Whenever you look through my kitchen, you’re always guaranteed to find a jar of all-natural peanut butter. I’m often guilty of simply eating a spoonful of peanut butter whenever I’m feeling a bit hungry. It’s also easily one of my top 10 most used ingredients for making all sorts of tasty recipes, like these great chocolate and peanut butter fat bombs for example. Today I’ll be sharing another one of my favorite recipes for making these super simple homemade 3-ingredient peanut butter protein balls with manuka honey. They’re sweet and sticky and incredibly satisfying – while also being a terrific source of protein, heart healthy fats, fiber, and disease-fighting antioxidants. These protein balls are a phenomenal healthy snack when enjoyed on their own – but I have a feeling they might be even better when dipped in a sugar free dark chocolate melt!
The Easiest Peanut Butter Protein Balls Ever
As far as making these protein balls goes, it couldn’t be easier. As the name of the recipe would suggest, you really only need three basic ingredients – one cup of all-natural creamy peanut butter, ¼ cup of manuka honey, and ½ cup of coconut flour. The only thing you’ll have to do is add the three ingredients into a bowl and mix them to combine. You’ll then refrigerate the mixture for about 20 minutes or until it’s hard enough to roll into balls. Roll them into about 20 balls and then freeze them for a minimum of one hour and voila! It’s really as easy as that to make these tasty peanut butter protein balls.
What’s so great about this recipe (other than how easy it is to make) is how even though it only uses three ingredients, they all contribute in a big way. Just a single cup of all-natural peanut butter provides an incredibly 128 grams of fat and 24 grams of dietary fiber. It also provides 28 grams of protein and about 80% of your daily recommended vitamin E intake. There’s even increasing evidence that regular, daily consumption of nuts and peanut butter could help to lower your risk of developing certain types of cancer, like gastric and esophageal cancer. (1)
The coconut flour also provides quite a bit of nutritional value to your protein balls. By adding ½ cup of it, you’ll be adding an additional 20 grams of saturated coconut fat, 40 grams of protein, and an incredible 120 grams of fiber. Needless to say, when paired with the peanut butter, you end up making some truly satiating protein balls with this recipe. Coconut flour also has the added benefit of being rather low on the glycemic index, making it an ideal baking flour to use even for individuals who have type 2 diabetes. (2)
And last but certainly not least, the manuka honey adds quite a bit to this recipe as well. If you’ve never had manuka honey, it’s a unique type of honey produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the manuka bush. While nearly all types of raw honey are nutritionally beneficial, manuka honey is especially so. It’s a fantastic all-natural sweetener that provides a hefty amount of antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant properties. (3) Manuka honey also tastes fantastic, and it works wonders in this protein ball recipe for making them into such a sweet and sticky treat.
More Protein Ball Recipes:
Homemade 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Protein Balls with Manuka Honey
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 20 1x
1 cup natural, unsalted creamy peanut butter
¼ cup manuka honey
½ cup coconut flour
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine.
- Refrigerate the mixture for about 30 minutes or until it’s hard enough to roll into balls.
- Form into 20 balls (about 1 tablespoon each).
- Freeze for minimum one hour.
- Keep the balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator.