These no-bake oreo protein cookies and cream balls have chunky peanut butter, oats, cookies and cream protein powder, and rolled in real Oreo cookie thins!Jump to Recipe
The calories and macros per Oreo protein ball is 172 calories, 6 grams protein, 18 grams carbs, and 9 grams of healthy fats.
History of Protein Powder used in Protein Oat Balls
Protein balls, made with protein powder, are somewhat of a new snack. In fact, protein powder didn’t even exist before the 1950’s (source). According to the article, “the first protein powder marketed to weightlifters, containing soy beans, wheat germ and sea kelp.”
Since that first protein powder made with soy beans and sea kelp, it’s gotten a lot more palatable. Made with whey or casein in my personal experience, the protein powder of today is much more enjoyable!
Recipes like this one for Oreo protein balls were born out of a desire for protein packed recipes beyond just drinking protein shakes.
Now, only a few short decades later, protein powder and protein powder recipes make up an 18 billion dollar industry.
Oreo Protein Oat Bites Ingredients
- Peanut butter, or any nut butter, is an essential ingredient in most of my homemade protein bars and balls. I’ve tried making these without it to lower the calories, but they never turn out right. They don’t hold together well, and they don’t have the chewy texture you want to see in a protein ball or bar. For these protein balls, I used chunky peanut butter, but you can also use creamy!
- Honey turns these Oreo protein balls into a sweet treat! Don’t skip they honey! It’s not only good for you, but definitely brings out the flavor in these balls.
- Cookies and Cream Protein powder. While vanilla protein powder would work OK, I recommend CSE cookies and cream protein powder for this recipe. For only 50 extra calories we are adding 10 grams of protein to this treat.
- Oats work the best for these balls. They are high in fiber and helps the balls keep their shape. Without some dry ingredients, you couldn’t form a ball with these ingredients.
- Salt is essential in bringing out flavors of sweet ingredients, so I like a dash of salt.
- Vanilla extract is optional, but it does bring a hint of vanilla sweetness for the Oreo flavors.
- And finally, some oreo thins. These have a lot of cookie, with a tiny bit of filling, which is what you want for these Oreo protein balls.
How to Make Oreo Protein Balls with Oats
After realizing you could get a whopping 20+ grams of protein from protein powder, without having to drink it, I was hooked on protein powder recipes. Eating my calories, rather than drinking them is so much more satiating!
So, combining a nut butter, oats, and protien powder, you can basically make any type of no-bake protein ball.
Protein ball recipes I’ve made so far:
- Chocolate chip protein balls
- Peanut butter protein balls
- Strawberry protein balls
- cake batter protein balls
- and edible cookie dough (balls or bowl)
So, while I’d love to get all my protein for the day in a protein ball, because they are so tasty, the nut butter does add quite a few calories. Practicing portion control is very important, and definitely the hardest part of this delicious no-bake recipe.
Oreo Protein Oatmeal Balls Storage
To store these, I keep them in an air tight container in the fridge. Leaving them on the counter, they get too soft and squishy. But you can keep them in the fridge and they stay firm enough to handle with your fingers. They last about 3-5 days.
Healthy Protein Balls FAQs
These are the perfect pre-workout snack for both energy and muscle building! With the perfect balance of quick acting glucose from the honey, slow releasing carbs from the oats, and amino acids from the protein, you’ll hit all the essentials for a great workout.
Each oreo protein ball has 172 calories, 6 g protein, 18 g carbs, and 9 g of fat. These are comparable to the calories and macros in a classic store bought bar.
If your protein balls are dry and crumbly, it likely needs more fat such as nut butter. If you tried, like I have many times, to keep this ingredient out, the balls just don’t stick together well.
I like a protein treat for my afternoon snack between lunch and dinner. My protein treat is generally at 3:00 and it’s a nice bridge between my lunch and dinner meals.
So, give these Oreo protein balls a try, and let me know what you think!
Healthy Oreo Protein Oatmeal Balls
- Add all ingredients except for the cookies in a bowl and mix until well combined
- Crush oreos in a seperate bowl
- Using a cookie scoop, scoop the dough into balls. Roll each ball in the Oreo crumbs. pressing it onto the outside.
- Store i fridge until ready to eat.
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