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Protein Monster Cookie Peanut Butter Energy Balls

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These Monster Cookie Peanut Butter Protein Balls are packed with protein and are full of peanut butter flavor. They are a perfect snack any time of the day!

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Kid-approved protein energy balls can be made on the fly with whatever you have in the house. With your kids home — maybe even your spouse home — something fun, quick and easy to make with kids is a must. Plus, these peanut butter oatmeal protein balls will give you the energy to power through those long days.

These peanut butter protein balls are a really, really big deal in my house. It started years ago when we made our first energy bites. Cade was running in a lot of races and they were meant to give him both a fun snack while running and also to entertain kids while we waited at the finish line for him to come in. 

Annnnd then oatmeal energy balls became what cookies on the counter used to be for an after school snack. It was only natural that a monster cookie version was next up to make after all of those other energy ball recipes. 

Don’t worry, these peanut butter energy balls are still no-bake, but this time we’ve added extras that make these a healthier recipe.

A bowl full of protein energy balls. there are mini M&Ms, raisins, and mini chocolate chips in the balls.

What’s Needed for Peanut Butter Energy Balls? 

To make these no-bake peanut butter protein balls, you will need:

  • Old-Fashioned Oats
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Honey
  • Raisins (totally optional as I know raisins are a touchy subject)
  • M&M’s
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Protein or Collagen Powder (or both)

Are Protein Powders Good For You?

Protein helps build muscle, repair tissue, and make enzymes and hormones. Using protein powder may also aid weight loss and help people tone their muscles.

Are Rolled Oats And Old-Fashioned Oats The Same?

Rolled oats are the same thing as old-fashioned oats and can be used interchangeably.

7 protein energy balls packed with oats, raisins, mini M&Ms, and mini chocolate chips. There are mini M&Ms and raisins scattered on the table in front of the protein bars.

How to Make Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Simply combine the ingredients in a large bowl, then shape the energy balls and enjoy! So easy, right? 

How to Store No-Bake Protein Balls

You can store these peanut butter protein balls with oats in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Can You Substitute Quick Oats For Old-Fashioned Oats?

For baking, you can often substitute quick oats for old fashioned oats. However, you might not get the same results when substituting old fashioned oats for quick oats in energy bites as the oats are broken down and more powdery.

Do Protein Balls Give You Energy?

These protein balls contain protein powder and often I throw in Vital Protein Collagen Peptides as well because there’s no grit or flavor, but I get that boost of collagen for my skin.

So yes, they will help to give you energy for sure but because of the sugar you cannot count these as a super healthy snack. Moderation is key.

a bite taken from a peanut butter protein ball

Tips for Making Peanut Butter Protein Balls

I really am such a huge fan of my favorite Protein Powder and Collagen Peptides. I’ve noticed a huge change in my hair, skin, nails, and body, especially my ability to maintain a healthy body weight. I stir protein into breakfast or lunch and VP into literally everything, yes even eggs and casseroles. 

I’ve only made these as peanut butter power balls, but I’m sure you could use another nut butter if desired. If your nut butter is on the thinner side, you might just have to add in more oats. 

Feel free to mix and match the mix-ins as you see fit. Add raisins or another dried fruit, another crunchy chocolate candy besides M&M’s, etc. 

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7 protein energy balls packed with oats, raisins, mini M&Ms, and mini chocolate chips. There are mini M&Ms and raisins scattered on the table in front of the protein bars.

Protein Monster Cookie Energy Balls

4.29 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 30
These Monster Cookie Peanut Butter Protein Balls are packed with protein and are full of peanut butter flavor. They are a perfect snack any time of the day!


  • 2 1/2 Cups Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Honey + 1 Tablespoon
  • 1/3 Cup Raisins
  • 1/3 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Mini M&M's
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  • Stir everything together and roll into balls. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


  • Store these energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 
Nutrition Facts
Protein Monster Cookie Energy Balls
Amount Per Serving (1 ball)
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 47mg2%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 12IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • I was very skeptical since I’ve tried a lot of protein energy balls that taste just “ok”. This recipe is perfectly named- you will swear you are eating cookie dough! Thank you for an amazing recipe!

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    • Right?! Thank you Kathleen! I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

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  • We had 3 sticky fingers voluntarily try out your recipe today during our Wednesday baking class today and were they excited. We swap’ the m&m for smarties and left the raisins out for another recipe. All my friends at Three Hearts daycare thank you for sharing

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    • Yay! Thank you so much!

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