
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 16 1x
½ cup natural almond butter
¼ cup vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp chocolate chips
¼ cup cream cheese
1 tbsp granulated stevia or other low-carb granulated sweetener
1/3 cup rolled oats
3 ½ tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Place the rolled oats in a food processor and blitz until very fine and powdery.
- Add the protein powder, sweetener, coconut flour, almond butter, cream cheese and vanilla extract.
- Pulse until you get a soft dough.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Roll the dough into 16 balls.
- Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.