All hail snickerdoodle protein balls! These easy, no-bake balls are filled with cinnamon and full of protein. Throw all of the ingredients in your food processor and roll them in to balls for an on-the-go snack any time you need it.
Are you sensing a theme around here? Snickerdoodle all day every day. I recently made these Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Blondies and Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cobbler. I also love just plain old snickerdoodles.
The concept of a snickerdoodle is just so simple and full of flavor. Cinnamon sugar is a win no matter how you look at it. Which is why I love to make so many variations on the classic flavor combo! Anytime I can turn an unhealthy, fat-filled dessert into a healthy recipe that actually fuels your body is always one of my favorite things. Hence the snickerdoodle protein balls
Wanna know another one of my favorite things?! Being ENGAGED! Eeeeeeek!
Not food or snickerdoodle related whatsoever, but still equally as awesome. It’s been a total of 4 days and I love being engaged so much. So much love to be celebrated! I shared the full story yesterday if you feel so inclined to read how it happened.
And because I’m getting engaged soon I think I need to even ramp up my protein and healthy snack eating even more. I don’t want to lose a certain amount of weight or anything, I just want to feel my best and feel confident! And snickerdoodle protein balls are a step in the right direction.
They’re going to really help to curb my sweet tooth as I try to stay away from sweets (but sweets in moderation is always a good idea!). They’re naturally sweet so no guilt happening here. Just pure unrefined deliciousness.
I also love how these help me incorporate more protein into my diet. I have a hard time fitting the amount of grams of protein on a daily basis and any delicious way to get extra protein is fine by me. And an added plus when it’s as delicious as these snickerdoodle protein balls.
Let’s chat about how easy these snickerdoodle protein balls are:
- The main reason they’re so easy is because they don’t require any baking. No preheating the oven and no waiting for them to bake to finish up.
- You can literally put everything in the food processor all at once. Yep, dump everything in there and hit the switch. It will get thick and creamy and start to pull away from the edges of the food processor. When that happens you’re done. BOOM.
- That’s actually it. Because they’re that easy.
Now, let’s chat about all the times during the day you can eat these snickerdoodle protein balls.
- Any morning workout friends? That’s the time of day I like to get my workouts in and it’s usually pretty early. I don’t ever want to make an entire meal before I head out that early so an easy protein ball to tide me over is perfect. It also gives you protein and carbs to drive better performance. Aka lift heavier and run faster.
- Anyone else run late for work? I never have time to make breakfast before I leave. I don’t leave myself time, regardless of how early I get up for some reason I end up dilly dallying and by the time I have to leave, no breakfast for me. Until I made these.
- Anyone else need an afternoon pick-me-up? Right around 3pm is when my stomach starts rumbling and I need something delicious to wake me up and push me through the last couple hours. This recipe will work wonders.
- Anyone else crave something sweet at night? I finished up dinner and I’m watching Scandal (TGIT!) and I have a major urge for something sweet. Snickerdoodle protein balls to the rescue.
So basically what I’m saying is have some of these on hand all day. Morning, noon and night these delicious snickerdoodle protein balls are everything.
- 1 1/2 cup oat flour gluten free
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3/4 cup nut butter I used almond butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon butter extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cinnamon Sugar Coating optional:
- 1/4 cup calorie free sugar substitute I used Lite and Sweet
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In the bowl of the processor, add all of the ingredients, except cinnamon sugar coating. Blend on high until completely incorporated, about 1 minute. If too wet add more oat flour a tablespoon at a time. If it's too dry add more honey and nut butter. Once complete, place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes.
Once chilled, form into 1.5 inch balls and place on a baking sheet.
If making the cinnamon sugar coating, add both ingredients to a small bowl and toss together. Roll each protein ball into the mixture to coat well. Store in an air tight container for up to one week or in the freezer for up to one month.
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