No Bake Vegan Protein Bites (The Best No Bake Protein Bites)
- January 8, 2018
- Last Updated: December 10, 2022
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These vegan protein bites are the perfect, kid-friendly on the go snack! Full of flavor, fiber and a hint of sweetness, these flaxseed protein balls are nutritious, easy and delicious!
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You guys are going to love these peanut butter no bake bites I’m sharing today. They’re full of nutrient-dense ingredients, like oats, nut butter, chia seeds, flaxseeds and more.
They are the perfect balance of delicious and they make no bake protein bites look really easy.
I’m slowly working through my blog goals/resolutions to update some of my older recipe photos. Let’s be honest – people pick food based on photos.
These peanut butter energy bites continue to be one of my favorite snack recipes. I made a bunch this weekend as part of my favorite easy toddler snacks but it’s safe to say I munched on most of these.
Part of me thinks I should keep making things in bulk to freeze for when baby gets here (like my 50+ freezer friendly meals), but the other part of me knows that snacks like this don’t last for long around our house.
It’s the same with my almond flour muffins and sweet potato bread recipe (with chocolate chips) – just can’t get them to last very long!
What You Need For Vegan Protein Bites
To make these vegan, gluten free energy balls, you just need a handful of ingredients. If you don’t have hemp, chia or flax seeds, you can leave them out or swap with adding extra of one of them.
They don’t really change the taste, but add some texture and a ton of omega 3‘s + nutrition!
- peanut butter
- hemp seeds (recommend buying at Thrive Market)
- chia seeds
- flax seeds
- maple syrup
- vanilla extract
- dried cherries (love this brand because it has no added sugar or oils)
Let’s talk about the dried cherries – they are fantastic. I always have some dried fruit on hand for long runs (instant glucose). Plus, cherries can be great for reducing inflammation. Love them in these chocolate cherry muffins and trail mix for kids.
I pair these vegan energy bites with my tart cherry gummies for lasting recovery.
One other note about these ingredients. If you suffer from FODMAP intolerance, dates can be problematic as a source of fructans, so it’s nice to know these are no date energy balls!
How To Make Peanut Butter Protein Bites
To get started, you will need a food processor for this recipe because it does all the work for you. I recommend this one.
Especially since it broke and Kitchen Aid sent me a replacement. Pretty awesome customer service.
To make, you’ll just mix all of the ingredients together, pulse for a few minutes and you’re done!
These flaxseed protein balls are perfect for quick, on-the-go snack ideas. Or, a fun accompaniment to your salad, oatmeal or yogurt.
They also pose as ideal pre- and post-workout snacks for athletes.
They check ALL of the boxes.
Finally, just make sure to allow these guys to sit in the fridge to firm them up a bit, but they can be ready in under an hour!
If the mix seems too dry, you can add more honey or maple syrup if needed.
Why You Need These Vegan Energy Bites:
First off, these gluten free no bake energy bites are full of superfoods! Just remember to use certified gluten free oats if you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity.
They are also:
- full of omega 3‘s (healthy fats that help decrease inflammation)
- a plant-based protein source
- easy to freeze for later
- an easy chia bites recipe!
- a great accompaniment to any lunch box
- vegan and gluten-free
- a healthy snack for kids and adults alike
So many reasons to love these kid friendly no bake energy bites.
If you don’t have dried cherries, you could also substitute craisins or dried blueberries as well. These really taste like little peanut butter and jelly energy bites.
It’s hard to go wrong with energy bites with oatmeal and peanut butter. This oatmeal raisin bars recipe uses both ingredients as well as raisins and carrots – it’s delicious.
Or, try a frozen edible cookie dough bite for warmer weather!
No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites (Vegan, GF)
No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites are the perfect pre-run or on-the-go snack! Full of flavor, fiber and a hint of sweetness, they are kid friendly, gluten free and vegan.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
- ¼ cup ground flax
- 3 tbsp natural peanut butter
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup dried cherries (I love no sugar added)
- Stir all ingredients, except the dried cherries, in a medium bowl or pulse in a food processor on low.
- Transfer mixture to a small to medium bowl, adding cherries in last.
- Cover and let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes to make the mixture easier to hold and handle.
- Form into 1” balls. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to a week.
*you may need to add extra honey or maple syrup if the mix seems too dry.
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Dried Cherries Unsweetened Tart Cherry, 1lb. Montmorency Tart Cherries, Dried Sour Cherries Fresh, Montmorency Dried Tart Cherries, Dried Cherries No Sugar Added, All-Natural Whole Sour Cherry 16 oz.
KitchenAid KFP1466CU 14-Cup Food Processor with Exact Slice System and Dicing Kit - Contour Silver
Spectrum Essentials Organic Ground Flaxseed, 24 Ounce (Pack of 1)
Nutiva Organic Premium Black Chia Seeds, 32 Ounce
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 5g
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Other Easy No Bake Snack Recipes
- Lemon Coconut Protein Balls
- No Bake Carrot Cake Bites
- Sweet potato coconut energy bites
- Chocolate peanut butter coconut bites
- Chocolate Pomegranate Energy bites
- Salted Cinnamon Peanut Butter
- Maple Cinnamon Granola
These vegan protein bites look FANTASTIC!
Best recipe ever. Made with almond butter. Yummy
So glad you liked them, Jill! Almond Butter sounds yummy!
Great recipe! My favorites = pumpkin seeds and dried Turkish figs.
Yum!! 🙂 I think my favorite dried fruit is mango…so delicous!
SO SO GOOD
I used to make some sort of ball almost every week for lunches, but have gotten out of the habit. These look like the perfect way to jump back in. Thanks!
They are my favorite quick snack meal prep, especially since you don’t have to bake them!
Change my life it might! Looks super yummy thanks for joining in on meatless Monday today
I love this idea! 😀 I have a tonnnn of dried mango (they are seriously addicting, hahaha) that would be perfect in this! :]