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Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

Pioneer Woman Healthy peanut butter protein balls are low-calorie and high-protein! Quick and easy recipe for post-workout snacks, breakfast, and snacks!

Why You Will Love This Recipe:

  • Comes Together Quickly: These Healthy Peanut Butter Balls come together for up to 20minutes.
  • No Cooking Need: Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls ingredients doesn’t need to be cooked.
  • Heathy: These Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls have low-calorie and high-protein.
  • Peanut Butter But It’s a Healthy:
Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

Are Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls Really Healthy?

Pioneer Woman healthy peanut butter balls can be healthy if it is made with healthy ingredients, with little sugar added, and when eaten in moderation. Whether you’re snacking between meals or after a workout healthy peanut butter balls are the perfect size to enjoy.

  • This Pioneer Woman recipe uses high-fat ingredients like peanut butter, but it’s a healthy fat. The protein balls are also satisfying because of the fat.
  • The amount of fiber, protein, and sugar in protein balls is another factor to consider when determining their health benefits.
  • You don’t want to dig in the pantry an hour later, still hungry, if your snack includes fiber and protein (along with fat).

Ingredients That You’ll Need:

  • Peanut Butter: Despite its downside in baked recipes where it can separate drippy, natural peanut butter works great for no-bake protein balls.
  • Chia Seeds: Yet another superfood! In a low-calorie package, these seeds are packed with fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Vanilla Protein Powder: Adding protein powder is the easiest way to create a high-protein snack that is still low in calories. Any vanilla protein powder will do. (Garden of Life, About Time, Bob’s Red Mill, and Optimum Nutrition are my favorites.)
  • Honey: 2 tablespoons is all you need for perfectly sweet protein balls. Feel free to add more protein powder or oats if the dough feels too sticky and loose.
  • Chocolate Chips: Why settle for peanut butter when you can have Chocolate peanut butter protein balls? The mini chips in the balls are a nice touch.

Do I Have to Use Drippy Peanut Butter?

NO! Regular peanut butter can be used. You may need to add more water if the dough is too dry. The peanut butter protein balls can also be made with coconut oil (add a few teaspoons of melted coconut oil along with the regular peanut butter).

How To Make Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls?

  1. Add the peanut butter, protein powder, rolled oats, flaxseeds, chocolate chips, honey, and chia seeds to a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Mix the dough together with a wooden spoon, rubber spatula, or with your hands. (I begin with a spatula and then switch to my hands.)
  3. Check the dough’s consistency. Peanut butter’s drippy nature and your brand of protein powder will determine how much water or extra protein powder, oats, or water you will need to add (if it is too dry or sticky).
  4. Add water 1 teaspoon at a time if needed. A few teaspoons of oats or protein powder can be added at a time. A ball of dough should be easy to roll, just like delicious cookie dough.
  5. Once you think the mixture is just right, you should let it sit for a few minutes. Sometimes the oats and protein powder will absorb additional moisture, so you’ll want to adjust as needed to prevent the balls from being dry.
  6. Scoop the dough into your palms using a 1 tablespoon scoop.
  7. Roll into balls until all the dough is gone. Lightly wet your hands if it feels clingy or too dry at any point. You should have about 16 balls.
Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

What To Serve With Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls?

Pioneer Woman healthy peanut butter balls can be served with:

How To Store Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls?

  • In The Fridge: In an airtight container, you can store Pioneer Woman healthy peanut butter balls for up to 2 weeks.
  • In The Freezer: You can freeze Pioneer Woman healthy peanut butter balls for up to 3 months (if they are airtight, you can freeze them practically indefinitely).

How To Thaw Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls?

  • In The fridge: Pioneer Woman healthy peanut butter balls can be thawed in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  • In The cold Water: Frozen Pioneer Woman healthy peanut butter balls can be defrosted in 2 hours or less using cold water.
  • In-room temperature: Pioneer Woman healthy peanut butter balls will be ready in under four hours if you set them aside at room temperature.

