20+ DIY Protein Bars & Balls
Whether you’ve got a long day of work, school, or adventuring ahead, the key to sustaining your energy through the day is a healthy snack! While trail mix or fruit is definitely a good choice, you might find yourself reaching for a protein bar or energy balls to fill that midday stomach rumble (or sweet tooth).
And while there are a bunch of really good store-bought options out there, if you find that you like making your own snacks at home, a DIY option might be more up your alley!
With that said, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite protein bars and balls to keep you energized through your busy day, adventure, or workout.
Nut Butter and Flax Powerballs
These powerballs are no-bake, easy to make, and can be made out of items you can find in our bulk department!
- 1 1/2 cups almond butter
- 1 banana, peeled and mashed
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 2 tablespoons whey protein powder
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/3 cup almonds, finely chopped
- In a mixing bowl, stir together the almond butter, banana, flax, protein powder, cocoa powder and honey. Blend until smooth.
- Line a plate or pan with parchment paper. Roll the mixture into 1- to 2-inch balls and place on parchment paper. Next, roll each ball in the chopped almonds and return to parchment paper. Place in the refrigerator or freezer until firm.
Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls
If you’re looking for a protein ball that will fill you up and put a little pep in your step, consider these chocolate matcha energy balls!
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon matcha, divided
- Pinch of salt
- Place cashews and walnuts in the food processor and grind the nuts to a fine mince, then scrape them to the center of the container. Add the dates, maple syrup or honey, cocoa, 1 tablespoon matcha and salt. Process until the dates form a thick paste and the mixture holds together if you squeeze a bit of it.
- Scoop out a tablespoon of the mixture, form into a ball and place into a medium bowl; repeat until all of the mixture has been used. Use a wire mesh strainer to sift the remaining matcha over the balls. Roll the balls around to coat. Store, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Alton Brown’s Protein Bars
These protein bars from Food Network are packed full of protein thanks to ingredients like protein powder, tofu, eggs, and peanut butter.
The texture is creamy, but dense, to keep you full throughout the day.
This recipe also calls for dried cherries, blueberries, and apricots, but feel free to sub in whatever fruit you prefer.
5 Ingredient Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crunch Bars
Here’s one of those protein-bars-disguised-as-a-candy-bar that’ll provide you with some energy and fulfill your sweet tooth.
The bar itself is made up of dates, peanut butter, and vanilla, is topped with crunch rice cereal, and is drizzled with dark chocolate.
The dates add a nice sweetness to balance out the chocolate and peanut butter without adding additional sugar to the bar.
If you prefer an extra crunchy protein bar, consider this recipe that’s packed full of nuts and subtly-sweet coconut flakes.
These bars are gluten-free, paleo, and grain-free, making them a good option for those with some dietary restrictions.
If you wanted to up the protein content, feel free to add in extra nuts and seeds like peanuts, flax, chia, or hemp seed.
Coconut-Lime Energy Bites
Maybe a chocolate peanut butter protein bar isn’t really your style. Consider these tropical energy bars that feature coconut, lime, and macadamia nuts.
Hemp seeds, chia seeds, and spirulina powder provide the energy bites with lots of protein while the coconuts, macadamias nuts, and cashews offer lots of healthy fats to keep you full throughout the day.
If you want a little more sweetness, you could add in a squeeze or two of honey. It’s good for your immune system, too!
Vegan Energy Balls with Masala Spice
You probably wouldn’t expect garam masala to be an ingredient in energy balls, but here we are!
Masala adds a unique flavor profile to these otherwise subtly-sweet energy balls.
If you want to up the protein, add some vanilla pea protein.
Carrot Cake Protein Bars
Sweet, salty, and reminiscent of fall, these carrot cake protein bars are sweetened with maple syrup and dates.
Carrots, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger add that unmistakable carrot cake flavor while sunflower seed butter and vanilla protein powder add protein that will keep you going all day.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Bliss Balls
Here’s an energy ball recipe that calls for just a handful of simple ingredients.
Cherry and chocolate are a classic combination and for a good reason! Sweet cherries and semi-sweet chocolate chips pair incredibly well together.
As with any of these recipes, feel free to substitute any of the nuts for other ones you prefer.
Pumpkin No-Bake Energy Bites
Fan of pumpkin spice? No judgment here. In fact, we recommend checking out these no-bake pumpkin energy bites!
Dates and honey add a dash of sweetness, while cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg add a pumpkin pie-inspired flavor.
If you want sweeter bites, toss in some white chocolate chips.
More Protein Bar Recipes
- Sticky Sesame Bars with Raw Chocolate Drizzle from Epicurious
- Peanut Butter and Honey Granola Bars from Simply Recipes
- Apple Pie Super Protein Bars from Food Network
- EatingWell Energy Bars, EatingWell
- 5-Ingredient Vegan Protein Bars from Minimalist Baker
- 3 Ingredient Healthy Energy Bars from Jo Cooks
- Cranberry Almond Protein Bars from Gimme Some Oven