Pioneer Woman Protein Balls


Ever since I discovered the Pioneer Woman’s Protein Balls, they’ve become my go-to snack for a quick energy boost. Combining the richness of peanut butter with the sweetness of chocolate chips and the wholesomeness of oats and flax seeds, these no-bake delights are not just incredibly easy to whip up, but also irresistibly tasty. Each batch I make is a delightful adventure in balancing flavors and textures, perfect for busy days or post-workout treats.

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How To Make Pioneer Woman Protein Balls

Dive into the simplicity of making Pioneer Woman Protein Balls, a delicious blend of peanut butter, oats, flax seeds, honey, and chocolate chips, perfect for a quick, healthy snack or energy boost.


  • Peanut Butter: Acts as a binding agent and provides a rich, creamy base.
  • Chocolate Chips: Adds sweetness and a delightful chocolatey flavor.
  • Oats: Offers texture and fiber, making the balls filling and nutritious.
  • Ground Flax Seeds: Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, enhancing the nutritional value.
  • Honey: Serves as a natural sweetener and helps in binding the ingredients together.


  1. Mix Ingredients: In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter, chocolate chips, oats, flax seeds, and honey. Stir until all the ingredients are well mixed.
  2. Refrigerate: Place the bowl in the fridge for 15-30 minutes. This step makes the mixture easier to handle and shape into balls.
  3. Form Protein Balls: Roll the mixture into 12 small balls. If the mixture is sticky, dampen your hands slightly for easier rolling.
  4. Chill and Serve: Put the formed protein balls back in the fridge. This helps them set and maintain their shape.

Pioneer Woman Protein Balls

4 from 18 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: BreakfastCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Whip up these no-fuss, delicious Pioneer Woman Protein Balls for a snack that’s as fun to make as it is to eat – perfect for a quick energy boost or a tasty treat on the go.


  • 2/3 Cup 2/3 Peanut Butter

  • 1/2 Cup 1/2 Chocolate Chips

  • 1 Cup 1 Oats

  • 1/2 Cup 1/2 Ground Flax Seeds

  • 2 Tablespoons 2 Honey


  • In a medium bowl, mix together 2/3 cup of peanut butter, 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, 1 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of ground flax seeds, and 2 tablespoons of honey until well combined.
  • Place the bowl in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to firm up the mixture, making it easier to shape the balls.
  • Roll the mixture into 12 small balls. If the mix is sticky, dampen your hands slightly for easier rolling.
  • Put the formed protein balls back in the fridge to set. They are now ready to be enjoyed as a quick and healthy snack or energy-packed treat.

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Tips & Tricks

  1. Chill for Easy Handling: I always chill the mixture before rolling. It firms up the ingredients, making it much easier to shape the balls without sticking to your hands.
  2. Damp Hands for Rolling: If the mixture still sticks, I slightly dampen my hands. It’s a simple trick that makes rolling the balls a breeze.
  3. Customize with Add-Ins: Over time, I’ve experimented by adding nuts, seeds, or dried fruit for extra texture and flavor. It’s a great way to personalize the recipe to your taste.
  4. Consistency is Key: I’ve found that a well-balanced mixture shouldn’t be too dry or too sticky. If it’s too dry, add a bit more peanut butter or honey. If too sticky, a little more oats or flax seeds does the trick.
  5. Storage for Longevity: These protein balls keep well in the fridge, but I also freeze them in batches. They’re just as good when thawed, making them a perfect grab-and-go snack any time.

See Also: Pioneer Woman Bacon Ranch Cheese Balls

How Long Do Protein Balls Last In The Fridge 

Protein balls can last in the fridge for about one week when stored properly in an airtight container.

Can You Freeze Protein Balls 

Yes, you can freeze protein balls. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Place them in an airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper, to maintain their texture and flavor.

Protein Balls Variations

  • Almond Butter Protein Balls: Swap peanut butter with almond butter for a different nutty flavor.
  • Protein Balls with Dates: Replace honey with finely chopped dates for natural sweetness. Blending in a food processor helps to incorporate the dates evenly.
  • Banana Protein Balls: Use mashed ripe banana instead of honey for a fruity twist. Adjust the oats quantity to get the right consistency.
  • Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls: Add unsweetened shredded coconut and extra

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Wrapping Up

Whipping up these Pioneer Woman Protein Balls has been a delightful addition to my snack repertoire. Not only are they packed with wholesome ingredients, but they also strike that perfect balance between health and indulgence.

Whether I’m needing a midday pick-me-up or a post-workout treat, these protein balls are my little spheres of joy. They’re a testament to the fact that nutritious can also be delicious, and I can’t wait for you to try them out and experience this tasty, energy-boosting treat for yourself!

Just promise to let me know how they went for you in the comments below.

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