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • Protein balls can be made with any nut butter of your choice. Try almond butter or cashew butter instead of peanut butter for a peanut-free protein bar. Sunbutter makes a nut-free protein bar.
  • Flaxseed meal can quickly go bad since it contains oils. Keep it in the refrigerator or freezer. If it smells rancid or bitter, it has gone bad and needs to be thrown away.
  • As an alternative to chocolate chips, you might try chopped pecans, dried fruit, or another type of baking chips. You can also simply leave them out.
  • Add spices: If you want to give these energy bites some extra flavor, add some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
  • In place of peanut butter, use almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, or any other nut/seed butter you prefer.
Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

FAQ Section

Do I Need to Refrigerate Protein Balls?

To extend the shelf life of protein balls, I recommend storing them in the refrigerator. You can take them on the go or pack them in your lunch if you want to take them out of the refrigerator for several hours.

Can You Eat Raw Oats in Energy Balls?

Definitely not raw, as oats aren’t raw in energy balls! Before being packaged, rolled oats are steamed and pressed, so there’s no need to cook them first.

Does It Matter What Kind of Protein Powder I Use?

Vanilla protein powder is my recommendation, but you can use any brand you like. I have tested these with both plant-based protein powder and whey protein powder with good results.

How Can I Make Peanut Butter Protein Balls Low Calorie?

Despite the health benefits of protein balls, they are generally not very low in calories. Peanut butter and flaxseed, which contain healthy fats, make these satisfying, filling, and also provide omega-3 fatty acids. Since it uses so little added sugar, this recipe is relatively low-calorie compared to most protein ball recipes.

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Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories 78.5
  • Total Fat 3.5g
  • Saturated Fat 0.9g
  • Cholesterol 0.6mg
  • Sodium 18.7mg
  • Potassium 47.2mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 12.5g
  • Dietary Fiber 1.5g
  • Sugars 4.8g
  • Protein 2g
  • Vitamin A 0.1%
  • Vitamin C 0.1%
  • Calcium 1%
  • Iron 2.7%

Nutrition Facts Source: Source

Pioneer Woman Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time: minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 15 minutesServings:16 balls servingsCalories:78.5 kcal Best Season:Available

Description

Pioneer Woman Healthy peanut butter protein balls are low-calorie and high-protein! Quick and easy recipe for post-workout snacks, breakfast, and snacks!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add the peanut butter, protein powder, rolled oats, flaxseeds, chocolate chips, honey, and chia seeds to a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Mix the dough together with a wooden spoon, rubber spatula, or with your hands. (I begin with a spatula and then switch to my hands.)
  3. Check the dough’s consistency. Peanut butter’s drippy nature and your brand of protein powder will determine how much water or extra protein powder, oats, or water you will need to add (if it is too dry or sticky).
  4. Add water 1 teaspoon at a time if needed. A few teaspoons of oats or protein powder can be added at a time. A ball of dough should be easy to roll, just like delicious cookie dough.
  5. Once you think the mixture is just right, you should let it sit for a few minutes.
  6. Sometimes the oats and protein powder will absorb additional moisture, so you’ll want to adjust as needed to prevent the balls from being dry.
  7. Scoop the dough into your palms using a 1 tablespoon scoop.
  8. Roll into balls until all the dough is gone. Lightly wet your hands if it feels clingy or too dry at any point. You should have about 16 balls.

Notes

  • Protein balls can be made with any nut butter of your choice. Try almond butter or cashew butter instead of peanut butter for a peanut-free protein bar. Sunbutter makes a nut-free protein bar.
  • Flaxseed meal can quickly go bad since it contains oils. Keep it in the refrigerator or freezer. If it smells rancid or bitter, it has gone bad and needs to be thrown away.
  • As an alternative to chocolate chips, you might try chopped pecans, dried fruit, or another type of baking chips. You can also simply leave them out.
  • Add spices: If you want to give these energy bites some extra flavor, add some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
  • In place of peanut butter, use almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, or any other nut/seed butter you prefer.
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Nutrition Facts

Servings 16 balls


Amount Per Serving
Calories 78.5
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.5g6%
Saturated Fat 0.9g5%
Cholesterol 0.6mg1%
Sodium 18.7mg1%
Potassium 47.2mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 12.5g5%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g6%
Sugars 4.8g
Protein 2g4%

Vitamin A 0.1%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 1%
Iron 2.7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.